Knaben is an old mining village which is about a 40 minute drive from the town of Kvinesdal in southern Norway. The terrain is varied with both hilly and flat areas which make it ideal for hiking. If you are after some exercise and history, then also visit the Knaben museum and old factory where essential minerals were extracted from local rocks. These minerals were used to make weapons and the Germans occupied this important area during WW2 which was bombed by the allies.
This is a hike that begins at the old mining building and continues in a little valley that ends at a large lake. The terrain is very easy going and the walk will take approximately 25 minutes one way.
When you reach the end, there is a signpost with information about the Bragold cave in both Norwegian and English.
The cave goes in for about fifty metres and was used when they were searching for the important minerals used to make weapons.
There is enough space in the cave for sleeping but it is empty – so you will need to take your own sleeping bag and roll up mattress. I was there in late September so the cave was quite damp inside.
We started a fire which warmed us up nicely.
There are two possible ways to go back to the mining building and parking area one of which is a little longer than the other.
There is some information about the hike on the Norwegian Outdoor tour website UT.no with a map.
Please remember that when you go hiking, to tell someone where you will be. Also think about the weather because it can be unpredictable sometimes. On this hike for example, we needed water proof boots and rain jackets. We also took a compass, drinks and food.
Here is a map of the area and information in English. (copyright) Lister Fritluftsråd
All photos: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet/USUS AS