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Blåhornet - Kilstisætra

Idyllic family walk with views. Starting point Gjerdeneset is located after about 5 km driving on the municipal road in the direction of Kilsti. A signposted trail towards Kilstivatnet begins here. You walk along the lake past a boat landing. It is possible to wheel a child carriage this far by using the gravel road through the courtyard of the first farm after the parking lot. You then follow a signposted trail towards Ospehjellen. From there on, a good trail with an even rise takes you to the top of Blåhornet (741 m.a.s.l.). Please note that the trail splits just after passing a bog, between some rock outcroppings. Go to the left towards the summit. Count on approx. 1 1/2 hours with children. The summit presents a surprisingly fine view, and a magnificent panorama of Norddalsfjorden and surrounding hamlets. The trail downhill towards Kilstisætra follows the south ridge, which constitutes the edge towards Verpesdalen. For a short while, the trail is steep and close to the cliff. A bit more than halfway to the summer dairy you can leave the ridge and follow a trail downhill to Verpesdalen, if you wish. Kilstisætra remained in operation until the late 1960s. Four farmsteads at Kilsti and one further downhill were using this summer farm. At the time, the milk was brought by boat across the lake and then carried down to the farms. The milk bound for Andersgarden in the village below was hauled with a funicular (built 1938) from Ytste Kilsti. The meadows at the summer farm were mowed as long as dairy farming was kept up. Dried hay was freighted to the farm on horse sleds across the frozen lake during winter. The nice, sandy beach below the dairy site came out in the area during the 1960s. It is a favourite bathing beach for the younger. The walk back to the parking lot along the north-east side of the lake is easy and pleasant. You may reckon with one hour or less from Gjerdeneset (parking) directly to the summer farm. (Source: Opptur Geirangerfjord)

Blåhornet - Kilstisætra

Idyllic family walk with views. Starting point Gjerdeneset is located after about 5 km driving on the municipal road in the direction of Kilsti. A signposted trail towards Kilstivatnet begins here. You walk along the lake past a boat landing. It is possible to wheel a child carriage this far by using the gravel road through the courtyard of the first farm after the parking lot. You then follow a signposted trail towards Ospehjellen. From there on, a good trail with an even rise takes you to the top of Blåhornet (741 m.a.s.l.). Please note that the trail splits just after passing a bog, between some rock outcroppings. Go to the left towards the summit. Count on approx. 1 1/2 hours with children. The summit presents a surprisingly fine view, and a magnificent panorama of Norddalsfjorden and surrounding hamlets. The trail downhill towards Kilstisætra follows the south ridge, which constitutes the edge towards Verpesdalen. For a short while, the trail is steep and close to the cliff. A bit more than halfway to the summer dairy you can leave the ridge and follow a trail downhill to Verpesdalen, if you wish. Kilstisætra remained in operation until the late 1960s. Four farmsteads at Kilsti and one further downhill were using this summer farm. At the time, the milk was brought by boat across the lake and then carried down to the farms. The milk bound for Andersgarden in the village below was hauled with a funicular (built 1938) from Ytste Kilsti. The meadows at the summer farm were mowed as long as dairy farming was kept up. Dried hay was freighted to the farm on horse sleds across the frozen lake during winter. The nice, sandy beach below the dairy site came out in the area during the 1960s. It is a favourite bathing beach for the younger. The walk back to the parking lot along the north-east side of the lake is easy and pleasant. You may reckon with one hour or less from Gjerdeneset (parking) directly to the summer farm. (Source: Opptur Geirangerfjord)

Brandasundsåto

Brandasund has a long history as a trading and lodging venue. The excellent sheltered harbour has played a central role in life along the outer coast line in this area for over a thousand years. The name Brandasund is probably derived from the tradesman Jacob Brandt who lived here around 1660. During the great herring era during the 1700 and 1800"s, Brandasund was full of life and vitality. You can see buildings standing as silent monuments of the abundant herring years, when the sea provided the source of good living for the local inhabitants. Terrain: Footpath, slack incline, steps up the final ascent. Return to the parking lot and follow the road to the centre Time: About 1.5 hours Start: The car park near Brandasundsåto Starting at the parking lot follow the road further to the sign to Brandasundsåto. Take the footpath to the right, approx. 20 minutes each way. The first section is easy, open terrain, later an incline and steps up the final ascent. Near the bottom of the steps you will find an adobe hut which was used by German soldiers during World War II. Brandasundsåto has been a look-out post and signal station since World War I.  Views from the summit: Northwest: Slåtterøy Lighthouse, designed in 1858 by the Lighthouse Director Carl Frederik Diriks and built in 1859. One of the few lighthouses in the country that are still manned. The Norwegian National Trust wishes to add the building to its preservation list. North: Stolmen, Selbjørn, the mountains of Bergen, Rekstern and Tysnes. Southwest: Siggjo (See walk 13 A). « They say that you can see the English coast in clear weather» Take the same pathway back to the road and turn right to the centre and the harbour. The dam and lake you can see on the right hand side of the road was dammed to provide power for the canning factory. An electricity generating plant was built on the island in 1917. The plant supplied the whole of Brandasund with hydro-electric power. The inhabitants of the area were among the lucky few that had electric power in those days. Nowadays the lake is the local source of drinking water. A little further down the road turn left on the «old road» towards the centre. The houses of most interest are: (1) The baker's house (2) Outside lavatory (Private Property) (3) The Blacksmiths, built 1908 (4) Raised storehouse/outhouse built 1850 (5) Boarding house (6) Bakery with dwelling quarters, built 1907 (7) The Moses Loft from the 1700"s, named after Moses Hansen who once lived here. (8) The Main House built between 1600 - 1700 in two or more stages. The house was extended in 1860 to accommodate the new telegraph station (9) The canning factory, built in 1897 and trading both nationally and internationally. Fish from Brandasund was proof of excellence and was awarded a gold medal. Now a cafe, and the old shop in the cellar offers a variety of goods as well as newly baked buns and coffee (10) A commercial building from 1931. (11) An old boat house where Naustvika Wool & Stone Workshops can be found. Souvenirs of wool from wild sheep and other items may be purchased. Return the way you came, back to the parking lot.

