A nice day on Hemsedalsfjellet
Sunday: Today, we took the trip from Sogndal to Hemsedalsfjellet to hike Stardalsfjellet – a mountain none of us had been to before.
The plan was easy enough; head out from Breistølen, follow the mountain road until it ended and then follow the valley up along river Stardøla. Once past Mønen, the map indicated that we could ascend the mountain from wherever we wanted.
But as we were on our way, a ledge in the middle of the steep east face caught my attention. That surely looked like a doable ascent route? Anne concurred.
After some easy off-trail terrain, we were at the foot of the mountain and the ledge.
The hillside was steep, but not exposed.
Higher up, we followed slabs, making the ascent a little bit easier.
And then we were on the mountain plateau!
We took a short break here and enjoyed the fine views. The summit was just a 1,9km hike away.
We then moved on, across rocky but easy terrain.
And then another top was “in the bag”.
I enjoyed being here, as this was my first top in the large mountain region south of RV 52 (Hemsedal) and FV50 (Hol – Aurland) – except for tops visited along the Aurlandsfjellet road. Given that Hemsedalsfjellet is quite accessible for day-trips from Sogndal, we’ll be back for more!
For descent, we decided to take what was the planned ascent route. But before we could get a valley overlook, we had to cross some rocky terrain.
One good thing about Norwegian mountains – you can always find water!
We checked out the hillside between Mønen and Stardalsmønen but decided to go for easier terrain.
Once down into the valley, we found the valley trail.
On the way down the valley, we could see our ascent route from a different angle. It looked much steeper, seen from our position!
Back in Sogndal, it was time for yet another dinner outdoors.
My burger would probably not sell well from this picture, but it tasted great!
Trip statistics: 9,8km, 640 vertical meters, 3h:39m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike: