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Hegra Festning

After eating more fresh berries than we Australians would normally eat in 1 year, we headed up the hill in search for the fort.

Hegra festning is a small mountain fortress in the village of Hegra, Norway. It was built between 1908–1910 as a border fort as a defence against the perceived threat of a Swedish invasion. According to Wikipedia, the fort was attacked in April to May 1940 by German invaders with surrender occurring on 5 May 1940. After the end of the Second World War, Hegra Fortress was returned to Norwegian control and is today used as a museum with exhibitions detailing the fort’s history with an emphasis on the 1940 siege.

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Monument at the fort of Hegra Festning

We passed through the arch and wondered what we would find, expecting an ancient fort like those that we’ve visited in Poland, Bahrain and elsewhere. Instead we discovered a modern network of tunnels.

The fort consists of a fascinating system of tunnels

The fort consists of a fascinating system of tunnels

There were no signs or tickets and we weren’t sure if we should enter because a man was working with power tools but the lure was too strong to follow the light into the tunnel so in we went.

Some of the rooms in the fort are labelled.

Some of the rooms in the fort are labelled.

It was fascinating for all four of us to wander through the network of tunnels. We tried to imagine the lives of the soldiers that were there and especially during the siege. Some of the rooms were signposted in Norwegian, German and English. It was cool and damp in there and I tried to imagine how awful it would be on that exposed ridge in the winter. At least the tunnels would have offered shelter…

View out towards a gun turret

View out towards a gun turret

Our son was thrilled to climb a narrow metal ladder that led up out of a tunnel to a gun turret.

Looking back towards the tunnels

Looking back towards the tunnels

Of course we discovered more ripe berries up there but by then my mind was on the journey ahead so I encouraged my family not to linger too long.

View of the valley below from the gun turret

View of the valley below from the gun turret

We all greatly enjoyed visiting the fort and were amazed that it was completely free! We passed a museum that seemed to house canons but we didn’t have time to stop. What a great diversion from a road trip!

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