10,000 Years of History | Gloppedalsura – Norway

Let's take a look around from the air at of the largest screes in Northern Europe.

Have you ever looked around in a place that is a result of an event that happened more than 10,000 years ago? Now you can!

This place will give you goosebumps!

The wonderful Gloppedalsura is allegedly the largest stone scree in Northern Europe. Okay, to be honest, I know that it is probably not the most interesting place where you’ve ever been, but if you look around, close your eyes and think through where you are standing…I can almost guarantee that you’ll get goosebumps! And why is that?

What the hell is a scree?

Without going into the details, a scree is actually a great mass of loose stones and rock fragments sitting on a slope on a mountain. It usually develops as a result of a rockfall or multiple periodic rockfalls. But do not imagine just a few pebbles or stones falling down from a cliff, think of something more grandiose.

More than 10,000 years ago a glacier up in the north, in Gloppedal valley started to melt. The melting ice formed a moraine. This moraine dammed the river in the valley so to water was no longer able to flow through, so a lake formed in Byrkjedalsgryta. After all this, there was a huge landslide so this is how this amazing place came alive.

Getting between rocks as huge as houses

When you are standing between rocks that are having the size of a house you can almost hear and feel what happened a few millennia ago. But how can you visit this place? Gloppedalsura is a part of a Magma Geopark located in Rogaland, Norway. The scree where I take this 360 photograph is located pretty close to Stavanger. By car it takes only one hour to visit Gloppedalsura. For more information and history about this place you can also visit its official website.

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