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Beacon walks

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Overview

Walk to the historic war beacons in Valdres. The combination of short hikes, spectacular views, and historic experience is truly outstanding. The paths to all beacons are signed, and their position is given with GPS-coordinates.

Historical background
Open fires on mountain tops were in ancient times used as a warning system for trouble and war. In the ­Middle Ages war beacons were used all over Europe, and similar customs are known from Japan, Australia, North and South America and Africa. Around 950 AD King Haakon the Good built war beacons in Norway, and of a total of 770 about 20 are preserved today, six in Valdres: Langeberget at Reinli, Vardeberget at Aurdal, Ryeberget at Svennes, Olberg at Slidre, Kvithøvd at Volbu and Hugakøllen at Vang. You can get a free beacon card at the Tourist Offices, or in the information boxes at the beacon locations. If you collect stamps at all 6 beacon points, you will receive a beacon guard diploma.


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  • Source: Valdres Destinasjon
Green Travel
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Environmental certification of private and public enterprises, also tourism.
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Nord-Aurdal, Norway
The latitude and longitude
60° 59' 8" N / 9° 14' 15" E
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