Gjefsjøen is one of four farms without road connection in the mountains of Snåsa. The trip to get there is an experience itself..

Gjefsjøen mountain farm is owned and operated today by Nils Christian Gjefsjø. The main activity has been farming with sheep, but tourism is a growing additional industry and Gjefsjøen offers both accommodation, dining, boat rental and boat transport. There are also good opportunities for hunting and fishing in the area.

Just the trip to get to both Gjefsjøen and the other mountain farms in Snåsa will be able to provide great nature experiences, and when you arrive you will be able to experience how mountain farming has been run through history and is run today.

Both Gjefsjøen and Gaundalen are mountain farms that are still inhabited and that run ordinary farming and tourism. Holden Fjellgård is run as a barn in the summer and Gressåmoen Fjellgård is uninhabited, in both it is possible to rent accommodation in the farm buildings. On the Swedish side of the border is Björkede mountain farm by the river between Gjevsjøen and the neighboring lake Holderen.

The farm produces its own electricity. Today's facilities include a diesel generator, solar cells, battery bank and a wind turbine. An expansion with the development of its own hydropower plant is also a current dream for the future.

How to get there?

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From Snåsa

From national road 763 at Brede in Snåsa, it is approx. 30 km drive to the parking at lake Ismenningen. From there, the marked path "Gjefsjøstien" is 22 km into Gjefsjøen mountain farm.

Boat ride across Gjevsjøen from the Swedish side

From E6 in Verdal - national road 72 to Sandvika/Swedish border - further towards Järpen on road 336 - turn left just before Kallsedet - follow the road past Övereng to Björkedet. From there there is a road closed with a locked barrier up to the lake Gjevsjøen. In total approx. 150 kilometres from Verdal. Contact us for a code for the lock or to order a boat ride.

Winter time

In the winter you can get to Gjefsjøen by ski or by snowmobile from Ismenningen in Snåsa or by crossing the lake Gjevsjøen from Björkedet in Sweden. There is a winter plowed road both to Ismenningen and to Björkedet.

Map coordinates for Gjefsjøen Fjellgård

64 degrees 6 minutes 16 seconds north
13 degrees 5 minutes 5 seconds east

UTM position: Zone 33W Ø 406687 N 7110071
Position in decimal degrees: N64.1046 ° - Ø13.0848 °


The map sheet (paper) covering Gjefsjøen Fjellgård is 1823-II Gjevsjøen

Find Gjefsjøen at Norgeskart.no

Inhabited since the 1790'es


The farmyard and cultural landscape on Gjefsjøen shows signs from several hundred years of traditions with farming, fishing and hunting. Traditions that are still maintained by those who live there today. The farm has been inhabited since the 1790s. The stories are many about the hardy people who live and have lived here.

Høyonnsfolk med river ca. 1925

restoration of the Rype headquarter

OSS Gjefsjøen

An extensive project is now underway to restore the building that was the headquarters of Operasjon Rype during the war. Planned completion and opening during fall of 2021.

the sabotage operation

Operasjon rype

In the last months of the war in 1945, Gjevsjøen was a central place in connection with the sabotage operation Rype. The saboteurs had their base on the mountain farm. Operation Rype's goal was to sabotage the railway to delay the withdrawal of German troops. The Home Guard's current task force "Grouse" has taken its name after the operation.

laget på lokale urter og planter fra Gjefsjøen


Akevitten er destillert på vann, lokale urter og planter fra Gjefsjøen. Det er laget som en hyllest til ære for Operasjon Rype som opererte med base  på Gjefsjøen gård i fjellene på Snåsa i slutten av andre verdenskrig. Akevitten destilleres eksklusivt på Inderøy Brenneri.