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. Plan my Stjordal trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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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 »
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  • 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.
  • Nice place. Good for a relax walk thinking about war nonsense

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