Lauvtonipa and Kalvvikefjellet rise from the Haugsdal valley and Matresfjorden and marks the start of a long mountain range that includes across Svartetjørnfjellet, Glennefjellet, Kvitevasseggene and Storevasseggi before it becomes one with the Stølsheimen mountain region.
This area is a very scenic part of the Masfjorden/Matre region. Steep faces, beautiful valleys, fjords and good views. The best starting point for Lauvtonipa (which is the real mountain. Kalvvikefjellet is just a lower plateau near this mountain) is Bjørnekletten. A path runs up the steep forest and tops out in a pass E of Lauvtonipa. The route up to the top is easy off-trail walking. Include Kalvvikefjellet on your way down the mountain and visit the north side for some airy views down to Matresfjorden.
Lauvtonipa (M711: 724m, Ø.K: 723,97) has a primary factor of 106m towards the higher Svartetjørnfjellet (745m) The saddle is found in the pass W of Furhaugen. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 620m contours on the high route, but not 615m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 618m.
Kalvvikefjellet (M711: 716m, Ø.K: Highest contour is 715m) has a primary factor of 28m towards the higher Lauvtonipa (724m) The saddle is found SE of Kalvvikefjellet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 690m contours on the high route, but not 685m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 688m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Bjørnekletten - Lauvtonipa - Kalvvikefjellet round trip (summer/autumn)
From Bergen, follow highway E39 northbound. After the Nordhordlandsbrua bridge, pay (NOK 45,- for passenger cars per May 2005) at the Toll station. Drive approx. 51,4Km and turn right onto the road towards Haugsdal. Follow the road towards Haugsdal approx. 2,3Km and then turn right onto a narrow, paved road. Follow this road approx. 850m. You have a waterfall to your right and there is space for 1 car here (although it not a parking area). The Bjørnkletten farm is just around the corner.
Walk up to the farm. Turn right just before the house, cross the electric fence (if it is there), follow the outskirts of the grass field and go through a tall gate near the house. Seek to the right towards the center of a forest ridge that runs upwards. You should be able to see the (very) narrow path that runs northbound.
After a while, you step over a crossing creek (may be dry). Shortly after, the path turns sharp to the right and heads towards a stream coming down further to your right. The path follows this stream upwards and gradually gains the centre of a distinct forest ridge. Follow this path up to the pass between Lauvtonipa and Svartetjørnfjellet at approx. 620m elevation.
At the pass, turn left and follow the high terrain (off-trail - northwest) across a few humps before you turn west towards Lauvtonipa. A standing rock marks the summit.
Head back down the same way, or visit Kalvvikefjellet 700m further to the north. Go back to the ridge between Lauvtonipa and the pass and head north. The Kalvvikefjellet high point is the second hump along your route. Head back down in the southeast direction. You will pass a small lake and a cabin used by hunters. Continue southeast towards the pass. Make sure you don't descend too early, as you then will have to ascend up to the pass.
Time for another evening trip up north. Number of remaining unvisited Masfjorden mountains is decreasing by the week. I asked my friend Ketil Vevle to come along. He had initially more important things to do, but I was able to convince him through "visualising" white mountains, green valleys and blue fjords. The notice was short - 1 hour. Fortunately, he still had his hiking gear from the Vardefjellet trip on Friday in the trunk, and finally "volunteered" to come along.
I had done research on this mountain a year earlier, and knew where to start from. We drove to the Bjørnekletten farm below the mountain and parked a bit away from the farm. At the farm, we had a nice chat with the lady of the house and were given information about the trail. By 18:45PM we were on our way.
The forest was steep and we took our time. We soon lost the path and followed sheep or deer tracks. We almost got into real messy terrain inside a steep gully, but left it and found the trail immediately after. Ketil found "new spirit" when we climbed above the tree line and the views started to appear. Ketil especially liked the view down to Bjørnekletten. I agreed. The view was indeed scenic.
I had carried my dachshund "Troll" up the upper forest, but once on the mountain, he could walk on his own. He seemed happy to be able to return to his function as "eyekeeper" on Ketil. Troll is fond of Ketil, and never leaves his side.
We reached the top of Lauvtonipa 18:55PM. The views were great, like on most mountains in the Masfjorden region. You don't need to see very far. The things that surround you is what you come up here for. Deep and green valleys, snowy mountains, blue fjords. It's a sight.
After a short break on top (while Troll was having lunch) we moved on to Kalvvikefjellet. We reached the top 19:25PM. We should have taken the trip to the north side of this mountains, but we didn't. I had some great views towards the steep northwest face from Nonklettfjellet recently, and Ketil had things to do at home.
On the way down, we passed a hunters' cabin before arriving the pass where the trail went. This time, we followed the trail and learned that it went on the opposite side of the ridge we had followed upwards. We were back at the farm 20:15PM and had yet another pleasant chat with the owners before we headed back to Bergen.
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