Riddarberg Hiking Trail
- Destination: Vang
- Season: April-November
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 1.6 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 100 meters
- Duration: 0.5-1 hours
Riddarberg are remnants of a stone fortress. It is situated just south of the ancient passage way through Valdres
between Lomen and Høre stave churches. Gro O. Kyvik writes that such fortresser are to be perceived as part of a larger defense system to protect the villages, and as fortress points or sentries along traffic routes. The use of hill forts is often estimated to belong to the tumultuous Migration Period around 4-600 AD. However, dating by other forts shows that they have been in use even earlier, and in turbulent periods in the Viking Age.
One thing is for sure, Riddarberg is worth a visit. From the parking lot at Høre community center, walk about 100m east along fv 293, before turning ninety degrees and walk down the walkway toward Ryfoss. You walk between farms and fields with gorgeous views, including west of the village to the stave church at the Kvien farms. After the fields you enter the forest. The road continues down and suddenly you see a significant ascent standing vertically in front of you. Not hard to imagine that it was not easy to get up there if someone had barricaded themselves on top. You cross Vesleåne and begin the ascent. Soon you come to Stallane, a well-hidden shelf up in the rock fromations where, according tothe legend, the fortress people used to hide their horses. It rises steeply ahead and soon you'll see an old trig point on top of a tower. A cabin without walls appears, perfect for your packed lunch. We go furthercontinue on the ridge and soon the remains of a wall and an information board which tells about Riddarberget appear.
Getting there: From Fagernes drive E16 west towards Lærdal to Ryfoss in Vang Municipality. Here you take off and follow fv 293 towards Høre community center and school. Park on the left side of the road.
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