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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)

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 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.

Kingsroad Mountain Pass 3 days

Follow the paths of the Viking Kings. Walk trough the mountain pass of the Kingsroad in three days! Start at Øye, walk up the east side of Filefjell, hike on top at Murklopphøgda and walk down towards Maristova and Borlaug on the west side. Walk worry-free while we take care of your luggage. Price: 2960 NOK Per Pers. if 2 pers. stay in same unit. Order Now ARRIVAL: You arrive the day before at Filefjellstuene on the Filefjell mouintain by car or by bus and can check in for a nice evening and a good night's sleep. DAY 1: After breakfast, the hotel provides transportation to Øye, where the «Kingsroad Mountain Pass Tour» starts. From Øye you will walk the stretch Øye-Tyinkrysset approximately 12 kilometers up the east side of Filefjell. You hike on the authentic Kingsroad path up to Støndafjorden (mountain lake), continue on the west side of the river Begna to Varpe bridge. You will pass Skogstad, a historical farm and coaching inn, mentioned already in 1663. The Kingsroad goes through spruce forest and later through forrests of mountain birch . After a while you walks pass the Fløgstrøndfjorden (mountain lake). Just before Køla bridge there is a sharp rise before it the road flattens out towards the Tyinkrysset. Then you are 900 m.a.s.l. and you end the hike at Filefjellstuene. The hike takes between 3.5 and 5 hours. Read more about the stretch Øye-Tyinkrysset here. DAY 2: After breakfast you start your hike at your hotel Filefjellstuene and follow the authentic Kingsroad westward towards Kyrkjestølen on the stretch Tyinkrysset-Kyrkjestølen. At the old mountain dairy farm Kyrkjestølen you start on the famous stretch which takes you to the top of Filefjell, Kyrkjestølen-Maristova and to the Kingsroad highest point, about 1250 m.a.s.l. The road over Murklopphøgda have magnificent views to the peaks of Hurrungane. You will pass «Stiftstøtta», a marble marker on the old border between Akershus and Bjørgvin counties. Her is a nice picnic area. While on top, the terrain is easily walked and flat before the Kingsroad goes steeply downs towards Maristova at 800 m.a.s.l. Maristova has a history from at least the first half of the 14th century. Here you will stay the night, in a cabin at Maristuen Fjellferie. Your luggage has been brought here. The trip takes 4-6 hours. Read more about the strecth Kyrkjestølen-Maristova here. DAY 3: After breakfast you start at Maristova and continue your Kingsroad hike westward on the section Maristova-Borlaug. You walk on the authentic Kingsroad, nature trails, a little asphalt, passing river and walks over streams, over mountain range and through spruce forest. On the road you pass different cultural landscapes, ruins and old farms. The walk is about 7 kilometers long and has a elevation of 300 meters. Just after the start at Maristova you can take a short detour around the Honingane, an old farm area with some buildings from the middle age. One of the attractions on this stretch is the Brattebakken bridge, a suspension bridge inspired by the other Kingsroad bridges you meet other places on the Kingsroad. The hike ends up in the hamlet of Borlaug. The trip takes about 2 hours plus food break. Here you take public bus back to Filefjellstuene (see timetables below), where your luggage is brought back and the «Kingsroad Mountain Pass Tour» ends. Read more about the section Maristova-Borlaug here. INCLUDED IN THE OFFER: 3 nights in a cabin 3 breakfasts where you can make a lunch pack for the hike Bed sheets and room service Transport to the starting point at Øye Luggage transport Filefjellstuene-Maristova 2nd day and return 3rd day EXTRA OFFER, NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE: Dinner/Supper Evening meal Bus from Borlaug to Filefjellstuene the last day Guiding/storytelling BUS: Route 603 (Lærdal-Fagernes) passes Borlaug at 11:47 am and is at Tyinkrysset at 00:15 pm Route NW 162 (Bergen-Lillehammer) passes Borlaug at 1.01 pm and is at Tyinkrysset 01.23 pm (subject to route changes). Alternative: Solheim Taxi.

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.

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.

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.