Fosseråsa - certified national hiking trail

Norway's first certified national hiking trail Powerful riverside experience  Fosseråsa is one of the finest and best interpreted footpaths in Geiranger. The trail is signposted from the centre of Geiranger to the Storsæterfossen, which is one of many majestic waterfalls in the world heritage village. The hike offers a wealth of experiences, and has three distinct legs: 1st leg  – to the Norwegian Fjord Centre  Start from the Joker general store in the centre of Geiranger and walk in a south-easterly direction (to the right) on the municipal road, past the school and Geiranger caravan site, then cross the bridge. On the far side of the river, take the road uphill to the left. At Gjørva you will pass the quaint old power station and step onto a staircase constructed from weathering steel. The 327 steps will take you all the way to the world heritage visitor centre for the West Norwegian Fjords. Length: 0.9 km Altitude: 90 metres above sea level Duration: ca. 20 min Attractions/experiences: • The hydropower station at Gjørva, dating from 1928, the third to be built in the village • The waterfall trail and the weathering steel staircase with fjord-facing viewing platforms  • Storfossen waterfall • The Mjelvaverket hydropower station dating from 1907, probably the first such station to be built in the inland parts of Sunnmøre county • World heritage visitor centre (the Norwegian Fjord Centre) with exhibitions, café and shop 2nd leg – to Vesterås From the Norwegian Fjord Centre, continue across the wooden bridge towards Hotel Union. Turn right and walk uphill along the road for a distance of 100 metres or so, then turn left as signposted. A gravel footpath crosses the field and continues to the wooded hillside called 'Mørkja', where the old road to Vesterås used to go. The path is part gravel, part stone pitch. Some sections have yet to be upgraded, but there is a clear, wide footpath all the way, meandering upwards on the sheltered wooded hillside. The trail ends at the Westerås mountain farm. Length: 1.5 km Altitude: 230 metres above sea level Duration: ca. 45 min Attractions/experiences: • The footpath  • The remains of old hay sheds • Broadleaved deciduous woodlands • Old stone walls • Idyllic woodland walk, accompanied by bird song 3rd leg – to the Storsæterfossen waterfall From the Westerås mountain farm, walk along the path in a south-easterly direction (to the right) past the chalets, then turning immediately onto the tractor track on the left. There are signposts where the paths meet. The tractor track crosses the steep meadows. Then walk to the left through a small gate, where you rejoin the trail. Large sections of the hairpin bend trail are stone pitch from here up to the Storsæterfossen waterfall. At the halfway point, the trail joins the old footpath from Vesterås. This may be an alternative route for your return walk, but please note that this route has not been upgraded for visitors, it is a natural footpath, and the terrain is rather more demanding. The Storsæterfossen waterfall is at the entrance to the magnificent valley of Vesteråsdalen. From the main trail there is a short spur that takes you down to the plateau above the waterfall. You can walk onwards from here on a narrow ledge behind the cascading waters. A fence provides protection from the gorge below. Length: 1.5 km Altitude: 240 metres above sea level Duration: ca. 45 min Attractions /experiences: • Westerås mountain farm • The cultural landscape surrounding Vesterås • Liastølen  • Storsæterfossen waterfall • Panoramic views of the fjord and mountainscapes • Wildflower meadows The trail is signposted at the starting point and at all crossroads. A number of information panels have been erected along the way, providing details of the local natural and cultural history. All the interpretive texts focus on the role played by water. The Fosseråsa hiking trail is popular, and the first leg is particularly well used. However, it is possible to enjoy the trail virtually undisturbed – on your own, accompanied by nothing but the sound of the water rushing, the birds singing and the wind whispering amongst the leaves. It is a truly enriching experience! Be prepared You will take more enjoyment from your walk if you are wearing sensible clothes and shoes and bring the right equipment: • Wear walking boots or good trainers. • Dress according to the weather. Remember that as you climb to higher altitudes, it may get colder and windier. Particularly in the autumn and spring it may be a good idea to bring a hat and a windproof jacket. Wearing a woollen inner layer is also a good idea. • It is a good idea to bring a local walks map. This is available for NOK 10 at Joker, the tourist information office and the world heritage visitor centre / the Norwegian Fjord Centre. • If you haven't got the right gear, you can borrow a knapsack (deposit payable) ready-packed with a first aid kit, maps, picnic cups etc. from the world heritage visitor centre. Other relevant outdoor equipment is available for hire from the same place. • Order your 'Waterfall Picnic' and drinks from Cafe Ole in the centre of Geiranger. Put in your order the day before you plan to do your walk by email to post@olebuda.no or by phone on 95 24 64 88. Travel without a trace – enjoyable scenic experiences for all Please do your best to travel without a trace. This helps ensure that other people will also have enjoyable scenic experiences, and it saves our flora and fauna from being harmed or disturbed. • Tidy up after yourself and take all your litter home. • Make use of any toilet provided. The countryside is not a loo. If you need to go when you are out and about, deposit any stools in a hole in the ground dug at least 60 metres away from water and at a good distance away from any footpath. • Do not disturb any wild animals or birds. • Never pick a plant that is listed. Feel free to pick a bunch of any other wildflowers, but leave the roots where they are. • Close all gates behind you, and do not disturb grazing livestock. • Remember that dogs must be kept on a leash 1 April – 31 October to protect grazing livestock. • Heed the ban on lighting fires in woodland areas between 15 April and 15 September. • Leave all cultural heritage remains be, including old stone walls.  • Never build a cairn to commemorate your visit. Instead, write your name in the visitors' books where these are provided. We hope you will have a great walk along the Fosseråsa trail We value your feedback and welcome your email to post@verdsarvfjord.no   

The waterfall path in Eldalsdalen, Viksdalen

Fossestien is a Nature trail from Gaularfjellet to Viksdalen, 21 km with a difference in altitude of 500 m. The path follows old trails that have been stamped by livestock and people. Along the way you will see 14 larger waterfalls and 7 lakes. This splendid Nature path follows the main branch of the Gaular watercourse, which became a protected State asset in 1993 after many year's of dispute. Fossestien is distinctly marked with red F's, arrows and signs with names and distances. The trek wanders alternatley on paths, wooden bridges and footbridges along the river and in diverse forest terrain. You will pass by several clusters of summer pasture huts. One group of huts is still in use today as a mountain pasture farm. The lowest section has a narrow gorge with steep sides, a little canyon. The path winds its way through luxuriant vegetation, teeming with local flora and fauna, but also close by a cultuvated landscape past farm with livestock etc. Take a container with you, there are plenty of wild barries to find and many types of wild mushroom. There are trout to be found along the entire river and in all lakes. You can purchase a fishing licence at shops and accommodation businesses in the distict. You can start your hike from any point you like. 4 places are organised with signposts, maps and parking areas: Torsnesstølen, Longestølen, Likholefossen watherfall, Eldal. The trail goes over a broken terrain so you need sturdy footwear. The rambling path is not suited to cycling or riding on horseback. Visit the waterfall Path in Viksdalen, accomodation at Hov hyttegrend from NOK 400,- for 2 adults and 2 children. The price includes transportation to the waterfall path and a map of the trail.

Walks around Lærdal centre

Lærdal centre - Hedler - Mjølkeflate - Stødno - Øyabrua - Lærdal Centre Start from the centre of Lærdal, proceed across the bridge in the direction of the Fodnes tunnel (Road 5) and take to the left. Walk along the fjord. You can either walk to Mjølkeflaten (81.m.above seaslevel) directly or via Jektesanden. From Mjølkeflaten you walk towards Stødno, the farm road to the Øya bridge and continue along the river to the village centre. The round trip takes about 2 hours. Saltkjelen - Ljøsnaveiti Start from the Saltkjelen bus stop at Ljøsne (appr. 15 km from the centre on the E16). The trail is marked and hasd iinfomration signs. The aquaduct was built in the 1890s to carry water to the Ljøsne farms situated on the old sealevel terrace. Much of the aquaduct has been made into a walking trail. The aquaduct is an impressive constructionpassing through some lovely scenery with interesting flora. Appr. 120 m.above sealevel. The walk takes 1 - 2 hours. Centre - Oftedalen Start at Oftebrua bridge at about 300 m. east of the hospital (appr. 2 km from the centre- yoou can walk along the river from the centre to the Øya bridge). Walk up along the left bank of the Ofta river to the farm bridge. Cross the bridge to the information board where the farm road starts. Good track with trail guide and signs showing place names. Attractyive cultural landscape and good views of the valley and tyhe fjord. The Oftedalen Valley lies appr. 780 m. above sealevel and the walk takes about 2 - 3 hours from Ofta. Alternatively you can take short walks to Nedre Vangen (85 m. above sealevel) , Øvre Vangen (altitude 180 m) or Løberghaugen (alt. 375 m. above sealevel)

Goksøyra (1337 m.a.s.l.)

