Tjovhola (the thief’s cave) – Bygland, 385 m.a.s.l.
The trail starts from highway 9; 500 metres south of Neset Camping. Adequate parking.
The entire trail is steep, but winds through dry forest terrain and is normally OK to walk. The cave "Tjovhola" is created by nature – with a little human assistance. The mineral fluorspar has been extracted in connection with the ancient copper mill at Åraksbø. The opening is 15 metres wide and 12 metres tall. Going inwards, the floor rises steeply towards the ceiling, making the cave about 30 metres deep. According to old tales, thieves used it as a dwelling. From the cave there is a magnificent view of the fjord.
Take your time and look around. The entire area is renowned for its rich flora.
Length: 1 km return trip
Ascent: 150 metres
Duration: 2 hours
Difficulty: Short, but with demanding sections. May be slippery; trekking poles are therefore recommended.