Included in the price is fishing in Åbjørvatn in addition to approx. 30 good mountain waters. The fishing rights are valid both in the mountain waters in the Åbjøra watercourse, as well as in Glømmen and Terråkmarka. The fishing rights are also valid for sea trout and salmon fish in the Terråk river.
A fish ladder built in 2000 makes it possible for salmon and sea trout to ascend Åbjørvatn and the Åbjøra river but, even so, most fish that are caught are inland trout.
It is possible to buy a fishing license for Åelva, a drive of a few minutes from the cabin. This is one of Norway’s best sea trout and salmon rivers.
Granbostad is an old farmhouse that has been renovated but where the original atmosphere remains.
The living space is approx. 170 m2. On the ground floor there is a porch, shower, sauna, a large combined kitchen and living room, a pantry and one bedroom. On the first floor there are five bedrooms. In total, eight beds are divided between three double and two single bedrooms. The kitchen is ‘modern’ with a propane fridge, propane stove and solar powered electricity. Water is connected and there is a wood-heated sauna and shower. The cabin is fitted with a solar panel with 230 V converter and USB charger. In addition, there is a separate building with outside toilet and sinks with running hot and cold water.
Granbostad lies far off the beaten track and was one of the largest farms in Bindal until the outward migration in the 1960s. The farmhouse is renovated in accordance with the old traditions. This is a magnificent area of nature that is also suitable for families who would like a holiday that is a bit different.
A forest road takes you to the cabin door. A few cabins belonging to the local population lie in the area, but they cannot be seen or heard from your cabin. The location is suitable for 4–8 persons
Trout and arctic char
Lake Åbjørvatn is easily accessed from the cabin. The lake has large shallow areas on its west side and gets deeper towards the east side. On the far side of the lake, by the inlet of the river Åbjøra, there’s a shallow area well suited for fishing from the boat. Traditionally both spin fishing and fly fishing fish well in the lake. If you want to go for the really big fish, try trolling with large lures such as Rapala and Tomic. Fish up to 1.5kg is not unusual and there’s been caught trout over 4kgs in the lake. The average weight is however about 250g and the fish is of good quality. It’s a dense population of arctic char in Åbjørvatn. Although larger specimens do exist the char is usually of a small size.
The fishing right is also valid for several forest and mountain lakes. Some of which is easily accessed and others which requires some serious hiking. For the experienced hikers, we recommend Nillsfinntjørnin, Kjerringdalstjørna, Flåtjøra and Skarstadfuglvatnet. Those who just want to catch fish in a lake without hiking for several hours should try Hemmingslitjønna, Austerengtjønna, Lomlitjønna, Glømmvatna or Sandsskartjørna. It’s also possible to go fishing in the Terråk area which holds several good lakes ideal for both family fishing or dedicated fly fishermen.
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 (catch-and-release only).
Granbostad cabin is perfect as a base for hiking trips around the cabin and in the region. We recommend walking trips through the Åbjøra valley (true wilderness experience), hike to Granbostad mountain, Nova mountain, Fuglstad mountain, or the further Glømtind mountain. For those who would like a more systematic approach to mountain top hiking, Bindal municipality offers a “top ten mountain tops” in the area, with marked trails and maps available. For those who would like a more regional approach, the cabin works splendidly as a base for trips to Vikna, Ytre Namdal, Leka and Brønnøysund (Torghatten), but expect to plan those as a full days trip. The majestic, narrow top of Heilhornet is a short 45 minute drive from the cabin and is one of the most hiked mountains in the region.
For those who would like other more trips in the local area around the cabin, the forests and mountains hold a lot bilberry (blueberry), cloudberries and mushrooms. The area around the cabin is one of the most popular areas for chantarelles in Bindal municipality, a testament to the density of mushrooms that is possible to find. We would also recommend to bring a kayak/canoe on the trip as the Åbjøra lake is well suited as a paddling destination. People recommend travelling to Vikna as one of the best destinations for kayaking in the region.
For those who would like to do some fjord fishing, we offer boat rental by request. The Bindal and Tosenfjord area are a popular destination for saithe, pollock, haddock, mackerel and halibut fishing. Contact us if you would like to rent a 23 foot boat with a 150hp engine in the fjord.
