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?
Find the way
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.
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
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.
Restoring of Operasjon Rype's headquarter
The building which was headquarter for Operation Rype was in bad shape after standing empty for years. OSS Gjefsjøen are now restoring the building. The association OSS Gjefsjøen will convey the story of Operasjon Rype which in the final phase of World War II operated from its base on Gjefsjøen mountain farm. The building will be restored in the original appearance from when Operasjon Rype was carried out.
I de siste krigsmånedene i 1945 var Gjevsjøen en sentral plass i forbindelse med sabotasjeoperasjon Rype. Sabotørene hadde sin base på fjellgården. Operasjon Rypes mål var å sabotere jernbanen for å forsinke de tyske troppenes tilbaketrekning. Heimevernets nåværende innsatsstyrke “Rype” har tatt navn etter operasjonen.
Based on local plants and herbs from Gjefsjøen
Distilled at Inderøy Brenneri (distillery) based on pure water, plants, herbs and botanicals from Gjefsjøen Mountain Farm. Made as a tribute to the heros from Operasjon Rype who had their base at Gjefsjøen in the end og World War II.