Brufjell caves

58°16’52.829”N 6°24’20.343”E

Brufjell caves

Potholes and caves in Flekkefjord. Challenging hike, 3 hours

How to get there

Parking: You can access the area by driving the road FV44 to Åna-Sira and then following the sign “Roligheten”. After driving approximately 1,5 kilometers, you will see a parking lot on the left. Continue enjoying the surroundings by foot from here, the hike trail starts from the end of the road. Contact Magma Geopark team to get the full experience with a professional guide.

Accessibility: Challenging. There is a steep part before arriving at Brufjell, so this hike is not suitable for small children. The climb down to the caves is marked black. This is the toughest marking we have in Norway. Some safety handles have been put up to facilitate the short climbing distance. It is not recommended to bring dogs on the hike. Marked trails.

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.
  • Leave nothing but footprints!
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Geology and nature

The Roligheten area gives a great variety of nature sights on a three-hour hike through coastal landscape. The path passes panoramic views of the coast on the top of the Brufjell mountain, continues to exotic beach of Sandviga with white pebble stones, and in the end leads you to a grand rock formation from the ice age; huge potholes located in the steep mountain wall next to the sea.

Earthquakes were common in the Roligheten area the past and the evidence of this is visible even today. In the Siraåna valley near Lundevatnet, some geological units south of the valley have been displaced around 500 meters to the east because of a geological fault. Nowadays the Siraåna river follows the line of this fault. The movement of the fault has happened in steps a few centimeters or meters at a time causing the past earth shakes around the Brufjell mountain.

The path of Brufjell area climbs first to the highest point of Brufjell with 184 meters and panoramic view to land and sea. From the top of the mountain, the trail continues down to beautiful Sandviga beach and finally onto a platform about 10 meters above sea level. This platform and a series of caves have been worn out of solid rock by the sea. Sea level was rising fast when the ice melted during the end of the last ice age. In order to the unique platform and cave formations to be eroded, the sea level must have stayed constant for quite a long time around 7000 years ago. The weight of the ice forced the land to sink, and when it melted the land started to rise again very slowly.

Pictures from Brufjell caves

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