Good trail. From 170 m.a.s.l. In the dense forest in the hills north of Rukkedola River, not far from residences in Nesbyen,...
Good trail. From 170 m.a.s.l. In the dense forest in the hills north of Rukkedola River, not far from residences in Nesbyen, are some peculiar stone walls. They have been there a long time, but who put them there, and why? The conventional theory has been that they were trapping fences, forcing animals off the steep cliffs above the river. Now some say they might be the ruins of a town fortress. The theory is strengthened by the fact that there is a spring there, providing constant fresh water. Either way, this is still a special memory of the earliest inhabitants of Nesbyen. Route description: The hike starts at the parking lot by Hallingdal Museum. Cross the pedestrian bridge over Rukkedola and go steeply up to the left and onto the easily seen trail that climbs uphill. After app. 250 meters, a new trail goes downwards to the left. Follow this. After a while, the trail cuts steeply up through the hills going down towards the river. The town fortress sits on a flat shelf between two steep hills. If you go back the same way, you’ll get a hike of 1.5 km, but we definitely recommend you follow the old path further, and see how well-made it is, and how it follows the terrain. When you enter the road upwards to Bringenatten, follow it about 100 meters upwards before you turn right, onto one of the old trails that used to connect the old small farms in the area. The trail will bring you back towards Nes, just a little higher up on the hillside. The hike is 2.5km long as a round trip. Location: By Rukkedola Starting point: Parking lot, Hallingdal Museum Distance: 2.5 km as round trip GPS: 6714104 N, 504639 E