North on the Holsnøy island in Meland kommune, you will find a series of characteristic tops in a row, with Gaustadfjellet as the highest and most distinct of the tops. The word "sugartop" always pops into my head everytime I see it from the south. A good trail takes the general public up the Gaustadfjellet southeast ridge, and the vast majority follow the same route back down. Along with Eldsfjellet, Gaustadfjellet is a *must* for those who wants to visit the Nordhordland region.
It is the standard route that is described on this web page. For those who are looking for a traverse across all mountains, read the trip report from July 5 2005.
Gaustadfjellet (M711: 317m, Ø.K: 317m) has a primary factor of 274m towards the higher Brakstadfjellet (318m) The saddle is found in Longedalen (Ø.K.) NE of Lake Grasdalsvatnet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 45m contours on the high route, but not 40m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 43m.
Øyjordsfjellet (M711: -, Ø.K: 243,5 ~ 244m) has a primary factor of 186m towards the higher Litlefjellet (245m) The saddle is found in the pass between Borefjellet and Litlefjellet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 60m contours on the high route, but not 55m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 58m.
Litlefjellet (M711: 345m, Ø.K: 245m) has a primary factor of 77m towards the higher Gaustadfjellet (317m) The saddle is found between the two tops; Litleskare (Ø.K.) Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 170m contours on the high route, but not 165m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 168m. Note that the M711 height is 100m too high.
Borefjellet (M711: 227m, Ø.K: 226,75m) has a primary factor of 69m towards the higher Øyjordsfjellet (244m) The saddle is found between the two tops. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 160m contours on the high route, but not 155m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 158m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Gaustad - Gaustadfjellet - the normal route (summer/autumn)
From Bergen, follow highway E39 northbound. After the Nordhordlandsbrua bridge, pay (NOK 45,- for passenger cars per July 2005) at the Toll station. Turn right immediately after the toll station and follow highway 564 to Holsnøy. Pass a roundabout and the Krossnessundbrua bridge and then turn right towards Odland.
Drive 100m and turn right towards Odland once again. Follow this road for 3,4Km and turn right towards Odland. Drive 3,75Km and locate a tractor road to your left, signed "Gaustadfjellet". This is the trailhead. Find parking nearby.
Follow the tractor road upwards until it ends. Cross a fence on the right hand side. You will see a wooden arrow sign here. Follow the trail on the other side, which will take you up on the ridge. Once on the ridge, follow the trail all the way to the summit, which is marked by a proper cairn and a trig. point.
The trail can be boggy when wet. The trail also bypasses some bumps on the ridge, so don't assume you're on the wrong trail just because it starts to descend.
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