Goksøyra, a majestic monument that stands out with a characteristic shape and with a vertical west wall. A dozen climbing routes are in that wall. Englishmen climbed the first route in 1967, and since many people, both Norwegian and foreign climbers have been in action. It is very difficult and time consuming to climb up the wall during winter. Some have spent over ten days in the winter route, while in summer can do it on a long day. For those who do not want to climb, you can come up on this great mountain also on foot or on skis - from the back. When you get to Eresfjord from Eidsvåg, turn left before the bridge in direction Øverås. From the direction Åndalsnes follow Route 660. At Fagerslett, take the left towards Grandsetra. You can park the car by the bridge that crosses the river Kandalselva. Spring skiing: Follow the forest road up Kvidal toward the southeast, further up the valley and then to the southwest toward the top. From the point of 1315 meters above the sea, it is a fantastic view. The mountain (1000 m vertical drop) is used by climbers from many countries. The winter 1998-99 two Norwegians set a record in climbing the hardest route. The trip up on skis takes about 5 hours, down about 1 hour. During the summer, follow the marked path up Ufsalen and up to the top. With Kvidalen valley below us on the left, there is a moderate rise in the direction Kvidalskardet. Continue upwards towards Kvilhaugbotnetn with Kaldskaret (1088 m.) to the right. From here it's steady climb up the ridge 300-400 m towards the top. Map: Sunndalsøra 1420 Eresfjord III and 1320 II.

Guided tour: Romsdalseggen

Join in on a spectacular hike over the amazing Romsdalseggen! Together with an experience guide who knows every path and stone on the "edge", this will truly be a memorable hiking experience! This trip starts by bus from Åndalsnes to the starting point for the hike in Vengjadalen. Arriving to Vengjadalen you start the hiking trip along the river with the Vengetind mountain on the left hand side and Romsdalshorn a little further ahead.  The hike continues with a light uphill hike before we advance to the first peak. From here and in to the top we pass unique sites such as the famous "Trollveggen", the "Romsdalshorn", the Isterdal valley with the Istra and Rauma River, the "Bishop", the "King" and "Queen", and the ocean from Åndalsnes towards Molde. You will see the Isfjorden with the "Churchroof" as the most famous peak. The trip is secured by chain on all exposed parties, and with the guides you get a safe hike over the Romsdalseggen with spectacular views in all directions. Reaching Aksla mountain, you will walk on a brand new path laid by Mountain Sherpas, a comfortable and safe stone trail down to the "Rampestreken" viewpoint. Here you can step out "in the air" and get an amazing view of the Romsdalen. (selfie spot # 1) After a photo stop at "Rampestreken", we follow the path with stone steps down to the center of Åndalsnes where food, drinks and shops with unique products awaits.  Surrounded by the wild Romsdalsfjella and the view towards the Romsdalsfjord, this will be a hiking experience in quite spectacular surroundings. The trip is adjusted according to the fitness level of the group, and the professional local guides guarantees a great experience with focus on mountain safety.

Guided hike of Romsdalseggen with Uteguiden

One of the world's most scenic hikes (Lonley Planet 2011) and on many peoples bucket list, and we know why! It`s a hike were the highlights are numerous and the view are spectacular. This is one of the world's most scenic hikes (Lonley Planet 2011) and on many peoples bucket list, and we know why! It`s a hike were the highlights are numerous and the view are spectacular. While we are guiding you safely over Romsdalseggen, we also share from our local knowledge and give a deeper connection to both the hike and the surroundings. You will enjoy a spectacular view towards Trollveggen cliff, Romsdalen valley, and the fjord are just a few. The hike lead us in-between mountain which rises over 1800 meters, and are on the boarders of two Nationalparks, Reinheimen and Dovrefjell & Sunndalsfjella. Along the way we will stop for multiple breaks, and enjoy a traditional Norwegian lunch pack brought with us for a local producer. It's a long (10km) and demanding hike with almost 1000 meter ascent, but it`s definitely rewarding as long as you are in good shape and used to walk in steep and uneven terrain. Facts Stating time is at 0815 a.m and this is a 8 hour long trip Climb: 970 meters / 3182 feet Elevation: 1215 meters / 3986 feet Distance: 11 kilometers / 6 Miles Additional information What to bring Outdoor clothing suitable for hiking Water repellent or windstopper jacket Waterproof hiking boots Wool underwear, wool socks Mid-layer – fleece or wool Hat and gloves Backpack – 20-25L Bottle of water (1 liter) Snacks Camera Included Guide with local knowledge Traditional Norwegian lunch pack – high quality local food and drink Safety equipment   Buss ticket from Åndalsnes to starting point is not included   Your safety To keep you safe, we have some safety instructions and requirements we need you to follow.                         

Hike to Kattnakken, Stord

Place: Stordfjellet, Lundsseter Map: Stord – Fitjar  (1 : 50.000) Start and stop point:  Parking: Take off from E39, either in the Førlandskrysset north of Rommetveit or in Ådlandskrysset north of Leirvik. Follow the sign to «Fjellgardane». From Presthaugkrysset follow the road to Lundseter fjellstove and further aprox. 3 km to the parking spot at Heio.  Marking: Information board at the start point. Graded after colour codes, and marked with red T. Grading: Blue - Easy hike. Difference in Altitude: 724 m.a.s Time used: 1-2 h. Tour description: A brisk hike to the mountain peak Kattnakken 724 metres above sea level, the height difference from the parking lot to the peak is 300 metres, and the peak affords an excellent view in good weather. The walk takes about one to two hours on a gravel road, alternatively paths. The walk includes several steep sections. Hiking maps are available from the bookshops and in the Tourist information. If you want a more challenging hike, take hike over to Stovegolvet. Follow the marking and signs to Stovegolvet. Depart from the junction of E39 and the road from Leirvik at the sign to Fjellgardane and follow this road about 1km. Turn right and follow this road to Lundeseter mountain hostel and proceed about 3 km. to the parking area at Heio (1).  Heio (1) is an old moraine, a grass and wetland area of some 100 acres and an important sheep pasture for the farmers on Stord down through the ages. The flora is dominated by coastal heather and wetland species interspersed by areas of blueberry and grasses. Heio is a popular skiing area during winter and "Steinen", the large rock north on Heio, is frequently used as a destination of the family skiing trip.The road to the Kattnakken television tower (2) was built in 1968 and the TV-tower (Stord Transmitter) was operative the following year. The road is blasted into the mountainside at an even climb to the top. Stordøya (Stord Island) is geologically quite interesting, consisting of hard rock types that the glaciers could not quite wear down. The summit area contains exposed intrusive and volcanic rock species, mostly gabbro. A good area for the rock hunter. Kattnakken (2) comprises the northeastern part of the mountain plateau that extends from Stovegolvet (literally: The living-room floor) in the south via Skorafjellet to Midtfjellet in the north. At 724 metres above sea level the summit of Kattnakken is the second highest point on the island of Stord; surpassed only by Mehamarsåta to the north which is 749 metres high. The panoramic view from Kattnakken is truly impressive: - Towards the north you see Fitjarfjellet and the islands of Rektsteren and Tysnes - Towards the east you look straight down into the fjord of Langenuen, part of the ancient navigation channel. Past the island of Huglo the Hardangerfjord fronts the massive mountain range in Kvinnherad, where, on a fair day, the sun reflects off the Folgefonna glacier. - Towards the south are the pine forests in the lowlands of Stord and you can see Ådlandsvatnet and the shallows along the shore by Hystad and Rommetveit. The soil in the lowlands of Stord and Tysnes is calcareous and supports a lush vegetation. - Towards the west you see the islands of Bømlo and Fitjar with Selbjørnfjord and Austevoll to the northwest. Notice the barren islands Nordhuglo and Skorpo; the rock species here are very hard and give rise to acidic soil with sparse or no vegetation. On the south end of the island you can see the former shipyard, now Kværner, specialising in offshore oil and gas platforms. Further on lie Klosterfjorden, Bømlafjorden, the island of Føyno and in the distance the Sveio peninsula. In one of Norway's largest road construction projects ever, bridges and sub-sea road tunnels are now being built to join Stord and several of the smaller islands to the mainland.

