Åbjørvatn has a good population of trout and char. Trout of over 4 kg have been caught, but the usual maximum size during the season is approx. 1-1.5 kg.
A salmon ladder built in 2000 makes it possible for salmon and sea trout to ascend. It is ‘catch and release’ for the salmon. Physically fit guests who are used to hiking can look forward to good fishing in the mountains, where some of the waters have first class trout, and others have arctic char.
The cabin at Åbjørneset is an old logged cabin, approx. 25 m2. It has a small porch and a living room with a bunk bed and a seating suite (sofa bed). The cabin is simply furnished and equipped for up to 4 persons, with wood fire, propane fridge and propane cooker. There is an outside toilet and wood shed. There is no connected water.
Here originally was a log cabin belonging to the English salmon lord, Rowling. Straight after the war the wood from the cabin was used to build more forest accommodation, including today’s Åbjørneset cabin.
Åbjørneset lies 400 m up the Åbjøra river, at the upper part of Åbjørvatnet, with access to large areas of undisturbed wilderness where few people wander. The location offers good fishing, and great fishing experiences for those used to the mountains.
There is a forest road all the way to Åbjørvatnet and from there take a boat to the cabin. The location is suitable for 2 persons (maximum 4).
Trout and arctic char
The Åbjøra lake lies next to the cabin. There has been caught innland trout up to 4 kg, but more common size is 300-500 grams. In 2001 a salmon ladder was built, and good populations of wild salmon and sea trout are now beeing established in the lake. Boat with outboard engine in the Åbjøra lake is included. In the autumn you will normally find an abundance of mushrooms and berries (blueberries, mountain cranberries, cloudberries) that you are free to collect.
In the mountains around the Åbjøra lake lies several smaller lakes. Our guests have Fishing rights in all of these. In addition, they have fishing rights in a group of small lakes called Nilsfinntjønnin (difficult to pronounce even for a Norwegian). These lakes are at a high altitude, and a good walk from the cabin, so we recommend bringing sleeping bags and some equipment for outdoor camping.
Our guests can also fish in the numerous lakes at Glømmen and Urvold.
PS! The guests at the neighbouring cabin “Åbjørstua” have exclusive fishing right to the river Åbjøra.
Salmon and sea trout
Fishing licence for approximately 6 kilometres of the Åelva river can be bought for NOK200 a day or NOK1000 for one week per person. It’s about 3 kilometres from the parking at lake Åbjørvatn down to the upper part of the beat. The salmon and sea trout populations of the Åelva river is one of the best in the region, and this 6km beat holds some of the best fishing spots in the river. The river is ideal for single hand fly fishing and light spin fishing. Some anglers prefer a two-hand fly rod on higher water levels. The fish ladder built in Åelva river in 2000 makes both lake Åbjørvatn and river Åbjøra available to salmon/sea trout, although all salmon/sea trout caught in the lake or Åbjøra river should be released.
A stay at Åbjørneset also includes fishing licence in the Terråk river which lies a 40min drive from the parking at lake Åbjørvatn. The Terråk river runs right through the town of Terråk and is easily accessed from the road or trail. The river holds both large salmon and sea trout. We recommend trying the Terråk river in combination with a trip to the local grocery market.
Logged cabin about 25 m2, separate shed for wood and outhouse. Sleeping possibility for up to 4 persons. A bunk bed and a sofa which extends to a double bed.
Simple standard, small kitchen table, coffee table and a sofa. Down quilts and pillows for 2 persons in the cabin.
Plenty of cutlery, plates, pots and pans for 4 persons.
No running water, good drinking water about 30 metres from the cabin. Kerosine lamps in the cabin. Propane burner withh 3 jets and a propane fridge on 103 litres, a small freezer included.
A Hansvik 14,5”standard with a 5 Hp outboard engine in Åbjørvatnet.
4 life jackets for 70-90 kg lie in the boat-house by the car parking. Other sizes on request.
About 400 metres up the river at the inner part of Åbjørvatn. About 30 metres from the riverbank to the cabin.
By car to Åbjørvatn and by boat about 5 km across Åbjørvatn and up the river.
M711- series: nr. 1824 I og IV and 1825 II og III.
Arrival: Our guests are welcomed at Terråk and given informationnabout the place and the possibilities in the area. The guests can be accompanied to the cabin on request.
Fishing/hunting guide and hiking guides can be organized on request.
There is no net coverage around the cabin
Price & booking
Total price per week (price is valid for up to 4 persons).
23/05 – 09/09 Kr. 7000,-
Equals approx. NOK 250 per person per day if you are 4 guests.
Cabin, fishing rights, boat with outboard engine, fuel, firewood, propane etc. Price is valid for up to 4 persons.
Fishing licence for salmon/sea trout fishing in river Åelva can be arranget for NOK 200 a day or NOK 1000 a week.
More info about the area
The cabin was built around 1940 for forestry purposes. It lies in beautiful surroundings on the headland between the Åbjøra lake and the Åbjøra river, being a perfect base for fishing in the mountain lakes or, in the fall, hunting for birds.
The cabin is nice, although small and primitive, the only modern device being a propane burner and a small propane fridge. The cabin has a double bed and a sofa that can be transformed to a double bed. If you would like to live a bit primitively in the wilderness, keeping a simple household, this is the place for you!
