Footpaths

The mine level at Litlabø is an excellent point of departure for forest and mountain hikes.

The nearest woodland areas contain a great variation of plant life, beautiful scenery and a number of visible cultural memories of mining days. Old shafts dating from the early mining period from 1865 to 1900 are numerous. In those days the pyrite ore at Litlabø was mined by blasting and excavating downward from the surface.

In 2004 the FOM cleared several of the footpaths in the mining area. In some places an entirely new path was made, as the old one was too soggy. Routes of varying lenghts have been marked on map billboards and by easily seen stakes in the ground. Every footpath alternative has got its own colour. The map showing the various routes has been posted on the wall of the captains’ office, beside the hoist building. Where one path crosses Stordalselvo benches have been placed.

The FOM has also cleared a footpath up to “Storsynken” (The Large Shaft) at Høgåsen. It is an impressive 150 meter-long example of surface mining, dating back to the 1870s and 80s. Besides, we have cut down trees on the inside of the fence to enable the public to study this mighty man-made gap in the scenery.

A walk along the paths may well be combined with a hike in the mountains. From the crossing west of Stordalselvo you may follow the tractor way climbing to Dalskarvatnet. From here there are a number of alternative outings into the Stord mountains. Dalskarvatnet has been regulated by a dam in either end. The lake was dammed in 1914 – 1915 in order to store water for mining. The ore processing plant alone consumed seven cubic meters of water a minute.

“Storsynken” at Høgåsen, a mighty and impressive change in the landscape.

Storstemmo or Jappaløkjen – a hidden idyl to many. The lake has been dammed and was the last major water storage before the water reached the ore processing plant.