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Sagelva at Bjorli, Norway - Photo: bjorli.no
Sagelva at Bjorli, Norway Photo: bjorli.no

Attractions in Bjorli and Lesja

Lesja Bygdetun, the ironworks at Lesjaverk and the watermill at Sagelva are among the many attractions you can visit when visiting our beautiful area.

Lesja Bygdetun

This museum lies in the center of Lesja, close to the church, and consists of a traditional village square surrounded by 12 buildings dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth century. It exhibits local village culture, working life and living conditions of that time. Lesja Bygdetun also has a new exhibition concerning wild reindeer and how they were hunted. Many other activities are available during the summer season, as well as a café and exhibitions of local art.

Lesja Church

Lesja Church was built in 1749 and is best known for its richly carved interior. The pulpit, chancel screen and altar were carved by Jacob Berveinson Klukstad in the mid-eighteenth century.

The acanthus leaf style of decoration is extensively used here, and people come from afar to study it. The pews and remainder of the interior were painted by the Norwegian artist Ragnavald Einbu around 1925. Lesja Church also has a baptismal font and pulpit from an older church.

Lesjaverk Church

This is a newer church, built in 1964. It is also relatively small, with only 120 seats. The church stands where Lesjaskog Church once stood before it was moved in 1855.

Lesjaskog Church

This church was built in 1697 and originally placed at Lesjaverk before being moved to Lesjaskog in 1855. It has been renovated many times since then.

Lesja Jernverk/Gruvlia

Lesja Verk Gård
From 1660 until 1812 this was the site for the largest ironworks in the region. Here, you will find the remains of the large mineral oven from 1757, the only one of its kind in Norway from this period, and the old main building from 1734 has also been preserved.

Lesja Verk had its own church for the workers from 1695, but in 1855 it was moved to Lesjaskog.

Five kilometers west of Lesja Verk, along the E136, you will see a signpost for Gruvlia. From there, follow the pathway and read the posted information about the mining era in Lesja.

From the mines, the minerals were first brought down the Lesjaskogsvatnet lake and from there it went on by boat or horse and sleigh to the Lesja Verk Gård.

Sagelva Museum in Brøstdalen

The Sagelva Museum is a restored sawmill with a saw that was originally an old gate saw dating from 1712. The sawmill is active throughout the summer. To find it, head towards Åndalsnes from Bjorli, turn at the sign for Brøste and follow the road until you arrive at the sawmill.


There are three monuments at Lesjaskog Church; one commemorating Norwegian emigration to America, one commemorating the fallen of the Napoleonic wars, and one for the fallen of World War II.

At the farms of Einbu in Lesjaskog, monuments are raised along the E136, commemorating the journey of St. Olav through Lesja.

At Knipa Farm, between the E136 and the railway, you will find a monumente commemorating the train accident on this line during World War II.

Old bridges

Jora bru lies on the border between the municipalities of Lesja and Dovre. It is the longest of the four granite bridges along the Rauma Railway. The bridge is 85.4 meters long and took seven years to build.

Kylling bru is a 59-meter long and 76-meter high bridge. It is a remarkable piece of engineering. Kylling bridge was built between 1913 and 1922 by the local population, with the help of hired experts. Precisely cut blocks of stone were transported three kilometers by rail to the construction site and placed one on top of the other to make the country's second highest arched stone bridge. The Rauma Railway crosses the bridge daily.

Other small bridges include c at Stuguflotten, Nystuen bru (Bjorli) and Hammeren bru (Lesjaskog).

Lorkvenne Mill

At the Lora River there is a restored mill from around 1326, which was was still in use until 1943.

From the E136 in Lora, take the exit towards "Lordalsvegen" and to the sign "Lorkvenne" to find a 1.2-kilometer walking path along the river to the mill.

Last updated:  2013-10-24
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Sagelva at Bjorli, Norway - Photo: bjorli.no

Attractions in Bjorli and Lesja

Lesja Bygdetun, the ironworks at Lesjaverk and the watermill at Sagelva are among the many attractions you can visit when visiting our beautiful area.

Attractions in Bjorli and Lesja

Source: Visitnorway

About Bjorli and Lesja

Bjorli and Lesja

At the very top of Gudbrandsdalen, only a few kilometers from Romsdalen, you will find the municipality of Lesja and the village of Bjorli.

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