Driving instructions from Terråk to Åbjørneset:
Drive back to the petrol station and turn right towards Åbygda. Follow the road about 8 km. There you pass an agricultural garage. Take to the right towards Åbygda. After 10 km you turn left onto a gravel road. If you cross a green metallic bridge, you have driven 200 metres too far. After 8 km on the gravel road you get to Åbjørvatn. load the baggage into the boat assigned. park the car a little away from the lake, as it might rise up to 2 metres by heavy rainfall. When you cross the lake, watch out for the shallow parts between Fornessodden and Mulingen(see the marks for shallow parts on the map) . It is also very shallow waters at the outlet of Åbjørelven. Put the motor on shallow water setting about 200 metres before the outlet and drive carefully up the river to where you park the boat on the left riverbank about 50 metres before the river turns right. Always attach the boat to the vegitation along the river. The river might rise up to more than 1 metre in a few hours.
History of Granbostad and Åbjørdalen
The settlement around Åbjørvatn may date back as far to prehistorical times. Living conditions were good for growing grain, keeping cattle, for fishing and hunting. The area was and still is, very remote. We know of at least one farm here in the iron age, and several archaeological finds and burial mounds date back to the Vikings.
The farmers at Granbostad were freeholders up to 1874 when Ulrik Sverdrup, father of the polar explorer,Otto Sverdrup, bought the farm. Succeeding tenant farmers at Åbjøra and Granbostad came from Trøndelag around 1900 .
Tuberculoses was a common cause of death. A tenant at Granbostad lost 11 out of 14 children as well as his wife in tuberculoses. He then left the farm, but died of the same disease shortly after.
The last tenants at Granbostad were Svanhild and Jarle Nilsen from Åbygda. They had 4 children and worked the farm from 1961 to 1965. Thereafter no one has lived there permanently.
Åbjøra was one of the most remote areas in Bindal, with difficult access to the rest of the community. Yet there was a rather big farm here in the Viking age. Archaeological digs in 1905 revealed a tomb with a sceleton, parts of a double-edged sword, a spear point and a scythe blade from the 9th century. Another search, in 1973, disclosed 5 grave-mounds, one 20 metres long, and a house-site, 30-35 metres long and 8 metres wide, all of it most likely from the 9th century. You can see the grave-mounds and site of the house near the farm.
The first farmer, Jon, is mentioned in 1611. As from 1647 there were 2 farms at Åbjøra and the farmers, like at Granbostad, were freeholders up to 1874, when Ulrik Sverdrup bought both farms.. One of the last freeholders was named Svend, so one of the farms was called «Sveingarden»(Svein’s farm). One of the tenants, Karl Magnus Welde, came to Åbjøra in 1877 and is remembered for his brave battle with a bear. A note board on the farm tells you the story in detail.
The last tenant was the lap, Johan Westerfjell. He grew up at Klarem, much further into the valley were his father, Peder Johnsen Westerfjell had made a living. Johan Westerfjell left Åbjøra in 1954 and the farm has been abandoned ever since. It was a rough life. The weather here is quite warm at summer-time, so they farmed their own supplies of grain, potatoes and vegetables. They kept a couple of cows they hunted and fished and at a certain time they even had a fox farm. Whatever special suplies they needed had to be carried over the mountains, heavy things pulled on sleighs at winter-time.
The old farmhouse is still there, the rest of the buildings long since gone. The house is said to be haunted. Some old and worn children’s shoes hang on the wall by the stove and must not, for your own safety, be removed. The shoes belonged to a girl who died there under mysterious circumstances.
The river Åbjøra was used for transporting logs from Oksdalen to the fjord,. The last floating took place in 1972.
This is Klarem built at the end of the 1930s by the lap, Peder Johnsen Westerfjell, and his family. When asked why he chose to settle so far away into the wilderness, he answered “It is so central”! Getting to the shops at Terråk took him 2 days, while the youngest sons at Klarem could manage a trip to the shop at Majavatn in one day and night. Not exactly what most of us would call “central”. Just study the distances on a map.
They cultivated the land and grew potatoes, had forage for a horse and 2-3 cows. The forage was cut in remote mountain fields and pulled home on sleighs during wintertime. They also had reindeers and were self supplied with food and essentials.
They built a log house, but Peder Johnsen prefered the lavvo, a sami tent, he set up in front of the house. There was a shed for the animals, a tool shed and a kind of cellar for storing food.
Looking at the size of the logs, you wonder how they managed to fell the trees and build the houses using man power only.
Ski or hike to Klarem and you will see remains of the houses as well as open home fields where moose often choose to lie down to rest and sleep.
Peder Johnsen is also responsible for some of the fine fish you now catch in a number of lakes. He and his sons caught fish in the river and released their catch in various lakes. A female lap, Nilsine carried fish from the river to the lakes by Kalvatn, which now are known as «Nilsinetjønnene» (Nilsine’s lakes).
Englishmen staying at Horstad in Åbygda were interested in fishing and hunting further into the valley. For that purpose a naval officer, Mr. Rowson, built this handsome cabin at Åbjørnesset, downstream from the farm Åbjøra. After Mr. Rowson’s time, the cabin was taken down and the materials used to build two cabins to house lumbermen working in the valley of Åbjøra. The existing smaller cabin at Åbjørnesset was built later.