Explore Telemark




Type:Historical monument

Borggrend, 3870, Fyresdal

Add Russvassdammen to your Itinerary

Product Image
  • Product Image
  • bridge over the Russvasdammen
  • Product Image

Book Tickets Online


The Russvass dam, which has been a central element in timber floating in Fardøl since 1860, is an impressive structure with a needle dam dating back to 1893. This stone monument has played a significant role in the region's history and has undergone restoration to preserve its cultural value.

Construction of Russvassdammen
The current stone dam, built in 1893, consists of carefully hewn stones arranged as wedge-shaped blocks and features two openings. The Russvass dam is classified as a needle dam, where the main channel was closed off by vertical planks, typically sized at 2” x 4”. These planks were placed at the bottom of the dam against a horizontal bottom sill and at the top (in the dam crown) against a beam, also known as the needle support. During towing, the needles could be raised using the floating hook. The needles were often attached with a chain to the dam crown. When all the needles were raised, the timber could pass through the dam openings, where the needles hung loosely in the chains.

Cultural Monument in Borggrend
The Russvass dam in Borggrend is an impressive logging dam. This cultural monument is clearly signposted, and the surrounding area has been cleared to provide visitors with an authentic experience of the past. This needle dam from 1893, with its impressive stone structure and two openings, bears witness to a time when timber floating was a central part of the region's economy and transportation.


Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

CarFrom down town Fyresdal you drive proxy 1.8 km on the main road 355. Turn left in the direction Birtedalen. After 10 km take the road to the right Borggrend on the sign. After 6 km you will find an information sign on the left hand side of the road.


Tel: +47 35 04 14 55

What's Nearby

  1. Folkestadbyen.The town of Folkestad

    Folkestadbyen- The town of Folkestad.
    In the 1870s, a centre for commerce and crafts…

    8.13 km away
  2. Fyresdal Local History Museum

    Fyresdal Open Air Museum is situated in Oyskogen (The Island Forest), which is an…

    8.23 km away
  3. Våmur View Point

    Våmur Viewpoint in Telemark, where steep mountain sides meet majestic Fyresvatn. Enjoy…

    14.38 km away
  1. Åmdals Verk Mines

    Exciting copper mine in a small community built upp due to mining.

    24.17 km away
  2. Grimdalstunet

    Here at Grimdalstunet you can get a glimpse into the home of the artist Anne Grimdalen. A…

    27.89 km away
  3. Fjonjeferga - Cable ferry on lake Nisser

    Fjoneferja i Nissedal, MF Nissen, transport passengers and cars, from Fjone to Framnes,…

    29.82 km away
  4. Historical Dalen Hotel

    Dalen Hotel is a beautiful fairytale hotel build in 1894 in grand romantic style with…

    31.98 km away
  5. The Rui Farm

    In the steep mountainside over Dalen lies the famous little farm Rui.

    32.51 km away
  6. Potholes

     Since the ice-age, rocks and gravel have been swirling around on the riverbanks and…

    32.54 km away
  7. Eidsborg Stave Church

    Charming, small stave church. Located by West Telemark Museum in Eidsborg.

    34.35 km away
  8. Stålekleivloftet - one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world

    Is the storehouse of the legendary woman Åse Stålekleiv the oldest profane wooden…

    34.39 km away
  9. West-Telemark Museum Eidsborg

    To experience the rich cultural heritage and traditions of West Telemark, VTM Eidsborg is…

    34.52 km away
  10. Statkraft Exhibit Centre at Eidsborg

    The Statkraft exhibit centre at the museum in Eidsborg tells the story of hydro power…

    34.55 km away
  11. Whetstones from Eidsborg

    For about 1000 years Tokke has had an export industry of whetstones. For Norwegian…

    35.22 km away
  12. Z-Museum

    Let yourself wander through eras and explore your ancestral age in a way seldom seen…

    36.12 km away
  13. Ravens Gorge - Viewpoint and tourist attraction

    350m high cliff with buoyancy!

    37.96 km away
Previous Next


Fyresdal Local History Museum - Vest-Telemark Museum.Fyresdal Local History Museum, FyresdalFyresdal Open Air Museum is situated in Oyskogen (The Island Forest), which is an attractive park area in the centre of Fyresdal.

Øyskogen, Photo: Hamish Moore Fyresdal Heritage walk, FyresdalA small “town” began to form in the centre of Fyresdal in the 1870s, what was known as Folkestadbyen.