How to get there
From Flekkefjord: Follow FV44 towards Sokndal. Exit to Hidra (FV469), and follow signs to Itland. Park at designated parking place.
From Egersund: Drive E39 to Flekkefjord or FV44 via Sokndal, Jøssingfjord and Åna Sira to Flekkefjord. Exit to Hidra (FV469), and follow signs to Itland. Park at designated parking place.
Accessibility: Moderate hike. Follow blue marks to Lille Håland. About 5,3 km both ways.
Duration: 2-3 hours.
- Park at the parking place and show respect for private land.
- Show respect to animals along the trail.
- Don’t forget to close grinds behind you so that animals would not get away.
- Dogs have to be on leash and are not allowed during the summer season on this trail.
- Leave nothing but footprints!
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Geology and nature
You travel in a very varied landscape when you hike from Itland to Kjørsfjellet. You will pass through deciduous forest, old cultural landscape, and open, bare mountain peaks. This area is protected by the authorities because of its unique flora and fauna. There is a rich animal and birdlife in the area, and you can be lucky and meet both capercaillie and deer along the trail. If you walk via Store Håland you go through areas with dense ferns, beautiful streams and lots of berries.
The geology in this area is rare and diverse. You will move through different layers of rocks, and end up on the bare anorthosite at Kjørsfjell. Here you can also enjoy the magnificent view of the fjord and the North Sea. In the valleys there are fertile areas consisting of soil and mass left by the ice during the last Ice Age 10 000 years ago. There are numerous erratic boulders in the area, and you can observe large stress marks when you arrive at the top of the mountain. Beautiful crystallizations of different minerals can be spotted along the trail.
Culture and history
This area is protected by the Ministry of Environment which sets particularly high standards of protection and careful planning. Both in Store Håland and Lille Håland, there are ruins of houses and agricultural buildings. People have been keeping livestock of cows and sheeps in this area, and because of the proximity to the sea, fish and seafood have also been an important resource.
During the hike you will stumble upon several old buildings and livestock. You can see remains of houses and beautiful stone walls. There are also well-used tracks from sheep in the area.