Signpost with "Baalsrudhula 50m" in a green valley
©Knut Hansvold

The Baalsrud Cave

The Baalsrud Cave is at the top of the Manndalen valley/Olmmáivággi.

This was one of the places the well-known resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud hid during his escape from the Germans in World War II, en route from Rebbenesøy to Sweden.

Follow the road then path into the valley. The route is marked and signposted. The bottom of the valley is fairly flat, easy to walk on and mostly dry. After about 2 km you will reach an old summer mountain farm consisting of a mountain farmhouse and three turf huts. The inner part of the old farmhouse is locked, but you can stay overnight in the turf huts. You can also use the tables, benches and fireplace outside.The path continues into the valley, with easy walking terrain and makeshift bridges over the largest rivers. After passing Skáidejohka, it’s about 500 m to the cave, which is situated slightly down the bank closer to the river. This is a detour from the route further into the valley.

Along the path you can find sound installations with local stories (in norwegian, sami and english), signs with information about the area and signposts with local sami names. This is part of the cultural trail in the valley.

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