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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.
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, 2km25
A town, historical and cultural sites26
Old settlements in Eigerøy, recreational area with alternative hikes27
27. Koldal & Ankershus
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