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Hiking in Magma Geopark
Discover Magma Geopark by foot
In Norway we have “Allemannsretten”. This is a law granting free access to the nature in Norway to the public. Allemannsretten states that everyone is allowed to travel and stay in the outskirts of Norway, and it is focusing on the fact that our nature is a joint free asset and part of our cultural heritage. It gives you the right to use and visit landmarks, regardless of who is the landowner.
Outdoor recreation is an important part of our cultural heritage in Norway. Since ancient times, we have had the right to roam freely in forests and open country, along rivers, on lakes, among skerries, and in the mountains. We are allowed to harvest nature’s bounty – which means not only saltwater fish, berries, mushrooms and wildflowers, but also our sensory impressions of the whole outdoor experience. The main principles of Allemannsretten are legally enshrined in the Outdoor Recreation Act of 1957.
With rights there are also responsibilities. When you get the right to roam freely in the Norwegian nature, we expect that you treat our nature with respect. The golden rule is to “leave nothing but footprints”; you are obliged to leave our nature the way it was when you came – or even better.
Hiking is a big part of Magma Geopark. The locals use their nature actively for recreation and for exercise. We have a variety of marked paths, and they are diverse in terrain and locations. “Toppturer” (summits) are very popular, and quite a few of our Geopark Locations are summits. Some of our locations are part of long hikes, but most of them are family friendly and highly accessible.
There are information boards at each location, but if you want the full experience and the full story you can book a guided tour with one of our specially trained geopark guides.
Before you embark on your next adventure in the nature, it is smart to get acquainted with a set of rules called Norwegian Mountain Code (locally known as Fjellvettreglene). Here is a summary:
- Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
- Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
- Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
- Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
- Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
- Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
- Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
- Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
- Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.
Here you can hike:
In the outfield
- you can walk freely summer or winter.
On the inland
- You can walk the roads and trails throughout the year if you keep your distance to the courtyard, houses and cottages;
- you can hike over frozen or snowy fields and meadows from October 15 through April 29.
When you are traveling you can stop and rest where you want in the outfield, but do not stop near houses and cottages.
You have a responsibility to pay respect to others, and to clear and pick up rubbish after you. This makes it easier for everyone to come back to the place.
Anyone traveling or staying on another man’s land or in the sea outside should:
- be considerate and careful not to cause injury or inconvenience to the owner, the user or others;
- do not harm the environment;
- do not leave the place in a condition that may seem unsightly or cause harm or inconvenience to anyone.
When enjoying nature on foot, remember to:
- do not go over cultivated land, through yard or near inhabited houses and cottages;
- be cautious when traveling in the mountains and in the woods;
- do not disturb animal and bird life, especially during breeding times;
- do not disturb livestock in pastures;
- respect other users of nature;
- take your rubbish with you.
Rules for large gatherings of people in the open air:
Organized outdoor activity is when groups of people practice outdoor activities together. For example, guided groups, tours organized by teams and associations, and various events such as open air concerts. It is not common to consider school classes and kindergartens as organized trips.
If organized traffic in the outfield where you expect it will cause harm or inconvenience to the landowner, the user, the nature or others who practice outdoor life (for example, over time in the same place), you should clarify it with the landowner. Setting up a written agreement helps prevent conflicts.
Outdoor meeting, sporting event (eg ski run or orienteering) and similar gathering which may cause significant damage or inconvenience, cannot be held without the consent of the owner or user for reasons where blocking, gathering, starting or income takes place or where people gathering otherwise, must be imputed.
A ski run, cross-country ski run or similar must be laid so as to avoid damage to forest rejuvenation and young forest and fence damage as far as possible.
You must get permission from the landowner:
- if you are going to set up a block, gather people, arrange a start or an income;
- where the confluence of people can cause significant harm or inconvenience
This applies especially to outdoor meetings, sports events and the like.
Cyclists in races and riding clubs cannot avail themselves of the right to cycle and ride on the road and built up trail in the inland when the road or trail leads to the outfield.
A summit in Bjerkreim. Challenging, 6 hours both ways4
A challenging hike in Bjerkreim, 6 hours5
5. Ørsdalen & Gudlen
Old mining site in Bjerkreim. 2 alternatives, partly challenging6
6. Ytstebrød & Hagavatnet
Moonlike landscape in Eigersund. Family-friendly hike, 2 hours both ways7
Remains from the Iron age in Bjerkreim. Moderate hike, 3 hours8
Easy hike in Bjerkreim, 1-3 hours9
9. Stoplesteinan & St Olav’s road
Stone circle from Iron Age in Eigersund, Easy hike10
10. Åsen & Ravnafjellet
Challenging hike in Bjerkreim, two alternatives: 1,5 and 3 hour hikes11
11. Terland Klopp
A historical stone bridge in Eigersund, family friendly12
12. Vestlandske hovedvei
Former western main road, a hike starting in Eigersund14
Moderate hike in Eigersund, 2 hours, special geology15
Defended settlements in Eigersund, moderate hike16
16. Jonsokknuten & Mysinghålå
WW2 historical site in Eigersund, 2 alternative hikes17
17. Mong & others
Basaltic dykes in Eigersund18
A site of geological interest in Sokndal, moderate hike19
19. Hesten / Tagholt
Historical iron mining site in Lund22
2 km, Family friendly, 2 hours both ways23
Moderate hike in Lund, 2,5 hours24
24. Eigerøy fyr
Lighthouse in Eigersund. Family friendly hike, 2km26
Old settlements in Eigerøy, recreational area with alternative hikes27
27. Koldal & Ankerhus
Old mining site in Eigersund, short walk28
A challenging hike and interesting geology in Sokndal30
30. Gursli, Liland gruver & Hattesteinen
WW1 molybdenium mines and erratics in Lund. Moderate hike, 3 hours31
31. Lund bygdemuseum & kulturbank
District museum in Lund32
Special geological phenomenon, several hiking options33
33. Tronåsen, Bakke bru & Bringedal
A historical road in Lund, Norway’s oldest suspension bridge34
Regional geology in Flekkefjord35
Dykes in Sokndal. Challenging hike, 2,5 hours36
Ancient sculpture and cult place in Sokndal. Easy hike, 0,5 hours37
37. Blåfjell mines & Ruggesteinen
Old titanium mines and huge rocking stone in Sokndal, easy hike38
Old preserved harbour town in Sokndal, several activity options39
39. Jøssingfjord & Helleren
Viewpoint, old wooden houses, hiking alternatives in Sokndal40
A challenging hike in the fjord in Sokndal, 3 hours42
42. Brufjell caves
Potholes and caves in Flekkefjord. Challenging hike, 3 hours43