Mountain area: Ølen, Rogaland fylke
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From Bergen, follow highway E39 to Os, take the ferry from Halhjem to Sandvikvåg on Stord island. Follow E39 across Stord (road to Stavanger), drive over the new bridge (toll road) and take the tunnel to Valevåg, Sveio. Follow E39 south down Sveio Kommune, and exit east on highway E134 at Våg. Follow E134 until you reach Ølensvåg. Follow highway 543, signed "Utbjoa". Drive to the north side of the peninsula and exit left on to a small road signed "Dalen". Follow this road approx. 400m and park the car by the signs "Bjoavatnet rundt" and "Graåhorga".
The trail: (click on the image for a larger view)
Follow a gravel road a short distance to lake Bjoavatnet. Follow the trail on the left-hand side of the lake, and at the first trail junction, take the left trail, marked "Gråhorga". The trail runs south-east before it turns east up the pass between Husafjellet and Heilo (Gråhorga's north ridge). The trail is marked with red paint on rocks. Once you reach the lake Gråhorgavatnet, you're on your own. The summit is on your left-hand side.
Expect 2 hours up. In good weather, this is an easy hike without scary moments. Walking in late March, with random snow, I had no troubles with the trail in the forest (corridor) or the red painting on the rocks, until I reached the upper lakes. At 600m, a storm set in, making it impossible to see anything. I knew the direction, so I walked blinded around the lakes before I headed for the top. Distance from Bergen and back is approx. 250km. Money fly on this trip - 2 x ferry and 2 x toll bridge. In addition, my planning failed. I thought the new tunnel would take me straight to Ølen, but to my (annoying) surprise, I entered Sveio kommune, and had to take the long way down south (almost to Haugesund) before I could head north towards Ølen. On the way back, I drove through Utbjoa and took the western country road down to Isvik, to get some variation.
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