The cultural trail in Fitjar

Location: Fitjar Map: Stord - Fitjar 1:50.000. Start and end point: Municipal building in Fitjar Marking: Information boards along the trail. Marked and graded after the new national standard. Signs in all crosspaths. Grading: Green Easy hike Difference in altitude: 13 – 118 m. above sea level Estimated time: 1 hour, 2 km Good advice: Take your time, a lot of historical sights Tour description: Easy trip containing cultural experiences for both children and grownups. From the parking lot the park is easily seen north of the church. Further the walk is on a flat asphalt road with easy access for prams and wheelchairs. Go left, past the lay chapel to get to the King's well (Kongsbrunnen). Walk the same road back to the chapel, but cross the main road and onto a path across the churchyard. On the other side you cross the asphalt road, keep going up the road north of and past Rimbareid primary school. From here the road turns left up some stairs and then there is a path to Rimsvarden. Here is a nice view of Fitjarvikjo and Austevoll. You must follow the same track back down to "Sjøsbrekko". Here you keep left and straight back to the parking lot.   There are information boards about the cultural heritage of Fitjar at many of the historical places. These give an account of the history of the community. One is placed at the Håkonar Park and the statue of Håkon den Gode (made by Anne Grimdalen, 1961). Here is the account of the battle of Fitjar in 961 AD. At the King's well you may find information about the well and the King's estate. South of the church is the information board telling about the old stone church preceding the wooden one. Up at Rimsvarden, which is a grave mound from the Bronze Age, is a separate information board about the mound and its contents.

Litlabø - Bjødnahiet - Litlabø

Place: Litlabø Map: Stord – Fitjar  (1 : 50.000) Start and stop point: The mining museum: Gruvemusèet, Litlabø. Round trip. The path starts next to the tower. Parking: Take off from E39 west of Leirvik cennter, on road a road signposted toward Litlabø. After approx. 4.5km  turn right and follow signs for "Gruvemuseet". Marking: Information board at the start point. Graded after colour codes, and marked with red T. Grading: Red - Hard. Altitude: 30 – 380 M.S.L Time used: 3 – 4 h. Tour description: Follow the road up towards Rødkleiv, across a bridge and along a well-developed and maintained forest road past the football field. Go across the bridge by Dalsløkjen and to the end of the road up through Stordalen and walk steeply up Fossane. Continue in easy forest terrain past Stuasætertjødnane ponds. After the last pond, you follow the cleft up. Here it is important to stay to your left, as you will then look straight across at the Bjødnahifjedlet mountain. Next, follow the path along the west side of the mountain. The bear den is hard to spot, but the entrance is on the backside of some boulders that are leaning up against the mountain. The path down goes eastward on the south side of Bjødnahifjedlet mountain, first up over a small ridge, then down towards a small marsh. On the east side of the marsh, you will meet the path that comes down from the east side of Bjødnahifjedlet mountain. Follow this path down the hillside back to the path/forest road in Stordalen, and take the same road back to the starting point.

Mannen (1291 masl)

Visit Norway's most featured man, the mountain named "Mannen" (the Man). This is a wonderful hike in a beutiful high-mountain terrain, on a well-marked path.  Start the hike on top of Trollstigen, in the end of a mountain lake called Alnesvannet, about 800 metres above sea level. The ascent is gentle until the last part, where it's getting steeper as you approach the edge. On the last leg there are some rocky and steep parts leading you towards the final destination: Mannen. The characteristic goose-like rock standing on the edge can be easily seen from the valley bottom. The silhoutte seen from the valley floor looks like a man standing, that's how the mountain got its' name. In Norway he is gotten quite famous because of the danger that he might fall down - therefore you will see a lot of equipment for measuring the movements of the mountain when you get on top. An interesting phenomenon can be observed in the small lakes just before you start on the steepest part of the ascent towards the edge. The water dissapears through small passages into the mountain, forming small whirlpools that can be observed on the surface. This is not it: there is of course also a wonderful view towards Romsdalshorn, Trollveggen and the Romsdalen Valley with the green Rauma river!   Some advice for the hike: Good footwear - light hiking shoes are preferable. Please note that early in the season the path can be partly covered with snow. Then you would need gore tex shoes covering your ancle. Ask for advice if you are uncertain. Enough to eat and drink (we recommend not to drink the water in the area, because of grazing sheep). Respect that it is mandatory to keep the dog on a leash. Bring some extra windproof clothing in case of changing weather. Buy a map covering the area in the tourist information at the train station before departure, or in the book shop in town. The startpoint for the hike is accessible with bus from Åndalsnes between June 23 - August 20. Take the bus in the morning from Åndalsnes to Trollstigen, and join the afternoon return bus from Trollstigen to Åndalsnes.

Mefjellet

From Valldal you drive the road to Tafjord through the 1 km long tunnel and continue to Fjørå. At the crossroad in Fjørå follow the signpost to Selboskar. The road climbs steep 4km up hill before it flattens out at Hauge, barely 400 m.a.s.l. Here you will find signposted parking area on the right side. From the parking lot starts the walking tour. Follow the road for another 400 meters and turn left and follow the tractor road that goes right to Nysetra, an alpine pasture (approx. 750 meters), you see it in sky rim. Along the way, and from the pasture, there is a magnificent view back towards the fjords (the Tafjord and the Norddalsfjord). From the pasture you keep on along a signposted and marked path towards Mefjellet. The trail goes straight up from the farm and follow the marked ridge all the way to the top cairn on Mefjellet (1100 m.a.s.l) Here you are rewarded with great views of the valley Valldalen and the surrounding mountains. The trip can also be accessed by mountain bike. If you do not want to go the same route all the way back, you  can continue over Mefjellet and follow the ridge down on the other side. There you will find a path that will lead you back to the pasture (Nysetra). On the way down along the tractor road you may also follow the path to Ruggå back to the parking lot. The path is signposted at the first bend after the pasture. The time spending is about the same.   The tour is also a great skiing in winter. For those who are looking for more extreme activities, there is an annual uphill race to the top of Mefjellet ("Mefjellet Up"), starting by the fjord in Fjørå.

Mefjellet

From Valldal you drive the road to Tafjord through the 1 km long tunnel and continue to Fjørå. At the crossroad in Fjørå follow the signpost to Selboskar. The road climbs steep 4km up hill before it flattens out at Hauge, barely 400 m.a.s.l. Here you will find signposted parking area on the right side. From the parking lot starts the walking tour. Follow the road for another 400 meters and turn left and follow the tractor road that goes right to Nysetra, an alpine pasture (approx. 750 meters), you see it in sky rim. Along the way, and from the pasture, there is a magnificent view back towards the fjords (the Tafjord and the Norddalsfjord). From the pasture you keep on along a signposted and marked path towards Mefjellet. The trail goes straight up from the farm and follow the marked ridge all the way to the top cairn on Mefjellet (1100 m.a.s.l) Here you are rewarded with great views of the valley Valldalen and the surrounding mountains. The trip can also be accessed by mountain bike. If you do not want to go the same route all the way back, you  can continue over Mefjellet and follow the ridge down on the other side. There you will find a path that will lead you back to the pasture (Nysetra). On the way down along the tractor road you may also follow the path to Ruggå back to the parking lot. The path is signposted at the first bend after the pasture. The time spending is about the same.   The tour is also a great skiing in winter. For those who are looking for more extreme activities, there is an annual uphill race to the top of Mefjellet ("Mefjellet Up"), starting by the fjord in Fjørå.

