Norwegian Mountains, Sogn og Fjordane
Lusaskard, although being an independent mountain, is one of the more anonymous mountains in the Sogndal - Leikanger mountain region. This is for the most part because Lusaskard is surrounded by higher mountains, such as Kjeringi, Blåfjellet and Skriki.
You can reach Lusaskard from several trailheads; a popular summer route runs from Njøsadalen via Skagesete. An alternative trailhead is Øvstedalen - described as a skiing route further down on this page.
The winter route from Øvstedalen is quite easy, and does not run through avalanche terrain. From the summit, you can enjoy mighty good views, including the Hurrungane mountain region, as well as other well known Jotunheimen peaks, such as Loftet, Fannaråken, Uranostinden and (barely seen), Falketind.
Lusaskard (Norge 1:50,000: 1004m, Økonomisk Kartverk: -, UTM 32 V 386653 6790512) has a primary factor of 236m towards the higher parent Blåfjellet (1401m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 388799 6791964) is found just south of Kalvavatnet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 765-770m, interpolated to 768m.
GPS measurement read 1005m (on the summit cairn - 2m high), averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin +/- 0,7m).
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Route 1: Øvstedalen - Lusaskard (winter)
This route description is valid per Feb 2011
(all distances are approx. distances)
The nearest bigger town is Sogndal (has an airport). From the RV5/RV55 roundabout in Sogndal, follow RV55 towards Hella/Balestrand for approx. 7km. At Fardal, turn right onto the Øvstedalen road - signposted Raunehaug (N61.19179 E7.02314). Follow the main road upwards for 1,7km, then left right at a fork (N61.20041 E7.01481). Continue 3,4km up the valley until you reach the end of the main road. Find parking on your right-hand side (N61.21819 E6.96989).
This is also the trailhead for
From the parking, follow the toll road west for 1km, then north/northeast up a steep hill. Cross the stream from Svartavatnet on a bridge and continue northwest to Furesete for 1,4km. From Furesete, continue west and follow the ridge upwards. There are no steep sections. Lusaskard summit is located approx. 2,6km west of Furesete, but the skiing distance will be slightly longer. The summit is marked by a proper cairn.