The summer mountain pasture (seter) of Herdalssetra in Norddalen, about 30 minutes from Geiranger, is part of the World Heritage Area. Farm products such as goat’s cheese and goat’s milk caramels are made here. There are free range cows, goats and sheep and overnight stays are possible in many of the old seter houses.
Idyllic Herdalssetra in Norddal has 300 years of unbroken seter
tradition and with its 300 milking goats it is one of the largest
cooperative pastures for goats in the country. There are cows, sheep and
fjord horses on the seter as well. Herdalssetra is a real playground
for the young, with many nature activities based on seter life. The
seter hamlet has a unique collection of buildings with over 30 old seter
houses in the cluster. There are also many house foundations – the
remains of former farms and seter activities. Until the start of the
1700s there was a permanent settlement here and the farm's history goes
back to Viking times.
Old traditions such as making brown and
white goat’s cheese and genuine goat’s milk caramels are maintained
here. Here, in the old farm, you can participate as a guest in a time
warp of smells and tastes. Hear the history of the many old house
foundations, ancient farm houses and barns, the making and tasting of
cheese and be informed about the “modern” cooperative farm from 1960
onwards. In Kaffistova (the cafe) the milkmaids serve traditional seter
food in the summer.
Herdalssetra is an outstanding place for
outdoor people. There are good trout fishing conditions in the lake. You
can also buy grouse shooting permits and obtain more information about
hunting and fishing here.
The seter is a good starting point for
walking tours inland towards Tafjordfjella or over to Geiranger. You
can find descriptions of the routes on the web site of Ålesund-Sunnmøre
Turistforening (Trekking Association).