• Høganovi
  • 1101 m
  • Primary factor 118 m
  • Location (GPS on the summit)
  • Location: Kvamsskogen, near Bergen, Norway.
  • Climbed October 8. 2016.
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2.


How to get there:
From Bergen, drive E-16 to Trengereid, then Hwy. 7 onwards, signed for Norheimsund. Continue uphill until after you have driven through the uphill tunnel called Fossen Braatte Tunnel. The road turns left and runs flat with the river on the right hand side. A distinct ridge comes down on your right. Find parking off the road somewhere here. My parking was at location N60.38715, E005.90073, elevation about 390 meter. Note that this trailhead is not the easiest/shortest way to this mountain.
Route description:

Note: The easiest route to this mountain is to start near the small skilift on Kvamsskogen and follow the small farmers road to Mødalen. From there, a marked path going to Kvitingen, will pass just south of the summit.
From the car, cross the road, then locate one of several small bridges that cross the river (they serve private huts). Once across, proceed left and gradually climb. There are cliffs higher up that you need to circumvent on the left.
Once on the ridge, the terrain gets easier, but there are small cliff bands running across that one needs to overcome. In two places, there are wooden steps to help. Proceed uphill, passing east (left) of the local top Rabalhei (700 meter). Next, cross a somewhat level area while aiming to cross a number of powerlines close to the broad col from where the powerlines run downslope to your right. There is a small lake near this col that you should pass on its west (right) side. You will now see a broad gully with some broken rocks, straight ahead. This is an easy way up. Near the top, turn left on grass, rather than going to the very top of the gully. Continue horizontally (east), then gradually ascend as the terrain becomes pretty level. Cross the small creek from Langatjørna near the north end of the lake.
The route onwards is again full of various cliffs that typically runs across the direction of travel. The best approach is likely to stay near the top of this very broken ridge. One will the pass near a small lake and discover that the remaining distance to the summit seems much longer than anticipated. However, after a pretty long and slightly convoluted hike, you will arrive at the highest point, marked with a small cairn and a broken trigonometric marker.
Beautiful, stable October weather had arrived. More than 10 days, all the same. Cold, crisp mornings, the sun rising around 0900. All leaves with colors of red and brown, then snow already at higher elevations. This is fall, nature is preparing for winter.
I left my car at 1125 and immediately found myself in rather cumbersome terrain. This turned out to be the tune of the day, cliffbands blocking the direction of travel. I had decided on this trip in order to have a slightly longer trip in the fantastic weather, above timberline. In this context, the route delivered. However, what looked like a nice and smooth ascent on the map turned out to be rather rugged and complex terrain, all features at a micro-scale not resolved on a scale 1:50K map.
It was still a nice day and a good mountain, not a single person to be seen anywhere. Obviously, very few people walk along this route. The hike took considerably longer than predicted, it was 1400 by the time I arrived at the summit. Two persons there, having arrived along the standard route from Mødalen.
Time for a short rest and some photos. The higher Kvitingen mountain blocks the view in its direction, but aside from this, the view from this summit is pretty nice. One sees the community of Norheimsund, the Hardangerfjord and the mountains beyond. The Hardangerjøkel glacier looks small, while the Folgefonnen glacier stretches along the skyline for a considerable distance.
The other man had a binocular, using it one could see a couple of the production oil platforms out in the ocean to the west.
I left around 1415, having made up my mind to find a better line for the return hike. However, taking a line of travel that stayed slightly further east did not seem any better. I returned to my car at 1710, having spent 20 minutes more on the return trip! Descending the final ridge I essentially stepped on a ptarmigan, the bird flew up more or less between my legs, quite a surprise! Of course, having walked more than 5 hours, one would normally expect to see several such birds at this time of year.