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Hovlandsnuten and Etlådnefjellet

Date:
31.05.2020
Characteristic:
Hike
Duration:
5:15h
Distance:
11.8km

For years, we had talked about "one day" visiting Tysnes and doing some nice hike there. This weekend, with warm and sunny weather, seemed to be perfect to actually do it! :-) We drove from Bergen to Halhjem (southwest of Osøyro) and took the ferry to Vågen from there. Already this crossing of Bjørnafjorden was nice, with nice views towards south and east! Once on Tysnes, we drove first east (towards Lundegrend). There, we turned right (and south) and crossed over to the southeastern side of Tysnes (Hovland & Tveit). Our plan was to go a nice round over Hovlandsnuten, maybe the most spectacular mountain on Tysnes (not the hightest though). We parked near Tveitneset and started to hike along a forest road that extends southwards (parallel to the steep mountain side there, >>>

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Nonkletten and Storavika on Korsneset

Date:
30.05.2020
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
2:30h
Distance:
7.8km

With limited time available, and a nice, warm, and sunny day, we decided to make a medium-long hike on Korsneset with nice Storavika as our main trip goal. Driving by Krokeide and continuing further onto Korsneset, we continued all the way to the junction east of Tverrhaugen, where parking is conveniently possible. Before heading towards Storvika, we wished to include Nonkletten, northeast of the parking place. We thus walked for a few meters back the road that we had come. Maybe some 200m into this, we turned left onto a proper trail, leaving in northwards direction. This trail leads nicely upwards to a nice minor hill in the west of Nonkletten. There, on a minor saddle at about 95mosl, we decided to leave the trail and head eastwards into the direction of Nonkletten. Even though one >>>

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Evening Løvstakken

Date:
26.05.2020
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
1:30h
Distance:
4.6km

Spontaneously, we decided to do a quick after-work sprint up Løvstakken (the steep way). We parked near the SPAR shop "Sikthaugen" (above Sikthaugen Terrasse) and walked up the pedestrians' connection to Kirsten Flagstads vei. From there, we continued along Rosenlundveien (up to house 43), before taking the trail that ascends steeply underneath the power line in Eastern direction. At about 350mosl, the steepest part of the trail starts (roughly in Northern direction). A bit more the 50 meters higher, one comes out and can enjoy some nice views over Fyllingsdalen. From there, it's then "just" following the trail all to the top of Fyllingsdalen. Definitely a nice alternative of an ascent to Løvstakken! From the top, we then followed the Northern ridge down (into the >>>

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Tåkenuten and Kråkenos

Date:
23.05.2020
Characteristic:
Hike
Duration:
6:15h
Distance:
13.4km

Weighing the weather forecast with our wish to make a nice hike, we ended up with Kråkenos as our hiking goal. While this mountain is also well accessible from its eastern side (from Bru near Strandebarm at Hardangerfjorden), we decided to approach it from its western side, i.e., from Øvre Hålandsdalen. To get there, we drove from Bergen first along E16 into the direction of Voss, then along road 49 into the direction of Kvamskogen, before then continuing along road 48 to Eikelandsosen and from there further towards Holdhus a few kilometers in the east of Eikelandsosen. Near Holdhus one needs to take a sharp turn to the left (north) onto an old and narrow road that leads into Øvre Hålandsdalen (after first passing between Gjønavatnet in the north and Skogseidvatnet in the south).  >>>

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Tunesfjellet and Skåldalsfjellet

Date:
21.05.2020
Characteristic:
Hike
Duration:
4:30h
Distance:
12.2km

One could say that this hike is a logical continuation of our small research project Gullfjellet from the north, Sørfjorden . :-) We drove from Bergen to Arna and then through the tunnel under Ådnanipa (E16), before taking the very first exit ("Takvam") and turning back along the old road (Tunesvegen) into the direction of Tunes. At Tunestveit, only a few meters from the E16-exit, we parked along the road. We then crossed under E16 (right where it comes out of the tunnel under Ådnanipa, crossing over Tveitaelva there) and continued on an old forest road into the direction of Åsen. All the terrain is very steep there and most parts will not provide any opportunity to continue all the way up. Our map study, however, had suggested that ascending to Åsen on the very eastern side >>>

