Djupedalseggene seen from Strandafjellet
Djupedalseggene, also locally known as Velandseggene is quite hidden away in the shadow of the mighty Austlendingen. However, this is the mountain to be on in order to get a good overview of the Austlendingen massif. In addition, the mountain provides excellent views towards Lindås, Gullfjellet, Ulriken and Osterøy mountains.
One can drive up to approx. 250m and be on the summit within 30 minutes, which makes this mountain available for most people. Djupedalseggene consists of two high points (446m and 426m) and a long plateau (approx. 3,4Km) over to Strandafjellet (366m) with its mind-boggling steep eastern face.
Veland - Djupedalseggene - Strandafjellet (winter)
Trip Report Feb 13 2002:
The forecast promised sunshine. As I was starved for sunshine, I decided to take half the next day off. I chose Djupedalseggene, as I had an evening job close by. Hike in daylight, work at night. That works well from time to time.
It wasn't hard to find Øvre Veland, and as I was in some kind of hurry, I chose to drive all the way up. The plan was to compensate this with a long hike. I knocked on the door on the uppermost house, and a nice lady gave me permission to park on the premises.
I was amazed to find sheep all over the place. The lady called them "wild sheep" as it was seldom they would come down to the farm, even in the roughest winter. They had a shelter a bit further up, and seemed to be content. And the wild sheep were running wild when Troll and I came walking up the mountain.
The summit was reached in 20 minutes, and I enjoyed taking pictures of Austlendingen, before I headed for Strandafjellet. I soon missed the [narrow] trail and Troll called for a time-out, as he was tired of the bush-wacking. Back on the trail, It was a nice walk over to Strandafjellet, and I was amazed by the incredibly steep east side of the mountain - which was only 366m high. I got dizzy just by looking down.
After some more bush-wacking down from the summit, I picked up the trail and walked back to Djupedalseggene and down to the car. The whole trip measured 9,1Km and took 2,5 hours. Back to work...
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