Upper Nisja
    The struggle with the rivers  
    One had to be both needy and daring to clear the land for farm use on a ridge of gravel where two wild rivers come together! Upper Nisja has been threatened several times with destruction, e.g. in 1664, 1789, 1932 and 1968. After more than 400 years of fighting with the rivers Grøvu and Driva this narrow piece of headland still exists between the rivers. The name of the farmstead has been derived from Nesvin before the name was "modernised" to Nesjar and eventually Upper Nisja.  
    Additional land  
    Like most farms in the Upper Sunndal area, Nisja farm has little arable land available, but on the other hand large, steep forest areas and barren mountain land at its disposal. It was therefore essential to make use of these areas to supplement the farming income. From the shepherd's hut there is a magnificent panoramic view across these pastures and parts of the Sunndal mountains. Predators like wolf, bear, lynx and wolverine have made it difficult to continue this long tradition of sheep farming in the mountains.  
    The mountain farms  
    High above Gjøra in the mountain birch forests, there are several mountain farms, "setrer". The most southerly placed one is the Nisja seter, also called "Søsetra" by the locals. Other farms also had "seters" on Nisja land, e.g. "Gravemssetrene". About 1960 all activity at the "seters" came to an end. Only a few of the buildings are still being maintained, and are now mainly used in connection with moose and deer hunting. A walk from "seter" to "seter" offers many splendid views and some cultural history.  
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