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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  • July 10, 2017
    Here it is a lot of fun for curious children. Tunnels, steep stairs, a little creepy places and not least a fascinating story.
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  • July 4, 2017
    Hegra fortress just have to be experienced ... a lot of history ... Dei many underground times ... and how one can imagine what it was like to live there in time of war. .. just have to be experienced ...
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  • May 23, 2017
    Stjørdalens defence against the Swedes which was the fortress in Norway that held the longest against the German occupation forces under 2. World War II. Did you know by the way that shoot the maps for the fortress was designed by a Major who later during the war would get a different role? Vidkun Quistling. Well preserved as a Memorial and a worthy setting for those who gave everything to defend what they had cherished.
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  • April 7, 2017
    I liked looking round the old Fort and some of the views are good. May not be everyone's cup of tea.
  • August 13, 2014
    A lot of guns, trenches and tunnels - free to visit. Also a cafeteria and a very nice view. Even my wife found the site exiting :-)
  • July 2, 2017
    Florr fortifications that are well preserved.
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  • October 3, 2016
    Very narrow way and obsolete facilities
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  • August 19, 2016
    A very interesting site.
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