• Bjørnafjellet
  • 1211 m
  • Primary factor 243 meter
  • Location: North 60.75753, East 006.64891 (GPS at the summit)
  • Voss, Norway
  • Difficulty: (YDS) class 2
  • Climbed February 7. 2021.


How to get there:
From Bergen, drive Hwy. E-16 to Voss (about 100 km), then continue past Vinje (traffic circle) to Oppheim. Continue along the left side of lake Oppheimsvatnet, still on E-16. From the location where you leave this lake, drive about 1.5 kilometer more, then look for a road forking right with a sign reading Brandset. Take this road, continue straight (uphill) in a couple of road forks as the road climbs higher on the right hand side of the main valley. About 1.5 kilometer after the last fork, you will find a parking area on the right hand side of the road. Immediately thereafter, the road crosses a small creek on a bridge, there is a gate here. Just park at the parking lot, this is the tarilhead, location N60.77831, E006.70009, elevation about 570 meter.
This area is a military range, if there is military activity, then check the route with some authorized person in order to avoid conflicts. The military seems quite friendly and helpful co-existing with outdoor activities.
Route description:
This is a nice mountain to ski. Head directly uphill aiming for the obvious passage that provides access to the top plateau without any steep section. After reaching the main crest, the route is fairly flat heading slightly west of south. Note that there is a cairn also on point 1191. There is a cairn and generally good views from the summit. The highest point is a few meter away from the cairn.
I organized and led this trip as a Bergen Mountaineering Group outing. The temperature was -26 C at Brandset, hopefully this would improve somewhat as the sun was getting higher in the sky. After some slight delays because a few cars were unable to cross the cattle guard and still get up the hill, we were all (16 participnts!) eager to get going.

Thanks to all participants and to Knut Inge for doing an excellent job as trip co-leader. as well as official photographer.
January 2020 trip:
Bergen Mountaineering Group in DNT had an organized trip to this mountain on January 12th. 2020. This trip was moved here due to a mild winter with more rain than snow in most locations near Bergen. The forecast for the day was pretty bad, gale wind and snow with complete whiteout conditions at higher elevations.
We left Bergen at 0810 and arrived at the parking a bit late since one of the cars did not easily get up the hill on the final small road ascending beyond Brandset. They suceeded at last, but needed both pushing and to go backwards (having front wheel drive). We were ready to ski around 1100.