After a beautiful hike from Tempelseter to Ranten (1419 m.a.s.l) on the Norefjell mountain range, my mother and I agreed to venture to Eggedal’s Vestfjell for our next adventure. We picked Madonna med Barnet (or ‘Madonna and Child’ in English) as our destination, a statue which sits at Bjønneskortenatten by the gate to Trillemarka. Sherpas from Nepal have put down stone on much of the path and there are blue markings along the entire length of the trail, making for a perfect leisurely afternoon hike.
The history of the statue dates back to 1989 when Anne Margrethe Bugge gave an area of land to Sigdal municipality. Bugge wanted the area to be used for forestry and cabins as well as hunting and fishing by the general public. In addition, she asked that a statue of Madonna and Child be put up as soon as she provided it. When Bugge passed away in 1995, Sigdal municipality was left to carry out her wish. In 2003, sculptor Turid Angell Eng began working on the statue in Vietnam and once it was completed, the light granite sculpture traveled to Oslo by boat, to Eggedal by car, and to Bjønneskortenatten by helicopter. In 2009, Madonna med Barnet was unveiled and the statue has been a popular hiking destination ever since.
The marked stone path to Madonna med Barnet (1020 m.a.s.l) starts at the parking lot by Utvollane in the area of Frøvollseter. Here, we were pleasantly surprised to find toilets, picnic benches, and a sign explaining the history of the statue. After a brief history lesson, we set out on the hike to Bjønneskortenatten. As we climbed several stone steps through the mountain terrain, we admired our picturesque surroundings of Trillemarka-Rollagsfjell, Norway’s biggest nature reserve covering 149 square kilometres.
We followed the blue markings to the top, where we enjoyed our lunch with views of Norefjell to the north and Gaustatoppen to the west. After taking photos with the statue and signing our names in the guestbook, we began our descent. The entire loop took about three hours and was a lovely excursion for both humans and dogs. I am so thankful for another day of sunshine and new adventures in the mountains, and with fabulous company to top it off.
Thank you Mommy and Daisy for visiting, we hope to see you back at the cabin soon!