Tofjellet from Selsvik
|Estimated net time||2½-3 hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but the ascent of Tofjellet is a little cumbersome.|
|Drinking water||Running water from the stream along the forest road.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (July 2012).|
|Parking||Room for a couple of cars around trail head.|
|Start height||82 metres|
|Vertical metres||640 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||6.3 km|
From the ferry port at Jondal drive 5.5 km north on road 550. Turn right where signed for "Selsvik" and drive 750 metres uphill, to a barn at the end of the road. Finding parking might be an issue, and you have to make sure you don't block other traffic.
By the barn at the top of the road you will find a sign for "Gulbergnotten", pointing towards right. Follow this direction and then follow the vague path marked with red paint. After 200 metres this path meets a forest road. Turn left here and follow the forest road 280 metres uphill, to where a path leaves the forest road to the right. This path is marked with red paint and will take you up to where the gully levels out at 410 metres. At this point the marked path to Gulbergnotten does a sharp right, and you should also note the unmarked path to Tofjellet that goes left. Follow the path right, which will take you north of top 526m, passing the old house at Liasete, before turning south-west up to the summit. The summit is marked by a small stone. Note that a trigonometric point is located 80 metres south-west of the summit. This point is a few metres lower than the summit, but gives better views towards Jondal.
From Gulbergnotten descend back to the path junction in the gully and continue on the vague path on the east side of the gully. You shouldn't rely on being able to follow this path, as it's very vague in places, but in general you will find the summit if you head uphill to approximately 460 metres, then traverse north a couple of hundred metres, before you head east up to the summit. There are several small tops up here, and the summit is marked by a cairn. You will also find an old and rotten trigonometric point marked lying on the ground.
Descend by reversing your ascent route back down to the gully, and then head back down on the marked path.
23. July 2012
This Monday started with miserable weather, and we decided to spend the day doing things involving indoor activities. Hence we set off for Rosendal, where we visited the Barony and other sights. Back in Jondal the weather had improved and I decided to hike the small tops Gulbergnotten and Tofjellet, knowing that it was a marked route to Gulbergnotten.
Locating trail head was no problems thanks to the map I had bought in Jondal, and thanks to a route sign by the upper farm. But finding parking was more difficult, and with none home to ask at the upper farm I was a bit lost. At the end I found parking further down the road, and walked up to the upper farm.
From the farm I followed the paths and forest road up to Gulbergnotten, without any difficulties at all in terms of navigation. At the summit I also included a de-tour to the trigonometric point, which gave me a better view towards Jondal than from the summit.
Back in the valley I decided to include also Tofjellet in my hike. This part of
the hike was slightly cumbersome, both in terms of navigation and through a lot
of boggy terrain. But I made it to the summit without too much trouble, and
after a short summit stop I started my descent. Back down where I had first
joined the forest road I decided to continue straight down the forest road
instead of turning right onto the path leading down to the upper farm, which was
a wise move as it took me directly down to my car.