Ytstebrød & Hagavatnet
Ytstebrød & Hagavatnet
How to get there
Only cars and
Accessibility: Easy hike mostly on
Duration: 2 hours both ways / 2 km both ways.
- Park at the parking place and show respect for
- 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
- Leave nothing but footprints!
What Three Words
Geology and nature
It is anortosite that dominates the landscape, and at the beginning of the trip you will also see elements of norite. The anortosite was formed for about 930 million years ago deep in the earth. You can also find elements of the Håland Anortosite. This anortosite was formed about 1 billion years ago.
Culture and history
Hagavatn is a small lake in Ytstebrød, Eigerøy. In 2017 a new path was opened on the west side of the water. Along the way you can get an insight into the distinctive coastal and cultural landscape of Dalane, and there are sheep that graze in the area all year round. There are also many traces of how the landscape formed itself over millions of years.
If you choose to go the trail around the water, along the coast, you will see traces from the World War II. At the end of the ocean gorge there are remains of a large floodlight that was used by German forces to explore the sea. You can also see clear traces of easy infrastructure and settlement in the same area.
You can continue the trip along the coast and will end up in Rausvåg.
This is a small active harbor where traditional fishing and fishing are still taking place,
including lobster in the winter season. Pass by Rausvåg and follow the road back to
the parking lot which was the starting point for the trip.
Geologist Harrison H. Schmitt
Harrison Schmitt was born in the United States on July 3, 1935. He went to Oslo University to study geology in the late 50s, and visited Egersund in connection with field studies of the Moon rock Anorthosite. Later he was employed by the Geological Surveys (NGU) for drawing geological maps.
Schmitt is the only scientist who has been on The Moon. He was on the Apollo 17 mission. During three days in December 1972, he gathered 110 kg moonstone, including anorthosite. He holds the record for the longest stay on the lunar surface.
After his career as an astronaut Schmitt devoted his life to politics and become a Republican Party senator in 1976.