Down in the valley there are a number of lakes in the forest. Up in the mountain it is rocky and weather beaten. The whole valley is not more than about 30 km long, with remnants from the timber floating era and old farms.
There has been human activity in Vassfaret as early as the times before the Black Death in 1349. In later ages there were permanent settlements until 1921, when the last inhabitants left. In all there are remnants of 12 farms, as well as remnants of mountain farms.
People have worked with logging and timber floating for more than 300 years in this valley, and numerous artifacts are left relating to this: dams, walls constructed by stones out in the rivers, renner to get the logs past troublesome spots.
By royal decree on June 28, 1985, Vassfaret and Vidalen was made a protected area. Its intention is to take care of characteristic flora and fauna of eastern Norway, especially as an area for bears. as well as the cultural remains from logging and floating.
The protected area covers:
A special area covering cultural protection covers about 8 km² within the inner Vassfaret landscape protection area. Within this area there is logging by the old methods, and the logs are transported by horse. Every spring the logs are floated downstream into Nevlingdammen.
During World War II, 1940 - 1945, and especially in the later years, there was intense activity in Vassfaret. This was the operational base a Resistance group code-named "ELG", and because of this there were many parachute drops there. There are still missing airdrops in the area.
In the northern end of Nevlingen there are remnisences of a farm called Vassfarplassen. There lived /.../ and he owned a gun called Vassfarloven, which means "The Law of Vassfaret". The saying was that in the middle of Nevlingen there was a shallow area; you could row to that point, but if you get any closer, then you were within range of The Law of Vassfaret. And the owner of that rifle was an excellent marksman.