Major events of nature produced the Gloppedal scree which is located in a valley with two lakes surrounded by dramatic mountains. The valley witnessed the powers of glaciers, as well as a major landslide that took place in Gloppedal several thousand years ago. During World War II the valley experienced heavy fighting.
Gloppedals scree (Duration: 1-3 hours)
Towards the end of the last Ice Age, a glacier in Gloppedal valley started to melt and material carried by the ice formed a moraine ridge. This moraine dammed the river in the valley and water was no longer able to flow south towards Vikeså. A lake developed at Byrkjedal, 240 meters above sea level, about 10.000 years ago. Some time after the formation of the moraine ridge there was a huge landslide from the high cliffs on the south side of the valley at Gloppedal. Blocks as large as houses fell off the steep cliff and made a huge pile of angular, coarse scree on top of the moraine.
The unique landscape of Gloppedal played an important role for Norwegian soldiers defending the area during World War II. The scree, with its huge blocks, passageways and hiding places served as a stronghold for the Norwegian forces when fighting with German soldiers took place here in April 1940.
The scenery, with its massive blocks of rocks, creates dramatic surroundings and makes you want to know more. Gloppedal scree can be found along the road FV 503 in Bjerkreim in the northern part of Magma Geopark.