|Estimated net time||2-3 hours|
The whole route is done on fine path, with a few short wet/boggy sections that can be bypassed.
|Drinking water||Access to running water at the start of the hike, else nothing reliable.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage above approximately 600 metres (June 2010).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at trail head.|
|Start height||312 metres|
|Vertical metres||505 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||6.2 km|
From Bergen centre drive south to Nesttun and then get onto road 580 towards Indre Arna. From the Nesttun roundabout drive 7.7 km and turn right towards Unneland. Drive 1.9 km and turn right onto "Gullfjellsvegen". Follow this road 1.5 km uphill, and when the road does a sharp left across a narrow bridge turn left and drive 1.0 km along lake Osavatnet to the end of the large car park. Park here.
Walk a few tens of metres and turn right across the bridge. Then follow the path as it zigzags up to the grass clad ridge, and follow the path along the ridge until you get to the first of the large cairns. Turn a little left here, following the path south/south-east towards the apparent ridge you see above you. Then continue south-east along the path to the summit of Austefjellet. There is a large cairn located a few metres off the summit.
The descent is best done by reversing your ascent route.
28. June 2010
For a change I had travelled to our Hagavik factory on Monday morning, as opposed to the normal Tuesday mornings, and hence it was a Monday morning without the regular Heimste Synnalandshornet hike. And if this wasn't a good enough reason to go hiking after work, then the fact that I would have company for my hike certainly convinced me.
My initial plan was to do Austefjellet and Hausdalshorga, but since we got away a little late I soon realised that Austefjellet would suffice for tonight. A second reason for saving Hausdalshorga was the fact that it was a misty evening, and I would like to visit at least one of these mountains in fine conditions with good sun light for photos.
I had done a few hikes previously with Rolv, and I knew he wouldn't have any problems keeping a fair pace up the hill, but Sisi was a new acquaintance, and I didn't have any idea how fit she was. As it turned out she was very fit, and although she complained a little about the pace, I figured that was because the ones she usually goes hiking with are not in a rush. Besides being relatively fit, my hiking company were also very social and we talked more or less continuously throughout the hike. Very enjoyable.
At the summit we spent some time taking photos and shared some snacks, but
unfortunately it was a bit too cloudy towards inland (east) for us to see the
higher mountains and the Folgefonna glacier. But this didn't prevent the joy of
this fine hike.