Hovda (Avhovda) and "Øyjordakamben" are two forest hills in the Onarheim - Hodnanes - Uggdal forest region on Tysnesøya island. I have assigned the name "Øyjordakamben" to point 327m, based on that the people living at Øyjorda refers to this forest ridge as "Kamben". On Økonomisk Kartverk, you will find both Storekamben and Veslekamben, while the high point is unnamed.
These are not very prominent hills. Both hills barely make it to my list of independent Hordaland mountains with elevation >= 300m and primary factor >= 100m. Consequently, the views are not astounding and trees block otherwise good views on both tops. The tops are probably visited by those particularly interested.
You can reach Hovda on forest paths from start to finish, although the upper path (in the thick forest) can be challenging to keep track of. You will find paths/tracks on Øyjordakamben as well, but you are almost bound to lose track of them high up in the forest.
Hovda (1214-IV: 330m, Ø.K.: 229,66m) has a primary factor of 107m towards the higher Stølafjellet (458m). Ref. Økonmisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 225m contours N of Stølsætervatnet, but not 220m. The saddle/pass has been interpolated to 223m.
Over a 5-minute period, I measured the high point (32 V 308721 6653285) elevation to 332m (no correction for error margin).
"Øyjordakamben" (1214-IV: 327m, Ø.K.: 327,14m) has a primary factor of 104m towards the higher Hovda (330m). Ref. Økonmisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 225m contours NE of Djupedalvatnet, but not 220m. The saddle/pass has been interpolated to 223m.
Over a 5-minute period, I measured the high point (32 V 310319 6649626) elevation to 329m (no correction for error margin).
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Access to Våge, Tysnes
From Bergen, follow highway E39 southbound (Stavanger) towards Halhjem. Take the Halhjem - Våge ferry (check hsd.no for ferry schedules).
Alternative route from Bergen is highway RV7 (Oslo). Turn right towards "Tysse/Mundheim" just after Bjørkheim by Samnangerfjorden. Follow highway RV48 to Kilen where you turn right towards "Sævareid/Baldersheim". Follow this road along Bjørnafjorden until you join highway RV49. Follow RV49 towards Tysnes and Våge.
Uggdal-Onarheim road - Hovda (summer/autumn)
From the E39 (Stord)/RV 49 junction in Våge, drive 4,4Km southbound on E39. Turn left towards "Onarheim/Sjukeheim". Drive 7,8-7,9Km and locate a forest path on the right-hand side of the road. You can park along the road (left-hand side).
Head southbound on a forest path that is wide and easy to follow. Stay right in the two upcoming forks. After a while, the path turns west and then northwest. At the point where the forest path ends on the map, you will see a fork if you study the terrain closely. Both paths that continue from here should get you through the forest and up to the high point, which is marked by a trig. point.
I recommend that you stay focused and remember details in the terrain when you enter thick forest from 280m elevation. There is hardly any GPS reception here. Leave signs on the path as there are several tracks that can confuse you.
Øyjorda - "Øyjordakamben" (summer/autumn)
From the E39 (Stord)/RV 49 junction in Våge, drive 4,4Km southbound on E39. Turn left towards "Onarheim/Sjukeheim". Drive approx. 12,6Km to Onarheim. Turn right towards "Hodnanes" and drive 2Km before you turn right towards a powerplant. Continue 200m up this road (almost to road end), which is INCREDIBLY steep. Just where the asphalt ends, locate a forest path on the right-hand side of the road. You will find parking just up the road, on the left-hand side and before the houses at road end.
Follow the forest path approx. 260m until it begins to descend (this path is overgrown and full of thorns). Look to your left and locate a path that climbs up in the forest. There may be a creek to the left of the path.
It may be difficult to keep track of this path up the forest. Just follow the terrain where it is easiest. Try to avoid the juniper. You have steep cliffs up to your right, which serve as a useful terrain feature.
At 200m elevation, turn gradually north (away from Lake Stemmevatnet). You will run into cliffs that will force you to the right (east). From here, get on the main ridge and follow it to the high point, marked by a bolt and a single rock. There is a lot of bush high in this forest.
I woke up this Sunday with a cold, just like I did on Friday and Saturday. The last thing I wanted to do was to get out of bed, but it's amazing how persuading a nose-licking-needing-to-go-outside-dog can be. I looked out the window. It was raining. Just as it has been for the last two weeks.
