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Jonsokknuten & Mysinghålå

58°31’57.028”N 6°13’48.915”E

Jonsokknuten & Mysinghålå

WW2 historical site in Eigersund, 2 alternative hikes

How to get there

Follow E39 between Egersund and Moi and then marked exit to Mysing.

Accessibility: Moderate hike to Jonsokknuten, challenging hike to Mysing via Jonsokknnuten. Marked trails.

Duration: 2 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

The rocks exposed at the summit of Jonsokknuten belong to the Bjerkreim-Sokndal layered intrusion. They are poor in dark minerals and are not layered but contain a variety of blocks of other rocks that represent pieces of the original roof of the magma chamber. The view to the north-east gives a good impression of the size of the layered intrusion and its influence on the landscape. The country rock gneisses form the high, rocky ground north of Teksevatnet and east of Bilstadvatnet. Here the vertical layered rocks form the low-lying area between the two lakes. Most of these rocks are rich in dark minerals and erode away more readily than the country rock gneisses to give fertile soil.  The dark mineral content decreases and the feldspar content increases upwards, towards the south, where there is a steep slope up to Jonsokknuten. During the last Ice Age, about 20 000 years ago, this part of Norway was covered by ice that carried rock fragments of all sizes that were left behind when the ice melted – so-called ‘erratics’. The hiding place at Mysingålå is made of erratics.

Culture and history

Mysinghålå was the base for the Vestige IV under Sergeant Alf Aakre during World War II. The cave was equipped with an oven, bunks, tables and a window. The Germans never found this hiding place.

You can walk a further 2 km to Hestadfjellet where a plane pulling a glider went down during World War II. This plane was involved in Operation Freshman and sabotage of the heavy water production at Vemork. This is a great area for recreation, and for those interested in aviation, war and cultural history.

Pictures from Jonsokknuten & Mysinghålå

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