Easter: Apr 22 2019 – Høgelia, Tjørnåsheia, Fløyen

Last day of Easter…

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Highlight of the day…

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location
Høgelia 527m 100m Høyanger, Norway
Tjørnåsheia 605m 247m Høyanger, Norway
Mylsdalsnipa 513m 37m Høyanger, Norway
Fløyen 513m 145m Høyanger, Norway
First day Previous day

Monday: The last day of Easter was spent on getting home from Sogndal. Preferably with some new tops “in the bag”.

I had scouted the map for a round trip hike that would give me (at least) 3 new tops, and I found what I was looking for, in Høyanger. To be more precise – Bossdalen – just northeast of Lavik. I knew Bossdalen from my hike to Fuglefjellet in 2017.

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My route today; Bossdalen – Høgelia – Tjørnåsheia – Fløyen

From Bossdalen, I decided to follow the path to Kvamsstølen, and then break off towards Høgelia.

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On the path to Kvamsstølen

The path towards Kvamsstølen was nice and easy to follow, and I decided to leave it after 1,2km. I found another path, less visible, but sort of marked, leading me up to the south ridge below Høgelia.

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On the path to Kvamsstølen

It was nice to rise above the forest…

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Lake Vasslitja

And the Sognefjord view was quite welcome too…

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Sognefjorden – the longest fjord in Norway

Then we reached the top og Høgelia – our first top for the day.

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On Høgelia, with Tjørnåsheia in the background

Next, we moved on towards Tjørnåsheia – 1,5km west of Høgelia. The walk itself would of course be slightly longer, but still – short. On the way up, I came across a marked path, coming from Lavik.

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On our way up Tjørnåsheia

The (unmarked) high point was found 90 meters west of the cairn. The average hikers doesn’t care about these details, but I do!

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On Tjørnåsheia high point, with Lifjell (Hyllestad) in the background

The hike had been quite easy so far, and now I only had one more top on my list – Fløyen. On my way down from Tjørnåsheia, I met an elder man coming up from Lavik. He was from Bossdalen. I asked him if there was a neat route down the east side, but he said I definitely should head north/northeast into the top of Bossdalen. So, I decided I would…

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On our way to Fløyen (left). Høgelia to the right. 

Eventually, we reached the Myldalsnipa – Fløyen ridge. Both tops was seemingly 513m, so I had to visit both. I later found that Fløyen is 3cm higher than Myldalsnipa, so that becomes the prominent top on this ridge.

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On our way to Myldalsnipa

It was only 2pm in the afternoon, and I wished there were more new tops in this region that I could also do, but there wasn’t. Kind of good and bad news at the same time…

We moved on towards Fløyen and celebrated our 3rd new top for the day…

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On Fløyen

Time for descent, and I noticed that there was a forest road only 200 meters north of the summit. I decided to follow it back to the car, even if it meant 3km along a road…

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Towards the forest road in Bossdalen

The hike down the road seemed to be utterly boring, but then I came across a HEAP of frogs in the river. My initial guess was that they had just been born, given the amount (there had to be hundreds…), but they seemed quite big. I don’t know. I’m no expert on frogs, or animals in general. But it was cool to watch.

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What??

We continued down the road, and I could see that many frogs had attempted to cross the road and ended up as roadkill, even though there isn’t a whole lot of traffic up here (understatement).

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Heading down Bossdalen

Eventually, we reached the car and sat course for Gurskøya. A nice end to a quite memorable Easter break!

Trip statistics: 11km, 680 vertical meters, 2h:55m

Pictures (Canon 80D) from the trip:

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