Nordmarka - hiking area in Surnadal

Nordmarka - a biodiversity used year-round! Between Bæverfjord and Surnadal is a diverse piece of nature called Nordmarka. Highway 65 towards Kristiansund runs through the area and makes outdoor experiences easily accessible. The road passes at 360 (moh). Nordmarka is a kind landscapes that still offers really good views. The highest peaks are Fagerfjellet (538 moh) and Telstadfjellet (580 m) There are many roads and trails in the area and the terrain is flat and well suited to cycling. Short family friendly rides, or proper long trampling over the hills until Rindal - here there are many possibilities. The area has many traces of earlier ways of life with numerous summer farms. In Tågdalen has 30 years of botanical studies of slåttemyrvegetasjon and upkeep proven nearly 300 plant species, of which less than 16 species of orchids. The alternating nature of Nordmarka also provides good habitat for an interesting variety of bird and animal species. Large and small lakes provide good conditions for those who want try fishing. Here is the unique fishing opportunities and there are good stocks of trout and char. Several of the lakes are large and interconnected enough that they are suitable for paddling a canoe or kayak. Closest accommodation huts is Hermannhytta and Grytbakksetra, both owned by Kristiansund and Nordmøre Tourist Association, but if you bring a tent you can sleep almost everywhere. Vaulen, one of Nordmøre beautiful mountain pasture farms situated on a ridge a short distance up Vaulvatnet. Farmers lived here until 1717. "Musterhusa", located in the east of the mountain farm, is now restored. The name comes from the englishman John Patrich Chaworth Muster who bought the property in 1896. He set up new large house on the east side of the old farm and used these as a summerhouse. His son James Lawrence Chaworth Muster, was ornithologist and Vaulen was one of his bases. Here he ran research on birds and small rodents, and much of his work is found today in museums in England. He was also involved in the creation of partnerships Linge during WW2. In 2004, a commemorative plaque of James Muster was set on Vaulen, and several of the surviving soldiers of Company Linge was present at the ceremony. The property is currently owned by Surnadal Municipality, and can be rented by individuals or groups by contacting the Tourist Informatione. Here there are 20 beds, lounge, kitchen and laundry room with shower. Down by Vaula lake stands a new boathouse with 6 canoes and a boat with outboard motor at your disposal. Round trip by bicycle: Start in Surnadal center and follow RV 65 towards Kristiansund about 5 km. Follow the road on the right side of the old "Tjærebrenneriet". Stay on this road east along Orrenlitjønna and further along Svorka and over to Andersvannet. ON the trip you pass Høgmyran Nature Reserve and KNT's fjord route from Grytbakksetra to Hermannhytta. Then on to Erkgarden, an old forest farm where there was settlement until 1720. The road continues to Austergardkvennavatnet and on to the eastern part of Krokvatnet before descent by Dalsegg in Upper Surnadal. Down in the valley follow the county road on the north side of the valley from back to Surnadal center. Length 58 km.

Nordmarka - hiking area in Surnadal

Nordmarka - a biodiversity used year-round! Between Bæverfjord and Surnadal is a diverse piece of nature called Nordmarka. Highway 65 towards Kristiansund runs through the area and makes outdoor experiences easily accessible. The road passes at 360 (moh). Nordmarka is a kind landscapes that still offers really good views. The highest peaks are Fagerfjellet (538 moh) and Telstadfjellet (580 m) There are many roads and trails in the area and the terrain is flat and well suited to cycling. Short family friendly rides, or proper long trampling over the hills until Rindal - here there are many possibilities. The area has many traces of earlier ways of life with numerous summer farms. In Tågdalen has 30 years of botanical studies of slåttemyrvegetasjon and upkeep proven nearly 300 plant species, of which less than 16 species of orchids. The alternating nature of Nordmarka also provides good habitat for an interesting variety of bird and animal species. Large and small lakes provide good conditions for those who want try fishing. Here is the unique fishing opportunities and there are good stocks of trout and char. Several of the lakes are large and interconnected enough that they are suitable for paddling a canoe or kayak. Closest accommodation huts is Hermannhytta and Grytbakksetra, both owned by Kristiansund and Nordmøre Tourist Association, but if you bring a tent you can sleep almost everywhere. Vaulen, one of Nordmøre beautiful mountain pasture farms situated on a ridge a short distance up Vaulvatnet. Farmers lived here until 1717. "Musterhusa", located in the east of the mountain farm, is now restored. The name comes from the englishman John Patrich Chaworth Muster who bought the property in 1896. He set up new large house on the east side of the old farm and used these as a summerhouse. His son James Lawrence Chaworth Muster, was ornithologist and Vaulen was one of his bases. Here he ran research on birds and small rodents, and much of his work is found today in museums in England. He was also involved in the creation of partnerships Linge during WW2. In 2004, a commemorative plaque of James Muster was set on Vaulen, and several of the surviving soldiers of Company Linge was present at the ceremony. The property is currently owned by Surnadal Municipality, and can be rented by individuals or groups by contacting the Tourist Informatione. Here there are 20 beds, lounge, kitchen and laundry room with shower. Down by Vaula lake stands a new boathouse with 6 canoes and a boat with outboard motor at your disposal. Round trip by bicycle: Start in Surnadal center and follow RV 65 towards Kristiansund about 5 km. Follow the road on the right side of the old "Tjærebrenneriet". Stay on this road east along Orrenlitjønna and further along Svorka and over to Andersvannet. ON the trip you pass Høgmyran Nature Reserve and KNT's fjord route from Grytbakksetra to Hermannhytta. Then on to Erkgarden, an old forest farm where there was settlement until 1720. The road continues to Austergardkvennavatnet and on to the eastern part of Krokvatnet before descent by Dalsegg in Upper Surnadal. Down in the valley follow the county road on the north side of the valley from back to Surnadal center. Length 58 km.

