Lesja Ironworks Cultural Heritage

A small piece of intriguing industrial history

  • Photo: Solveig Græsli

Essential info

  • Destination: Lesja
  • Season: April–November
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 5.9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 50 meters
  • Duration: 1 hours

About Lesja Ironworks

Lesja Ironworks has a special and exciting history and is unique in the sense that here you will find the only blast furnace from 1757 in Norway. The only works building from which exists in Gudbrandsdalen is also here!

Getting there

Start at the grocery store at Lesjaverk, cross E136 and go past Lesjaverk railway station. Follow the road across the railway tracks and continue straight ahead until you see the Lesjaskogsvatnet lake.

Trail description

At the starting point you will see a bathing spot on your right hand side. Here you will also find tables and benches where you can enjoy your packed lunch. On your left hand side you can follow the path leading to Lesja ironworks. The path is marked with arrows, and information boards about the ironworks and its production are along the path. You end up at Lesjaverk church where you follow the gravel road back to the startingpoint.


Did you know that the iron from Lesja Ironworks was especially sought after both inland and abroad because it was rich in chrome, which makes the iron stainless?


Along the path there is a traditional shelter that can be used by everyone.


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