Magalaupet Hiking Trail
Giant’s kettles from the ice age
- Destination: Oppdal
- Season: June-November
The giant’s kettles at Engan in Drivdalen south of Oppdal are an exciting and easily accessible attraction for the whole family. On this trip, you can park your car nearby and follow a simple trail.
Be fascinated by the many interconnected giant’s kettles that stretch 100 metres down the river Driva. A giant’s kettle is a round hole eroded into the rock. The giant’s kettles were formed by glacial rivers at the end of the last ice age - approx. 10,000 years ago. When the ice melted, the meltwater set stones and gravel in a circular motion. Driva continues to erode the mountain.
It takes the river 1 year to dig down 1 mm. The depth is estimated to be 10 metres. At the narrowest spot, it is approx. 1.5 m wide. The mountain consists of hard augen gneiss. Augen gneiss is a metamorphic rock formed at great depths. The twisting shapes in the gneiss underline the area’s wild nature.
It is a powerful sight. The noise from the river is immense, and it must be noted that you visit the giant’s kettles at your own responsibility. Children must be accompanied by adults! This is a great trip if you take the necessary precautions and stay well away from the edge of the giant’s kettles.
Follow E6 south from central Oppdal. After 12 kilometres, take the exit on the right, following the sign for Magalaupet Camping. Drive approx. 700 m and park at the designated spot, which has a place of interest sign, or continue across the bridge to Magalaupet Camping and park there.
Follow the path and signs to the giant’s kettles, approx. 100 metres.
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