North sea trail Mølstrevåg - Ryvarden

Mølstrevåg – Ryvarden Place: Mølstrevåg in Sveio Map: Hiking map for Sveio (1:50 000) Start and stop point: Mølstrevåg Parking: On marked location in Mølstrevåg. Marking: Information board at the start point. Graded after colour codes, and marked with red T. Grading: Green. Easy walk.  Difference in Altitude: 0-25 M.S.L Time used: 40 min. tour/retour Terrain: Gravel road in broken country. Some inclines. Good advices: the trip is possible for wheelchairs/strollers, but some steep hills may make it difficult if you are in a wheelchair. The road is closed for cars etc. If special needs, you may make an agreement to drive the road by car. Tour description: Leave Rv 47 by the sign to Mølstrevåg, about 9 km north of Haugesund. Follow Rv541 approximately 6 km to the sign to Ryvarden. Proceed 1 km to parking in Mølstrevåg. The walk starts from the parking lot in Mølstrevåg and proceeds 2 km on a gravel road. It leeds through heathlands in hilly terrain and old cultural landscape towards Ryvarden. From the highest point on the road (appr half way on the walk to Ryvarden) there is a magnificent view of Stord and Bømlo, Utsira and even as far south as Byheiane outside Haugesund. From the old rocky fence which defines Ryvardsneset, you may follow the North Sea Trail to Lyngholm (1,5 hours). Just before you reach the lighthouse, you may make a detour to the monument raised in memory of the 16 persons that lost their lives at the fast boat "Sleipner" sank near by Ryvarden in 1999. Ryvarden lighthouse is located where the old cairn "Ryvarden" once stood. This cairn was the border marker between the districts of Ryfylke and Hordaland as far back as the Viking Era. The old Icelandic manuscript Landnåmbok mentions that the seafarer Floke Vilgjerdson built the cairn in the year 868, before he proceeded westward to settle in Island. Floke is known for being the one that named Iceland (Island). The old cairn was removed in 1861, when the lighthouse was build. After the lighthouse was automated (1984), the old buildings started a new existence as Ryvarden Kulturfyr, with a gallery, cafe, accommodation, and an artist's studio. The gallery has several separate exhibitions throughout the season, and has become a popular destination also for the local population. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays from Easter to November, and also further days during the summer season.   (Last utdated 27. aug 2018)

Osberget Mountain

Briefly about the trip This is a suitable hiking area for young and old, which passes a great vantage point where you can look straight down on Ulsteinvik center. But see where you go, so you do not fall down the mountain! Right behind this beautiful vantage point you will find Trollskogen, a forest that is ideal for children's play. This trail does not take you up to Osberget's highest point, but it is well worth a visit. See the panoramic picture that shows you some of what you can see from the top of Osberget. On the north side of Osberget, Hødd IL has set up a mailbox. Here is also a small 'bench' where you can sit and watch the sunsets in spring and autumn - a fantastic sight! The trip is approx. 2 kilometers, but you can walk here for hours without getting bored. With a good book and coffee in the thermos, just enjoy this area. Same as start. Route description There are several starting options for this trip, but here we start from Osnesbrunene, We go south and turn left, up Osnesvegen, cross 'Vikebakkvegen' and follow this up until it hits 'Øvrevegen'. Here there is a walking and cycling path at the top of the road. We break off in the turn and follow a small visible ravine that goes behind the 'sharp turn' sign. You follow this raw approx. 130 meters, and enters a crossing path. This is the main path we must follow. Turn left here. After approx. 60 meters you come to a new crossroads. If you go south, you come down to the parking lot. Have chosen this little extra round so you can see the other hiking trails in the area. These are also well worth a visit. After another 30 meters, the path splits. We follow the southern path. We will enter this point again towards the end of the hike. This southern path is clear and we pass several more path divisions. The first trail divides you north towards the top of Osberget. A little used step continues towards the viewpoint, from Osberget. This route is not described here. But it is well worth taking the trip up! We continue west along the path. There are some bumps over some damp areas, the path is clear all the way to this great vantage point that will soon be in front of you. Here you just have to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or the like. The trip out here is just as nice all year round, all seasons have their charm. This is a widely used hiking trail, also in winter. As mentioned above, 'Trollskogen' is located directly behind the viewpoint. If you are an experienced hiker, you will be able to find the step that takes you back and up to Osberget's highest peak. We are not going there this time, but follow the path further north. A few meters behind the viewpoint, the path is secured with rope down a small slope. This is because it can be slippery over this rock. When you have come down the rock, the path divides again. We turn right here. The path to the left takes you down to the buildings at Skeide. After walking a few meters through the forest you come to a clearing. Here there is a great view to the north, there is also a log. This acts as a bench. Here there are beautiful views of the midnight sun, as well as sunsets in spring and autumn. We continue east and turn right at the next path division, and cross a 'bog' / wet area. Here the path begins to go down towards the parking lot. You will soon be at the intersection that leads you down to the car on 'Osnesbrunene' Access and parking There is parking by the street 'Osnesbrunene', for a 4-5 cars. You can also park by the school, or down by 'Blåhuset'. There are no fees in Ulstein (2013). The parking lot at 'Osnesbrunene' is located in the GPX file. There is parking by the street 'Osnesbrunene', for a 4-5 cars. You can also park by the school, or down by 'Blåhuset'. There are no fees in Ulstein (2013). The parking lot at 'Osnesbrunene' is located in the GPX file.

Osnes rundt - Etne

Place: Etne Map: 1:50 000 Etne. Start and stop point: Starts next to Sæbøtunet museum. Parking: Ta av frå E39 vest for Leirvik sentrum på veg skilta til Litlabø. Etter ca. 4.5km  ta til høgre og skilting til Gruvemuseet. Marking: Information board at the start point. Graded after colour codes, and marked with red T. Grading: Gree, easy Altitude: 9 - 43 m.o.h Time used: 5,4 km - 1t Tour description The hike starts at Sæbøtunet folk museum. After 60 m turn right in to rhe Osnes road. 500 m further on is Bekkjavika, a small bay good for bird life, especially at low tide. At Røynesnes the Etne fjord opens up. about 800 m up the road you come to the beach in Honsovikjo, here is also a toilet. This area is part of the property of Olav Vik Foundation. Possible detour up the trail towards the hill-fort  Borgaråsen (the last part is very steep). Halfway up lies teh boulder Gåstein. The main part of  the recreation area of the Olav Vik foundation is located about 1 km further up the Osnes road. You can take a detour through the forest from Beinstøvik, on a trail closer to the fjord. At the parking lot there is toilet and information board. Back at the Osnes road you soon pass the farms at Osnes, overlooking beautiful landscape around the bay of Osvågen. After passing a small housin area you soon see the main rtoad E134 i the otherside of the valley. Turn left in the crossing close to the E 134. The last part of the trip  goes north against Etne on a path/bicycle road along the main road.

Romsdalseggen sunset hike

Everyone hikes the Romsdalseggen ridge by day. Why not hike it as the day draws to a beautiful close? Surrounded by the majestic mountains, you might be lucky and experience a magical sunset, as you watch the sun disappear below the horizon. You might even have the mountains to yourselves and have a front row seat for the magnificent views – a truly unforgettable adventure! We will enjoy a packed lunch with magnificent views of some of the most famous mountains in Norway: Romsdalshorn, Kongen, Dronninga, Bispen and Trollveggen. Down in the valley, you will see the Rauma river winding its way through the Romsdalen valley and into the fjord. On a clear night, we can even see the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. Amazing! Area: Romsdalen                                                  Type: hike Level: Advanced                                                   Duration: 7-9 hrs Climb: 1000 m ascent/1250 m descent                 Length: 10,8 km Meeting point: Hotel Aak                                       Meeting time: 3 PM   You should be in good physical condition and have experience with hiking in rough terrain. About the hike: The hike starts in Vengedalen. After a steep section in the beginning, the trail flattens out into a plateau before a new steep and rocky section to reach the Romsdalseggen ridge. Along the ridge, we will follow a well-established trail. Some sections are challenging and require a bit of scrambling. These sections have a secure chain that can be used as support. On windy, wet or foggy days, this part of the hike will be more challenging. From Mjølvafjellet (the highest point of the ridge), a descent of 1200 vertical metres eventually takes us down to Åndalsnes. The trail gradually descends towards Nesaksla, following the ridge – which is narrow in certain points. At Nesaksla and the stone cottage of Ottarbu, we will enjoy a break to catch our breath before finishing the last 700 vertical metres down to Åndalsnes. This last descent is steep and follows Romsdalstrappa ("the Romsdal Steps"), built by Nepalese Sherpas. To protect the knees, will take our time hiking down this section. Hiking poles are recommended for support. On our way down we will stop at the Rampestreken lookout – one last spectacular photo stop! What to bring: This is an alpine hike, and most of it takes place more than 1000 m above sea level. The temperatures are often colder here than down in the valley, and it is important to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. We recommend that you pack proper hiking clothes (for Norwegian weather) for your vacation if you are planning to hike in the mountains. - Daypack (backpack suitable for a day-hike) - Proper hiking boots for rough terrain - Warm clothes that are suitable for the day's weather forecast - Wind- and waterproof clothes - Change of clothes, extra base layer - Beanie, gloves and neck-warmer  - Water bottle(s) for 2 litres of water - Packed lunch - Hiking poles (can be rented at Hotel Aak) Included in the package: - Guide - Transport to and from Hotel Aak - Snack - Headlamp Not included: - Hiking poles (available to rent at Hotel Aak) - Travel insurance Are you missing any gear? Let us know and we will help you out! Meeting point is in the reception area at Hotel Aak. You will meet the guide and the rest of the group here and then we will organize the shuttle to the starting point.

