|Tysnessåta from Myrdal
|Estimated net time||2 hours|
|Drinking water||Access to running water from the stream along the gully for the first half of the route.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (April 2010).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park by trail head.|
|Start height||215 metres|
|Vertical metres||540 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||3.6 km|
From Bergen drive road E39 south to Halhjem. From here get the ferry across to Våge on Tysnes. From the ferry port at Våge drive approximately 400 metres to the round about. Drive straight through the round about, following signs for Gjermundshamn and road 49. Drive 7.2 km and turn right where signed for Tysnessåta and Myrdal. After another 1.8 km turn left across a bridge onto a gravel road, and turn left again after another 200 metres. Drive another 300 metres up to a large car park. Park here.
Start your hike and walk through the gate at the far end of the car park. Turn left immediately after the gate and follow the path along the stream. After 900 metres the path bears right (south-west), and later west. This path will take you all the way to the summit, which is marked by a large cairn.
The descent is best done by reversing the ascent route.
27. April 2010
This Tuesday was day #2 of my two-week stay at Os, working at our Hagavik factory. The weather forecast was good so I had packed my hiking gear before driving to work, enabling me to drive straight to the ferry at Halhjem after work. From the Våge ferry port I found my way without any problems up to Myrdal, and was ready to start my hike at 16:30, in cold but sunny conditions.
I was a bit concerned about the amount of snow I might have to cross in the north-facing gully up along the stream, but there was only one small snow field blocking the path, at the top of the gully, and this snow was easy to cross since it was firm but not icy. The rest of the route to the summit was easy hiking, but the wind was a little cold.
Below the summit, a little off the path, some other hiker had sat down for a rest and even made a fire. But apart from that I had the mountain all to myself, and enjoyed the fine views from the summit, although it was getting a little more cloudy.
Back at the car I saw that I would have to wait quite a while for the next ferry, and concluded that if I rushed it a little I would have time to visit also Varden before getting the ferry back to Os.