Haugfoss Waterfall Trail
Vannkraften fra Haugfossen er grunnen til at Blaafarveværket ligger under fossen. Pukkverk, vannrenner og bygninger utnyttet fossen på begge sider. Vi har tilrettelagt en vandring i de autentiske kulturminnene etter stordriftstiden på 1800-tallet.
Start at the Glass Smeltery at the Cobalt Works, and follow the path up the Falls Trail, alongside Haugfoss waterfall. There are side trails here to viewpoints where you can admire the falls and Cobalt Works. Follow the route of the watercourse which supplied the Cobalt Works with water. Continue up through the foundation walls of the corn mill, and you will arrive at the Haugfosstråkka area, with its shops and café enjoying an idyllic location above the waterfall.
Cross the Simoa River via Haugfoss Bridge, which was built by Blaafarveværket in 1837 and restored in 2015. The cultural trail continues down the Crushing Plant Trail on the north side of the waterfall, where there are several viewpoints, the remains of the old crushing plant, and the huge water wheel, which is still turning.
At the foot of Haugfoss waterfall, you will arrive at the Steiger’s Residence at Greteplassen. A steiger was an engineer, and he had a high status. Inside the house is a small display about Edvard Munch’s visit here in 1884. If you have brought a packed lunch, you are welcome to eat it inside, or if the weather is good, you can make the most of it on the benches outside.
From Greteplassen, you can follow the watercourse back to the Cobalt Works, which will bring you back to where you started. The raft over the Simoa River is attached on both sides of the river, and you pull yourself across using muscle power. The more people there are, the easier it is.
We have put up several information boards along the cultural trail, with old photos and information about what things were. The Haugfoss Waterfall Trail is a great way to experience the buildings, cultural history and landscape of the Cobalt Works.