Norwegian Mountains

Aksla, 513m

Fylke/Kommune : Hordaland/Fusa
Maps : 1215-III Fusa (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : 106m
Hiked : Dec 2004
See also : Revurdfjellet
Aksla seen from near Baldersheim

Aksla seen from near Baldersheim

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Aksla and Revurdfjellet are two adjacent summits exceeding 500m elevation, approx 5Km southeast of Baldersheim. You have good views towards the high Tysnes mountains, as well as the Os and Fusa region. This region is dominated by forests, steep cliffs and hillsides, but fairly easy routes up the mountains do exist.

Primary factor:

Aksla (M711: 512m, Ø.K: 514m) has a primary factor of 106m towards the higher Revurdfjellet (519m). The saddle is found in Setradalen (not on the M711 map), S of Midtfjellet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 410m contours on the high route, but not 405m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 408m.

Trail descriptions:

Notes: Class ratings are in reference to YDS. Click here for more information.

The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.

Femangerdalen - Aksla (summer/autumn)

Difficulty : Class 2
Exposure : Not necessarily
Comments : Strenuous. Off-trail above 200m
Distance : Approx. 3Km to the top
Time : Approx. 2-3 hours (w/o pause)
Starting Elev.: Approx. 50m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 600m (total)

Map of the area
Map of the area
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Detailed map
Detailed map
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From Bergen, follow highway E16 towards Oslo. At the E16/RV 7 junction (roundabout) at Trengereid, turn right onto RV 7. Follow RV 7 to the RV 7/RV 48 junction after Bjørkheim (approx. 13,9Km from the Trengereid junction). Turn right onto RV48 and follow this road all the way to Kilen (34,7Km).

At Kilen, turn right onto highway RV 549 "Sævareid/Baldersheim" and drive for approx. 16,7Km. Turn right onto a gravel road just after a bridge. Follow this gravel road (which runs to lake Botvsatnet) for 450m. The road forks. Turn right and drive 50m up a hill. Two cars can park up here.

The route

Follow the forest road into Femangerdalen valley. Stay left of the stream coming down. When the forest road ends, follow a vague path towards the inner valley. At first look, it doesn't seem to be an easy way up to your left. But look for some huge, naked cliffs/slabs up to your left. A path runs to the left of these cliffs. This path will take you safely up the forest.

At approx. 200m, leave the path and set your course southbound, or you'll end up at Hestasteinen. Walk all the way up to a forest hill (approx. 290m), descend down to a small valley and walk up to point 386m. You should follow the small valley towards the southwest for a while before you start ascending point 386m. The hillside is quite steep further east.

From point 386m, descend down to another small valley. You have now the steepest hillside ahead of you (even the descent from 386m can get steep if you pick the wrong route). Looks are however deceiving. Things get easier once you start the ascent towards Aksla. Follow the terrain where you see fit. No need for scrambling up here.

You'll end up on the southwest side of the summit area. Head east/northeast towards the summit. There are two local tops of similar height. The western top is the highest and you will see a "grense" (border) marker on top. Descend your ascent route.

Trip report Dec 18 2004

This was a day for all sorts of weather. When I left the house, I could see the top of Ulriken, so the fog was clearly not hanging low this Saturday morning. By the time I passed Indre Arna, it was snowing. I could still see the contours of the mountains above Indre Arna. I looked forward to a nice, fog-free hike in Fusa, snow or no snow.

On my way to the Femangerdalen (my starting point for my hike to Aksla), I passed one wave of snow after the other. It was however clear when I passed Baldersheim, and I had Aksla in view further down on the peninsula. I followed the road towards lake Botsvatnet, but parked at the entrance to the Femangerdalen valley. The dog and I left the car 10:10AM.

I had no clue about any trails up here, and by the time I reached the inner valley, I wondered if I was able to ascend from here. I had followed vague paths here and there, and the path I was on led me to another path that would take me up through the forest. I put the dog in the backpack, as this forest path was a bit cumbersome. I had to use my hands here and there to bypass some steps along the path. I tried to keep track of my travel route, as I wanted to locate the top of this path on my way down. I realized however that understanding this forest would be a time-consuming task, and decided to rely on good luck and fortune. For whatever it was worth, I attached a red ribbon to a tree at the point I left the forest path.

