The horizontal potholes at Brufjell were created during the Ice Age some 20.000 years ago when the sea level was higher. The potholes lie horizontally 20 meters above sea level and are of various sizes and some are so big that people can climb inside them.
The Brufjell mountains are located just outside Flekkefjord in Southern Norway which are famous for their potholes that look over the sea.
These potholes were created during the Ice Age over 20,000 years ago when these mountain ranges were higher than Mt Everest. The high and rough seas continually crashed against the rock cliffs creating these holes that visitors can enjoy today.
The hiking trail
There is a carpark approximately one kilometre from the start of the hiking trail to the mountains. Once parked there, visitors can walk along the local road towards to the trail enjoying the little white houses dotted alongside the road and the fjord that runs parallel to the road.
The whole journey is marked with signs and painted stones to ensure that you go in the right direction. At a normal pace, it will take about one hour and a half hours to reach the potholes from the start of the hiking trail. Along the way, visitors will pass Sandviga beach and various points where there are nice views.
Once at the top of the cliffs, visitors can experience panoramic views over the entire coastline all the way to the Lista lighthouse. This is a perfect opportunity for pictures, so make sure you have a good camera.
The hike can be a little difficult as there are steep sections of rock you need to climb down (and up again) but there are steel handles built into the rock to make it easier. At this point of the trail you will find a little water stream falling down the rocks which is clean water which is drinkable.
Before arriving at the Brufjell pot holes, visitors will pass the Sandvig Beach. It's white pebbles and clear water are a welcome relief after a hike in the warm summer's heat.
The Brufjell potholes
When you arrive at the potholes, you can sit inside them in a type of cave and enjoy the views. This is the point where many people take pictures of friends standing at the entrance to these caves.
As is the case with any hiking adventure, please inform someone where you are going and what time you will be back. Take a camera, some food and at least one litre of water. The steep areas of the hike can be a little difficult so children aged 10 and above are recommended for the journey.
Maps and information can be found on the official Visit Southern Norway blogas well as contact details for the Flekkefjord tourist office.
Drive road 44 (the North Sea road) to Åna- Sira. Driving down the mountain towards Åna-Sira, notice the sign "Roligheten" on the left side. Drive down this small road towards the small community. On the left hand side you will notice the big parking lot. This is the only allowed parking. Walk along the road till the end. That is where the trail starts.
New trails have been created in 2014. They are all marked.
There is a relatively steep ascend before arriving at Brufjell. At the top of Brufjell you will see a mail box. Feel free to write your name and nationality.
Follow the sign to the potholes and walk down the mountain. It gets very steep and people who are afraid of hights might find it a bit scary. Some safe handles have been put up to facilitate the short climbing.
Do not bring dogs or small children!
For a more detailed description, and a map, please see the tourist information in Flekkefjord.