Kalvkruvatn and Mellomvatn are considered to be among the best lakes on the estates, in terms of both size and quality.
The river downstream from Kalvkru is very productive and has nice pools and swift-flowing parts. In the lower part of the area, the river becomes broader and flatter. There are many fine spots for fly fishing.
Fishing rights are valid in an area of approx. 80 km2, from Trongen and up to the dam at Øvre Kalvvatn, including Nilsinetjønnan. The fish from Mellomvatn up to Øvre Kalvvatn are shared with those who rent Naust Kalvvatn. Loose fishing cards are not sold, but you might meet people from the reindeer husbandry who are allowed to fish for their own use while in the mountains.
Kalvkru cabin is about 45 m2. It is fully insulated, simple, but pleasant and functional. There is a large living room with sofa suite, dining area and kitchen corner. The cabin has two double bedrooms and four extra mattresses. There is an outside toilet, and an outhouse for firewood and equipment. Water and electricity are not connected, but there is a propane stove with oven, and a good wood fire.
A CELLAR keeps food cold. At Nams-Inn (where you get the key) there is a freezer for the use of our guests.
Kalvkru is magnificently situated far up in the Åbjøra watercourse, 8 km to the nearest neighbour.
This is one of our best places for inland fishing in a lake/river. A dirt road (closed to general traffic) takes you to Kalvvatn. From there you walk a little more than 1 kilometer, cross a lake with a boat, walk another kilometer, and then cross another lake to the cabin. The location is recommended only for people who are used to the mountains. The location is suitable for up to 4 persons (maximum 6).
Lake Kalvkruvatn og river Åbjøra
This is among our very best places for inland trout fishing, Most guests come back year after year. Our guests have privileged rights to fish from Mellavatn and down to Trongen, about 8 km. In the lake, trout up to 1 kg is common. Occasionally, also larger fish are caught. (Largest fish in recent years: Kalvkruvatnet: 4,1 Kg. Mellavatnet: 2,6 kg). In the river downstream Kalvkru, common size is about 300-500 grams. There are many good spots for fly fishing, but also good conditions for fishing with spinning bait etc.
Very good fishing lake with fish of good quality and size. The bigest fish registered is 2,6 kg. Fishing tools are the same as in Kavkruvatn. Many guests have experienced the best fishing in the pools in the lower end of the lake.
Other mountain lakes
Ringvatn, 614- 609 masl.
Regulated lake. Not too many fish here, but the fish hold good quality and size. Fish up to 3,5 kg.
Nedre Ringvatn, 597- 595 masl.
Regulated lake. Fishing unknown.
Ringvassfjellet, 620 masl
Fish of very good quality up to 2 kg.
Lake east of Kalvkruvatn, 514, 531, and 539 masl
Trout of very good quality and size up to 700-800 gr.
Lake south of Kalvkruvatn, 674 og 676 masl
Fish of very good quality and size up to 1,5 kg.
The cabin is about 43 m2, fully insulated witha sntry hallway, 2 bedrooms, living room and kitchen. There is a shed for wood smokehouse for fish and an outhouse. Totally sleeping possibility for 6 persons, 2 in each bedroom and 2 on matresses.
Practical standard, dining table in the living room for 6 persons, a corner sofa, coffee table and 2 chairs. Down quilts and pillows for 4 persons.
Plenty of cutlery, plates, pots and pans for 6 persons.
No running water in the cabin, but good drinking water about 30 metres fromthe cabin. Propane stove/oven in the cabin. Kerosine lamps. An aluminium box is buried in the marsh, working as a cellar.
A 14′ aluminium boat with a 5 Hp motor in Mellomvatnet, a 11′ and a 12′ rowing boat in Kalvkruvatnet. Please remember petrol with 1 % oil mixture for the outboard engine in Klavkruvatnet.
There are no life jackets in the cabin or in the boats. Please bring your own vests.
On the south-east side of Kalvkruvatnet (268 masl) about 100 metres from the lake.
By car: There is an exit sign towards Kalvvatn from E-6, about 9.5 km north of Namsskogan. The construction road (turnpike road) is 21 km to the parking lot. From there you walk for about 1.7 km to Mellomvatnet where there is a boat with an outboard engine. From Mellomvatn to Kalvkruvatn it is about 1 km to another boat that you use across Kalvkruvatn down to the cabin. The trip from the car usually takes between 2-3 hours, the distances by boat included.
M711- series: nr.1825 II
Cabin: UTM 7218985- 33W 0402117
Boat Mellomvatn: UTM 7221927- 33W 0404047
Boat Kalvkruvatn: UTM 7220338- 33W 0402157
Arrival: The key to the road block on the construction road and to the cabin you get at the inn Nams- Inn in Namskogan.
In a garage by Nams- Inn there is a freezer that our guests can employ.
The guests have to bring their own bedclothes unless agreed upon otherwise. Made beds upon agreement. There is plenty of toilet paper, stearin candles and bags for waste in the cabin.
Help to carry equipment to the cabin or parts of the way and a hunting guide 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).
26/06 – 04/09 NOK. 20.500,-
Equals approx. NOK 480 per person per day if you are 6 guests.
Cabin, fishing rights, boat with outboard engine in Mellavatn, two boats in Kalvkruvatn, boat in small lake 224, fuel, firewood, propane etc.
Price is valid for up to 4 persons. For more than 4 persons, there is an extra cost of NOK 1500/person/week.
More info about the area
If you wish to experience life way into the wilderness, we suggest you try the cabin at Kalvkruvatn. It is situated on the shore of a beautiful lake 286 meters above sea level, and is among our best places for trout fishing and grouse hunting.
The cabin is simple, but nice. The living room with a kitchen part is quite spacious, and two twin bed-rooms make the cabin comfortable for 4 persons, but with the extra matresses two more persons can easily stay. Though simple there is a propane burner that makes cooking easy. No running water, but the water in the lake next to the cabin tastes better than any water you can buy in the store. With no neighbours around for miles this cabin really puts you in the wilderness!
You drive north on E 6(about 60 km north of Grong) till you pass Namskogan, drive on for another 9.5 km, till you get to the exit sign “Kalvvatn” on the left hand side. A construction road (closed for public traffic) takes you to a dam connected to a hydro electric power plant further up the Åbjøra water system. Our guests are allowed to use this road. Key to a road block on the construction road and to the cabin, is given to you at the guest house Nams-inn, located about 10 km south of the construction road. After about 21 km you park the car, and from there you hike 1,5 km down to the lake Mellavatn. There you will find a boat with an outboard engine to take you across the lake. From the other side, you hike about 1 km down to the lake Kalvkru, where you find a new boat which you row across the lake to get to the cabin. In total the trip takes 2-3 hours. For people who are used to hiking, it is possible to reach the cabin by hiking from Åbjørvannet.
During wintertime, propane and other heavy goods are brought to the cabin, and the cabin undergoes a thorough cleaning. For the rest of the season, we are dependent on our guests cleaning the cabin after use, as distance makes it impossible for us to supervise the cabin after each stay. The cabin is about 43 m2. It has two separate twin bedrooms, and a living room with a kitchen corner.
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.