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Hegra Fortress, Stjørdal, Norway - Photo: Nasjonale Festningsverk
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Hegra Fortress, Stjørdal, Norway Photo: Nasjonale Festningsverk

Hegra Fortress

Hegra Fortress is located east of Trondheim. The museum contains picture gallery, uniforms, weapons and objects used during World War II.

Guided tours of Hegra

The fortifications remain intact with their trenches, cannon, tunnels, corridors, common rooms, command towers and so on. The society "Friends of Hegra Fortress" conducts guided tours for school classes and other interested groups from around 10 May until 30 October. 

During the summer season from 1 June to 20 August there are regular guiding provided between 11:00 and 17:00.  A full tour including a visit to the museum generally takes about one hour and a quarter.  

To book a guided tour please contact: +47 95 93 01 96.

Access for the disabled

The museum (ground floor), cafeteria, toilets and some of the tunnels are accessible with wheelchairs. Minibuses may drive all the way up to the cafeteria, museum and fortress gate.   

Opening times

The fortress and surroundings stay open every day until winter conditions make the road impassable.

How to get there

Take the E 14 Highway from Stjørdal towards Sweden, then follow the signs to Hegra. The fortress is located 10 kilometres east of the centre of Stjørdal, and about 40 kilometres from Trondheim.

The museum

The museum contains a picture gallery, uniforms, weapons and objects used during World War II. There is also an exhibition of photographs depicting the tense situation of 1905 when Norway and Sweden were at the brink of war. The museum has signs that explain most of the objects on display. There are also some signs in several languages inside the tunnels.


Activities

Hegra Fortress represents an important resource for the schools and the general local community. Visitors can experience the fortress through guided tours, the museum, and an exhibition of photographs from 1905.  

Courses and conferences at Hegra Fortress

With its history dating back to 1905, the Hegra Fortress provides a superb setting and unique atmosphere for guests and different types of events.  Situated in the historical and picturesque landscape, a mere 15-minute drive from Trondheim Airport Værnes, it is an attractive and very convenient location for different types of events throughout the year.  

The conference rooms will seat up to 40 participants, and we can serve lunch and dinner for groups of between 20 – 100 people. 

For further information and bookings, please call us at:  +47 74 82 23 53 

History

Hegra Fortress is one of the several fortifications that were built to defend the nation against potential Swedish attacks following Norway’s secession from the Union in 1905. When the fortress was completed in 1910 it was of significant political and military strategic value. The installation was part of the new fortified defence line on the border with Sweden as a result of the new national defence plans. As such, Hegra also represents the requirement and determination to develop the overall national defences. 

The installation has been built into the rock and comprises 350 metres of corridors, tunnels and quarters. The longest tunnel is the cannon hall, which is almost 110 metres long. There are three command towers and trenches surrounding the entire Hegra Fortress.   

The road leading up to the fortress was built as part of the construction works. The route is the same today, but back then it was merely a narrow cart road. The Fortress was taken out of operative service in 1926.  

Fierce resistance to the German occupation
After the fortress was dismissed from active service, it was used by the Red Cross as a summer camp for children in the 1930s. Today Hegra Fortress is especially famous for the events in April and May 1940, when Major Holtermann with his force of 250 men (and one woman) withstood the German onslaught for 26 full days. The story travelled beyond the borders of Norway, and greatly encouraged the rest of the nation in the otherwise disheartening and difficult campaign. It stands today as a national symbol for Norwegian resistance during the war in 1940.

Hegra Fortress has played an important role in the local community. The construction period led to new activities in the village at a time of general stagnation, and provided building and transportation jobs for the locals. Later on the general operations of the fortifications also created new jobs. During World War II, many people from the area joined the resistance movement. All of this makes the fortress a symbol of local identity which belongs very much to the whole village. 

Hegra can now be seen as a relatively well preserved installation from 1910, with the events of 1940 clearly visible and preserved. 

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Last updated:  2013-07-23

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Hegra Fortress, Stjørdal, Norway - Photo: Nasjonale Festningsverk

Hegra Fortress

Hegra Fortress is located east of Trondheim. The museum contains picture gallery, uniforms, weapons and objects used during World War II.

Hegra Fortress

Source: Visitnorway

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