Ruggesteinen (The Rocking Stone!)
Ruggesteinen is Europe 's largest rocking stone, a boulder weighing around 70 tonnes. The stone is an easy, 1km walk from the car park along an old railway track, suitable for prams, strollers and bikes. This is an area of unspoilt scenery and has few visitors.
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The track follows alongside the
river. Ruggesteinen is actually situated on the left across the river
via small footbridge. Wheelchairs can go easily along the track but would
not be able to cross the river to the stone.
The road continues another 3km beyond Ruggesteinen on a very gradual ascent up to Blafjell Gruver ( Blue Mountain mines), some disused mines. It is a very pleasant walk overlooking the river and sheep meadows.
Rogaland Fylkeskart (scale:1: 200 000) 445 708.
Drive south from Stavanger on the E39 to Heskestad. Turn right onto 501 to Hauge. Approx 1km after Sokndal church, the road crosses the river. Take immediate left then right to Amot.
On righthandside after about 1.5km
Distance from Stavanger: 110 km
Distance from Hauge i Dalane: 4 km
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Travel time from Stavanger:
approx 1.5 hours
Duration of the visit:
Parking near Linepollen. In the opposite direction from the walk to the stone, it is possible to walk or cycle across the bridge over the river to picnic tables on a grassy area with a childrens' seesaw beside a lake, suitable for bathing on a warm day.
Fun to see the stone rocking and to picnic and play in the lake near the carpark.
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