Blåfjell mines & Ruggesteinen

58°21′30.505”N 6°23′6.005”Ø

Blåfjell mines & Ruggesteinen

Old titanium mines and huge rocking stone in Sokndal, easy hike

How to get there

From Hauge i Dalane, follow signs further southbound, to Linepollen. Park your car at the designated parking place. Follow the trail as marked.

Accessibility: Moderate. Signs. Marked trails.

Duration: 1-3 hours.

Special conditions:

  • Park at the parking place and show respect for private land.
  • Show respect to animals along the trail.
  • Don’t forget to close gates behind you so that animals would not get away.
  • Dogs have to be on leash.
  • Leave nothing but footprints!

Geology and nature

Because of the exceptional geology in the area, Magma Geopark has a colourful mining history. At Blåfjell, the Blue Mountain, up to eight mines were active during the 19th century. Here you will see the old mines surrounded by picturesque nature.

Mining of ilmenite took place at Blåfjell from 1863 to 1876, and a total of 90.000 tons of ore were exported during those years. The mineral ilmenite is an important raw material for the production of titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is used as a white pigment in paint, plastic and paper, but also as an ingredient in cosmetic products, including suntan lotion and makeup, as well as in medicine and even as an additive ingredient in some food – where it is known as E171. A railway was built between Blåfjell and Rekefjord to transport the ore to the coast for shipping. This old railroad is now a walking and cycle path with impressive scenery.

The area is endowed with many small lakes, a river and beautiful valleys surrounded by rocky mountains. Located near Hauge i Dalane in Sokndal, the area is open to the public, but the mines can only be visited with specialised guides.

Magma Geopark can take you on a guided tour through the history of mining in the area. On our tours you can choose to visit mining sights, such as natural stone quarries, one of Norway’s largest active mines at Tellnes, or historical mines, such as Blåfjell. The Magma Geopark staff will be happy to tailor a mining adventure for you and your group.

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