Culture Trail

Haugfoss Waterfall Trail

The hydropower from Haugfossen Falls is the reason why the Cobalt Works is situated below the waterfall. The crushing plant, watercourses and buildings on both sides of the falls exploited the tremendous power of the water. We have designed a trail around the authentic cultural monuments left behind after the years of peak operation in the 19th century.

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 The Cobalt Works and Mines 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.

Other things you can see and experience at The Cobalt Works