Orratuva seen from Burkelandsfjellet
Orratuva, or Tirevollsfjellet as it is named locally, is located on the south-west end of the Osterøy island. Together with Iseggene and Burkelandsfjellet, these hills and ridges are quite distinct when viewed from higher mountains in the distance. Seen from the sea, it is hard to get a good impression. Common for the named hills, is that they all provide excellent views towards northern Osterøy mountains, the Lindås area and the Bergen city mountains.
Orratuva has a primary factor of 160m, towards the higher Burkelandsfjellet (365m). The "saddle" is near Skor. The last adjacent 5m contour lines on the high route are 145m, giving an interpolated saddle height of 143m.
Note: Class ratings are in reference to YDS (Yosemite Decimal System).
Near Børtveit - Orratuva (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 towards Valestrand for 3Km and exit right towards "Raknes 9". Follow this road for 2,6Km and exit right towards "Raknes 6". Follow this road for 4,6Km and exit right in the Hjellviki junction, towards "Hauge 7". Drive 1,7Km and locate a steep forest road going up to the left. Find parking alongside the road, if possible. There might be an easier way to get here, but I find the Valestrand - Hjellviki drive quite scenic, so I will recommend this drive.
Follow the forest road upwards. The forest road ascends steep and turns south-east before you enter a meadow which might be a subject to major roadwork. Locate the continuation of the trail on the other side of the meadow, on the right hand side. In other words, don't take off into the steep forest.
On the other side, you will pass a short forest section until the forest road ends. At this point, locate a blue trail sign to your left which points towards Tirevoll. At this point, the trail turns left and climbs steep, eastbound up the hillside. After a strenuous hike up, you arrive the ridge, where the sign "Tirevollstoppen" will send you in the north-west direction to the summit.
On the summit you will find a large cairn, a trig. point and a summit register. Great views all around.
15:35PM, I drove from the Iseggene trailhead, and 16:05PM I was on my way towards Orratuva. Although the day's vertical gain to Burkelandsfjellet and Iseggene wasn't impressive, I felt I had done some hiking that day. For the third time that day, I mounted Troll on the backpack and headed up the steep hill. After a while, I was thinking it would have been best to leave the dog in the car, as this would be a very short hike. But there was no point in turning back, and I hummed the tune of "He ain't heavy, he's my brother."
Inspired of the moral triumph, I kept a steady pace up the hill and reached the summit 16:35PM. Quite convinced I had now "cleaned up" the south-west side of Osterøy, I then discovered Erstadfjellet, a sub-hill of Stemmeseggi. By looking at it, it appeared as a ranked mountains (primary factor > 100m). I checked the map, and I was right. Oh well, it's nice on Osterøy. Another trip is hereby scheduled.
Troll was obviously bored and was allowed to carefully hike the ridge down to the steep part. He must have found this to be a strange day. All that hiking, and so little walking. Hard to tell if he was smiling all the way. I was back at the car 17:00, and it was time to leave Osterøy. Back home, I found that I had gained 750-800 vertical meters during the day, and decided that I needed to do Ulriken to take me above 1000m, which is *minimum* for any given week-end day. Please send your psychological evaluation by e-mail..
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