Enjoy the beautiful view from the top of Hovlandsnuten. This hike is short, but quite steep and medium difficult.
Looking for a great hike in the Bergen region? Take a road trip the beautiful island Tysnes and climb one of the most Instagram-friendly mountaintops in the area.
At the top of Hovlandsnuten (727 masl) you can sit and admire the villages in the area while gazing across the Onarheimsfjorden at the impressive Kvinnherad mountains. When there is no wind, the view of the calm fjord is simply breathtaking.
There are several starting points for the trip, and one of the most popular is from Skaret.
How to get to Hovlandsnuten by car from Bergen:
Follow road E39 south to Halhjem. (Takes about half an hour from the city center. Follow the signs to Stavanger). At Halhjem you take the ferry to Våge on Tysnes (35 min crossing). We recommend to check the ferry schedule in advance.
Shortly after disembarking from the ferry at Våge, you'll get to a roundabout. Choose the second exit (signposted Norheimsund). After about 15 minutes, turn right (signposted Onarheim). Drive another seven minutes and you will find the parking lot at Skaret on the right hand side. The hike starts on a gravel road for about half and hour towards the idyllic Vasstøl, before it continues up a steep path to Hovlandsnuten.
At a leisurely pace, you can expect to use an hour and a half from the parking lot to the top. Remember to bring a nice lunch, because this is a place you would want to sit and relax for quite a while.
- The Tysnes mountain is quite big. Other nice places to hike near Hovlandsnuten includes Etlådne, Grovatnet, Ådnastegen, and Tysnessåto.
- Consider camping overnight at Vasstøl, or just allocate enough time to spend a few hours. At Vasstøl there are benches, a shelter, a barbeque, and good fishing opportunities (rainbow trout). You can fish from shore or borrow a small boat. No fishing permit needed. There are life jackets in the shelter, but you'll need to bring your own fishing rod.
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