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Projekt Lunndörren            

At the border between Härjedalen and Jämtland, just south of the geographic midpoint of Sweden, one can find a beautiful mountain area that is fairly seldom visited by tourists. It borders to the Vålådalen natural reserve in the north and to mountains nearer Ljungdalen, including Helags, in the west. It consists of a series of so-called U-valleys and a corresponding series of mountain ridges rising to around 1600 meters. The easternmost and most well-known of the valleys is Lunndörren, which in earlier centuries offered an important route for travelling between the two landscapes. However, many think that Storådörren, a few valleys westwards, is the most beautiful of them all, and after my first visit there in 2007 I tend to agree. The whole area is very well described by Tore Abrahamsson in his book Okända fjäll (1992).

My project is to document the geography, the fauna and the flora of the Lunndörren area on video film and high-quality soundtracks. It will involve many visits there, especially to Storådörren. The work (and fun) started in the summer of 2011 with two short trips, followed by another short expedition in early June 2012 when the bluethroats were singing and the sun was shining.

During the rest of the summer of 2012 the weather was mostly prohibitive, and in 2013 and 2014 two trips to Vålådalen had priority. See below.

Next attempt at Storådörren was made in June 2015. That spring was very cold, so there were almost no insects in the mountain area, and very few birds (but see below). Now, let us hope for 2016...

2002 (Lunndörren)

Below is a truly nostalgic picture taken in the northern part of Lunndörren in 2002. Note my ancient tent (Haglöf's Tarfala, from 1974) to the right of my wife Lena! It's still going strong but has recently got company in the form of a small and robust one-person Soulo, from Hilleberg.

Below are some short movies, and a longer one, from my later visits to the Lunndörren area and around it.

2011 (Storådörren)

Link: Ring ouzel (ringtrast), mid-June 2011

Here is a short sequence from a family trip in early August 2011 – just to show the beauty of the area:

Link: Hunting short-eared owls (jordugglor), mid-June and early August 2011

The year of 2011 was a great "lemming year", good for the owls. The long-tailed jaegers (fjällabb,  Stercorarius longicaudus) were also abundant. A couple of them nested near our camp in Storådörren in early August 2011 and watched us closely when we were packing to leave. XL-H1A, standard 20x zoom lens.

2012 (Storådörren)

Link: Reed buntings (sävsparvar, early June 2012)

Link: Bluethroat imitating a reindeer's bell (blåhake som imiterar en renskälla), early June 2012

Next movie is actually only a collection of clips, focussing on bluethroats (Luscinia svecia). Early June 2012. For a detailed description in Swedish of the material click here.

Even more bluethroats can be found here!


Near the path from Vålådalen's Fjällstation to Stensdalen, I have found a new favourite environment: the stream Tvärån. Here are some inhabitants near the stream, and some higher up but not so far away. Mid-July 2014, camera: Canon XH-A1, Telinga mic.

2015 (Storådörren)

As noted above there were few insects in the mountains this spring and practically no passerine birds. But a little pond near the entrance of Storådörren hosted couples of Red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator, småskrake) and Wood sandpiper (Tringa glareola, grönbena). Mid-June 2015. (To be completed)

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