Several ancient rock carvings can be found at Møllerstufossen next to the River Etna in Nordre Land municipality in Oppland county. The rock carvings are over 6000 years old, from the Mesolithic (6000-7600 years ago). They were discovered in 1961, cover an area of around 20 square metres and consist of 14 figures. Eleven of these figures represent ungulates (most likely elk), a beaver and an unidentified mammal. The largest figure is around 90cm long and depicts a bull elk with massive antlers. Two small figures have been interpreted as humans. One figure has what looks like a tail and has therefore been interpreted as a beaver. Most of the elk figures represent female elks.
This type of rock art, called petroglyphs, tends to depict wild ungulates and it often female animals which are depicted. A special feature of these carvings is that the animals are depicted with their internal organs visible, as a natural part of the animal. Another special feature is that they were carved close to water. They have been carved by hand using most likely pebbles. The evidence points to the carvings being made between 8000 and 6000 years ago.
The carvings can be found alongside fv33, approximately 12km west of Dokka. There is an information board next to the carpark where you will be able to read more about these rock carvings. The area has been made accessible with platforms for visitors and the carvings have been painted by the conservation authorities so that they are clearly visible.
An area close to Møllerstufossen was previously used to store logs for log driving. The logs that were harvested from the local forest were brought here during the winter. In spring the logs were released into the river and were driving downstream into the Randsfjorden. It was in connection with this log driving that the rock carvings were first discovered in 1961.
You will find benches and tables at Møllerstufossen, and we recommend that you take advantage of these to sit down and enjoy the wonderful view of the Etna river with its small waterfalls and rapids. Møllerstufossen is a popular bathing site with natural slides in the river, and it is also a great place to fish.
- Bring swimwear as there are good bathing possibilities in the River Etna.
- Good footwear is recommended as it can be slippery on the rocks.
Tips and hints
- Free parking at Møllerstufossen.
- Swimming possibilities.
- Fishing in the River Etna.
Møllerstufossen lies close to fv33, approximately 12km west of Dokka.