Location: North 59:32.632, East 007:35.283 (GPS at the summit)
Difficulty: YDS class 2
Climbed: February 13, 2010
How to get there:
A good starting point is the resort community Hovden on Hwy. 9.
Travel on Hwy. E-134 from Oslo or Bergen to the small community
Haukeligrend, located east of the mountain crossing. At this point, Hwy.
9 runs south towards Kristiandsand. Hovden is about 28 kilometer south.
As you enter Hovden, look for a signed (Dagsparkering) parkinglot on the left
side (assuming that you arrive from the north). Enter this lot and park, this is
the trailhead, location N59:34.580, E007:23.298, elevation about 850 meter. Route description:
This route runs by the DNT self serve hut Tjørnbrotbu, a convenient base
for more exploration of the area. There are quite a few groomed ski tracks that
may be used to get near this hut. Exit the parking lot and turn left, following
the road that serves huts and apartments further uphill. Do not proceed uphill,
but turn right (south) and cross the creek Byrtemannsbekken. You will then locate
ski tracks that goes uphill. There is a track that runs from Hovden and around the
small hill named Nordre Auversvasseggi (elevation 1221 m). This hill is about
3 kilometer west of Tjørnbrotbu. The most convenient route is to follow the
track that climbs on the north side of Auversvasseggi, but the alternative will also
work. As you reach the east side of Nordre Auversvasseggi, there is a sign for
Tjørnbrotbu, approximately 2 kilometer west. Ascend the gentle slope, gaining
approximately 140 vertical meter and cross the crest just north of the
small Tjørnebroti (elevation 1316 m). The two huts are then visible below the south
slope coming down from point 1448, just north
of lake Tjørnebrottjørnane (1280 m).
This location is N59:32.228, E007:31.225, elevation 1300 meter.
The route (skiing) from Tjørnbrotbu to the summit is perhaps not completely
obvious, but the following route should work well.
Ski southwest across the flat area below the hut and aim for the outlet where the creek
from Gråsteinstjørn (1352m) flows down towards lake 1279. Ski halfway along
lake Gråsteinstjørn, then make a left (turn north) and follow the small, but
distinct valley that subsequently turns east. Nice skiing, brings you just south of point 1503.
Stay on the north side of lake 1405 and climb the slighly steeper, but still very gentle
slope immediately east of point 1503. Ski via a distict passage back down to
the west end of lake 1421. Cross to the north-east end of this lake and continue north-east.
The terrain is smooth and very nice to ski. Ascend the gentle south-west slope in order to
reach the top of Kvannefjellet, elevation 1537 meter.
There are two small summits about 30 meter apart. The west summit has a small cairn, while the
east summit is a bit more pointed and possibly slightly higher.
I drove from Bergen after work on Friday, leaving around 1700. The ferry at Kvanndal was
in a cooperative mode and soon I was negotiating slippery roads near Røldal.
I stopped at the DNT hut Haukeliseter in order to break the drive and enjoy a bit of the
evening with a couple of beers and good company. The place was well visited, people signed
up for wind surfing classes (using skis), as well as a class from the outdoors study program at
the Bø Folkehøyskole.
I had breakfast at 0800 and left around 0830 in order to drive to Hovden.
The weather was just gorgeous, blue sky, early sun on some summits and a very, very
I arrived at Hovden by 0920, the temperature read minus 21 Celcius, quite cold.
After a bit of reorganizing, I was ready to leave around 0945.
I went up the road among the vacation homes as far as possible, thus missing the beginning
of the groomed ski trail system. As I was completely new to this area and since all the huts
and apartments looked pretty unoccupied, I just
started breaking trail along the gently
rising terrain. After a bit of
time I came across a big, well prepared ski trail, unfortunately, it
went exactly perpendicular to my route. However, shortly thereafter I hit another ski track that
had a more promising direction. Quite happy with the track I arrived east of
Nordre Auversvasseggi, left the trail and skied up and across the ridgeline to the DNT-hut.
The day was just perfect and I seemed to
be the only person taking in the great views.
The trip had taken me roughly 2.5 hours, including the wasted time when breaking my own
ski track in pretty deep snow.
From here, I could see directly across to the Kvannefjellet area,
the highest summit being
The hut was open, but from the visitor register nobody had been here since almost 3 weeks ago.
After leaving about half the weight (and volume) of my backpack, as well as getting a good
fire going in order to warm the hut, I started out for the Kvannefjellet summit around
1315. I found a nice route and had a really good time in pretty rugged terrain, arriving
at the summit by 1445. Interesting
enough a snow scooter had been at the summit shortly
before me. Such driving is illegal in Norway and I have mainly seen violations in Northern
Norway. The air was extremely clear and I enjoyed the 360 degree panorama, from the
characteristic Hårteigen to the north, the majestic Gausta further east and many more
summits that I did not readily identify.
I measured the two small summits and tentatively
concluded that the cairn is perhaps slightly
lower, the margins are small however. I started back home by 1500 and came across more
tracks from the snow scooter quite close to my uphill
tracks. Tracks that were not there
during my ascent, thus this scooter was driving around just at the same time as I was skiing.
I was back at the DNT hut shortly before 1600. The fire was still ok and the hut was slowly
warming. I prepared spaghetti for dinner with canned peaches for desert.
The sun was getting low and the evening light
illuminated the nearby hill as well as sending
some last glow across to the slopes of Kvannefjellet.
I was busy preparing my evening
meal while the night
was coming with an incredible black sky filled to capacity by stars. Orion and the Big Dipper,
and thousands of more, all brilliant with me as the only observer, at least from this location.
The day had been close to perfect, slightly more than 20 kilometer of skiing from around 850
meter to an isolated summit, that required route finding, at 1537 meter.
My trip continued the next morning with a long ski trip to
Sæbyggjenuten, 1507 m.