• Bergsbukken
  • 1162 m
  • Primary factor 274 meter
  • Location: North 60.52631, East 005.93964 (GPS at the summit)
  • Vaksdal, Norway
  • Difficulty: (YDS) class 2
  • Climbed January 27. 2019.


How to get there:
Drive E-16 from Bergen towards Voss. At Dale, exit the Hwy. and drive the narrow and steep road (Hwy. 314) up into Bergsdalen. Locate the small side-road that forks right when you arrive at lake Bergsvatnet (500 m). Find parking next to the small bridge at location N60.55932, E005.99359.
Route description:
From the trailhead, first follow the small local road across the bridge. This road serves a few (private) cabins. Next, head steeply up the slope ahead in order to reach Skarvadalen just above. Continue in very nice and gentle terrain up to lake Skarvavatnet (762m). The mountain is now straight ahead above the lake. Ski across the lake while curving left in order to ascend to the shallow col near the south end of the lake. From this col at 800 meter, (south of Steinafjellet), climb the north-east ridge to the summit of Bergsbukken.
This was a Bergen Fjellsport ski-mountaineering trip organized by Fredrik Brun. Due to my travels this year, I asked him to take charge of this very popular concept in 2019.
We all (15 people) met in downtown Bergen at 0800 and shared a few cars for transport. We were all parked at or near the trailhead well before 1000, with departure at that time. The forecast was wind up to gale and pretty low temperatures, but reality turned out to be quite a bit better.
We started around 1000, the skiing was nice and we made good progress. Including a few brief stops, we all arrived at the summit by 1245. Nice views all around, but a breeze (far from gale!) still made us gather below the cairn out of the wind to adjust/prepare the skis for the return run. Nice skiing, however a bit variable. Shortly below the lake, we stopped for 30 minutes and dug out a snow-profile, looking for the layers that often form. A good and instructive session before skiing down the last part returning to the cars by 1440.
Thanks to Fredrik for keeping this popular activity alive!