Breiesleiren Cultural Heritage

  • Sovehytte på Breiesleiren

    Sovehytte på Breiesleiren Photo: Inger Toril Holte Breien

  • Hvordan hadde de det i Breiesleiren under andre verdenskrig?

    Hvordan hadde de det i Breiesleiren under andre verdenskrig? Photo: Inger Toril Holte Breien

Essential info

  • Destination: Valdres
  • Season: June–March
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 3.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 270 meters
  • Duration: 1.5–3 hours

About Breiesleiren

Breiesleiren is a camp used by the Norwegian Resistance during World War II. The camp is nicely situated on a hill above Bergatjedne on Tonsåsen. The camp consists of three simple huts that were built to accommodate resistance people during the winter 1944-1945. At the most there were a total of 25 people in the small cottages. Among them eight Russian prisoners of war who learned to ski so that they could flee across the border to Sweden. It is a memorable experience to be there and think about life they lived the snowy and cold winter.

Etnedal historielag has done much to preserve the camp and has released a booklet with stories related to the camp. It tells about life in the camp, the surveillance of German forces on Tonsåsen, training, security and much gallows humor. The story also tells about a stolen slaughtered ox to provide food. It goes with the story that the farmer received payment for it when the war ended.

The walk up to Bergatjedne is a detour of approximately 1.5 km from the old main road from 1793 at Samelstadtjedne (Bergenske Kongeveg). Its nice to walk to Breiesleiren on snowshoes in the winter time.

Getting there by car:
From county road 33, which runs between Gjøvik and Fagernes, turn onto county road 251 and drive to Bruflat center, where you turn left onto county road 235 and steep upward toward Tonsåsen for 4 km to Breiesvegen. Drive further 700 m to the parking. Continue the road uphill for about 1.5 km to Breiset, where the old main road takes off and goes into the woods. By the lake Samelstadtjedne turn right from the old road. It is clearly signposted and marked to Breiesleiren Resistance camp.

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