Fjaler – Hyllestad Weekend, Sep 3-4 2016

Including an emotional hike to Risnesnipa

 Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location
Lammetufjellet 120m 120m Fjaler, Norway
Einingsfjellet 258m 235m Fjaler, Norway
Sørbøheia 360m 197m Hyllestad, Norway
Teigesåta 441m 397m Hyllestad, Norway
Rossvikheia 298m 178m Hyllestad, Norway
Katlenova 266m 238m Hyllestad, Norway
Risnesnipa 777m 679m Hyllestad, Norway
Kolgrovheia 497m 394m Hyllestad, Norway
Risnesnipa viewpoint, with view towards Sågneskollen

When I discovered this picture album 1,5 years after the trip, I didn’t remember anything from this weekend. How intriguing! And when I started looking at the pictures, it all came back to me and it was just “my kind of weekend“. So here goes the trip report…

Anne found a cabin for rent in Sørbøvåg, near Angelvika along Åfjorden in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. We checked in on Friday afternoon and I couldn’t wait to get going on Saturday. This region was a candy shop for a peakbagger!

The cabin was very nice and the first thing we noticed was an apple cake! How thoughtful is that?

Settling in…


On Saturday morning, we drove west to the island Lammetu to visit Lammetufjellet. The top if only 120m high, but it doesn’t have a single friendly side! Not knowing anything about where to go, we drove to Haugen to get some information from the locals.


We were told there was a route up in the southwest couloir. A rope was mentioned, so we decided to leave Karma in the car.  We started out from near the Lammetun Kystfort and when we got closer to the couloir, we understood where the ascent route was. And it didn’t look dog-friendly!

Clearly – our route is in the middle

On our way up the boulder in the couloir, we passed a cave. It had a narrow entrance and after a short descent, we found a small lake inside the mountain. We chose not to explore it further, as it was dark, dirty and slippery in there…

Into the cave

Out of the cave, it was time to become familiar with the section that had a rope for protection. It was strange for once to find a rope where it was actually needed. Normally, it’s not needed or it’s too steep and a rope shouldn’t be there (as ropes are seldom maintained). But I don’t think we would have taken on this very slippery section without this rope.

Anne – just above the ugly, steep and wet section

Once on the plateau, we headed north to the high point and could celebrate the first top this weekend!

On top of Lammetufjellet

We took the same route back to the trailhead and Karma, who was overjoyed to see us again. And since we were here, we might as well take a look at the Kystfort (Coastal Fortress).


This is an impressive bunker system from WW2, October 1941. You can read about it on (Norwegian text, but you can translate it)

The largest bunker system we’ve been to…

Pictures from Lammetu: 


Einingsfjellet – next top on our list

Our next stop was Einingsfjellet on the mainland, just east of Lammetu. We found the trailhead by the end of the south ridge. The path took us up to the pass between Kletten and Einingsfjellet and then followed the south ridge upwards.

Trailhead map

The info board at the trailhead indicated a “steady climb”. And it was exactly that!

On the way to Einingsfjellet

From our top #2 today, we could enjoy the view towards Lammetu…

On top of Einingsfjellet, with view towards Lammetu

We could see from the trailhead info board that there was a path down the east ridge (“Den gamle skulevegen“). We decided to head down along this way and then deal with the main road back to the car. Anne was convinced that we would get a lift. I was thinking “yeah, right”. This area isn’t exactly the center of the universe…

Down the east ridge

When we got to the main road, it didn’t take long before a car was coming, I decided to stay out of sight while Anne was sticking her thumb up. And sure enough, the car stopped and not too many minutes later, Anne came driving back in my car. A nice 3,5km round trip, not including the hitch-hiking part…

After the hike, we stopped by Olavskrossen in Korssund, in addition to taking a closer look at the oil platform – clearly not in production right now…

A closer look at the platform

Pictures from the Einingsfjellet hike: 


After two nice hikes, we returned to the cabin. Anne wanted to go fishing and I didn’t. So I took Karma and drove to Indregil (just west of Sørbøvåg) to hike Sørbøheia. While driving, it started pouring down!

Sørbøheia ahead…

Fortunately, it stopped raining when we reached  the trailhead. The forest path was easy to follow…

Up the forest

1,5km later, Karma and I reached the top and celebrated new top #3 this Saturday. We took the same route back down.

On top of Sørbøheia

Pictures from the Sørbøheia hike:


Now that I was “on a roll“, I figured there would be enough time for one more hike before Anne would want me back. Teigesåta seemed like a good candidate, having just seen it from Sørbøheia. It was 2,2km to the top, but it shouldn’t take long if there was a good path. And I hoped the fog would lift…

The trailhead was really hard to find, and I had to search in the forest to find it. Once I found it, it was easy to conclude that this path doesn’t get many visitors on an annual basis…

Cumbersome path to Teigesåta

When we got above the forest, things got easier and I didn’t need any path. It was just a matter of heading towards the top.

On top of Teigesåta, and the fog has lifted!

On the way down, I talked to Anne on the phone and found that she was doing good by herself down by the fjord, and that I could one more top if I wanted to. I had to think about that for a fraction of a second…

Sørbøheia seen on the way down from Teigesåta

Pictures from the Teigesåta hike: 



Rossvikheia seemed like a neat top to visit. The drive down to Hyllestad would surely take longer time than the hike itself (3km in total)

I parked at the south end of lake Akslavatnet and followed a path up the west ridge – soaking wet after rain.