Ruggå

Hauge-Ruggå-Hauge All the way from the start, there is an impressive fjord view, and from Ruggå you will have a good general overview of Valldalen. Ruggå is the name of a large boulder on top of the hill between Fjørå and Valldal. When you are standing on top of the boulder, you can rock it from side to side. The rock is more than 3 m3, having been left behind after the last ice age. This is the only boulder of this size in the area. Route description: We drive the county road from Valldal to Fjørå, and in that little hamlet we turn uphill towards Selboskar. We park our car at Hauge (400 m.a.s.l.). From the entrance to the parking area, we walk directly to the farmyard above, and follow a tractor road to the left, between the dwellings and the barn. The road goes up a gentle rise on the field. When it ends, we continueon a trail across a pasture. Here, it may be a bit boggy. Higher up on the hill, the trail turns to the right. Finally, we walk on smooth rock surfaces and through a pleasant pine forest to our destination. Ruggå used to be the traditional location for lightning bonfires on St. Johns eve. During the last few years, a "grindløe" has been erected here. This barn is built in traditional style, thus demonstrating old handicraft. Inside, there are tables and benches, and hikers are welcome. We express our gratitude for the hospitality by tidying up and closing the doors when leaving. If you wish to extend the trip, you can go back towards the west, but keep to the right where the trail splits at Geitsva, and follow markings towards Ytterlinakkane and Ytterli. This return takes 2,5 hours more. (Source: Opptur Geirangerfjorden) Starting at the car park at Hauge, follow the tractor track and footpath to Ruggå. Nice view over Valldal. It is also possible to continue to Høgsetra, and returning along to tractor track to Hauge. <b>Duration: </b>about 20 minutes one way to Ruggå (via Høgsetra about 1 1/2 h total)

Circular walk in Skånevika via the beech forest and the postal road bridge

Location: Skånevik. Map: Etne 1:50.000. Start and end point: At the memorial in the hotel park. Parking: Public parking on the pier and at the Health center. Labeling: Information boards, directional arrows, nature trail in beech forest. Grade: Green. Easy hike. Difference in altitude: 100 m Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour (3 km) Good advice: On the whole tour on private gravel roads. Please do take account of agriculture and livestock. The trip can be expanded as needed, as by walking through the beech forest (partly forest trail) or continue on the post road west below Tjedla farm and take the main road back to the center. Latter roughly double the length of the trip. Tour description: In all, this is an easy and varied hike in the cultural landscape south of Skånevik, with a beautiful view over the Skånevik fjord and the mountains of Kvinnherad. The famous Norwegian painter Lars Hertervig (1830-1902) was inspired by the same panorama, during his stays in Skånevik in the 1850 century. Copies of paintings are on display at  Skånevik Fjordhotel., also including famous motif from Rullestad ravine in the Åkrafjord. The tour heads south past Skånevik school. After 350 m, at the farm pond on Milja, turn left, cross the river, and turn right past sawmill. 600 m further up you come to the beech forest. Here you can walk a short extra loop in the nature trail, with information boards about the forest and ecology etc. The main tour continues straight to the end of the gravel road, where you turn right on forest road to the beautiful bridge in the old post-road (1785) 100 m farther. Cross bridge and go post-road west past Tjedla farm. If you do not want extra trip further west on the post road, go on straight down back to the center past Dørfabrikken (Door factory) and Milja farm.

Round trip along the mines in Litlabø

Roundtrip at the Iron Pyrite Mines of Litlabø Location: Litlabø Map: Stord - Fitjar 1:50.000. Start and end point: The Mining Museum, Litlabø. Roundtrip. The hike starts by the shaft tower. Parking: By the shaft tower there is a large parking lot. Busses can also park here. Labeling: Information board at the starting point, directional arrows. Marked and graded after the new national standard. Signs in all crosspaths. The friend union for the mines has also marked various hikes with own colors on poles. Grading: Green. Easy hike. Difference in altitude: 39 – 100 m. above sea level Estimated time: 1 hour (2,5 km) Good advice: Some steep parts. Use proper shoes. You can easily combine this forest hike with longer hikes towards the mountains of Stord. From the crosspaths west of the river Stordalselva, follow the tractor road towards Dalskarvatnet. From here there are various alternatives to longer hikes into the mountains on Stord. Tour description:The roundtrip starts at the shaft tower and follow the footpath up the brooklet in Eikebakken. In the dark spruce forest you pass several mining shafts, and in Sadalen, a wet and fertile valley on the right side of the path, there are kilometers of shafts. After 700 m, there is a directional signboard towards "Storsynken" (The Large Shaft) at Høgåsen. This is a 160 m long example of surface mining, and the trees inside the fence have been cut down to make this impressive man-made gap visible to everybody. The main path then turns right past the remnants of some outhouses in a rough grazing area owned by the farms at Dale. The next crossing is in Stordalen, and when you turn left, south along the the river/Dalsløkjen, you arrive at an idyllic picnic area with fishing possibilities for children. From Dalsløkjen a tractor road takes you towards the Big Dam/Jappaløkjen. At Jappaløkjen there is an information signboard. The drinking water from the mountains was gathered here, and it was also processing water for the cleansing mill. Several lakes in the Litlabø mountains were also dammed in 1914 – 1915 to store water for mining. From Jappaløkjen you walk across Rødkleiv sports ground and along the tractor road. The river on your right is called Kiselva (The ore river), and the brownish colour is due to much iron ore in the ground. When you go down Rødkleivbakken, you see the starting point, the white shaft tower.

