The gin clear water of river Åbjøra offers our best destination for trout fishing in amazing surroundings! Our guest has over 10 km over exclusive fishing right in the Åbjøra river. The fishing licence also includes a variety of lakes and creeks. For salmon and sea trout fishing in river Åelva fishing licence can be bought from local land owners (we can arrange licences).
Åbjørstua is approx. 100 m2 and is of a good standard. There are four double bedrooms with bunk beds. The kitchen has a propane stove and fridge. Warm/cold water is connected. There is a shower, your own drying room for clothes, and a large living room with two suites. There is a large, furnished terrace along the long side of the cabin.
The old farmhouse ‘Gamlestua’ lies right next to the cabin and can be used by our guests in Åbjørstua if needed. Guests also have at their disposal ‘Moelvbrakke’ with three beds, in Kjerringdalen.
Åbjørstua lies next to the Åbjøra river, in magnificent and varied nature with cultural monuments that date back to the Iron Age, as well as rich animal life and good fishing. The cabin is situated far from civilization.
There is a forest road to Åbjørvatn. From there take a boat nearly all the way to the cabin. An old tractor path makes it easy to follow the river along the valley. The location is suitable for 4–8 persons (maximum 15).
Browse through the album for detailed information about fishing possibilities.
Black Fly Eyes’ video from Åbjøra
Staying at Åbjørstua leaves you lot of options. Some enjoy hunting for big trout in the area close to the cabin, while others explore the remote areas of the magnificent Åbjøra valley. The cabin lies by the river Åbjøra and you get there by crossing lake Åbjørvatn by boat.
Several kilometres of slow, gin-clear water perfect for fly fishing. Good mayfly hatches and big, elusive trout makes river Åbjøra perfect for fly fishing. Possible to sight-fish if you can stalk carefully and not spook the shy fish. The area around “Reingardsmyra” is worth a visit. The pools up-/downstream the Kjerringdalselva tributary holds some really good fish.
In the Åbjøra river all trout above 30cm should be released. No bag limit for trout under 30cm. Sea trout and salmon of all sizes are only catch-and-release. River Åbjøra is a fly fishing river only, so no worm baits, lures, or wobblers in the river.
We recommend the lake as a fishing destination because it caters to all sorts of fishing methods. As a lake, is has deep parts on the eastern side, suitable for lure fishing, trolling, or wobbler fishing. The western part has shallow waters and we recommend that you spend some time with light equipment and spinners, worm baiting, or fly fishing along the reeds and small river inlets. You will find fish in all sizes, but expect to find large fish when trolling the deeper parts of the lake, and on the shallow western part during the darkest hours of the night. Salmon and Sea-trout are common on the later part of the season, but as catch-and-release only. Maximum size limit of harvested fish is 1 kg. All fish 1 kg and above is catch-and-release.
From Åbjørstua you can hike up to the Nilsfinndalen valley, and further up to the mountain lakes called Nilsfinntjønnin. In these lakes, you find both trout and arctic char of good quality. The nature of the Nilsfinndalen valley is in itself an magnificent experience.
As our guest at Åbjørstua you also have access to an extra cabin about 5km upstream from Åbjørstua. If you plan to explore the Kjerringdalen valley this is a good place to start your trip, or you can just rest here for a few hours on your way up the Åbjøra river. Right next to the cabin there’s a couple of pools where some really nice trouts have been caught.
Salmon and sea trout fishing in the Åelva river
Take the boat and head back across the lake Åbjørvatn to your car. From there it’s about 2-3km down to some of the best spots in river Åelva. Fishing licence for salmon/sea trout fishing in Åelva can be bought for NOK 200 a day.
The main cabin is about 100 m2 including drying room, hallway, washing room, four bedrooms, living room and kitchen, cellar under the cabin, shed for wood, outhouse.Totally bunks for 8 people and 4 extra matresses in the main cabin. An addtional house in the old main house on about 40 m2 with beds for up to 6 people. Moelven barrack with 3 beds about 5 km from Åbjørstua.
Good standard, kitchen table with room for up to 12 persons, sofa, coffee table and chairs. There are down quilts and pillows for 8 persons in the cabin.
