HÄLLMÅLNINGARNA – ROCK PAINTINGS
Hällmålningarna. Blue. 8 km. 180 meter difference in altitude. 3 hours.
An easy hike with nice views and a walk 5 000 – 10 000 years back in time.
Messlingen. Continue towards Hede past Baggården about 2 km, turn left by the blockroad towards Ruvallen. Private road the last 2 km, you have to pay to go on it.
DESCRIPTION OF THE TRIP:
A lot of footbridges, dry and easy walked. The tour is marked with tourist attraction signs, a red moose on gray background, and with the golden tour sign. Information is available at the sights.
Start the trek to Hällmålningarna. Pitches lightly upwards for three kilometers. The Rock paintings are between 4 – 5.000 years old, 20 animal figures and a few human figures. Nice picnic places with good information. It is easy to be fascinated by the history, and that the hand-painted works of art in stone have been preserved through centuries.
The tour continues over the top of Ruändan and gives you opportunity to catch your breath at Rypkâllhaugen – a pyramid-shaped mound close to the path at the highest point. Some believe it is a natural mound, others that it is a burial. It was plundered in the past, but not dug out by archaeologists. The trek goes on more than one kilometers to Evagraven, a large canyon formed for 10 000 years when the ice began to disappear.
Here you can choose to shorten the tour by going straight down the grave back to Ruvallen, about two kilometers, or continue to “Fiskhålsgraven” – which is a canyon with the protected dvärgröding (dwarf Arctic char) , a unique species that survived the Ice Age. It probably came here 7000 years ago during the ice melting from the Baltic Sea when its ocean surface was 250 meters above the current level.
Go on until the ravine edge to experience the depth and the fantastic rock formations. Remember that the large flat rocks can wiggle, be careful. In the lower part of the ravine where the path turns off to Ruvallen, it is an easy climb down to the little lake where the chars are. Go over the little bridge and you will find a very nice coffee place. From here you have 2 km left back down to Ruvallen.
Both graves where formed when the dammed ice lake in Ljungan valley brim over to the south during ice melting’s most dramatic stage. Some people used graves to overturn prey to death over the sharp edges.
Near the Fiskhålsgraven a stump was found in the 1950s. The pine was 8 000 years old, and shows that it was tall forest on Flatruet. A part of the tree trunk is available today on the Fjällmuseét in Funäsdalen.