I liked the terrain above the forest. Lots of slabs and the path followed the slabs. Easy hiking!

On the Rossvikheia plateau

What a great day so far. 5 new tops, albeit the effort and height wasn’t really mind-boggling. I decided that there was just enough time for one final top before Anne would get hungry and start thinking about dinner.

Karma on top of Rossvikheia

Pictures from the Rossvikheia hike: 



Katlenova looked like a cool top, with its steep cliffs above Åfjorden. This would be a perfect end to a busy day…

The hike would be short (2,2km in total) and I didn’t expect any issues even if I had to go off-trail. I drove to Lia and headed out northbound.

At Lia

I quickly found a forest path that took me up to the plateau, only to meet a jungle of juniper bush.


Once past the bush, I had to deal with bog

Some serious bog, before we could reach the antenna

And then it started to rain again. But we made it to the top and I was more than happy with returning back to the cabin…

On top of Katlenova

Pictures from the Katlenova hike: 


Risnesnipa (left) seen from Kolgrovheia

Sunday morning, the weather was gorgeous and our target was Risnesnipa in Hyllestad. This would be a very special hike for me…

In March 2001, I drove from Bergen to hike Gygrekjeften and Risnesnipa. I had a tourist brochure; “Welcome to Hyllestad”  – which showed 4 routes up and down the mountain. I headed up Nipestien – and soon ran into steep terrain with ropes. I put my dachshund “Troll” in my backpack and climbed up. I must have got a bit lost, as I soon found myself climbing for real – and now without ropes.

Gygrekjeften was icy all over and I reached the top using two rocks serving as ice-axes. I could not descend the way  I came up, and made it over to the other side (near Risnesnipa) – hoping I would be able to descend there. But all I could see was ice. Morale dropped to rock bottom, and I turned around shortly after starting my ascent of Risnesnipa. I was actually convinced I was only yards away from the summit when I turned around, but the fact was that 0,7km away!

Orange: 2001 route, Cyan: 2016 route

It was a bit late in the day, the temperature was -10 deg C. and I had little battery left on my cell phone. I had to make a decision and called my mother and asked her to call the Police. It was not a phone call she expected or enjoyed, but 15 minutes later, the Balestrand Police called me back and said they would come for me. “Hell no!”, I replied. I could not bear the shame. I was equipped for spending the night outdoors, but told them that if they could find someone who knew where I could descend, that would be really appreciated.

A bit later, a local guy called me and asked me if I had tried the route close to the ropes. No – I hadn’t even considered looking there. But I was certainly willing to try. I had to return close to 3km to find the “crack” in the mountain he was talking about, and sure enough – it was actually possible to get down the icy route. I was so happy when I was back in safe terrain and promised myself I would never get stuck like this again. And 17 years later, I’ve stayed true to my promise.

So when Anne and I parked at Hovland – to ascend the route that was impossible back in 2001, I was PACKED with feelings inside. And FINALLY – I would stand on top of Risnesnipa!

Lifjell massif seen from our rented cabin

The route up the mountain went along a nice and well marked path. And with the gorgeous weather – WHAT a contrast to the 2001 hike!

On our way up the forest

Once on the plateau, the terrain got rocky and I hoped we weren’t going to run into difficult sections, considering the dog. Which was NOT the same dog as back in 2001…

On the plateau. We’re going up the cliff in the background

But there was nothing to worry about. Karma handled the only slightly steep section with flying colors.

The only challenge for Karma on this hike

Of course, I had to tell the 2001 story to Anne.

The “fish story” has grown bigger over the years, but still… It was for real!

We then went over to an amazing viewpoint.

Beautiful view!

After a short and NICE stay at the viewpoint, it was FINALLY time to claim Risnesnipa – 0,8km to the northwest!

On our way to Risnesnipa. Gygrekjeften to the right of Anne

Finally! After 17 years! What a nice feeling!

On top of Risnesnipa!

We took – more or less – the same route back down. Karma decided to cool off in a pond…

Well deserved…


Pictures from the Risnesnipa hike: 



Anne was content with today’s hiking, but suggested I could end my Fjaler/Hyllestad weekend with top #8. She’s just a sweetheart…

The choice fell on Kolgrovheia – just opposite to the Lifjell plateau. Anne drove me up to the trailhead on the road to Kolgrov. She would kill some time down in Hyllestad and I just had to call when I needed to picked up.

At the trailhead

I knew that there was another path down the north side, and I told there that she might have not to drive too far to pick me up.

The route across Kolgrovheia

The path up the forest was nice. The path was easy to follow, and after less than 2km after heading out, Karma and I stood on top of Kolgrovheia and could enjoy the beautiful view towards Lifjell.

On top of Kolgrovheia

There was never any doubt about NOT heading down the north path. Well marked and easy to follow. I gave Anne a call and informed her where to pick me up.

Down the north path, looking back up

The path ended near lake Kleivevatnet, and just before we reached the road to Kolgrov, we met Anne – who had come to meet us.

Reunited! What’s in the bag?

It was such a wonderful weekend. Many thanks to Anne for her continuous SUPPORT – which helped me to reach my annual goal of 100 new mountain tops this year too. The total count for 2016 was actually 130 new tops, 211 different tops and 433 visits to tops altogether (counting some regular ones) – in 365 days…

Goodbye Hyllestad! It was nice being here. We’ll be back!

Pictures from the Kolgrovheia hike: 








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