Riddarberget Cultural Heritage
- Destination Valdres
- Season June–November
- Difficulty Medium
- Distance 1 kilometers
- Elevation 40 meters
- Duration 1–1.5 hours
In Valdres we know two places with remnants of forts. These are Hamrissløtet on the west side of Slidrefjord and Riddarberget between Ryfoss and Høre. The latter is just south of the ancient passage way through Valdres between Lomen and Høren stave churches. Gro O. Kyvik writes that such forts are perceived as part of a larger defense system to protect the villages, and as fortress points or sentries along traffic routes. One usually thinks of hill forts as belonging to the tumultuous Migration Period around 4-600 AD.. However, dating by other forts show that they were in use even earlier, in turbulent periods in the Viking age.
One thing is for sure, Riddarberget is worth a visit. From the parking at Høre community center, you 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 Kvien farms, Hugakøllen, Vennisfjell and the valley in between. After the fields you enter the forest. The road continues down and suddenly you see a significant height standing vertically in front of you. Not hard to imagine that it was not easy to get up there if someone had barricaded himself on top. You cross Vesleåne and begin the ascent. Soon you come to Stallane, a well-hidden shelf up in the rocks where the legend says that the fortress people hid their horses. It continues to rise steeply and soon you'll see an old trigonometric point on top of a tower. A cabin without walls for the lunch box pops up. We go further along the ridge and soon the remains of a wall and an information board which tells about Riddarberget show up. About 1 km here from the parking.
This is a suitable destinations for everyone, including families with children.
Getting there: From Fagernes drive E16 west towards Lærdal to Ryfoss Vang Municipality. Here you take off and follow Fv 293 towards Høre community center and school. Park on the left side of the road.