Foxhole


About thirty kilometres (bird’s way) west of Idre in northern Dalarna and well hidden in the forest about two kilometers from the border with Norway is the Norwegian resistance hut Foxhole. This was a hut built by three Norwegians during june/july 1944 for intelligence groups moving between Sweden and Norway on behalf of the Norwegian legation in Stockholm. Those who used the hut rarely stayed more than a few nights at most. The hut was no larger than about 4 square meters and was camouflaged so well that it melted into the terrain. Although the hut was isolated and secluded, there were several paths and refugee passages in the area. At one point it was believed that the wrong people had become aware of the hut. Therefore, it was decided to build a "escape hut" south of the real hut in case of discovery. The real hut was abandoned in November 1944 because it no longer served any purpose.

Current status: Rebuilt with information board (2018).

Location: 61°44'50.73"N 12°08'22.32"E (parking lot).

Get there: Car.

My comment:

In 1979, people from the Norwegian side were interested in whether there was anything left of the hut. Together with three of those who built the hut, they visited the hut and found it in such poor condition that it could not be repaired. However, there was interest from both Norwegian and Swedish to rebuild it and make it a war memory. The present hut is a replica of the original and was completed in 1982. Next to the hut is also an information board. Visiting the hut is easiest from the Norwegian side, from which there is a well-marked path of just over two kilometers. The path goes over both marsh and dry ground and it can be really wet, but it may be outweighed as the view during the walk is magnificent. The cabin itself is in the forest.

Follow up in books: Gilmour, John: Sweden, the Swastika and Stalin - The Swedish Experience in the Second World War (2011).