Location: North 60.88212, East 006.79631 (GPS at the summit)
Near Nærøyfjorden, Norway.
Difficulty: (YDS) class 2
Climbed February 15. 2015.
How to get there:
Drive E-16 to Voss and continue towards Gudvangen. After the 2 downhill tunnels near
Stalheim, pay attention in order to find the left turn signed Jordalen. This road
turns back, then starts the steep climb up to Jordalen. A new tunnel is under construction
(2015), it is sheduled to open in 2016. Continue past the Jordalen farms and a bit higher,
as the road curves right, look for parking. This location is N60.89389, E006.72186, elevation
about 590 meter.
This route describes a very nice tour, visiting the well known
viewpoint Bakkanosi along the way.
From the trailhead, cross up on an open field, then into a fairly
open forest (easy to ski), in order to locate a forest road that
will provide access to more open terrain beyond the first, slightly
steeper section of ascent (in the forest). Higher up, the valley is
more flat as the route ascends very gently to
the mountain farm house
in Slettedalen. The valley continues to be almost flat until the route
reaches the upper end, the slope is not steep, but at least one will
again gain some elevation. As the route enters the col, Lyngskaret
(1280-1300), turn right and ascend to the ridgeline, continue near point
1389, then gently down to the foot of Bakkanosi.
Bakkanosi, 1398m, has about 30 meter of prominence,
but a very good view
down to Nærøyfjorden.
The best view
is a bit further north, near the
point where the steep slope begins.
From here, Nærøyfjorden, runs directly
aligned with your view with impressive mountains on all sides.
Back track to point 1389, then continue across point 1410, then gently down towards
Fetanipa (1475m). Fetanipa has prominence of about 85 meter. Ski east (left) of
Høgberget (1471m). Continue gently down towards the base of Giljabotnnipa and
climb it directly, the slope being slightly steeper in the very beginning. The
summit has a small cairn and very good views in all directions.
Continue down directly to the connecting saddle
Ascend to the cairn on the top of Solbjørganipa (1464m). From here, ski
(carefully) down the west ridge, a bit steep in short stretches, to the first,
horizontal saddle below. Turn right, towards Nipa, and ski
down this hill, next, turn more west (left) and follow
very nice slopes south (left) of Mjølkehaugane. Turn more right and continue more
or less directly downhill.
As one enters the trees, there are several options, follow
good slopes and open corridors to reach the road near the creek draining from
Slettedalen. Hike a short stretch along the road back up to the car parking.
This was a scheduled trip with the Bergen mountaineering group.
signed up and with a very nice forecast, I changed the route to Bakkanosi and
the very scenic mountain ridge south of the Slettedalen valley.
We left Bergen shortly after 0800 in two cars. Norunn, Bernadette and Jens-Petter in my
car while Petter K., Fredrik and Marion drove with John. We arrived in Jordalen around
1030 and started skiing shortly thereafer.
The snow and weather were all near perfect as we skied in
the scenic Slettedalen.
the col Lyngskaret, we stopped for lunch
around 1230. We arrived at Bakkanosi and spent
about 30 minutes taking photos and just enjoying the fantastic location.
The wind had now died down completely as we skied across Flatanipa and ascended the highest
point on the trip, Giljabotnnipa. The time was now already 1500, but what was left of the
trip correspondingly easy and fun. We traversed across our last
then a long downhill run was
all that remained.
got their reward after many hours of skiing on their
randonee skis. The snow was close to perfect and everyone had a very good time leaving nice tracks
on the unspoiled slope. We were back at the cars around 1645. A full and very memorable
day with very good company, my thanks to all participants!