Furehaugen from Bjørnefjorden Gjestetun


Estimated net time 1-1½ hours
Difficulty No difficulties, but the short ascent/descent through the forest to get onto the ridge is steep.
Drinking water There is running water a couple of places, but not worth risking.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (April 2010).
Parking There is room for a number of cars at the Bjørnefjorden Gjestetun car park, but permission should be asked from the guest house if you're not a resident.
Start height 66 metres
Vertical metres 220 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 4.3 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Trail head by Bjørnefjorden Gjestetun.
  Fork right in Bøvegen.
  Turn left onto forest road just before this wooden building.


From Bergen drive road E39 south towards Os, and then into Osøyro centre. Follow road 552 towards Hatvik, and continue 1.2 km on 552 after you have crossed the bridge across Oselva river in Osøyro centre. Turn right where signed for "Gjestetun" and ask at the Bjørnefjorden Gjestetun reception for permission to park while hiking. If no permission is given you need to look for parking nearby.

Start your hike by continuing 340 metres along road 552, towards Hatvik. Turn left, onto the road called "Bøvegen", and then fork right after 160 metres. Follow this gravel road uphill for 1.3 km, until you get to a large wooden shed. Locate a forest road just before the shed and follow this partially boggy forest road for 180 metres, to where another forest road comes up from the left. From here head left up through the dark spruce forest, until you reach the south-west ridge of Furehaugen. This climb is around 40 vertical metres, and is steep, but there are no difficulties. When you get onto the ridge turn right and follow a faint path along the ridge to the summit. The last few tens of metres runs through relatively dense forest, but it shouldn't be any doubt where the summit is. At the summit you will find a 2 metres long pole lying on the ground.

The descent is best done by reversing the ascent route.



06. April 2010

Another week at our Hagavik factory, and with acceptable weather (grey but no rain) I decided to hike a new top. My eyes fell on Furenakken, which would allow me to start my hike at my residence for the week, the Bjørnefjorden Gjestetun. I had an easy run along road 552, and then continued on the smaller road towards the big wooden shed just below the summit. From here I walked parallel to the slightly boggy forest road until I got to where another narrow forest join joined from the left. After having proceeded another few tens of metres I decided to turn back and try my luck up the steep hill through the spruce forest. This turned out to be a lucky move, and I soon found myself on the south-west ridge. From here it was easy walking before the final few tens of metres through some semi-dense forest.

The views from the summit were close to zero so after taking a couple of photos I returned back to where I had joined the ridge. From here I decided to proceed south-west to see if there was any view point along the ridge. But since the ridge seemed to have trees all along I soon decided to turn back, and then headed back to the guest house the sae way I had ascended.

I'm a bit uncertain whether or not I will do this hike again; what's speaking for it being a hike I will do several times while working at Hagavik is the fact that it can be done without the need to drive (assuming I stay at Bjørnefjord), but the semi-boggy forest road (as well as fairly polluted by excrements from sheep), although only a short section, and lack of views makes me doubtful.
Photos 06.04.2010