Kjempehaugen på Strand Cultural Heritage

  • Oppå haugen. Ser østover langs E16 med Strønd kirke i bakgrunnen.

    Photo: Nils Rogn

  • Haugen sett fra E16. Bautaen på toppen "rager" over sommergresset.

    Photo: Dag Nordsveen

  • På våren framstår haugen tydligere. Midtre Strønd gård til høyre.

    Photo: Dag Nordsveen

Essential info

  • Destination: Valdres
  • Season: April–November

About Kjempehaugen på Strand

Immediately north of the farm Midtstrand or Veslestrand at Strandefjorden in Svenes parish in Nord-Aurdal, west of Fagernes and west of Strand church, you see next to the E16 a huge burial mound with a tall stone monument on top. This is the Vidrike Værlandsson-pile or Kjempehaugen (The Giant Heap). It might not be true that this giant really lies in the heap. Also a municipality in Skåne claims to have Vidrike's grave. On top of the mound stands a stone monument, and in the pile apparantely a 80 cm long Viking sword from around the year 800 was found. Valdres had for a long time a large iron production, both for weapons, equipment and exports. Access: E16 westwards from Fagernes to Lærdal. After 4.1 km you see the pile on the right side up the road (about 800 m after Strønd church). Park in the bus pocket. Heavy traffic on the E16. You can walk up the hill, but make sure you do not go onto the surrounding fields.

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