Jordalsnuten from Jordalen


Estimated net time 2½-3 hours
Difficulty No difficulties, but the path through the forest is a little cumbersome, in particular in terms of navigation because of higher grass and fern.
Drinking water Several sources of running water up to 700 metres.
GSM coverage No coverage in the lower section, but gradually getting better as you ascend (July 2012).
Parking Room for several cars at the car park at trail head.
Start height 440 metres
Vertical metres 590 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 5.8 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Jordalsnuten trail head in Jordalen.
  Start of path to Jordalsnuten.


From Voss drive road E16 a little less than 40 km to the Hordaland-Sogn&Fjordane county border and turn left where signed for "Jordalen". Drive 3.6 km, including passing through two rough tunnels, to just before a small bridge crossing the river. Find parking on the right hand side of the road.

Start your hike by crossing the bridge and then turn right on to a small field. At the far end of the field you will find a gate, and a path starting at the other side of the gate. This path, which can be a little difficult to follow in places because of grass and fern covering the path, traverses south past the north end of the second tunnel (but at the other side of the river). Then it starts to climb up to the saddle north of Jordalsnuten, from where the path gets less obvious because of rock, but as long as you stay centre of the wide ridge you will find the small summit cairn. Note that the main cairn, including a trigonometric point marker, is located approximately 60m north of the summit, and is a little lower than the true summit.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



22. July 2012

After a week at our cabin at Fjellsetra we had started our way south for a our five days stay in Jondal in Hardanger. We had spent the night in Flåm, and I headed south a little before the others in order to hike Jordalsnuten on my way.

Locating the exit to Jordalen was straight forward thanks to the sign by road E16, and then the drive up the rough road to the trail head. Because of the rain and low clouds I reconsidered my plans, but concluded that it was a bit of now-or-never, so set out in relatively high spirit. After having crossed the bridge I hesitated a little as I couldn't see where the path started, but after having crossed the small field and found the gate and path I felt a little more confident that I was heading in the right direction. The path went through dense forest and there were a couple of occasions where I questioned whether I was on the right route or not. This uncertainty continued until I started to head uphill, and was sensing that I was ascending as opposed to traversing.

From when I got up to the saddle north of Jordalsnuten things got very obvious and much less cumbersome. And since the rain had stopped I was thoroughly enjoying the hike and the whole experience, despite the fact that it was a very grey day and I still had a cumbersome descent in front of me.

The views from the summit were very limited so I didn't hang around for long. And I didn't want to use too much time as I wanted to catch the same ferry from Kvanndal as Elisabeth and the boys. So the descent was done at a reasonable pace, and then a quick change of clothes back at the car, finding cover under my car's back hatch from the rain. Then the drive to Voss and down to Kvanndal, arriving there a few minutes before the family.
Photos 22.07.2012