I decided to pull myself out of this sad state and drive to Tysnes to visit the two remaining hills that I still hadn't been to. I wasn't able to reach the 09:15AM ferry, but I had plenty of time before the next one, leaving 10:55AM. It was rainshower day, which gives a fair chance of some OK moments. I was happy about going to Tysnes. First of all, it's a fairly short drive to the ferry, then a relaxing 40-minute ride on the ferry, and then a fairly short drive from Våge. Independent of where on the island you are heading.
Hovda was to be visited first. On the map, I had noticed a forest path that would get me almost to the top. I found the trailhead right away, and me and my dachshund "Troll" were on our way 11:55AM. I put Troll in the backpack from the start, well knowing he would refuse to walk anyway.
I followed the forest path until it ended on the map. In real-life, the path continued, but it seemed to go the wrong way. I left this path as I discovered another path that headed into the forest. I was able to follow this path all the way to the top, but didn't look forward to descend. There were several crossing tracks, and I knew I wouldn't be able to follow my ascent route no matter how much I focused on terrain details. The top was reached 12:40PM. Most of the views were blocked by trees, but I had some views towards Uggdalsdalen (Koh! those "dalsdal" names...)
I let Troll out of the backpack and told him to find and follow my forest ascent route. As expected, he didn't understand the mission, and I had to find my own route. I lost completely track of my ascent route (the GPS didn't receive signals in the forest) but stumbled upon another path that seemed to be much more worn. I had a positive feeling about my new route, and decided to keep the compass in the backpack for a little while longer.
Suddenly, I was in familiar terrain and realised that I had completed a round trip in the forest. Now I was back on the forest path marked on the map, and by 13:20PM, we were back at the car.
On my way to Onarheim, I wondered if it would be smart to hike Øyjordakamben from Storsætre. A road would take me high in the forest, even if the distance would be significantly greater. I looked forward to talking to the people up by Storsætre, but not after noticing the sign "Privat Eiendom. No Turisme" (Private Property. No tourism). What kind of message was that? Are the tourists coming HERE? And what's up with the language? I turned around. Pissed off. This is what I expect to see in U.S. Not here in Norway.
I continued to Øyjorda, and watched a fox stroll around on a field, seemingly enjoying the day. I rang the doorbell on the nearest house and learned that I could follow a forest road from the powerplant. Yes! I was mentally prepared for a forest nightmare, but things were looking up. I asked if they had spotted the fox, and they had. Apparently, the fox was a rare visitor.
I continued to the powerplant, drove up the road and parked the car. Then I heard a gunshot down by the road. With positiv thinking, I could imagine that someone had tried to scare away the fox, while my "darker side" concluded that tourists and foxes are most likely treated with the same level of hospitality in this area.
13:55PM, I was on my way up the forest with Troll (yet again) in the backpack. I had been told to just follow the forest path, but as the path began to descend, this felt wrong. I looked around and noticed a vague path heading up into the forest. This seemed right, and I was on a good route towards the top.
After fighting bush and losing the path over and over again, we reached the top 14:55PM. The views were better up here. A bolt marked the high point, and I dug up a rock that now serves as the "summit cairn". The only MAJOR rainshower had taken place while I was driving between the two trailheads. While I did not get soaked from the rainshowers, I got soaked from the wet forest. Anyway, I prefer the latter. At least I can take pictures without getting raindrops on the lens.
I had carried Troll all the way to the top, and because of the terrain, I would have to carry him almost all the way down. I managed, more or less, to stay en route back to the trailhead, which we reached 15:30PM. It was good to get out of the dripping wet clothes and change into something dry. Before leaving Bergen, I found out that a ferry left Våge 17:45PM and the next 19:20PM. But I had finished earlier than expected, and I began to wonder if I would be able to catch an earlier ferry. The time was now .. well .. more and I seemed to remember that a ferry left 16:05PM. I was in a hurry, but drove SAFE, RESPONSIBLE and WITHIN THE SPEED LIMITS. I reached Våge 16:04PM and could drive almost directly onto the ferry. VERY happy about not having to wait 1,5 hours for the next one. The long way around Fusa was out of the question.
An interesting day in the hills had come to and end. I didn't remember that I was suffering from a cold until I got onboard. For the first time in my adult life, I fell asleep on a ferry. This was my seventh trip to Tysnes in 2005. I had visited 12 out of the 13 independent mountains and hills this year. Only Tysnesåta was visited earlier. Tysnes kommune has now been completed.
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