Børdalsfjellet and Huldabottsfjellet (16.07.2019)

Written by hbar (Harald Barsnes) GSM

Start point Kvamshaug (390m)
Endpoint Eikedalen (391m)
Characteristic Hillwalk
Duration 2h 23min
Distance 7.9km
Vertical meters 543m
GPS
Ascents Børdalsfjellet (789m) 16.07.2019
Huldabottsfjellet (773m) 16.07.2019

Børdalsfjellet and Huldabottsfjellet

Start of the old gravel road
Start of the old gravel road
Part of old ski lift(?)
Part of old ski lift(?)
Old tractor road
Old tractor road
Bridge across the tractor road
Bridge across the tractor road
Looking back at Eikedalen
Looking back at Eikedalen
Approaching Børdalsfjellet
Approaching Børdalsfjellet
Børdalsfjellet (and Folgefonna)
Børdalsfjellet (and Folgefonna)
Børdalsfjellet (and Iendafjellet)
Børdalsfjellet (and Iendafjellet)
Børdalsfjellet. View southwest.
Børdalsfjellet. View southwest.
Børdalsfjellet (and Tveitakvitingen)
Børdalsfjellet (and Tveitakvitingen)

I left work a bit early and hopped on a bus to Eikedalen with the goal to visit both Børdalsfjellet and Huldabottsfjellet. The schedule for the planned return bus was on the tight side, and did not get any better when I managed to get off the bus one stop too early. Thankfully this only required an extra 500 meters walk along the main road (could have been much worse…).

After leaving the main road, I followed an old gravel road up to what I believe was the start of an old ski lift, clearly not used in a long time. It did however provide the trace of an old tractor road that greatly simplified the start of the ascent. When the road ended shortly after crossing the river via an old bridge (I did not see any traces of the road turning south as indicated on the map), I instead turned left (west) and started making my own way toward Børdalsfjellet.

The progress was overall easier than expected and it did not take long to leave the trees behind. From there on it was straightforward and I soon reached the summit without any difficulties. Note there usually will be plenty of wet/muddy areas though, however today the vast majority of these had more or less dried out and could be crossed without any risk of getting wet or muddy.

The summit provided excellent views and I enjoyed a quick bite before starting my descent. At the start I followed more or less the same route, but then tried to make a more direct shortcut to Huldabottsfjellet. This turned out to be a mistake, as I came across a cliff going west-east that was clearly too steep to climb. I considered going further west for a potential descent, but in the end rather returned east and descended close to where I had come up earlier.

Having lost a bit of time on this unnecessary detour, I had to consider if I still had time for a quick visit of Huldabottsfjellet. But I was not too close not to give it a go, and with some light running I quickly arrived at the summit. Or perhaps I should say the summit area, as there is no clear highest point or a marker of any kind.

After being fairly confident that I had visited the highest point of Huldabottsfjellet, I was ready to start my descent. The open area made for very easy progress and within not too long I was back on the route used on the ascent, which I followed for the rest of the descent, as I did not have time to get stuck in unknown terrain, and made it to the bus stop with more than 10 minutes to spare.

Overall, this hike turned out better than expected, and with the excellent views along the way this shortcut to Børdalsfjellet can very much be recommend as an alternative to the route starting from Eikedalen Skisenter.


Summit area of Huldabottsfjellet
Summit area of Huldabottsfjellet
View toward Iendafjellet from Huldabottsfjellet
View toward Iendafjellet from Huldabottsfjellet
View toward Tveitakvitingen (left) and Børdalsfjellet (right) from Huldabottsfjellet
View toward Tveitakvitingen (left) and Børdalsfjellet (right) from Huldabottsfjellet
Toward Folgefonna from Huldabottsfjellet
Toward Folgefonna from Huldabottsfjellet
Descending toward Eikedalsvatnet
Descending toward Eikedalsvatnet
Back along the old tractor road. Eikedalsvatnet in the background.
Back along the old tractor road. Eikedalsvatnet in the background.

Start date 16.07.2019 16:29
(UTC+01:00 DST)
End date 16.07.2019 18:52
(UTC+01:00 DST)
Total Time 2h 23min
Moving Time 2h 10min
Stopped Time 0h 12min
Overall Average 3.3km/h
Moving Average 3.6km/h
Distance 7.9km
Vertical meters 543m

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