The tower of Hornkjøl

North of Eidskog, towering up for the lake of Hornsjøen on the border with Kongsvinger municipality, lies the mountain of Hornkjøl. The height above sea level is 434 meters and highest in Eidskog. At the top is the tower of Hornkjøl, an 18.5 m high fire tower from 1942 with great views in all directions. The tower was extensively restored in 2019-2020.

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Hornkjøltårnet Mentz Dagfinn Gressberg


In the mid-1930s, many lookout towers were built around eastern Norway to reduce the number of forest fires. The history of the tower of Hornkjølen starts on the 9th of June 1941.

On a rocky outcrop some distance north of the tower, cairns were lit in ancient times, the place is still referred to as "Varden".

Next to the tower is an old cabin that was refurbished in 2019 and used for a rest cabin.

The tower and the surrounding area are operated and maintained by an association called "The friends of the Tower", which was founded in 2018.

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