Rundtur Øye - Rødalen - Øye Hiking Trail

  • Eltunsføssen.

    Eltunsføssen. Photo: Thor Østbye

Essential info

  • Destination: Vang
  • Season: June-November
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 4.3 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 260 meters
  • Duration: 3-5 hours

About Rundtur Øye - Rødalen - Øye

This is an easily hike up a nice and pleasant summer farm valley with many historical and natural  experiences to enjoy along the way.

You park your car at the stave church, and start by walking up the road to the new church, past the church gate and further up along the stream and into a nice narrow little road with old walls on the sides. The old mountain farm road is nicely cleared. A detour from the road just above a Bekkedal leads you to a viewpoint where you can admire the magnificent and mighty Eltunsfossen waterfall.

Once you get above the waterfall, the valley flattens out, and the trail winds through easy terrain further inland. Soon you get to Øygardstølen. Here you get to a partially prepared summer farm route until you reach the bridge that goes over Rødøla at the mountain pasture Øynadn. Now, follow the summer farm road until you get to the road coming up from Øye. Take a right downwards until you on the left edge of the road see a white block. You take off here and follow the old post road downwards. Just before you get to the sign showing the way to Verssteinen, you get back onto the prepared road. Take the path to Verssteinen which is about a hundred meters above the road. After about 50 m on the left side of the path leading up to the stone, lies a distinct coalpit. Inside the Verssteinen is a large room where several people can fit. You can imagine that his is excellent place for sheep in the rain and bad weather. Don't be afraid of the dry sheep dung that covers the "floor". Having been inside the stone, you not have to take your time to climb on top of it to study the 22 cup marks that are found here. When you return to the prepared mountain farm road you do not follow this, but continue on the old post road downhill to Øye.

When you get far enough that you can see the house on the shooting range, you will after about ten meters into the woods on the left see a twofold mossy stone. Go there (signs "Gravplass/Skålgroper 10m"). Up on the biggest stone you can find cup marks, and right by the stones is an old burial mound. Here perhaps a chief is buried, because it was only significant people who were buried in heaps like this in the old time.

Evidence indicates that people have lived here for a long time, because down from the shooting range there are nine burial mounds (and on the upper side of the shooting range, there are two). The final leg of the trip is going down steep hills. As you approach the gate and and the barrier box, take a glance to the left, to the pointed hill you see on the other side of the cultured land. In pre-Christian times there used to be a pagan worship place here. A paved trail went down to the valleys well into the 1900s. Maybe it was the  access to the worshipping place?

When you're down at the main road, it is not far to get back to the car on Øyebakka.


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