Norwegian Mountains, Sogn og Fjordane
Vetla Supphellenipa, 840m
The Flatbrehytta hut marks one of the main southern entrances to Jostedalsbreen - the largest glacier in Norway. On your way to Flatbrehytta, you pass Vetla Supphellenipa and it's a fairly short detour if you want more mountain top on your CV. See the route information section below for details.
Kvannholtenipa is located approx. 3km north of Flatbrehytta. There is no marked trail to this top, but provided you follow the easiest route it is a fairly uncomplicated hike. Expect to cross patches of snow all year around, but you do not have to bring crampons in summer. The below route description suggests a round trip hike that includes both these tops.
There are two spelling variations; Kvannholtnipa and Kvannholtenipa. This site uses the latter variant.
Vetla Supphellenipa (Norge 1:50,000: 850m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 840,10m, UTM 32 V 382787 6816503) has a primary factor of 110m towards the higher tops on Jostedalsbreen. The defining saddle (approx. 32 V 383022 6816957) is found just north of Vetla Supphellenipa. Ref. the 1:50,000 map (20m contours), the saddle is within the range 720-740m, interpolated to 730m.
Kvannholtenipa (Norge 1:50,000: 1640m, Økonomisk Kartverk: -, UTM 32 V 382066 6820386) has a primary factor of 181m towards the higher tops on Jostedalsbreen. The defining saddle (approx. 32 V 382388 6820988) is found in the first pass north of the summit. Ref. the 1:50,000 map (20m contours), the saddle is defined through a fixed point - 1459m.
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Route 1: Supphelledalen - Vetla Supphellenipa - Kvannholtenipa - Flatbrehytta
This route description is valid per October 2013
(all distances are approx. distances)
This route description starts at the Supphelledalen exit (signposted) in Fjærland - approx. 1,6km north of the Bremuseet building (glacier museum). From this exit, drive
From this exit, drive:
Follow the path into the forest. The path is visible and easy to follow. After approx. 1km, you join the river from Tverrdalen. Enjoy the trail work done by sherpas from Nepal. After 1,6km you reach a trail fork by the National Park border (signposted). Turn right here.
(Note that the National Park signpost is found approx. 100 meters south of the National Park Border).
Cross the river (hopefully there is a portable bridge around) and follow the path up on the east side of the river. Follow it all the way up to the saddle (730m) northeast of Vetla Supphellenipa. From here, follow a very vague path southwest 0,5km to the unmarked summit [N61.46449 E6.80036]. You'll have a GREAT view towards the lower part of the Supphellebreen glacier from here....
Return to the saddle and continue on the path that ascends up to approx. 960m where you follow a distinct moraine in the direction of Flatbrehytta and pass the lower Supphellebreen glacier. Leave the moraine before the hut and head up a narrow, but distinct valley in the direction of Flatbreen.
300 meters before the Flatbreen glacier, the valley sides begin to get steep, so begin your ascent up to the left before it gets too steep. Find your best route upwards, while aiming for the ridge. Meanwhile, enjoy the view towards Flatbreen. Once on the ridge, head north in the direction of the southern cairn on Kvannholtenipa.
Descend back to the moraine, but now follow the path (there are several, actually) that takes you to Flatbrehytta. From here, make sure you take the new path (first towards the west, then down) opposed to the steep path that descends directly from Flatbrehytta. Follow this path until you join the other path near the National Park border.