• Karaldenuten
  • 1295 m
  • Primary factor 357 meter
  • Location: North 60.47823, East 006.44727 (GPS at the summit)
  • Near Voss, Norway
  • Difficulty: (YDS) class 2
  • Climbed August 31. 2014.


How to get there:
This mountain is south of Voss. Drive to Voss and as you cross the river turn right following signs for Rong 15. Follow this paved road to Rong for 14,8km, as you get to the farm, note a big information map on the wall of a building on your left. Very shortly after this, exit right onto a smaller, gravel road. Follow this road until a locked gate. There is parking for 2 cars on the right side just before this gate. This is the trailhead, location N60.50574, E006.47396, elevation about 460 meter.
Route description:
Continue up the road after the gate. As you get to a flat area where this road sort of ends, do not follow this sign. Instead, just continue straight ahead following the road which is now more covered by grass. The road will soon turn into a trail. Follow it up to locate a small dam, cross the creek just below this dam and follow this sign.
From here, the trail to the summit is marked with blue paint and small cairns. The route is rather carefully marked where there are turns.
I started sort of late, after a nice breakfast with Heidi. However, when I came to the traffic circle in Arna, the main tunnel, Arnanipa, was closed. In tried to drive the narrow detour road that runs along the coast, but soon ran into a complete chaos of a traffic jam. Almost 1.5 hours later, the trouble was behind me and I drove to Voss. To continue the saga, the road to Rong was also closed and another detour was needed.
I parked and started hiking at 1325. I was soon at the end of the gravel road and noticed the sign saying Karaldenuten. I quickly hiked along this trail, but soon realized that this trail led nowhere and definitely not to the mountain. I decided to just forget about the trail and climb directly towards the summit. This led me into some (YDS) class 3 terrain, but also rather quickly to the summit.
I was there at 1500, nice views of the Hardangerfjord and one of my favorite mountains, Oksen, in clear view. I signed the small register in a separate box located a few meter away from the summit. I spent 15 minutes looking around, then decided to descend along the trail. This was quite easy and I was back down at my car at 1635.
My drive back to Bergen went fine until I was near Vaksdal. At this point, my car radio informed me that 3 cars had just crashed in the Arnanipa tunnel and that the tunnel was now closed. I almost could not believe it! Two times in a single day. The delay was a bit less than in the morning, but still more than 30 minutes. I arrived back home around 1900, a warm sauna, then an excellent dinner. My wife, Heidi, is a very good cook and she also has a lot of patience!