Iseggene seen from Orratuva
Iseggene dominates the south-west side of Osterøy, but looks like a long ridge when viewed from Knarvik or Breistein, on the other of Sørfjorden or Osterfjorden. But a hike over the Iseggene ridge is highly recommended, as the views are excellent.
I have no idea about the origin of the name Iseggene (icy ridges), but a walk up to the summit is absolutely a walk over ridges. And however gentle this hill appears to be from distance, you may enjoy a hilarious western drop from the summit point.
Iseggene has a primary factor of 296m, towards the higher Stemmeseggi (572m). The "saddle" is north of Haugo. The last adjacent 5m contour lines on the high route are 80m, giving an interpolated saddle height of 78m.
Note: Class ratings are in reference to YDS (Yosemite Decimal System).
Skor - Iseggene, round-trip (summer/autumn)
From Bergen, follow E16 towards Oslo. Not too far after the Arnanipa tunnel (approx. 30min from Bergen), exit right towards Osterøy. Cross the bridge and pay the toll fare (currently NOK 40,-)
From the tool booth, drive towards the Tirsås tunnel (2020m), and follow highway 567 until you arrive a roundabout (10Km from the toll booth) where you take the road to Valestrand. Continue all the way to Valestrand (about 4Km) and exit towards Hamre/Skor. Follow this road for approx. 1,3Km and exit right towards Skor. Follow this road for approx 550m, and locate a forest road forking off to the right. It is probably OK to park by a rack of mailboxes a few meters further up the road.
Follow the forest road until the end of the first potato field. You will see a tiny ridge on your right. Get on this ridge (you will see a trail) and follow it towards south-east. Soon, the ridge turns towards the north-west and follows the ridge leading towards point 280. But before reaching 280, the trail turns gradually north (right) and takes you towards a meadow.
The trail takes another bend towards south-east before it gains the main ridge in the north-west direction. The trail leads to "Dalanipå", a cairned high point on the ridge. From here, you have a clear view towards the summit, further north-west. The main summit is only 10-15 minutes away, and holds the trig. point and a summit register.
The descent route runs further north-west along the ridge. Watch out for a trail that runs down to the left and heads southbound towards two ruins of old stone cabins. Pass in front of the cabins, and follow the trail as it curves a little to the west before it continues southbound down a forest. Out of the forest, you will run into a trail coming down on your left hand side. This trail is marked with yellow paint on trees and rocks. You are now walking parallel to the ridge above. You will pass another old building when the valley opens up. Continue across the meadow, and go through a small forest before you arrive the innermost house at Skor. Follow the paved road and exit left at the first road junction. Then follow the paved road back to the trailhead.
13:20PM, I drove from the Burkelandsfjellet trailhead, and 13:50PM I was on my way to Iseggene. A family living next to the trailhead informed me about the round-trip possibility. I welcomed this information. They had two dachshunds, but I didn't dare to let Troll out of the car in case he would crack up his back again, of pure joy.
After leaving the forest road, I was on a narrow trail. It wasn't raining anymore, but still the low bush made the pants quite wet. The family had described the route in such a great detail that I never looked at the map. Soon I reached the cairn which I had perceived to be the summit. The summit was still some minutes away. Halfway to the summit, I realized I had lost the camera battery, and I spent a good 15-20 minutes looking. I reached the summit 15:00PM, so I assume the average hiking time to the summit is about an hour.
Troll enjoyed a less deserved lunch box at the summit. He had been in the backpack all the way up, but I still assumed he would need food... I enjoyed the improvement in weather, and the great views before I continued on the ridge, curious if I would find the trail down the valley. This turned out to be no problem. The trail was visible all the way, and the direction was obvious. I reached the car 15:35PM, and concluded that I still had time to do Orratuva before it would start to get dark.
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