The trail we were looking for is one called "Tusseløya"... plugging this into Google Translate the night before, Peter and I saw the translation: "Goblin Trail". Cool. Maybe we'd see goblins!
The trailhead was marked with a strange tree root making a portal to the trail. "Watch out for goblins!" I warned the kids as we entered. I didn't really expect to see any, but soon we saw a face painted on a tree. Then another. And another. And another.
Dozens of faces peeked out of the trees! Some friendly, some mysterious, some with baby pacifiers tied to them... how strange and wonderful!
I learned that the word for 'goblin' in Norwegian is the same as the slang word for 'pacifier' (the equivalent of 'dummy' in England or 'binky' as we called 'em in our family). When kids are ready to give up their pacifiers for good, some parents take them to this trail and the kids give them to the goblins by tying them to the goblin trees. One parent I spoke with said it worked perfectly with her daughter. What an awesome idea!
All too soon we headed back to the car, thankful that the VW heats up very quickly. We were all ready for warm baths by the time we got home.
This was an excellent trail for the kids, a perfect length hike, just over 1 km (about 2 km for the whole loop), with all kinds of fun things to see and discover on the way. The trail is located near Kobberdammen, a dam where water flows over the top from a lake, so there is lots more to see and discover in this area. Maybe when it warms up a little.