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In 1868 Aasmund Olafson Vinje (1818-1870) built a hut on Eidsbu. He calls the place Eidsbugarden.
Vinje was the first tourist on Eidsbugarden, and through his writing and his friends he made the area famous.
Skinnggen (Utsikten) was Vinjes favorite place which he took his friends to. It was the high peaks that caused enthusiasm. Vinje was the one who started using Jotunheimen as the name for the peaks he saw all over. Utsikten is still a popular hiking destination.
On his deathbed in 1870, Vinje dreamt about Eidsbugarden: "Can you remember the views from Skjeneggen that morning, you? When the white mist was drifting away from Skagastølstind and Koldedalsbreene shone like gold in the sun! When I am now placed in the coffin, my spirit will find its home up there in the mountains, and then I willsit there on Falketind and look out over Norway, and the mountains will rise up." It was Vinje who got Koldedalstind renamed to Falketind.
Vinjebue has changed hands several times. In 1953 Helge Kr. Kvame moved the hut from the area of Eidsbugarden hotel, and a few hundred meters north to where it stands today.
Getting there: From E16, you take off in Tyinkrysset towards Årdal and follow RV 53 for 4 km to Tyinvannet lake, here turn east on fv 252 to Eidsbugarden. Park on the right side of the road by Bygdin bank.