Trees and water merge into one in Kryssvatnet. Photo: Umid Mirzaev.

Hiking to the three lakes close to campus

KRYSSVATNET (Panorama): Are you tired of studying and want to feel refreshed? An accessible hiking trail to the three lakes close to campus might be a solution!

By UMID MIRZAEV (text & photo)

A map of the area close to campus with three beautiful lakes. Map: Norgeskart

Mekvatnet (The Mek Lake) is located only a 30 minutes walk from Molde campus. Together with Langvatnet (The Long Lake) and Kryssvatnet (The Cross Lake), these three lakes between the mountains is surrounded by pristine forests, lonely cabins and water channels, and this territory creates a very special atmosphere to enjoy.

A cabin by Mekvatnet. Photo: Umid Mirzaev.

The hiking path starts where Setervegen ends at the Northern top of the Kvam area. If you have wheels, no problem. You can park here.

On the way to Langvatnet. Photo: Umid Mirzaev.

A relatively low elevation of the terrain and mountains create a safe environment for this hiking route. It is a perfect start for hiking activities, even if you are beginner.

A cabin by Langvatnet. Photo: Umid Mirzaev.

In addition, do not forget to bring a fishing rod, since these lakes provide the possibility to catch a trout. However, don’t forget to buy fishing license in advance. A 100 kroner a year gives you access to most lakes and ponds in Moldemarka, including Mekvatnet. Kryssvatnet and Langvatnet does not require a fishing card.

With such pointers, no one gets lost. Photo: Umid Mirzaev.

The surrounding area is also great for camping and swimming, especially during the summer season.

Noisy stream in a quiet forest. Photo: Umid Mirzaev.

It worth to mention that hiking is a nice way to socialize. An interesting feature of hiking is that Norwegians greet and smile at passersby hikers during the trip. Enjoying the beauty of nature and mountains, you begin to understand why this happens during a hike, and not so often in the city center.

Langvatnet offers incredible views in autumn. Photo: Umid Mirzaev.

If you have a couple of hours and want to refresh yourself from studies, then it is highly recommended to hike and enjoy pure Norwegian nature.

Trees and water merge into one in Kryssvatnet. Photo: Umid Mirzaev.