Plenty of utensils, pots and pans for 12 persons.
Running hot and cold water due to a pump system and a gas heater, propane fridge with a small freezer, gas stove with an oven, extra gas burner (totally 8 jets) and shower in the main cabin. Parafine lamps. Solar panel and a battery bank for lighting mainly in the kitchen and other LED lights. Propane burner in the old main house.
15” aluminium boat with a 5 Hp motor. Extra boat can be arranged.
6 life jackets 70-90 kg lie in the boat-house at the parking place. Other sizes have to be agreed on beforehand.
By the inner part of Åbjørvatn, about 1 km upstream to boat place. From there about 300 metres up to the cabin.
By car to Åbjørvatn and about 5 km by boat up Åbjørvatn and the river.
M711- series: nr. 1824 I og IV og 1825 III. A little on 1825 II.
Cabin: N 65o 00,974´- E 12o 44,258´
Boat place by the cabin: N 65o 00,897´ – E 12o 43,822´
Barrack on Reingardsmyra: N 65o 01,669´ – E 12o 49,021
Arrival: The guests are received by our employee, and information about the place and the possibilities in the area will be given. According to agreement, the guests can be accompanied to the cabin.
The guests have to bring their own bed linen unless otherwise agreed. There is plenty of toilet paper, candles, and other supplies in the cabin.
Fishing- and hunting guide, cooking services and hiking guides can be organized.
To Rørvik airport: 110 km, Brønnøysund airport: 130 km.
There is no net coverage in the cabin.
Price & booking
Total price per week (price is valid for up to 6 persons).
29/5 – 12/6: NOK. 14.000,-
Equals less than NOK 350 per person per day if you are 6 guests.
12/6 – 14/8: NOK. 19.500,-
Equals less than NOK 450 per person per day if you are 6 guests.
14/8 – 04/9: NOK. 14.000,-
Equals less than NOK 350 per person per day if you are 6 guests.
Cabin, fishing rights, a boat with outboard engine, fuel, firewood, propane etc.
Price is valid for up to 6 persons. For more than 6 persons, there is an extra cost of NOK 1500/person/week.
Fishing licence for salmon/sea trout fishing in river Åelva can be arranged for NOK 300 a day.
More info about the area
The Åbjøra water system is a world of splendid and pure nature, with a rich animal life and a varied vegetation. Books have been written about Åbjøra and the people living there in former days. In the central part of this area lie Åbjørstua and Gamlestua.
Åbjørstua lies on the home fields of the farm Åbjørgården. The farm was abandoned in the mid 1950s. Today only the cabin Åbjørstua and the old farm house Gamlestua remain. Close to the cabins lie the foundations of a house from the Iron age. There are also several grave-mounds, casting shadows from the life in ancient times.
Abjørstua is a big cabin with a good standard. With drying room, washing room, a big living room with plenty of space in the kitchen part, you have everything you need to make food, relax and lead a comfortable life out in the wilderness. Having hot and cold water from the pump system, you can even take a shower. A propane fridge and freezer, gas stove and oven, cellular energy for lighting up the cabin together with kerosine lamps, make staying here even more easy. Here you can comfortably house up to 8 people, without feeling it is too crowded! 4 more persons can stay if necessary, as there are additional matresses.
Driving instructions from Terråk to Åbjørstua:
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 get to Åbjørvatn. load the baggage into the boat assigned. park the car a little away from the lake, as it might rise up to 2 metres by heavy rainfall. When you cross the lake, watch out for the shallow parts between Fornessodden and Mulingen(see the marks for shallow parts on the map) . It is also very shallow waters at the outlet of Åbjørelven. Put the motor on shallow water setting about 200 metres before the outlet and drive carefully up the river to where you park the boat on the riverbank. Always make fast the boat to a pole or to the vegitation along the river. The river might rise up to more than 1 metre in a few hours. There is a trolley and a wheel-barrow that you can use to bring your baggage from the boat to the cabin (about 300 metres). At departure these can be left by the river where you fastened the boat, a good distance from the water.
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.