- A Geological Wonder
Special and fascinating places are all along the Vestfold coast. Along this alluring and beautiful coastline, most of the places are familiar to most, but we're still pretty sure that very few have been on Styggås, and certainly many who have never heard of the place. The reason is probably that Styggås is slightly hidden by dense coastal forest and are not as readily available because of poor signage, despite the fact that the place is very close to the coastal path Brunlanes.
It is an interesting geological masterpiece that we find on the island Styggås. Styggås consists of layered rocks of the Cambro-Silurian period, a petrification of seabed sediments laid down for about 500 million years ago. Cambrosilurian is a generic term for the geological periods, the Cambrian, Ordovician and Silurian. This is the oldest era in Earth's antiquity, the period extending from 410 to 550 million years ago. Kambrosilurske rocks are common in the Oslo field, stretching from Langesundsfjord to Mjøsa.
The availability and access to the area is actually quite straightforward, provided you know where to go. You can either walk through the woods or hike up the mountain from the beach area of Smørvika that distinguishes Løvallodden and Styggås. Best suitable parking can be found by Omrestranda Nevlunghavn harbor. It follows from the coastal path for about 3 km to Smørvika which is the end of the open landscape rocks, Løvallodden. Another access to Styggås is to take off from Helgeroveien highway and bike, walk or drive down to Odegaard Gulf. Please note that there are few places here that are suitable as parking. Walk towards the ocean through the woods here. It eventually becomes dense with trees and vegetation, but don’t worry, you’ll make it to the end.
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