Ytstebrød & Hagavatnet

58°26’00.92’’N 5°53’46.07’’E

Ytstebrød & Hagavatnet

Moonlike landscape in Eigersund. Family-friendly hike, 2 hours both ways

How to get there

Only cars and minibuses can drive all the way to the parking place (narrow road). Follow the signs from the road Ytstebrødveien in Eigerøy.

Accessibility: Easy hike mostly on gravel road. Stroller can be used until the end of the gravel road. Family friendly.

Duration: 2 hours both ways / 2 km both ways.

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

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.


Pictures from Ytstebrød & Hagavatnet

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