Gladihaug from Hopsdal


Estimated net time 1-1½ hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
The whole route is done on well defined path, but can be a bit wet and boggy above the forest.
Drinking water Possible running water from the stream at trail head, and very likely water from the stream next to the path just above the forest.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (September 2010).
Parking Room for many cars at trail head.
Start height 190 metres
Vertical metres 250 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 4.1 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Trail head at Hopsdal.


From Bergen drive road E39 north. When you get to the round about where roads E39 and E16 meet, turn left in order to continue on road E39. From the round about drive approximately 12.0 km to the north end of Nordhordlandsbrua bridge. From here continue 8.4 km and turn right where signed for Leknes. Then turn right immediately, following signs for Hopsdal, on the road that crosses road E39 on a bridge. Drive 2.6 km along this road until road end, and you get to a large car park. Park here.

Start your hike by walking a few metres to the gate a little left of the end of the car park. Follow this path into the valley, in a north-west direction. After approximately 300 metres a path forks left up towards the forest, but you should ignore this path (but this path will also take you to Gladihaug). A little less than a kilometre from trail head, just having got above the forest, you get to a path junction. Turn left (south-west) here, following signs for Gladihaug. After another couple of hundred metres you get to a section which is likely to be very wet and boggy. The path splits into several paths here, but it doesn't really matter which branch you follow since they all come together sooner or later after you have got up to Gladihaug's north ridge. One of the paths along the ridge is marked with some poles with red paint, but any of the paths are easy to follow, and they both lead to the summit, which is marked by a trigonometric point marker. Note that the small top where the telecomm mast is located is slightly lower than the point which hold the trigonometric point marker.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



22. September 2010

I arrived Bergen on the morning flight from Ålesund this Wednesday, and after a full day workshop at our factory at Hordvikneset I drove straight to the trail head in Hopsdal. Here I changed into hiking gear and took on the path towards Gladihaug. The weather had been miserable all day, but by now the heavy rain had reduced to light drizzle, so at least I wouldn't get soaking wet. But it was quite windy in the summit area, and during my short summit visit the visibility was down to less than 100 metres.

As I got down close to trail head I was thinking that this was definitely a route a lot of people would use for their regular exercising, observing that the semi-miserable weather clearly kept people indoor today. But virtually seconds later I met a group of 20+ persons, and looking at my watch I concluded this was an organised hike starting at 18:00. I briefly chatted with the guy in front of the pack, and got confirmation that the path that forks left off the main path 300 metres from trail head would be an alternative route to the summit.

After I got back to the car I put on some dry clothes and took on the longish drive to my hotel at Os.

Photos 22.09.2010