• Såtefjellet
  • 666 m
  • Primary factor 108 m
  • Osterøy, Norway
  • Location: North 60.45899, East 005.59664 (GPS on the summit)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2
  • Climbed November 3, 2012.


How to get there:
This mountain is on Osterøy. Drive from Bergen and cross the big bridge (toll) to Osterøy. You will drive through a tunnel about 2 kilometer long after crossing the bridge. Measure as you exit the tunnel. Continue along the main Hwy. 2.4 kilometer and fork right here. At kilometer 3.8, make a new right turn, there is a sign here saying Austad 2.5. You drive through a farm, then the pavement ends at kilometer 6.2. Continue uphill on a good dirt road to kilometer 6.7, there is a gate and a sign for parking. park immediately after driving through the gate. The road continues, but visitors are advised to park in this location. The location is N60.45796, E005.55614, elevation about 345 meter.
Route description:
From the trailhead, continue along the road until you arrive at a building on your right, the good dirt road ends here. Look forward and uphill on your left and spot what looks like a gate in the fence. Head up that way. Unfortunately, the gate cannot be opened, but the fence is low and easy to cross on the left side. Continue up the hill along an obvious path until you reach the plateau. From here, the trail first heads uphill sort of right to contour around some small, local tops. There may be some trail to follow in the summer Continue north-east, there are several small ridges with lower terrain in between that must be crossed. The summit has a red and white pole. Further east is a lower summit with a sign saying Såta.
I drove from Bergen and turned on my GPS after exiting the tunnel. I had made waypoints for driving and hiking the night before. Big surprise as I realized that I had forgotten to load the map and the route into my GPS. No map, no GPS and no compass, at least good that the day was pretty nice. I navigated to the trailhead without too much trouble and hiked up the steeper hillside along an obvious trail. Higher up, I lost the trail, partially because of pretty deep patches of snow. The direction was pretty obvious, the terrain ran quite a bit perpendicular to my direction of travel, quite a few small ups and downs. Fall colors and a low November sun, pretty nice place to be! I looked across to Gullfjellet, winter has arrived over there. Continuing, I arrived at the summit at 1335. I had left around 1225, so about one hour and 10 minutes. The view across Vaksdal to the mountains behind was nive, as the sun colored the white slopes. Also, Hananipa looked nice, I still remembered the very good weather that weekend in September. Towards the west, I could see the fjord on its way to the ocean. I left around 1345 and hiked back down to my car pretty much along the same route. Arriving at 1450, I headed back home to a hot sauna awaiting my return.