• Vesoldo
  • 1046 m
  • Primary factor 648 meter
  • Near Norheimsund, Hordaland, Norway
  • Location: North 60:18.740, East 006:05.518
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2.
  • Climbed: November 1, 2003.


How to get there: Norheimsund is the starting point described here. This is a bit more than one hour drive from Bergen. Drive E-16 towards Oslo until the traffic circle at Trengereid. Take a right there and follow signs to Norheimsund, a bit more than 40 km from this point. In Norheimsund, you first arrive at the road intersection where the road east along the Hardangerfjord goes left across a bridge. Do not make a left, continue straight ahead through the center of the village. After about 800 meter (from the intersection), the main road turns distinctly left and a smaller road turns off to the right. There are three signs pointing to the right, "Verkstad Kvam Herrad", "HSD Norheimsund", and "Norheimsund 0.6". Turn right onto this road and continue for about 50 meter until you see the HSD cargo building and three flag poles in front of you. A smaller road turns left, a sign says Kaldestad. Follow this road for about 50 meter until you see a 4WD road going uphill to the right, this is just before a single family house. There is a wooden sign saying "Solhaug" at the beginning of this road. There is parking for 2-3 cars here without blocking any access or roads. The GPS coordinates for this location is N60:21.920, E006:08.707, and the elevation is about 17 meter above sea level.
Alternative access information: For the most comprehensive information about this and other Hordaland mountains consult the WEB pages of Arnt Flatmo. The sign and reference to Solhaug was a bit mysterious to us, since no such name can be found on the M711 topo map of the area. We ran into a local hiker at Krokavatnet and he provided the following information; If one continues another 800 meter along the main road south-east along the fjord, there is a side road climbing up to the right to the farm Tveit. This road can be driven by ordinary cars up to the place called Solhaug. Solhaug is near a small pond at about 420 meter. The road is not marked on the M711 topo map, but the pond can be seen. There is parking at Solhaug and a well developed trail continues the short distance from Solhaug to the Krokavatnet lake. However, if your objective is to hike more than 1000 vertical meter, then the route described below is your best choice.
Route description: The first part of the route follows the nice 4WD road as it climbs the hill, first in a section going west, thereafter with switch-backs. There are numerous small trails and traces of forest roads forking off, however, there should be no problem staying on the main road heading uphill. There is one logging track that branches up to your right, near an antenna, the proper route runs below this antenna on a fairly level section of the road. The next fork is at about 400 meter elevation, one track forks left with a wooden sign saying Solhaug. It is possible to proceed to Solhaug and then continue to the Krokavatnet lake from there. The best route, is to take the right fork and continue along the 4WD road all the way to the lake. The road gets appreciably rougher (if you were to drive it) after this fork, having short sections of meadow. Abruptly, the road tops out at the NW end of Krokavatnet. There is an old stone dam and a few cabins in the area. Continue on a good trail east (to your left) and locate several more cabins in the NE end of the lake. From here, there is also a water pipe running down to Norheimsund, you may have spotted this pipe on your (far) left towards the end of the hike up to the lake. Another, alternative trail comes up to this point from the road and parking at Solhaug.
The Vesoldo summit is now clearly visible to the south with the lower Tørvikenuten extending a ridge eastwards. Due to steep terrain near the lake, the trail climbs a small saddle a bit away from the lake, a fairly distinct and obvious gully is likely the best way up. There are several alternative trails, however, they were all covered by a little snow when we did this hike. Once on top of this local hill, descend in a distinct gully on the other side and proceed on the right (west) side of the small lake Torsteinsvatnet (615m). Soon thereafter, you will see the cabins called Aksneshiller on a gentle hill in front of you.
The next section of the route, from Aksneshiller to the lake Finnhiller, is quite rugged and it is important to locate and follow the trail. (Due to snow, we lost the trail and wasted time in steep terrain north of lake Finnhiller, see picture below.) The trail heads out from Aksneshiller to the south-west in the direction of some distinct cliffs, rather than in the direction of Vesoldo and the lake. Finding the trail is obvious when hiking back, however, with snow on the ground it was less clear when we made this hike. The trail must locate a small, distinct, V-shaped gully providing what looks like the only easy access to the west side of lake Finnhiller. The top of this gully has GPS coordinates N60:19.684, E006:06.364, with elevation about 660 meter. Proceed down the very narrow gully, further down it becomes wider and the trail contours around the west side of the lake before climbing away in order to reach the single, small cabin called Finnhiller.
The actual ascent starts from here, the route is marked with cairns all the way. First, climbing gently south-east towards the broad, central gully where a stream comes down. Perhaps surprisingly, shortly before reaching this gully, the trail makes a sharp turn to the right (poorly marked when there is snow) and climbs more steeply up on Knostenakkjen, the ridge that extends north. The route continues along a distinct ridge before turning again to the south-east, following a smaller ridgeline towards the saddle between the main summit and Tørvikenuten (1028m). Higher up, one can climb somewhat more directly to an area just south of the summit, the last few meters being quite flat and gentle. Provided that one stays on the marked trail, this route is (YDS) class 1 in the summer. With winter conditions as we experienced, the rating is class 2. The route should also be quite suitable for cross country skiing later in the winter.
Comments: I did this hike with my son Pål Jørgen, age 14. We started from the car at 1015, it took us one hour to reach Krokavatnet, after another hour we had a short rest at the Aksneshiller farm cabins between Tosteinsvatnet and Finnhillervatnet. The summit was reached in 1:45 from Aksneshiller, however, this includes trouble with the route just before Finnhillervatnet as well as knee deep snow on slippery ice higher up on the mountain. We spent about 15 minutes on the summit before the return hike. We reached the car at 17:15, precisely 7 hours after the start.
As with most mountains having a large primary factor (Vesoldo ranks number 14 in Hordaland), the view from the summit is superb.