Ramnafjellet mountain is a popular hiking area and the climb to the summit gives a beautiful view over Bjerkreim municipality. The oldest house in Bjerkreim, Åsen, is found here. The name of the farm comes from the surrounding nature; Ås means “ridge-shaped hill”. The house has been modernized and is used to host events and tours in Bjerkreim. At Åsen you are in the lower part of Western Europe’s largest layered intrusion, that 920 million years ago was an enormous magma chamber full of red hot magma – more than 100 times hotter than boiling water. Ramnafjellet consists of a large inclusion of anorthosite inside this magma chamber. Since anorthosite is more resistant than the surrounding rocks it has created Ramnafjellet mountain.
Åsen (Duration: 1-3 hours)
The house Åsen has a long history as a regular stopping place along the church road for the priest on his way to Bjerkreim from the 14th until the 20th century. The house was abandoned after the Black Death in 1349, but new residents moved in towards the end of the 16th century. The oldest parts of the farm still standing are from 1740. Åsen was considered to be a prosperous cattle farm in the 18th century. Historically Åsen was a home for animals as well as humans. For example, in 1658 the farm reported 8 cows, 10 sheep and 3 goats. The house is now part of a farm with sheep roaming on the surrounding grasslands.
The house Åsen radiates history and is a fantastic place to visit or stay. The house consists of two rooms, a modern kitchen and an old kitchen with a fireplace where cooking can be done in the old style. The house also has three large bedrooms upstairs where there are up-to-date facilities. There is a modern shower near the ground floor entrance. The farm is located next to several hiking routes and there is a salmon river only 5 minutes drive away.
Magma Geopark organizes trips to the area with focus on nature activities and geology. This is a perfect location for team building or student groups with flexible tour options. Please contact us for more information.
There are two hiking routes to Åsen, either starting from Bjerkreim church (3 hours round trip) or up from Åsen (1.5 hours round trip).
To start the hike from the church, drive along the E 39 to Bjerkreim, and then follow signs to Bjerkreim until you reach the church parking lot. Park here and follow the hiking route signs to Åsen.
To start from Åsen, continue driving from Bjerkreim towards Odland. After 600 m turn right. After 2.3 km turn left towards Ramnafjellet and drive until you reach the Åsen parking lot.