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Walk along Sælenvatnet

Date:
14.02.2021
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
1:00h
Distance:
2.3km

With just a little time at our disposal, we decided to quickly get a little fresh air and make a short walk along the shoreline of (frozen) Sælenvatnet. After walking down from Varden, we crossed over Fyllingsdalsveien, using a small bridge near the big junction with Bjørgeveien. Once on the other side, we walked onto this particular peninsula that extends into Sælenvatnet on its western side. Following some small, but "beaten" paths, we rounded most of this peninsula, before heading back and up to Varden, again. Nice with all that snow! :-) See also the related FB-page Hiking around Bergen, Norway .

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Holefjellet via Storhovden, Eikelifjellet, Gravdalsfjellet

Date:
13.02.2021
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
3:00h
Distance:
9.3km

Expecting the unusually stable winter weather to end soon, we decided to get out and enjoy both sun and snow directly where we live, doing "nothing else" than a hike in Kanadaskogen. We started walking northwards from Varden, passing by Sælen church and crossing over the fotball fields in front of the FraMo sports hall, we continued into the direction of Hesjaholten, walking along the houses at Veslefrikkveien in their south. Surrounding Hesjaholten in its west (and below it, there), we entered the valley through which the waters from Krokatjørna come down as a little stream. Walking up this valley, we came to the somewhat more flat (and usually very wet) area in the west of Stora Krokatjørna. Enjoying some lovely sun and nice snow there, we walked across the (usually) boggy >>>

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To Ternneset in quite some snow

Date:
31.01.2021
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
3:00h
Distance:
7.8km

With all the snow around, we aimed at another nice hike out in Øygarden. Expecting that we may end up in not 100% nice weather, we decided to walk out to Ternneset from Kausland. Driving west from Bergen, we turned left (southwards) on Sotra, passing by Fjell soon after and continuing further southwards. After passing Hammarsland, we turned right (in western direction) at Eide. At Vestrepollen, we turn left, again, into the direction of Glesvær. At Kausland, we turned right (onto Liagarden) and parked at the end of the road. From there, we then started our hike in westward direction. Passing by Koldalshaugmyra in its north, we headed further westwards to get through Lauvvatnet (in the north) and Goltatjørna (in the south). North of Hølshaugen, we then crossed to connect to a trail >>>

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Rounding Storavatnet in the south of Kallestad

Date:
24.01.2021
Characteristic:
Hike
Duration:
3:30h
Distance:
10.3km

After discussing a few ideas for another nice hike, we eventually decided to drive out to Øygarden, once again, and explore the region near Kallestad again. We thought that the available daylight should be enough to attempt a round around Storavatnet in the southwest of Kallestad. Driving west from Bergen, you get, after a bit, to Sotra. There, turning left, brings one via Fjell further south. At Trengereid, we then turned right in order to drive out to Kallestad, where we parked near Grendahuset. Since our plan was to round Storavatnet in counterclockwise direction, we first walked out of Kallestad in western direction, passing by Vassenden, south of Stølstjørna. There, instead of further following the trail into the direction of Kjereidet, we just walked up the first little hill, >>>

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After work stroll north of Varden

Date:
21.01.2021
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
1:30h
Distance:
4.2km

We just wished to refresh ourselves a little after work and thus simply "strolled around" in the neighborhood. The only (very moderately) intersting bit of this short walk was that we tried a new "connection" between Fyllingsdalsveien and Krokatjønnveien, where one can find a good number of trees between the houses, almost a little forest! :-) See also the related FB-page Hiking around Bergen, Norway .

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Visiting Ånesvika on Algrøyna

Date:
16.01.2021
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
3:30h
Distance:
8.2km

We had heard about a new place for staying overnight in the middle of the wild nature of Algrøyna (at Ånesvika) and thus decided to go and have a look ourselves. :-) After first driving along road 555 towards Sotra in the west of Bergen, we turned towards south after passing through the tunnel in the south of Kolltveit, heading towards Fjell. There, we turned right, again, following road 559 into the direction of Møvik at the west-side of Sotra. Following this road further (eventually northwards along the coast), we came to Skålvik, where we turned left, again, and onto a narrow road leading us to Algrøyna (the road also connects to Langøyna and Lokøyna). Once on Algrøyna, and a little less than half way towards the main village on that island, we parked a bit up the hill, where >>>

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Round around Storavatnet

Date:
09.01.2021
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
1:30h
Distance:
3.1km

Since there wasn't much daylight left and since the weather was not exactly lovely (it was OK though!), we decided for a short round in the neighborhood. We thus first drove up to Krohnegården in the north of Fyllingsdalen and parked near Svartatjørna. The goal was to make one round aroud Storavatnet (in clockwise direction), but to do that off the main trail. This way, we included a number of small hills, including Søråsen and Nordåsen. From some of them, you actually have some nice views, mostly down into Fyllingsdalen, but also to Løvstakken in the east and Olsokfjellet and Damsgårdsfjellet in the west. While off the main trail, most of this round was still on "minor trails" (and without any difficulties). Only the traverse of the hill in the very northwest of Storavatnet >>>

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Herlandsfjellet, Skåldalsfjellet, and Skåldalsnipa

Date:
03.01.2021
Characteristic:
Hike
Duration:
4:30h
Distance:
9.0km

This Sunday was predicted to come with blue skies and nice winter weather, and so it was! The day before we had arranged for a joint hike up Skåldalsfjellet to catch a good amount of winter sun, while also having some good time in not too deep snow. In order to cross over Skåldalsfjellet (from northeast to southwest), we started at the north-side of Osavatnet, almost at the very end of Gullfjellsvegen, where many of those, who venture into th Gullfjellet-mountains, park and start. Instead of walking towards Gullfjellet, however, we turned towards Ormarinden, a nice ridge that comes down from Herlandsfjellet in the north of Osavatnet. This ridge has a very nice trail on it, making the ascent to Herlandsfjellet straight-forward and non-difficult. At the very top of Herlandsfjellet, we >>>

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Nice round through Kanadaskogen

Date:
02.01.2021
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
2:00h
Distance:
5.9km

Even though the day was overcast, we still wished to refresh ourselves and thus decided to make a short round through Kanadaskogen. We first walked from Varden to Hesjaholten, following the dead-end road that extends furthest northwards. Almost at the very last house, there's a trail head leading upwards into a small valley in the southeast of Litla Krokatjørna. About half way up into this valley, we turned left and ascended the small hill in the southeast of Litla Krokatjørna. After crossing over it, we descended back into "the small valley", but just to cross it in order to also ascend to the hill on the other (eastern) side. Once over this one, we then continued along its northern ridge, running somewhat between Litla Krokatjørna (in the west) and (Stora) Krokatjørna (in >>>

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Knappen (off trail)

Date:
01.01.2021
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
1:30h
Distance:
4.0km

A good way to start a new year, is to do (at least) a small hike in the neighborhood! :-) We started from Varden, walking towards Knappen on the other side of Bjørgeveien. Going Marineveien down, we decided to explore "the other side" right away (without first walking along Bjørgeveien). Even though we did that without any trail, it still was reasonably easy and within a short while we arrived at the top of Sandeidbrotet (this "short-cut" is OK for an exploration, but will not become our new standard route to Knappen, though). From Sandeidbrotet we continued up another short hillside to Vassteigen, where we (for a moment) connected with one of the trails to Knappen. Instead of following this trail, however, we again diverted into "the wild", ascending more >>>

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