Hulabaksteinen Hiking Trail
- Destination: Vang
- Season: June-November
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 0.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 20 meters
- Duration: 0.2-0.5 hours
The Hulabaksteinen rock is situated in Smådalen. You drive the road down the valley and take the road to the left to Sørre Storlien. Park your car on the grassy slopes about 100 m from the farms, and follow the marking down to the rock.
Hulabaken is a legendary figure who probably lived in the 1600s. A myriad of myths exist about this big thief. It is said that he hid his stolen goods in Hydal where the people from Hemsedal have their mountain farms. Of course people wanted to catch this bandit, but he had managed to acquire a "huldre"-hat so both he and his stolen goods were invisible. Sometimes, when he had people chasing him, he hid in Hulabaksteinen. You will see for yourself that it is not a comfortable living space for a long time, because you can crawl in yourself and have a look.
People realized after a while that if they were to catch the thief, it had to be done with stealth. Some guys lay in wait by the riverside down on Øynane. When they had waited long and well, Hulabaken came riding across the river, but they saw only the splashing of horse feet, because the horse as well was invisible. But they shot anyway and hit the horse.At that point the hat fell of Hulabaken and he became visible. They took him with them out on the Hanafjorden in Slidre. There they hung him from a boat to threaten him to tell where he had left the stolen goods. If he confessed, they would spare his life. But the confession was not possible for him and his strength came to an end sooner. Then he cried so it reverberated in the mountains: "They promised me my life, but I did not get it." Then he drowned. But before he died, he managed to curse the perpetrators and all their descendants for 9 generations. And it is said that the curse was effective for several generations.
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