Kvannfjellet, July 8 2018

A memorable round trip hike around Fossfjellet

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Exciting terrain!

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location
Kvannfjellet 1269m 119m Vik i Sogn, Norway
P1327 1327m 113m Vik i Sogn, Norway

The plan for this Sunday was a short hike on Vikafjellet – to Kvannfjellet by Store Muravatnet – a peak I hadn’t been to yet. Short – as Anne signaled that she were not up for a longer hike today. With her shifting energy level, it’s best to plan for a short hike and see if the condition improves along the way. Which it did today!

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The route

We took the Hella – Dragsvik – Vangsnes ferry and I enjoyed the wonderful Balestrand mountains, like I always do when taking the ferry here.

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Balestrand mountains

Then we drove up to Vikafjellet and got onto the gravel road towards Muravatnet. We parked at the highest point on the road – the saddle between Valanipa and Klantane.

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On our way up to Klantane’s north ridge

We followed a path up to Klantane’s north ridge and had a good overview of lake Muravatnet.

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Lake Store Muravatnet

We then descended into the nice Endredalen valley. Kvannfjellet looked like an ascent from the valley.

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Endredalen valley. Kvannfjellet is on the left side of the valley

We had to keep the local sheep away from Karma (a struggle!) before we could focus on a place to cross the river. It looked a bit wide from a distance, but looked more and more manageable  the closer we got.

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Anne, crossing the river

Once across the river, it was just a matter of setting the course towards the summit.

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Towards Kvannfjellet summit

There are two 1320m contours on the top. The north top has the cairn, but the southernmost has the high point.

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Karma and Anne on Kvannfjellet high point

We discuss what to do next. The options were to a) return the same way, b) visit point 1327m and return the same way and c) visit point 1327m and go for a hike around the Fossfjellet massif. The latter was on top of my wishlist, but only if Anne felt she was up to it. After giving it some thought, she agreed to give it a try. This meant that the total hike would be ~23km and almost 1000 vertical meters.

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View from Kvannfjellet. The Klantane – Fossfjellet massif to our left

Point 1327m was only 2,3km southeast of Kvannfjellet and the hike over there was easy enough.

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To Point 1327m

When we arrived on top, it struck me that I was close to Fyresnipa (only 1,4km to the east) on the Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland county border. That made me quite emotional.

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Fyresnipa, 1461m

When I hiked Fyresnipa, Viksetnipa and Uraskarfjellet back in 2005, I was living in Bergen, busy trying to visit ALL of the Hordaland peaks. I had a different job, no girlfriend and had absolutely NO IDEA that 3 years later I would move to Møre og Romsdal and meet Anne in 2009. Looking at Fyresnipa, I was looking straight into my past. It was a strong feeling. I had some kind of a “full circle” moment. It felt really good!

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Anne and Karma on Point 1327m. Uraskarfjellet in the background.

From point 1327m, we continued westbound and crossed between lakes Svartatjørn and Ytredalsvatnet. Again, running into curious sheep

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To: You know who you are! Not ALL dogs want to chase sheep!

Our next goal was Dueskardet, where we expected to follow a mountain road all the way back to the highway, but first we had to cross a rocky ridge.

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Leaving lake Ytredalsvatnet behind

The weather forecast had promised rain in the afternoon, and we just hoped we could get a bit further before it started raining.

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Oh, that looks … gloomy!

Instead of descending to Dueskardet, we changed the plan and decided to stay at our present elevation (~1100m) and take a short-cut past Grungafjellet.

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Climbing slightly instead of descending to Dueskardet

This was a good decision, because we passed fabulous landscape along the way…

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Not regretting the short-cut

Eventually it was time to find a way down from the mountain and we were lucky to find a good place to descend right away.

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Getting off the mountain

Looking back on it, lucky was the correct word…

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Not too many options for descent…

We could now see the mountain road on the west side of lake Svartavatnet, but we decided to stick to the path we now were on.

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The mountain road on the other side of lake Svartavatnet

Anne was quite tired, but had a good spirit. I was so grateful that she had come along, because it had been a fantastic hike. But it wasn’t quite over yet. The car was still far away.

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The highway still several kilometers away…

When we got on the mountain road near Johanneskleivi, I suggested that she and Karma could proceed down to the main road and wait for me there. Anne liked the proposal! I would run the 4,2km back to the car and then pick her up.

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The car is up there, on top of the road…

After hiking almost 19km, running was not exactly what I wanted to do, but I also felt like calling it a day and return to Sogndal.

When I returned to the main road, I couldn’t see Anne. So I called her, only to learn that she was drinking tea with a group (tourists with rental car) from the middle east, who had picked a random cabin for their tea break. And Anne and Karma entered straight into this outdoors tea party…

We returned to Sogndal, and decided to celebrate the day on our favorite restaurant La Pergola…

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Oh, that dessert was nice 😉

Trip statistics: 22,8km, 990 vertical meters, 6h:35m

Pictures from the hike:

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