Family-friendly hike to the Madonna statue in Trillemarka
- Season: June–October
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 5.3 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 230 meters
- Duration: 2–3 hours
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The Madonnestien trail is different than any other trail in Norway. The trail is really easy to hike thanks to the stones laid out by Nepalese sherpas in 2016 and at the end of the trail you will find a statue of Madonna.
The statue is a gift from a local forest owner that passed away in 1995. The statue symbolizing peace was created in Vietnam and raised in Trillemarka in 2009.
Mandonnastien has become one of Norway's most popular trails and can easily be hiked by the entire family.
Madonnastien is located in Trillemarka near Eggedal. Driving from Oslo takes about 2.5 hours. From Oslo take road E18 southbound towards Drammen. In Drammen continue on road E134 until you get to Mjøndalen. In Mjøndalen continue on road 283, crossing the Drammenselva river and continue along to Hokksund. From Hokksund continue on road 35 towards Hønefoss and Åmot. At Åmot you want to take road 287 towards Eggedal.
After driving through the small village of Eggedal look for a sign towards "Madonnaen ved Trillemarka". Take this left turn and cross the river. Continue on this road until you get to the toll booth where you need to pay 70 NOK by credit card. Then continue on for another 7km until you reach the parking lot.
From the parking lot follow the signs showing you the way to Madonnastien. The trail starts in the forest and climbs up to the mountain above. It is never very steep and the trail is easy to hike thanks to the stone steps.
You can make this a loop by following the trail a bit back towards the parking lot and then take the trail down on your left-hand side. The trail goes down to a small pond(Svarttjenn) and from there you can take the trail and the road back to the parking lot.
- Free parking(toll road up to the parking lot)
- Restrooms at the parking lot
- Stone tables and chairs at the peak
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