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Hegra Festning, Stjordal

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Hegra Fortress is a small mountain fortress in the village of Hegra in the municipality of Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. Originally known as Ingstadkleiven Fort, it was built between 1908 - 1910 as a border fort as a defence against the perceived threat of a Swedish invasion.BackgroundThe intent behind Ingstadkleiva Fort was to block Swedish advances into Central Norway, as had happened repeatedly during the Swedish-Norwegian conflicts in the preceding centuries, for example the Hannibal War, Northern Wars, and Great Northern War. After the 1905 dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden, the Norwegian military harboured continued fears of a Swedish invasion to retake Norway.As a successful attack into the centre of the country could split it in half, the Norwegian general staff in February 1906 suggested the construction of a blocking fort in the Stjørdalen valley. Ingstadkleiva was early on pointed out as a good location to block an advance from the east. Already in March that year the Minister of Defence, commanding general, and chief of the Fortress Artillery surveyed the site and agreed to the plan. In a closed meeting on 26 April 1906, the Norwegian Parliament authorized the construction of Ingstadkleiva Fort, but no funds were allocated until 12 July 1907. In May 1908, the work began on the road up to the construction site and by January 1910 the fort was ready for use.
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  • Great maintained fortifications. Here you can get a good insight into how Norway wanted to defend against attacks from the Swedes. It fought during the Second World War when attacks that time came... 
    Great maintained fortifications. Here you can get a good insight into how Norway wanted to defend against attacks from the Swedes. It fought during the Second World War when attacks that time came...  more »
  • Hegra Fortress is a small mountain fortress in the village of Hegra in the municipality of Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag county. It was built between 1908–1910 as a border fort as a defence against the.....  more
    Hegra Fortress is a small mountain fortress in the village of Hegra in the municipality of Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag county. It was built between 1908–1910 as a border fort as a defence against the.....  more »
  • Spectacular views and an interesting part of the historic revew from the first days of ww2. Welcoming staff at the restaurant serves traditional dishes of norwegian food. And prices are low. 
    Spectacular views and an interesting part of the historic revew from the first days of ww2. Welcoming staff at the restaurant serves traditional dishes of norwegian food. And prices are low.  more »
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  • Great place for a day trip. Very interesting history, small museum and cafe on the premises.
  • Recommended mountain fortress with underground tunnels to see in Stjørdal. Located just around 45 minutes from Trondheim. Parking area, toilett, benches, museum, cafetaria (at the moment close) are available. Guide by request. Make sure to take a picture over the sitemap near the parking area so it will be easier to check the number and the place inside the fortress. Try to get up to tower nr. 8. Inside the tunnel it can be chill, especially inside the lounge room. Free entrance to the fortress.
  • It's amazing trip to look at the past how it was like. And the nature is amazing.
  • It's a hidden gem high on the mountain and has a story to tell in regards to WW II history.
  • We visited on a dreary September day, late in the afternoon when it was already quite grey and drizzly. The fort was a pleasant surprise - there was a lot more to see than we expected with so many underground tunnels. I'm sure it would be even nicer on a sunny day.

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