M/S Femund II travels on daily basis all summer from Synnervika in the north to Elgå and back. Synnervika
The company has its quarters for the crew and warehouses at Synnervika, where the ship is pulled up for the winter.
The first place we come to on our trip is Røa, on the east side of the lake. The river Røa is very popular, and this is the most visited area of the nationalpark, covering over 345 square kilometers.
The next stop is on the west side, Femundshytten, originaly a settlement from the mining period. Cabins for rent.
The tourist trail from Femundshytten and back to Synnervika is a very beautiful and popular trail, and takes 4-5 hours.
From Femundshytten we cross the lake over to Haugen on the east side. Angelers going in to the eastern part of the nationalpark usually start from here.
In the background you can see the mountain Store Svuku 1.415 m above sea level.
Our next crossing to the west side takes us to Jonasvollen. Cabins for rent, parking and marked tourist trails.
Crossing back to the east side again, we come to Revlingen. 4 km up the hills from here you find the tourist station Svukuriset, run by the Norwegian Tourist Association. Here you will find several marked tourist trails in the nationalpark.
From Revlingen it is only 8 km to Elgå, the last stop, before we turn and go back the same way. Elgå is a small community, with about 50 inhabitants. There is a fish smokery, hotel, cafees, a nationalpark- centre, a small church, and a grocerystore at Elgå.
Every tuesday and sunday in July you can go from Elgå to Buvika. Buvika is on the west side of the lake,and on the way we pass Femunds largest iland Sollerøya. The trip gives you a beautiful scenery of the area.
An old route.
In 1886 a shipping company was established at Røros..Their first steamboat S/S Fæmund had her first trip on the lake in 1887.
There has been regular boat traffic on Femund since then.
The first boat was a 60 feet long wooden vessel named "Fæmund". However , this was too small for the towing of timber, so in 1905 the new steel ship, 82 feet long was put on water, and named Fæmund II. Today - more than 100 years later, we have the same boat running - quite an elderly lady!
In 1958 the old steam engine was replaced by a 160 hp strong diesel engine.
The traffic has changed greatly since the early days. Timber towing was finnished in 1970, and transport of other goods has been redused too. The company turned to transport of people, and in 1980, M/S Fæmund II was rebuilt with this in mind.