After a while, I reached point 386m and felt a heartbeat when I looked up towards Aksla. It looked steep and slippery (and by now it had started to snow). On second look, I noticed a lot of good options for ascent, and besides, it's seldom as steep as it looks. This was true, the hike up the hillside was quite unproblematic. Cliffs here and there forced me to switchback, but I left tracks in the snow, and I should have no problem finding my way down.

On the Aksla high plateau, visibility was low. I walked towards the contours of something higer, and by 11:50AM, I was standing on top of Aksla. I recalled my hike to Revurdfjellet in March. Due to fog and snowfall, I didn't see much, and here I was on the neighbour mountain, once again cheated on the views. Since the snow apparently came in waves, I decided to stick around for a while. The only hick-up of the day was that I had forgotten my wind jacket in the car. It got cold. I noticed trembling in the backpack. But as the dog was wrapped in a fleeze sweater, it must have been the lack of the lunchbox that caused the trembling. After 10 minutes, I started to see blue sky in the horizon, and 5 minutes later I got my views. After a quick round of pictures, I started the journey down.

After having passed the lower hilltop (approx. 290m) elevation, I had drifted from my ascent route. I needed to locate the path down the steep cliffs above Femangerdale valley. I headed for the cliffs and walked along the top of these cliffs until I discovered my red ribbon and the path. I let Troll walk down this hillside. To him, this was a major challenge, but he made it down, safe and sound.

I had some plans to also hike Senafjellet the same day, but the time was now 13:00PM, and darkness would come in 3 hours. I decided to come back for Senafjellet the day after, and instead I let Troll get some exercise by walking up to Skåråsen. We took a lunchbreak up in the forest. By now, the sun was shining and a lot of blue sky above. On our way down from Skåråsen it started to snow again. Talk about shifting weather! We were back at the car 14:00PM. It was snowing quite a lot on the way back to Bergen, and while we were visiting a forest hill down in Fusa, winter had come to Bergen.

Pictures from the Dec 18 2004 hike

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1. Passing Saevareid (120KB) 2. Aksla seen from near Baldersheim (76KB) 3. Entering Femangerdalen (126KB) 4. Fusafjellet seen on the way to Aksla (108KB) 5. Views from my route to Aksla (239KB) 6. On the way up through the forest (202KB) 7. The final hill to Aksla (151KB) 8. Low visibility on Aksla (223KB) 9. Where is the summit? (169KB) 10. Aksla high point, 514m (161KB) 11. Summit views from Aksla (581KB) 12. Weather is clearing up (182KB) 13. View towards the fjord (132KB) 14. View towards Fusafjellet from Aksla (211KB) 15. Tysnessaata seen from Aksla (116KB) 16. Revurdfjellet seen from Aksla (423KB) 17. Distinct top in the Gjonakvitingen region (95KB) 18. View down towards point 386m (238KB) 19. Important cliffs if you want to find the path (196KB) 20. On the way to Skaaraasen (220KB) 21. Senafjellet seen on the way to Skaaraasen (180KB) 22. Senafjellet seen on the way to Skaaraasen (130KB) 23. Senafjellet seen on the way to Skaaraasen (150KB) 24. Aksla seen from Skaaraasen (186KB) 25. The Vaaganipen massif (95KB) 26. Another wave of snow is coming along (138KB) 27. Eltaadnefjellet on Tysnes (89KB) 28. Back in Femangerdalen (230KB) 29. Senafjellet seen from Femangerdalen (92KB) 30. Roedsfjell by Saevareid (118KB) 31. Saevareid mountains (198KB) 32. Grontuva by Saevareid (136KB) 33. Ottanosi is a good measure for the fallen snow (104KB) 34. Rough weather on Gjonakvitingen (103KB) 35. Winter has come (102KB)

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