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Gravdalsfjellet from Betanien

Date:
18.05.2020
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
1:00h
Distance:
3.7km

To get some fresh air, we decided to make a short hike up Gravdalsfjellet. We started at Betanien near Vestlund in Fyllingsdalen, Bergen, and head first northwards before then turning left (westwards) into the direction of Gravdalsfjellet. Right after passing by Brattheim, we took the stairs up into the direction of Viggohytten. As soon as we came out on top, however, we made a short detour to visit Kjerringen på Nipen, from where one can enjoy excellent views over Fyllingsdalen. We then headed back to the trail and up to Viggohytten before we continued further upwards to visit near Gravdalsfjellet. From there, we took another trail down (in the west of Gravdalsfjellet. After this short detour, we connected back with the trail that we had taken up near Brattheim. From there, it was >>>

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Herlandsfjellet from Herland

Date:
10.05.2020
Characteristic:
Hike
Duration:
3:45h
Distance:
11.0km

For a longer time already, we had the idea to try Herlandsfjellet from its northern side. When studying the available maps, it's not so obvious, how this should be done (as no trails are to be seen from the north). After some investigation, we were left with two choices that we deemed possible: going up from Ytre Songstad (along a narrow ridge that is very steep on either side) or going up from Herland, where the bridge to Osterøy is anchored (a less pronounced while also steep ridge). Eventually, looking at satellite images suggested that the eastern variant (from Ytre Songstad) would be through a dense looking forest, while the western variant (from Herland) appeared to have less dense standing trees. Since we were unsure how difficult it would be to ascend through a relatively dense >>>

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Hamrefjellet

Date:
09.05.2020
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
2:00h
Distance:
7.6km

Between two visits of shops, we wished to get some fresh air. Since we were close already, we decided to go a quick round around Hamrefjellet. Since we wished to start with Tornetfjellet, we drove into the direction of Smørås (just to find out that parking is non-trivial there -- clearly, those who live there do not like hikers to park up there). We thus parked quite a bit longer down along Smøråsvegen and walked back up from there. We then ascended Torneberget from Smøråsvegen (only a few meters up), before continuing along a nice trail that stretches over the heights into southern direction (towards Hamrefjellet). Passing by Myrasmettet, we ascended Vardane (also only a few meters up). We next thought to take a look at Vallastølen. Instead of walking "down" to Militærvegen, >>>

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Høgstefjellet and Veten i Åsane

Date:
25.04.2020
Characteristic:
Hike
Duration:
4:00h
Distance:
9.2km

With a nice day ahead of us (but limited time), we decided to try a hike that we had thought about for a longer time already: combining Høgstefjellet and Veten i Åsane -- a plan not without challenges (Norgeskart does not show any trail that would connect the saddle between Høgstefjellet and Tellevikafjellet and Postvegen in the valley)! In order to start with Høgstefjellet, we parked along Dalavegen on the western side of Langavatnet. The idea was to ascend towards the ridge that leads up to Varden (in the south of Høgstefjellet). Within a few minutes, we had come to a nice ridge (above Linosa), ascending steeply from its eastern side. We knew that a bit further westwards a trail was marked on the map, but we thought that we could equally well ascend along the ridge as long as this >>>

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Stangfjellet and Vedafjellet

Date:
19.04.2020
Characteristic:
Hike
Duration:
5:30h
Distance:
14.9km

With a nice day ahead of us, we decided to try a hiking round, which we had looked at already repeatedly over several years, including Stangfjellet and Vedafjellet on Osterøy. After some consideration of the available time, etc., we decided to start from Gjerdstad. After leaving E16 for the bridge to Osterøy, we crossed over and used the tunnel on the other side (into the direction of Lonevåg). Following street 566 further upwards, we turned right near Rolland, continuing on Gjerdstadvegen. After some 5km, or so, we came to Gjerdstad, seeing the church there prominently on the right side. Turning right and crossing the stream using the narrow bridge there, we were right at the church and parked there. Before even starting our hike, we first looked at a large memorial stone, opposide >>>

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