Norwegian Mountains, Hordaland
|Maps :||1319-IV Valldalen (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)|
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|Hiked :||July 2010|
|See also :||
|See also :||Other Hordaland mountains|
Breifonn is known as the southernmost glacier in Norway, as well as being Rogaland county's one and only glacier (shared with Hordaland county). But compared to other Norwegian glaciers, you don't have to walk the ice in order to reach the high point. And thanks to the Blåbergdalen mountain road, Breifonn is just a moderately long hike away (6,5km one way). This page will describe a round trip route with descent via Midnuten - located 2,3km north of Breifonn.
Breifonn (Norge 1:50,000: 1616m, Økonomisk Kartverk: -, UTM 32 V 382943 6625686) has a primary factor of 446m towards the higher parent Kistenuten (1648m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 392352 6629768) is found by a lake 1,3km nortwest of Kistenuten. This lake drains both ways. Ref. Norge 1:50,000 (20m contours), the saddle is within the range 1160-1180m, interpolated to 1170m.
Midnuten (Norge 1:50,000: 1463m, Økonomisk Kartverk: -, UTM 32 V 382602 6627966) has a primary factor of 113m towards the higher parent Breifonn. The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 382538 6627190) is found just left of the two lakes between Midnuten and Breifonn. Ref. Norge 1:50,000 (20m contours), the saddle is within the range 1340-1360m, interpolated to 1350m.
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The route description is valid per July
Route 1: Blåbergdalen - Breifonn - Midnuten (summer/autumn)
(all distances are approx. distances)
The starting point for this route description is the place Røldal. From the bridge across Tuftaelva (N59.83346 E6.81494), follow the road on the north side of the river. Drive 0,8km to the bridge across Storelva (N59.83060 E6.82770) and turn right. Follow the main road for 1,6km, then turn left in a junction (N59.81854 E6.81448). Follow this road for 10,2km until road end (N59.78660 E6.92708) - deep into Blåbergdalen. Find parking here.
Note; although the ascent of Breifonn does not require you to travel on the glacier (with the subsequent dangers that glaciers bring along), consider bringing an ice-axe to enjoy a safer travel on the summer snow...
Cross the dam and follow the path to the southeast. After approx. 1,6km, turn southwest and head into the valley between Midnuten and Breifonn. As you approach 1200 meters (elev.), the path fades away. Continue up to the lakes between Breifonn and Midnuten on rocky terrain. Pass the glacier's north front and once past the glacier, ascend the mountain in the southeast direction. Follow this direction (passing a cairn at N59.76412 E6.90169 - 1450 meters) until you reach the summit (N59.75249 E6.91667) - marked by a proper cairn.
Descend your ascent route down to the two lakes between Midnuten and Breifonn. Stay west of these lakes and find your best route directly up to the summit of Midnuten (N59.77285 E6.90933) - marked by a few rocks. Continue northeast and follow a small, but distinct valley that takes you back to the trailhead.