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Vedafjellet and Brøknipa from Skaftå

Date:
12.05.2019
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
5:15h
Distance:
16.0km

We left Bergen via Arna, continuing along road E16 in the direction of Voss, before then taking the bridge to Osterøy. On the other side, we turned right onto the narrow road towards Bruvik and followed it (on the northern side of Sørfjorden) for quite a bit. After getting around Stokkaneset and before driving into Skaftå, we parked near the sharp right-turn, which is built over the stream that comes down from Djupedalen. Right there, we forest road leaves to the north (and upwards), following Djupedalen for a short stretch (before turning left and upwards). We continued to walk up this forest road until it eventually swings to the left for good (at about 135mosl). There, we found the trail head, as planned. After a few meters of leading further northwards, the trail crosses a little >>>

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Kanadaskogen and Straumsfjellet

Date:
05.05.2019
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
2:00h
Distance:
7.8km

We started from Varden with no particular plan (except for getting some fresh air). We headed towards Kanadaskogen, crossing over the soccer fields north of Varden. We first followed some beaten paths between the houses until we reached Hesjaholtet. There, we eventually left streets and houses and entered the forest (Kanadaskogen). We started with some smaller heights north of Hesjaholtet, including some nice views down to Bjørndalsvatnet. After crossing some further (small) heights, we descended down to the place in the very north of Bjørndalsvatnet, where previously some building was standing (a mill?). From there, we followed a trail towards the west along the lake (in its north). This way, we rounded the southern ridge of Træshovden near the lake and then chose a gently ascending >>>

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Ørnafjellet, Skjenafjellet, and Lyderhorn

Date:
01.05.2019
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
2:30h
Distance:
6.7km

Even though the weather was not as nice as during many of the days before, we still wished to get a bit of fresh air. Since time was also limited, we decided to make a short hike on Lyderhorn. We started from the north of Gravdal, where also the street up to Kvarven leaves. Instead of starting with Kvarven, however, we decided to include Ørnafjellet (via Mördarbakka), first. To do so, we started with the stairs that lead upwards from the southern end of the industrial area at the northwestern end of Gravdal. This brings one onto a nice trail that leads through the forest in southern direction to a small soccer field (north of Øvrebø). Directly from this playing field, then in western direction and steeply upwards, you can find the trail up to Ørnafjellet. Before actually getting >>>

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Skarsnuten, Vardafjellet, Grytefjellet, and Belgjaråsen

Date:
30.04.2019
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
5:45h
Distance:
14.8km

After a meeting at Solstrand Bad & Hotel, we decided to do a hike in nearby Fuse before heading back to Bergen. From Hattvik, we thus took the ferry over to Venjaneset and drove from there further along road 552 towards Eikelandsosen. There we took to the left (onto road 48 and into the direction of Samnanger) and continued on it for a few kilometers (until we had come through Moshovdatunnelen). Right after the tunnel, we turned right (onto Hafskorvegen) and parked soon after (very near to the bridge that we had just passed over after the tunnel). Our first hiking goal was Skarsnuten, a little top "in the valley", south of Hafskorvatnet. It was nice that we could see the top from the very start of the hike, also. We first followed the little road that leads up to Hafskorvatnet, >>>

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Knappen

Date:
22.04.2019
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
2:00h
Distance:
4.6km

We started from Varden, crossing over Bjørgeveien near Sandeidet Terminal, and taking up the stairs to Vassteigen. We then took the trail that starts north of Knappatjørna and leads (more or less) directly up to Knappen (not including Eldtona, this time). At Knappen, we this time explored the southern side (towards Hesthaugen) and found an interesting spot there with a nice view towards the west (and over Maggevika). We then returned via Knappatjørna, where we enjoyed nice spring weather for a while, to Varden. Good to have Knappen nearby, when time is short, and there's still a wish to get some fresh air! :-) See also the related FB-page Hiking around Bergen, Norway . Petter Bjørstad has a useful page about Knappen .

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Ulriken from Haukeland Hospital (stone steps up)

Date:
20.04.2019
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
3:00h
Distance:
7.1km

We started from a bus stop at Haukeland University Hospital and first walked up the street to the lower station of the cable car that goes up to the top of Ulriken. Instead of taking the cable car, however, we followed a trail that leads up to Montana (and from there further towards Ulriken etc.). Once above the Montana Vandrerhjem, we followed the gravel road Johan Blytts vei, which ascends diagonally in southeastern direction, before it crosses a little stream. From there, it's getting steeper and shortly after, a renewed path turns left (from there then steeply upwards in northeastern direction). Before eventually departing from the gravel road (near Hellerane), the path gets once again very near to it (at about 325mosl). From there onward, it then goes steeply upwards (through Lægdebotn >>>

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Fløyen from Bergen harbor

Date:
19.04.2019
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
1:00h
Distance:
3.0km

With guests, just arrived from Austria, we exploited the nice weather and showed Bergen from above (from Fløyen). Up by feet, down by Fløybanen. :-) Not a big hike (and definitely not alone), but clearly a nice day and always nice to look down onto Bergen from the top station of Fløybanen! :-) See also the related FB-page Hiking around Bergen, Norway .

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Knutstignova (return via Harafjellet)

Date:
14.04.2019
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
6:00h
Distance:
12.2km

We took the E16 in the direction towards Voss from Bergen and left it (to the left / north) at Dalseid, right after Dale. We then followed the (very narrow!) road along Bolstadfjorden (Kastevika) towards the north until we came to the place where the lower ends of Dalseidmarkåna meet the road. There we parked, expecting that we would come back down here later, and started our hike first with a little more on the road (just around Tretteneset). We continued on the road over the bridge (water that comes down from Straumsmarkåna) and then turned left onto a nice forest road (it does not seem as if anything motorized used that road for a while though). This road/trail lead steeply up through the forest and into the direction of Botnastølen. At about 200mosl, we seemingly lost the trail, >>>

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Husdalsfjellet via Husdalen from Kanalen

Date:
13.04.2019
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
5:00h
Distance:
13.3km

We took the E39 to the north of Bergen, crossing over to Knarvik over Nordhordlandsbrua. We then continued along E39 (in the direction of Førde) along the northern side of Osterfjorden. Right after Bjørsviktunnelen, we turned right at the second opportunity (marked towards Molvik there). Note that this exit comes almost immediately after the one to Bjørsviki, so it's good to keep your eyes open right after leaving the tunnel! :-) We then followed Molvikavegen for only a very short stretch until we crossed over the little bridge over Kanalen. Right after the bridge, we found a little place on the left, where we could park for a while. Just meters above the parking, a private road to Husdalen leaves to the northeast (left), locked behind a bar. We hiked along this road then, in the >>>

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Short hike over Vardafjellet

Date:
12.04.2019
Characteristic:
Walk
Duration:
0:30h
Distance:
1.4km

After a meeting at Solstrand, I was heading to another meeting in Bergen. Given the beautiful day and half an hour to spare, I decided to include a quick walk over one of the minor peaks near Osøyro: Vardafjellet. I drove up to Øvre Varåsen and found a place to park for half an hour. My plan was then to continue to Varåsgrenda and to take a trail from there (as I had seen it on the map). Walking north on Øvre Varåsen, however, I turned left one street too early. Soon, I understood that this would not lead to the trail, but since I thought that ascending to Vardafjellet should not be too difficult, even without a trail, I continued and indeed found a reasonable opportunity at the back of house 48 (southwest of it). Within a few minutes, I had connected to the trail and then followed >>>

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