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The common road through Raudalen

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This is a trip for those of you that enjoy nature and history. Look for large boulders under which people have slept and bow positions from reindeer hunting before the musket was invented. This road was an important connection between east and west. The western part of the road shows the use from horses carrying their burden or from just being led along to be sold on the local horse markets in Skjåk and Lom. From Pollfoss you walk the road to the Framrusten mountain farms. 2 km to the west from here is "Sjomannsslettene", which was a resting place for the westerners - the placename means the fields of the seamen, or people from the coast - on their way across the mountains. It is the animals that has decieded the route; thus it leads much up and down through Raudalen (the red valley). At the stream Vestre Raudalsåi there are many old sites from mountain frams that fell into disuse at the beginning of the 19th Century. You can spot them only when the level of water is low.

At the lake Kringlutvatnet you come to Skridulaupbu, which is a selfservice cabin beloning to The Norwegian Tourist Association. In the area above Skridulaupbu you will find a restore stone cabin that is still used today. At the lake Vestre Leirvatnet there is another restore stone cabin still being use. Both of these cabins and many more were used by the sheep milkmaids tending herds of up to 1200 animals until the end of the 19th century. To the west of Vestre Leirvatnet you will see that the vegetation bear witness to the fact that this area was covered with ice during the Small Ice Age around 1750. It is when you are about to start descending into the valley Sundalen that you will really see the results from the considerable efforts that people of old put into the building and maintenance of the through-fare roads crossing the mountains. Here there are built about 3000 steps up through the stone screes to get the horses up and down. Of course you cannot see all those steps today, but many are still there, solid as ever.


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The common road through Raudalen

This is a trip for those of you that enjoy nature and history. Look for large boulders under which people have slept and bow positions from reindeer...

The common road through Raudalen

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