Kjeldeknatten from Mørkedalen


Estimated net time Less than one hour.
Difficulty No difficulties.
Drinking water No stable access to running water.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (May 2013).
Parking Room for several cars at trail head car park.
Start height 782 metres
Vertical metres 115 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 3.2 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Kjeldeknatten trail head in Mørkedalen.
  Towards the last few metres to Kjeldeknatten's summit.


From Fagernes, on road E16, drive approximately 28 km south to Bagn. Turn right where signed for "Tonsåsen", drive around the small shopping centre, across the bridge and follow the road for 6.4 km from road E16. Turn right where signed for "Kjeldeknattvegen", and pay toll (NOK 20 per 2013). Drive this gravel road 2.1 km and park on the car park on the right hand side of the road. This is a few tens of metres before a locked gate.

Start your hike by continuing on the gravel road (this is a service road for the large antenna at the summit). Turn left and cross a fence when you get up to the antenna, and walk a few metres up to the unmarked summit inside the forest. Note that this point is higher than the point behind the gate when you get to the area north of the antenna.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



25. May 2013

After a very enjoyable celebration of Tore's 50th the night before, and then having stayed overnight with Jan Chr. and his family, I was due to drive back home this Saturday. And because of the flood and closed E6 through Gudbrandsdalen I was left with Valdresflya as the only real option for my route home.

My prime focus for the day was to get home before it got too late, but I was also determined to throw in a short leg-stretcher, and Kjeldeknatten seemed like a perfect candidate. Unfortunately I wasn't very well prepared, and had only briefly looked at the map, but a couple of stops in order to consult the map while driving uphill got me to the trail head without much time wasted.

The hike itself was done in nice sunshine, but with very limited views (the only nice view was a view of Jotunheimen mountains through a less dense part of the forest) this was definitely nothing more than a leg-stretcher and hill bagging.

When I got up to the large antenna close to the summit I went through the gate to what appeared to be the summit, but a closer inspection of the surrounding small tops indicated that the area north of the antenna might have a point slightly higher. Hence I did the extra 50 metres or so, which, when checking the maps back home, proved to be a wise move.

After the hike I stopped down at the shopping centre and bought a couple of rolls and some drinks for the remaining six hours of my drive.

Photos 25.05.2013