Pop. 3,662; Area 2,740 sq. km. (1058 sq. mi.)
The township of Vinje covers the northwestern corner of Telemark. The name comes from the first farm in Vinje, and means "meadows" or "pastures." The coat of arms, a silver goat on a blue background, represents the importance of goat and sheep farming in the kommune. During World War II, significant battles were fought in Vinje, including the Battle of Vinjesvingen, during which Norwegian forces held out for over a month against German forces that were superior in number and armament.
The administrative center is Ytre Vinje. Krossen, Rauland, Åmot, and Edland are small towns in Vinje. Lake Totak in Rauland was the scene of the legendary Dyre Vaa's challenge to the god, Thor, and to trolls and monsters. The old traditional crafts such as wood carving, rosemaling, weaving, and silversmithing have been maintained. The municipal center is at Åmot in Ytre Vinje. Krossen in Rauland and Haukeligrend in Edland are other important commercial centers.
Arabygdi lies on Lake Totak in the western part of Rauland. Its most famous attraction is the "Urdbøuri," the largest stone scree in Northern Europe. A scree (also known as a talus) is an accumulation of boulders spread out at the base of steep slopes created by glaciation. Master fiddler "Myllarguten," or Torgeir Agundson Øygarden, spent his declining years at Kosi and Arabygdi. His home is now a small museum. A monument to this 19th century musician, who played for kings and inspired Edvard Grieg, has been created by sculptor Dyre Vaa and erected beside the highway.
Edland is on E 76. Along the way you can see old waterpowered mills, now restored and in working order. According to popular legend, fiddler "Myllarguten" has connections here, too; he is said to have learned tunes from the Nixie (water spirits) of the millrun waterfalls.
Vågslid has the highest elevation of any village along E 76. Here the activities are based on the natural surroundings of the area and concentrated to the south of the river Kjela. There are many hiking trails and lakes for fishing. Guided hiking tours devoted to special subjects can be arranged.
Rauland gets its name from the red, iron-rich boggy earth common to township. Bog-iron was for centuries an important local resource. is now part of larger Vinje township, a move that caused much controversy.
Sights to See
Bygdebøker for Vinje
Berge, Rikard.Vinje og Rauland. Stavanger: Prenta i Dreyers Grafiske anstalt, 1940-1975.
Bd. I. Opplag 1944
Bd. II. Opplag 1973.
Bd. III. (no subtitle)
Bd. IV. Opplag 1975.
Rauland Academy suggested by Ann Marie Jore
Vinjesvingen.No Marvin Ånund Hagen, webmaster
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