Revurdfjellet is one of the southernmost mountains in Fusa kommune, with good views towards the Tysnes mountains. It is quite easy to get to the top of this mountain. A forest road takes you halfway, and a forest trail leads you up the mountain. A hike for the family.
Revurdfjellet (M711: 519m, Ø.K: -) has a primary factor of 341m towards the higher Horga (673m). The saddle is found near "Stølen". Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 180m contours on the high route, but not 175m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 178m.
Note: Class ratings are in reference to YDS (Yosemite Decimal System).
Note: The trail described below is not necessarily the easiest trail to this mountain.
Nordtveit - Revurdfjellet (all seasons)
From Bergen, there two most practical ways to get to Revurdfjellet, are:
Follow E39 south towards Osøyro. In the central roundabout at Osøyro, go left. Follow road 552 for approx. 4,6Km to the ferry at Hattvika. Take the ferry to Venjaneset, and go northbound towards the 552/48 junction in Eikelandsosen (approx. 13,1Km from the ferry) Follow road 48 towards the Kilen junction (approx. 9,6Km from the Eikelandsosen junction).
Follow highway E16 towards Oslo. At Trengereid, exit right onto highway 7. Follow highway 7 down to Samnangerfjorden, pass Bjørkheim and then two tunnels before you exit right on road 48 (Tysse/Rosendal). Follow road 48 approx. 34,6Km to Kilen.
From Kilen, follow road 549 for approx. 21,6Km. You have now passed a meeting house (bethel) on your right. Further ahead, you see a sign towards "Hjartåker". Between the bethel and the sign, exit left on a paved side road. Drive to the first gate and find parking that does not interfere with private property.
You see the forest road to lake Vetlavatnet ahead of you. The road upwards to the lake is approx. 1,7Km, and is strenuously steep. At the lake, turn right and follow a forest trail up through boulders. There is a sign towards "Revurdfjellet" at the lake. You can't miss it.
The trail is marked with random red paint on trees and rocks. Not sufficient for following the trail when snow covers the trail. The trail becomes a stream during snow melt. At approx. 400m the trail descends a little. Turn right at the bottom of the small hill, and follow a small valley upwards. I lost sight of the trail here (due to snow and fog). But just follow the valley upwards, and you will get on top of a distinct ridge. The summit is on the next ridge, and you will have to descend into another small valley before you can climb the other ridge. The large cairn is point 518m, while the 519m point (marked by a few rocks) is 180m further to the northeast.
Descend your ascent route, or follow this off-trail suggestion:
Go back down to the small valley between the two ridges and descend northeast in a valley that leads to lake Svartavatnet. Well before arriving the lake, at approx. 440m, head north. You are now heading towards cliffs that separate you from the Revurdfjellet - Midtfjellet valley. But there is an easy route that will take you safely back to the valley. Down in the valley, turn left and follow the valley until you reach your tracks further west.
The weather people promised a lovely mix of sun, rain and clouds for the Bergen region this Saturday. The Stavanger region was promised better weather, so I headed southbound towards Søre Fusa. It was raining all the way from Bergen to Baldersheim, but then a touch of blue sky suggested I had made a very wise move. When I parked the car at Nordtveit (11:20AM), it also seemed that the fog was lifting. I was a genious!
The dog was strolling merrily along until he saw the first uphill, and became very unsure if he really needed this uphill in his life right now. I confused him with "look, look" and pointed up the hill. He fell for it and ran along. Then it started to rain. First light, then solid. The dog's pace decreased gradually in the very steep uphills on the way to lake Vetlavatnet. He was frequently giving me the innocent eyes, but I responded with "look, look" mixed with familiar words that suggested goodies once on top. When we arrived lake Vetlavatnet he laid flat down on the ground.
With a dog in the backpack I headed up the mountain. The forest trail was visible, which was good. But now it was hailing. Oh well, it's gonna be a quick hike anyway. After a while, the trail was going a bit downhill. I couldn't make any sense of that and wondered if I should study the map in greater detail. The map was well hidden in the backpack, and I decided to play this "by the ear". To my right was steep cliffs, but I thought I saw a way up. I figured the summit was up there, somewhere, and I just as well could start climbing. After a few climbing moves (the ice ax came in handy for grips) we were on the mountain, and I thought the summit was just a few minutes away. My GPS showed 450m, only 70m to go.
In the distant I noticed a series of higher hills, and I wondered where the heck I was. I decided to bring out the map, and understood that I was on point 455m. The rest of the route was clear. After some up and downs, manoeuvering through dense bushes and scaring the crap out of two deers, I was finally at the summit cairn (13:00PM). The true summit (only 1m higher) was a bit further along the ridge, and I was over there within 5 minutes. The dog had noticed the summit cairn and screamed out for lunch. It was now snowing dense, and I had no intention of sitting down for a break.
My original plan included a visit to Aksla, but this plan was now history. I was soaking wet, the weather only grew more unpleasant by the minute, and any further hike would have been a torture recipe including juniper jungles and deep rotten snow. Using the map, I manoeuvered back to the central valley between lakes Svartavatnet and Vetlavatnet. I found my way down the cliffs and followed the valley back to the place where I had left off. I cursed the trail marking. There are basically two types of marking: a) Go here b) Yup, you're on the right track. This was (barely) in the latter category, but at least I understood the general direction of the forest trail. I should have descended the little hill I was on, instead of climbing onto the mountain.
Back on the trail, Troll could walk again. He showed enthusiasm about being on the way to the car. He was running ahead, and came back to "get me moving", when he was dissatisfied with my pace. We were at the trailhead a little after 14:00PM. I decided to take the Venjaneset-Hattvika ferry, and reached this ferry in the very last second. The ramp closed behind me. Back in Bergen, the weather was dramatically improving. A few hours later, I went up to Ulriken and looked towards Uskedalen. I could see both Ulvanosa and Melderskin. All the fog had lifted, and it was a sunny day all over. The thought "bad timing" struck me for a second, but I decided to let it go..
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