|Tindefjellet from Årset
|Estimated net time||3-3½ hours|
No difficulties, but there are some
sections of slab requiring attention if the rock is wet.
The whole route is done on path, and marked with red paint.
|Drinking water||Several sources of running water below 800 metres.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (June 2011).|
|Parking||Room for a few cars by the farm at trail head, but make sure you don't block for other traffic.|
|Start height||309 metres|
|Vertical metres||790 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||7.0 km|
Tindefjellet trail head by Årset.
Assume your starting point is Vassenden, at the west of lake Jølstravatnet, on road E39 north-east of Førde. Drive 700 metres south on road E39, from the Kjøsnes exit at the west end of Jølstravatnet, and turn right towards "Bøane". Drive this road 1.3 km uphill to where it ends by a farm. Find parking here without blocking for other traffic.
Start walking by heading directly north, on the left hand side of the buildings. You will find a path marked by red paint leading up to a gate. Follow this path through another two gates, and after the second gate enter the forest. Continue through the spruce forest, and turn left where signed for "Tindefjellet". The path uphill is well defined and once you get into more rocky terrain the frequency of red paint is high. At 400 metres you meet a forest road, which you follow uphill approximately 60 metres. Then turn right (well signed) and continue on the path. This path takes you up to the small saddle at 790 metres. Turn right (north) here and circumvent the ridge coming down from Tindefjellet on the left hand side, and then climb onto the ridge from west. The path then stays on the ridge all the way to the summit, which is marked by a cairn.
Return by reversing your ascent route.
10. June 2011
We were going to spend the week-end in Bergen, and decided to head south after work on Thursday. We had booked accommodation at the nice camp site Jølstraholmen in advance, and arrived here in grey and misty conditions on Thursday night.
Friday morning I was up early with the plan to hike Tindefjellet. There were still plenty of low clouds, but the conditions were good enough for a hike. And having received information that there would be a path leading all the way to the summit I assumed navigation wouldn't be an issue.
From the summit I had minimal views because of the low clouds, but I did get a glimpse of lake Jølstravatnet, and while descending I also got a view of the valley running south-west from Jølstravatnet. I was back at base before 09:30, with plenty of time for a shower and breakfast before we had to leave our rented cabin.
Next on the agenda was the drive to Bergen, which included a stop at Brann
Stadium to buy tickets for Friday night's game between Brann and Sogndal (2-0).