|Såta from Furedalen
|Estimated net time||2½-3 hours|
|Difficulty||Usually no difficulties, but during melting times it could be that the small lake above the cabins at Mødal floods, and you should then be a little careful when crossing the lake. The best place is usually to walk around the lake on the right hand side.|
|Drinking water||Nothing reliable along the route during winter.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (April 2010).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at the car park at trail head.|
|Start height||362 metres|
|Vertical metres||455 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||10.1 km|
From Bergen drive east on road E16. When you get to the E16/7 round-about by Trengereid follow signs for road 7. Drive approximately 32 km until you have an NAF camp site on the right hand side. Soon after you pass the exit for Furedalen alpine ski-centre. Exit road 7 here, on your right hand side, and park at the large car park.
Start skiing by crossing the bridge next to the "Furedalen Alpin" sign. Follow this road south, all the way to the cabins at Mødal. This section of the route is likely to have machine made tracks during winter. The distance from the car park to Mødal is approximately 3.3 km. You can see Såta ahead of you, towards south, and you should aim directly for Såta. When you get to the small lake Svartatjørni circumvent it on the right (west) side and aim for the north slopes of Såta. You should soon head a little right, aiming for the small valley on the right (west) side of Såta. Continue all the way up into the valley and turn left towards the summit. You will find an emergency sledge, inside a metal box, at the summit.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
24. April 2010
I was staying the week-end in the Bergen area, and hiking wise the main goal of the week-end was to ski Tveitakvitingen. On this miserable Saturday I drove up on Kvamskogen early in the morning, but rain and thick fog gave me second thoughts. After a long wait in my car, at Furedalen, I decided to head back to Bergen, but after a few kilometres I decided to turn around and drive back. But back at Furedalen my motivation again faded away, so I started the drive back to Bergen a second time. And for the second time I turned around and headed back to Furedalen. And this time I also got out of the car, got changed, and started skiing up the road towards Mødal.
I was able to follow machine made tracks all the way to Mødal, so skiing and navigation was easy. At Mødal I met a guy who had started a little earlier than me, and he was trying to figure out the safest place to cross the small lake north of Såta, Svartatjørni. We started to chat, and he introduced himself as Thomas. Talking was easy with this chap, and we decided to break trail together, taking shifts up the steep and knee deep powder. When we got up towards Såta I started to get hesitations about Tveitakvitingen, and when Thomas told me he was only going to Såta I decided to join him for Såta and skip Tveitakvitingen unless the weather improved considerably.
When we got to Såta's summit we couldn't even see the steep walls of Stueveggen, and I decided to join Thomas for the descent back towards Furedalen.
We skied together back down the fine slopes, and down at Mødal we met a number of other skiers. And since the weather was improving I'm sure at least some of them made it to Tveitakvitingen.