Tiskare­tjärns­leden

This is the trail that connects the two paths of the Angenleden and the Gruvrundan  and passes through two nature reserves; the Kalvhöjden and the Tiskaretjärn. The trail itself is a separate route, which means that several routes are connected to a complete 50-km joint trail system, including the Peckererunden, Tischas trail and the Ambiastorp trail. 

Good to Know:

Cows and sheep graze at Tiskaretjärn

The old native breeds, such as red poll cows and Värmland sheep graze on the grounds at the Tiskaretjärn and help to keep the landscape open. There are animals of different ages, calves and cows. Hay is harvested on the meadows both through using scythes and also by tractor. If you come across the people who work on the nature reserve farm, don’t hesitate to ask them about plants and animals. There is a lot of knowledge about one thing and another here.

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Two Värmland county nature reserves

As you walk this trail, you pass through two of Värmland county’s nature reserves, namely Tiskaretjärn and Kalvhöjden. Both of these are managed by having grazing animals in the meadows and cutting the grass by scythe. This kind of care preserves cultural landscapes and flora that require this form of management.

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Varying nature along the hiking trail

There are hazel bushes and a fine meadow flora. The trail passes through both forests and farms, small sparkling ponds and several picnic areas along your trail. Picnic areas are located in several places so you can enjoy nature and rest your legs from time to time. To walk this trail you need a car at each end, or you can go back after the trail, but shorten the distance by walking gravel roads. The starting point can also be at Rokkmakkstugan, where you go in an anti-clockwise direction from the cottage towards the North Ängen mine to walk along the Tiskaretjärn trail. 

The history of Tiskaretjärn

The first person to come to this place and start growing things was a forest Finn named Joseph Jakobsson Hämäläinen. He came here as early as around 1625. When Hämäläinen died, he left Tiskaretjärn farm to his daughter Kajsa Josephsdotter and her husband Hans Olofsson Norilainen in his will. Two of their sons later divided the family home into There Nol and There Sö. The first teacher in Gräsmark, school master Matthes Matthesson Norilainen (1767-1841), was raised there, in There Nol. His life is described in the novel Scholmästeran by Jan Olov Nilsson. In the middle of the 19th century, Tiskaretjärn had grown into a village with five farms and five crofts and a population of almost 100 people, including maids, farm workers and hired help. §

Atikullen

Within the Tiskaretjärn nature reserve lies Atikullen, with very rich flora. The name comes from the Finnish word Authio, which means deserted (the deserted hill). During the 17th century, Sweden was at war with Norway and on one occasion the people of the village were gathered together at Atikullen with their animals and all their possessions. As there were so many animals in such a small space, a popular comment was that this hill was the absolutely most fruitful place in the region. It was thought that this was due to all the animal waste that ended up on the hill. Much later, the explanation came that the powerful vegetation is due instead to the presence of the hyperite type of rock, which is very nutritious for plants.

Combine trails for a longer hike

Along the Tiskaretjärn trail there are two trails that allow you to choose to walk shorter distances. One of these is the Tischas trail, which is a circular route of around 4.5 km around the Tiskaretjärn. A suitable starting point for this walk is the car part at Tiskaretjärn nature reserve. The other trail is the Ambiastorp trail. This one is 3 km and starts at the other nature reserve, Kalvhöjden. These circular routes allow you to choose different routes when combining the trails for a longer hike. 

Directions to Tiskaretjärn trail

To walk the Tiskaretjärn trail, follow the orange square markings and arrow signs through the reserve. The trail runs across Atikullen and past the Northern Tiskaretjärn, but it is also possible to walk the Tischas trail after the road through the reserve, as the two trails join together at the reserve borders. If you walk with a dog, the Tischas trail is recommended. The Tischas trail is also marked with 4-edge square markings throughout the reserve. The trail follows the gravel road to begin with, but in the reserve it passes a stile over the sheep fence and then follows about 200 m of forest track, otherwise it mainly follows the old tracks. This trail is an easy, lakeside hike.

Past all the plants of the Finn farm

The Tiskaretjärn trail runs through the reserve and passes the old Finnish farm, the animals and the interesting flora, field gentians, yellow rattle, spring peas, fox-and-cubs, etc. Atikullen has a rich flora of hazel, linden, elm and blue anemones. Here you will find picnic tables, information boards, a chemical toilet and parking spaces.

The Tischas trail

Out on the gravel road, the Tischas trail turns off and follows the road along the lake shore and back to the Tiskaretjärn reserve. The Tiskaretjärn trail, however, continues up through the forest, follows a long stone wall up to Kalvhöjden, when you once again experience a genuine idyll, seeing the three farms in a row. The small village road takes you past pastures and through the Kalvhöjden nature reserve. Kalvhöjden nature reserve consists of hay meadows and grazing pastures on calcareous ground and felled trees. There is a meadow flora that is unusual for today’s agricultural landscape, but similar to that of the Tiskaretjärn. Great views over Lake Borrsjön. Picnic tables, information boards, a chemical toilet and parking spaces.

The Ambiastorp trail

The Ambiastorp trail passes, as the name suggests, the remains of the Ambias croft. The Tiskaretjärn trail now follows the Ambiastorp trail (3 km), but it is also possible to take a short cut and walk the shorter stretch to Rokkmakk, if you are feeling tired. You walk on forest paths, but also long distances on the old tracks, you pass and follow 2 large streams, which are lively and run between the stones and the rocks, and several mill and saw remains. 

Croft ruins at Ambiastorp

At Ambiastorp, all that remains today is the foundation of the croft, but also foundations of outbuildings, and badgers have moved into the old root cellars. It’s an exciting experience to walk around and discover strange remains from past times and try to understand what they were used for. Close to the sign and in the shadow of the foundation of the large house, there is a stock of a stock of the shy but fragrant Moneses uniflora, which is known locally as pale moon, it usually flowers in early June and you should look for a low plant with hanging small yellow and white stars.

Swimming in Lake Borrsjön

It is possible to make a detour to Lake Borrsjön and bathe from the sandy beach, which lies between the gravel road and the lake, before proceeding up to the actual croft at Ambiastorp. To do so you take a left around 500 meters from the reserve, when you arrive on the driveway below the slope, from where it is another 300 meters to the beach. The village of Borrsjön also offers the possibility to rent accommodation in the village cottage.

Bathe in the Mörtbäcken stream

When you have come up all of the slopes, you will reach an old stone bridge, where the outlet to Koltjärn becomes Mörtbäcken, and why not take off your boots and cool your feet in the chill water, letting them dry in the sun before continuing your hike. The brave and fearless, may perhaps choose to cool the whole body in this natural ‘bathtub’.