|Estimated net time||4-5 hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but you are likely to use your hands in one or two places.|
|Drinking water||Some running water along the service road up to Sjåbu at 900 metres.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (August 2011).|
|Parking||Room for a few cars around trail head.|
|Start height||757 metres|
|Vertical metres||665 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||12.1 km|
Exit from Rødberg-Nesbyen road for gravel road along lake Tunhovdfjorden.
Drive to the south end of Tunhovdfjorden, and specifically to the south end of the large dam. You get here from south by driving road 40 to Rødberg and then turn right towards Nesbyen. Or from north by driving the road from Nesbyen towards Rødberg.
From the south end of the dam turn left (turn right if crossing the dam from north) and drive 4.0 km. You will see a sign pointing left for "Sjåbu". Park here. You will need to pay toll at an unmanned booth a short distance from the dam (NOK 40 per 2011).
Start walking by following the gravel road uphill towards Sjåbu (this road is blocked from driving by a locked gate, but the road is very suitable for cycling). When the road levels out above Sjåbu turn right and follow the service road that runs along the power lines. 2.5 km from where you turned right the road enters a flat area. At the base of the first set of power masts when the road gets flat you will see a small cairn. Even better, a little before this there is a small cairn on the left hand side of the service road. Walk across to the small cairn by the power mast and follow a vague path across a small hill. The path continues towards the south-east shoulder of Fauskofjellet, and more or less directly north-west to the summit. The path is vague in several places, but some red paint helps the navigation. The summit is marked by a large cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
03. August 2011
The final full day at Håvard's cabin, and we both wanted to hike something "new", i.e. to find a new area. We studied some maps and identified Fauskofjellet as a suitable candidate; it was a new area, it was a prominent mountain, and the distance from Håvard's cabin above Nesbyen was reasonable. The only thing making us a bit uncertain was the fact that we couldn't see any paths on any of the maps we had. But there was no forest to worry about so we felt pretty confident we could make it to the summit without too much unpleasant terrain.
We located the trail head without much problems, and followed the gravel road up to the saddle between Fauskofjellet and Vehovdfjellet. From here we were happy to see that we had easy hiking along the service road below the power lines, but after a while this turned more into a feeling of boredom. But the service road served a purpose in getting us easily and quickly to where the path starts, so we didn't complain much. The hike up the south slopes of Fauskofjellet posed a couple of small navigation challenges, since the path was very vague, but a few dots of red paint made sure we found the right route.
When I got up to the summit plateau, a little ahead of Håvard, I was taken totally off-guard by the view in front of me; a large reindeer. It was standing maximum 30 metres away from me, and I instantly froze in order not to cause it to run away. Not to mention my fright of it running towards me. My main focus was to get a few photos of it and make sure it was still around when Håvard got onto the plateau. And since the big guy seemed pretty relaxed there were ample opportunities to take photos, but he didn't quite wait for Håvard. Just like me ...
When Håvard re-joined me we continued to the summit, observing several reindeers around on the mountain. Unfortunately the views from the summit were quite hazy, so we didn't get a clear view of the distant mountains, and the close range views are not terribly impressive.
The descent back down was an easy walk and we met a couple of other hikers on their way to Fauskofjellet. We were a bit surprised to see "so many" hikers to Fauskofjellet, because the path suggested the mountain isn't frequently visited.
Back at the car we drove to the large dam at the south end of Tunhovdfjorden,
and then stopped at the shop along the road to buy some refreshments and dinner
for the day.