A stay at Granbostad also includes fishing licence in the Terråk river which lies a 40min drive from the cabin. 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 main house with a total of 170 m2.panelled inside, cover boarding outside.
Ground floor: big kitchen with dining table for 9 persons, pantry, one sleeping room, living room, entry hall, wood-heated sauna and shower.
1.floor: three double and one single bedroom and extra matresses. Totally sleeping possibilities for 9. Shed for wood and outhouse. Boat-house by Åbjørvatn.
Practical and good standard. Kitchen table for 9 persons, sofa, coffee table and chairs in the living room.
Plenty of cutlery, plates, pots and pans for 9 persons.
Running hot and cold water in the kitchen and for the shower, propane fridge/freezer, propane stove/oven and a wood-burning stove. Wood- burning stove in the living room too. Karosine lamps. Wood-heated sauna.
A 12” Alufish with a 5 Hp outboard engine in Åbjørvatn.
9 life jackets for 70-90 kg lie in the boat-house. Other sizes on request.
Check-in and check-out
You have the cabin from 14:00 on arrival day, and you have to check-out by 13:00 on departure day.
About 500 metres from Åbjørvatn with a view over the lake. About 30 km from Terråk.
Gravel road for car up to the cabin.
M711- series: nr. 1825 II and III.
Cabin: UTM 7215370-33W 0390446
Arrival: Our guests will be received at Terråk or at Granbostad. Must be arranged beforehand. Information about the place and the possibilities in the area will be given.
Made beds on request, must be arranged beforehand. Down quilts and pillows for 8 persons. There are plenty of toilet paper, stearin candles and waste bags are in the cabin.
Hunting/hiking guides and cooking services can be organized.
To Rørvik airport: 110 km, Brønnøysund airport: 130 km.
There is no coverage around the cabin, but on higher locations in the mountains. Some coverage on the road on the top before driving down to Åbjørvatnet, and quite steady coverage further down the road to Åbygda.
Price & booking
Total price per week (price is valid for up to 6 persons).
15/05 – 12/06 NOK 12.000
Equals less than NOK 320 per person per day if you are 6 guests.
12/06 – 04/09 NOK 14.000
Equals just above NOK 350 per person per day if you are 6 guests.
Contact us if you would like a family price. Children under 14 do not count towards group size.
The cabin for 7 days, fishing rights over large areas, boat with outboard engine in lake Åbjørvatn, petrol, firewood, propane, toilet paper, candles, paraffine, soap etc.
Price is valid for up to 6 persons. For more than 6 persons, there is an extra cost of NOK 2000/person/week.
Fishing licence Åelva approx.
More info about the area
Granbostad is a special place that most people find fascinating. It lies on the southern end of the Åbjøra lake, beautifully overlooking the water and its surrounding mountains. Granbostad used to be a well run farm with many animals, large fields and profitable forestry.There are a few cabins in the area belonging to local people, but not close enough to interfere with your privacy.
Granbostad used to be the main house on the old farm. It is an old house that has been renovated in the old style and has therefore kept its originalatmosphere. But there are modern facilities like propane kitchen and fridge/freezer, a wood heated sauna and a shower, running hot and cold water. A wood burning stove in the kitchen allows you even to bake your own bread! In other words this a comfortable lodging, allowing you to live in the past, but at the same time having access to modern facilities. And like all old houses Granbostad of course has its own ghost!
Driving instructions from Terråk to Granbostad:
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 turn left onto another gravel road, about 200 metres before you get down to Åbjørvannet. The road leads straight up to Granbostad, after about 400 metres you park the car next to the house.
The 15 km. long river Åelva runs from the lake to the fjord. This is one of the best salmon rivers in the northern part of Norway. Fishing is not included, but can be bought at a resonable price. In the river you can meet other fishermen, but it is selldom crowded. Parts of the river lies in a canyon and you need to walk a few hundred meters to get to the best spots.
Boat with outboard engine in the Åbjøra lake is included. In the autumn you will normally find an abundance of mushrooms and berries (blueberries, wild raspberries, mountain cranberries, cloudberries) that you are free to collect.
The offer is based on weekly rental. Arrival at our office or at the Åbjøra lake on Saturdays at 1400 hrs. Departure next Saturday at 1300 hrs. Other times and durability can be agreed upon.
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.