Vast and varied mountainscape with a rich net of trails and cabins.
How to get there from Bergen: There are several starting points into Stølsheimen in Modalen: Mo centre, Helland, Straume and Steinsland. If you want to drive as far up as possible, you can take the gravel road from Steinsland to the dam by Stølsvatnet. First, drive E39 northbound to Romarheim, turn to the right onto FV 569 towards Mo in Modalen. Continue 31 km on 569 to the end of the Steinslandsvatnet, there you turn to the right, continue across a bridge and then turn to the left onto the gravel road. This road takes you up to 650 meters elevation. There is a parking lot 100 meters past the top of the dam, and this is where the route to the cabin Solrenningen starts. The drive from Bergen to Stølsvatnet takes approx. 2 hours.
Map: Statens Kartverk 1216 no. I, II, III and IV (1:50 000). Walking map Modalen & Stølsheimen (1:60 000) available at Coop Modalen, Modalen municipality building, Nordhordland Libris in Knarvik, and at Bergen Turlag in Bergen.
Starting point / end point: Mo, Hellandsdalen, Straume, Steinsland and Stølsvatn-dam.
Marking: Information board at some of the starting points. Information arrows and red marks on the way.
Grading: Blue and red. Moderate.
Difference in altitude: Varies depending on the route.
Estimated time: There are several routes with different distances.
Good advice: Solid and water repellent shoes is recommended as there are some marshy areas to cross.
In Stølsheimen you’ll find the best the west coast nature has to offer. Here are steep, green valleys and sheer, high mountains, well stocked fishing lakes, babling streams and frothing waterfalls
cascading down the mountains.
Modalen is a natural starting point for walks in the area, from Mo village, or by following one of the dirt roads, of which several, lead up to the foot of the mountains. These roads have provided easier access to the 9 tourist cottages, owned by Bergen Turlag (walking club), in the area, both in summer and winter. There are several short-day walks between the cottages in Stølsheimen, which make it also ideal for families with young children.
The cottages within reach from Modalen are:
Skavlabu (960 meters above sea level). Starting point: Mo and Hellandsdalen.
Vardadalsbu (890 meters above sea level). Starting point: Hellandsdalen, Straume and Steinsland.
Norddalshytta (1005 meters above sea level). Starting point: Steinsland and Stølsvatn-dam.
Solrenningen (645 meters above sea level). Starting point: Stølsvatn-dam.
Åsedalen (822 meters above sea level). Starting point: Stølsvatn-dam.
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