• Hesthovden
  • 273 m
  • Primary factor 192 m
  • Location: North 60.88535, East 005.20083
  • Hordaland, Norway
  • Difficulty, YDS class 1
  • Climbed on March 24. 2021


How to get there:
A good point of reference is the small community Hosteland, located north of Masfjorden. To get there from Bergen, drive north on E-39. Just before E-39 enters the 4 km long Eikefet tunnel, there is a choice of route. Forking left onto Hwy. 570, then connect from Masfjordneset to Duesund by (cable) ferry. This is a scenic option. Alternatively, continue on E-39 passing the two fingers of Masfjorden, then an uphill tunnel to the intersection with Hwy. 571. Turn left here, descending on the north side of Masfjorden to meet Hwy. 570 near Hosteland.
The third, and perhaps best way, is to use the ferry from Leirvåg. Turn left in the very first traffic circle in Knarvik (immediately after the bridge), follow Hwy. 57 to Leirvåg. This ferry leaves 15 minutes past the hour. The return ferry leaves Sløvågen 15 minutes before the hour. The crossing takes 20 minutes. From Sløvågen, you have 14 kilometer to reach Hosteland.
From Hosteland, take Hwy. 570 west to the intersection with road 5438 signed for Sleire. (or arrive here directly from Sløvågen). Note that this exit is on the left (south) side of Hwy. 570. Drive north towards Sleire, when you first get on the north side of lake Sleirsvatnet (the farm here is called Fagrevika), look for a forest road that forks left, running along the base of a small, steeper hill named Åsen (the hill). Find parking here, the location is N60.883157, E5.217107, elevation 23 meter.
Route description:
Walk up the forest road. Fork left, ie. pick the road that climbs in zig-zag turns, the slope leading up to Hesthovden summit. When the road ends, pick up a vague trail that continues uphill. This is easily lost, however, there are no difficulties when proceeding uphill to gain the summit. There is a trig-marker near the summit. The summit area is otherwise just brush and forest.
Note: There is actually a red marked trail from behind the farm Fagrevika and all the way to the summit. The lower part of this trail is difficult to find and follow, hence the route described above.
This was summit no. 6 (out of 7) visited today. I followed the route described above, on my ascent. Shortly after the start, I ran into the first sheep I had seen in 2021. Descending, I followed the red markers, but the lower part of this route was not very convincing. I started hiking around 1330 and arrived at the summit around 1400.