A walk packed full of culture and history.
A challenging hiking trail packed full of culture and history.
The trail starts on a stone staircase from Dalen up to Rui, you see the start of the stairs across the road from Dalen B&B. Sherpas from Nepal have built this beautiful staircase, and the stone you walk on is local whetstone! Whetstone from Eidsborg is Norway's oldest export product, from the Viking era up to 1950, millions of whetstone were transported down the waterway (the Telemark Canal) and out to the world.
You can also walk from the pier area, Lastein Bryggje (Dalen). The pier serves as a docking point for the historic boats on the Telemark Canal, here is also an exhibition with nature photos and dining at Lastein Bryggjekafe. Plenty of space for parking both on the pier and in the center, in the center at Coop or up by the tourist office.
If you start the hike from the center of Dalen, you should stop by and see the Rui girls portrayed outside the tourist office. The image of them is in their full size - about 1.20 meters in height. The tourist office has hiking brochure and offer advice for your trip, you are most welcome to stop by.
You will discover stunning vantage points along the way as well as historical sites such as Riarhamaren and Rui. There are information boards and resting places along the route. Take your time as you reach the hills. If you look around you, you will discover a fascinating flora with plenty of sun-loving plants.
If Eidsborg is your destination, you should end the day with a visit to the splendid West Telemark Museum and its café. The museum is also home to stunning Eidsborg Stave Church, one of the smallest stave churches in the country.
If you have any energy left once you reach Eidsborg, you can continue your hike up to the popular whetstone quarries. The history of whetstone from Eidsborg can be explored at the museum.
Accessible: April - October
Lenght: 1,5/5,5 km
Highest point: Eidsborg 540 meters above the sea
Total elevation gain: 468 m
Footwear: Hiking boots or sneakers