Norwegian Mountains, Hordaland
Halsnøya, Fjellbergøya and Borgundøya form a small cluster of islands where "all Sunnhordland fjords come together" - Hardangerfjorden, Matrefjorden, Åkrafjorden, Bjoafjorden, Klosterfjorden, etc. A tunnel now connects Halsnøya to the mainland (the Kvinnherad side), while you need a ferry to get to Fjellbergøya and Borgundøya. These ferries run from Halsnøya (Sundnes), Utbjoa or Leirvik (Stord).
Borgundnuten the highest of all tops on these three islands. A well worn path takes you to the top of this fine viewpoint, from where you can see most of the Sunnhordland tops, the Ulvanosa massif, a small part of Folgefonna, and a vast number of Rogaland tops. If you plan to leave on the same route you came, you don't need to bring your car to Borgundøya. A car will only save you 1,2km of walking and a vertical gain of 110m.
If you don't live in the nearby region, planning is required if you want to visit Borgundnuten as a day hike. Per Sep. 2008, Tide was operating the ferries to/from Borgundøya.
Borgundnuten (Norge 1:50,000: 462m, Økonomisk Kartverk (ØK): 462,55m, UTM 32 V 312918 6626016) has a primary factor of 462m, being the highest point on Borgundøya.
GPS measurement on the summit cairn (2m high) read 466m, averaged over a 10-minute period (error margin +/- 3m).
Google's interactive map. You can zoom, pan and click on the markers.
The access/route description was valid per Sep 2008. All distances are approx. distances
Route 1: Borgundsnuten from Dalavika (summer/autumn)
The nearest larger city is Bergen. From Bergen, you have two main options:
a) Follow E39 towards Osøyro, take the ferry from Halhjem to Sandvikvåg, follow E39 to Leirvik, exit towards Skjærsholmane and take the ferry to Borgundøya/Sydnes (Sundnes, Halsnøy).
b1) Follow E16 (Voss), then RV7 from Trengereid, then RV48 from Tysse to Gjermundshamn. Take the ferry to Løfallstrand near Rosendal, then RV48 southbound past Husnes. Near Sunde, drive the undersea tunnel to Halsnøya. From Sundnes/Sydnes, take the ferry which will probably go to Utbjoa, then back to Halsnøya before continuing to Borgundøya. This ferry will also stop by Fjellbergøya on signal.
b2) Follow E39 towards Osøyro, continue to Hattvika and take the ferry to Venjaneset, then follow RV552 to Eikelandsosen where you join RV48 Gjermundshamn. See above for the onward route.
Those who come from the south (Haugesund, Stavanger), may choose to drive to Utbjoa and take the ferry to Halsnøya, Fjellbergøya (on signal) and Borgundøya.
Consider using Google maps to obtain driving directions, example: From: "Bergen,Norway", To: "Borgundøya, Norway"
Once on Borgundøya, drive 1,2km up the road until you reach a 3-way fork at 110m elevation. This is just after you've passed the school. Park here. Follow the forest road to the right (marked "Turveg til fjells"). After 350-400m on this forest road, turn sharp to the right (signed) and head into the forest. Follow a nice path up the juniper forest and enter the upper part of the mountain between two distinct cliffs. The path leads you up to a viewpoint, from where you see the summit, 200m to the northwest. You'll see a fixed rope leading up the summit. Chances are good that you can get up without the use of it. The summit is marked by a proper cairn. Descend your ascent route.