The hike to the abandoned Segestad Mountain Farm is short but steep. It takes you around one hour and the trail is 3.2 kilometer long.
Segestad at Glomnes is close to the beautiful village Hjelle by Lake Oppstrynsvatnet in Stryn. The old name of the Mountain Farm was Sigvaldstadir, the place of Sigvald the farmer.
Segestad Mountain Farm
Segestad was one of the most prosperous farms in Oppstryn due to the good conditions for farming in Glomsdalen. During the Black Death around the year 1350, all the farms in the area around Hjelle were abandoned, but only Segestad continued farming after the Black Death was over.
Rasmus Skår became a farmer in Segestad in 1782. He had 12 dairy cows, 8 young cows, a female horse, 30 goats and 20 sheep. The farm had four barns outside the main farm. In the autumn they put hay and leaves in these barns. This was transported home by horse-drawn carriage in the winter. In the winter, the people made most of the clothes and equipment used to run the farm. The last farmer on Segestad, Jon Sigdestad, died at home in 1961. He was 69 years old.
The hike to Segestad
The hike up to Segestad takes you around one hour and is 3.2 kilometer long. You start the hike from the parking lot (at 32 masl) between Hjelle and Glomnes (parking fee). You need to walk around 500 meters along the road to the bridge at Glomnes, the trail starts on the left side of the Glomsdøla River.
There are several great viewpoints along steep but well marked trail. From the mountain farm at Segestad (at 314 mas) you have a great view down to Lake Oppstrynsvatnet and to the surrounding snowcapped mountains. During the hike you can do a short detour to the viewpoint below the spectacular Glomnesfossen Waterfall (be careful, the viewpoint is slippery and you might be wet).
The hike back from Segestad is on the same scenic trail as you came.
Hjelle and Lake Oppstrynsvatnet
Hjelle is a beautiful and quiet village down by Lake Oppstrynsvatnet. Here you have the beautiful historic Hjelle Hotel which is a great starting point for excursions around the Oppstryn, Stryn, Loen and Olden area.
Gamlebutikken (The Old Shop) at Hjelle is situated down by the lake. The old shop is from 1882 and has been run by the same Hjelle family since the start. They offer small dishes (sandwiches, soup and cake) as well as selling local handicrafts, arts and English porcelain.
If you have a kayak or SUP, we recommend you to enter the lake at Hjelle and spend some time on the lake. In the early mornings and before midday, there is usually no wind and the lake is often flat like a mirror. It is especialley beautiful to be on the lake during early morning in conditions like that. About 250 meters south of Hjelle Hotel there is plenty of space for parking the car. There is a nice beach next to the road which is a good starting point for Kayak or SUP on the lake. This video is from late May, when the trees are blossoming, the grass is green and the mountains are covered with snow.
Hjelle is a great starting point if you want to have fun in the mountains, but also on snow and water. Hjelle is only a short drive from Stryn Summer Ski Resort which is located by Gamle Strynefjellsvegen. Normally there are good skiing conditions, especially in early summer. The summer ski season usually begins at the end of May, depending on the amount of snow on the winter-closed road. After the skiing you can have a refreshing dive into the lake at Hjelle before you enjoy the After Ski on the terrace at Hjelle Hotel.
Accommodation at Hjelle
The glaciers, fjords, sea and mountains in the Nordfjord area have some of the finest scenery Norway has to offer. Loen Skylift and Via Ferrata, Briksdalsbreen Glacier in Olden, Lake Lovatnet and the Oldedalen Valley is a must to visit. And Hotel Alexandra Loen in Loen is the place to stay. Nordfjord is located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the centre of Western Norway.