Route 4 Saurdal - Balestrand (via route 9 - 7 Fagradalen - Kreklingen)

Practical information Start:                                    At the information board in Saurdal (Euref- koordinat:  x518190 y365640) Finish:                                  At the information board in Kreklingen (Euref- koordinat:  x678820 y366988) Parking:                                At the top of the Saurdal road. Getting there:                   Saurdal is approx 14 km from Balestrand centre. Drive approx 7km along road 55, then turn onto a forest road up to Saurdal and continue up the hillside a further 7km. Marking:                             The path is marked with signs and red T's and markings on the stones and trees Grading:                             Challenging Kilometer:                          12 km one way Height difference:          620m - 1136m - 80m Time:                                    7 hours - one way   The route starts at the information board in Saurdal at the top of the Saurdal road and is marked with red and white markings and stone cairns.  The route goes through mountain valleys, along water courses and to mountain tops. First walk along route 5 towards Munkeggi (NB do not take the turn off to Hanevikelvi) until you come to a sign towards Hanevikstølen. From here take the old path into the Saurdal valley. At the outlet of Målsnesvatnet lake the path continues over the bridge and towards Hanevikstølen, a summer farm which was in use until 1955. From Hanevikstølen follow a path up over the mountain side and on towards the plateau between Storevarden and Bukkaberg. Here you can choose to take a detour up to Storevarden. In Fagradalen you meet route 9 which takes you further to Spenane (1136m) and Raudmelen (972m) and from there on route 7 down to Balestrand. Or you can of course choose to go back to Saurdal. The whole watercourse in Saurdal with its lakes and rivers is well suited for rod fishing. In recent years Oddmundsvatn lake has had a good trout population. You can fish here with a rod without a license. Advice:  In parts of Saurdal and below Raudmelen there are some wet moorland areas so wear waterproof footwear or take a change of footwear/socks.

Route 4 Saurdal - Balestrand (via route 9 - 7 Fagradalen - Kreklingen

Practical information Start:                    At the information board in Saurdal (Euref- koordinat:  x518190 y365640) Finish:                  At the information board in Kreklingen (Euref- koordinat:  x678820 y366988) Parking:          At the top of the Saurdal road. Getting there:    Saurdal is approx 14 km from Balestrand centre. Drive approx 7km along road 55, then turn onto a forest road up to Saurdal and continue up the hillside a further 7km. Marking:             The path is marked with signs and red T's and markings on the stones and trees Grading:                             Challenging Kilometer:                          12 km one way Height difference:          620m - 1136m - 80m Time:                                    7 hours - one way   The route starts at the information board in Saurdal at the top of the Saurdal road and is marked with red and white markings and stone cairns.  The route goes through mountain valleys, along water courses and to mountain tops. First walk along route 5 towards Munkeggi (NB do not take the turn off to Hanevikelvi) until you come to a sign towards Hanevikstølen. From here take the old path into the Saurdal valley. At the outlet of Målsnesvatnet lake the path continues over the bridge and towards Hanevikstølen, a summer farm which was in use until 1955. From Hanevikstølen follow a path up over the mountain side and on towards the plateau between Storevarden and Bukkaberg. Here you can choose to take a detour up to Storevarden. In Fagradalen you meet route 9 which takes you further to Spenane (1136m) and Raudmelen (972m) and from there on route 7 down to Balestrand.   Or you can of course choose to go back to Saurdal.      The whole watercourse in Saurdal with its lakes and rivers is well suited for rod fishing. In recent years Oddmundsvatn lake has had a good trout population. You can fish here with a rod without a license. Advice:  In parts of Saurdal and below Raudmelen there are some wet moorland areas so wear waterproof footwear or take a change of footwear/socks.

Siggjo

Siggjo: A fabulous viewpoint – and an exciting geological area   Place: Siggjarvåg/Moster Map: Siggjo (1: 50 0000) Start and stop point: Grøvle/Siggjarvåg Parking: By the classified road/county road 542 at Stokka in Siggjarvåg you will find good parking facilities. The bus stops by request. In Siggjarvåg and in Håvik boat tourists find access to the track. Marking: Information board at the start point. The track is signed and marked. Grading: Red, moderate hike. Some steep places. Difference in altitude: About 300m. The highest point of the track is 474m above sea level. Time used: About two hours Good advice: Some wet and slippery places,  use adequate shoes. Tour description: Siggjo has always been an important sailing mark visible from long distances.  The mountain is a popular walk destination. Thousands of people visit Siggjo every year. From the parking place you follow a well marked path which turns into a tractor road. Follow the tractor road up to the sign marked  Siggjo, and from this place there is a marked path up to the top. Take time to stop once a while and enjoy the view as it opens up. From Siggjo there is a marvellous view in all directions. If the weather is good you can see from Lyderhorn by Bergen to Haugesund. Folgefonna  (glacier) lies in the east like a shining white carpet, and in the west you have a good look towards the ocean as far as the eye can see. You can see Bømlo and her more than thousand islands and the skerries in all of Sunnhordland. On the top there is a marked path to a ryolitt quarry. Here you can find traces from thousands of years of stone quarrying. The ryolitt-variant found on Siggjo is characteristic and easily recognized, with a dark greenish bottom colour and lighter veins and spots. The stone was broken from the rock by means of fire and water. The ryolitt from Siggjo was in use from about 4000 to about 2000 BC. Most of the Siggjo-ryolitt was used in Hordaland. This area is highly worthy of preservation. Please respect this and do not bring with you stone from this place. For long, long times Siggjo has been a weather sign and weather forecaster:    When Siggjo puts on her hat, it is a sign of water    When Siggjo puts on her coat, you cannot hope for good weather    When Siggjo puts on her belt, it will be sunny, but also a bit cloudy    When Siggjo is naked and clear, she predicts good weather. The story tells that Saint Olav once upon a time hid a shrine with gold in Siggjo. He put it in a way so that the sun should shine through the key hole at 12 o'clock on St Olaf's Day (29thof July), and then it was possible to see the shine from the gold from long distances. This old story is not so well known today.  But in former times there has perhaps been more than one person working hard and sweating on the field or on board the fishing boat, who at twelve on Saint Olaf's Day straightened up and looked around towards Siggjo yearningly hoping to see the shine of gold somewhere from the hillsides.

Hike to Stovegolvet

Location: Stord mountain, Lundsseter Map: Stord - Fitjar 1:50.000. Start and end point: Lundsseter powerstation. Parking: Public parking next to the power station. From E39, follow the signs to Lundsseter from Ådlandsvatnet lake or from the junction to Rommetveit. Marking: Information board at the starting point, directional arrows. Marked and graded after the new national standard. Signs in all crosspaths. Otherwise T - markings and cairns. Grading: Red. Challenging hike. Difference in altitude: 190 – 703 m. above sea level Estimated time: 3 - 4 hours (7,5 km) Good advice: Some steep parts. Use proper shoes Tour description: Roundtrip starting at the Lundsseter hydroelectric power station. Some steep climbs demand fitting shoes. You follow marked path up Tyseskaret to Eldhushedda. From here there is a good view of the southern part of the Sunnhordland basin, towards Halsnøy, Borgundøy and Valevåg. On top of the pass turn right at the path crossing, to a steep climb towards Stovegolvet. Further up is an even steeper part where there is a chain- support to ease the climb. On the way up it is important to pause, both to recover your breath and admire the view of the archipelago of Sunnhordland. (It is said that on a sunny day it is possible to view the boathouses of Britain. If you bring your binoculars, it is possible to find out the truth of the statement). The name Stovegolvet (Livingroom floor) reflects the fairly flat area on the top, compared to the rolling rocky landscape all around. You may still find bits and pieces of the radio mast placed here earlier. It was taken down when the teletower at Kattnakken was built. At the time when the Norwegian Telephone Company built the triangular cabin on the top, there was even a cableway from the power station to Stovegolvet. From Stovegolvet, you follow the mountain rim towards Kvelve, with a view to Kattnakken and the teletower. The path is marked, well used and clearly visible. It is an easy walk past the wide hollow of Kvelve, where you turn right down Fossabrekko towards Heio. Approximately midway down Fossabrekko, there is a path sloping to the right, direction Kyviksæter. From here there is a tractor road down to the parking lot at Lundsseter. You may also go down to Heio and follow the asphalt road to Kyviksæter.