roads E39/RV570 junction
|Estimated net time||3½-4 hours|
No difficulties, but the sections of slab
through the forest requires some care when wet.
The whole route is on path, which might be a bit boggy in places during the wet periods. When you get above the forest there are plenty of small cairns along the route.
|Drinking water||You cross and walk close to a stream in several places through the forest. There is also running water after you have passed point 735m. And it's probably OK to drink the water from the small lakes at the summit plateau.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route, except a short section after passing point 735m (September 2010).|
|Parking||Room for several cars at the car park by trail head.|
|Start height||80 metres|
|Vertical metres||850 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||7.8 km|
From Bergen drive north on road E39. From the round about where roads E39 and E16 meet, in Åsane, continue 11.5 km north on road E39, to the north end of Nordhordlandsbrua bridge. Stay on E39 for another 26.1 km and turn left onto road 570, signed for Masfjorden. Park on the left hand side of road 570, 50 metres after leaving road E39.
Start your walk by heading back to road E39, turn left, and walk 60 metres. Cross the road and locate a path that runs into the forest. This path crosses a stream after a few metres, and then heads uphill. Follow this path through the forest, and pass point 735 on its right (east) side. Follow the north-east wall of point 735 and head downhill a little, towards a small lake. The path soon climbs up to the large summit plateau, and there are plenty of small cairns to guide you towards the summit, which is marked by a large cairn. You're likely to find a summit registration book inside the north wall of the cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
08. September 2010
I had been to an afternoon meeting at our factory at Hordvikneset, and since the meeting finished rather early I decided to hike Austlendingen instead of driving back to Os, which would have meant driving through Bergen city centre during rush hours.
At 15:30 I was set to start my hike, and located the nice trail immediately. From here it was a steep ascent through the forest, but no difficulties. Above the forest I was pleased to see hundreds of small cairns guiding me towards the summit, since the terrain was all rock and the summit cairn couldn't be seen before you got relatively close.
After spending 10 minutes in the sunny but windy conditions, taking photos and enjoying the views, I headed back down. Back in the forest I met three other hikers.