Slåttenovi is located on the north side of Bolstadfjorden, and can be reached through a quick hike on a vague path, with only a vertical gain of 100m. The mountain offers a good view towards the north side of Bergsdalen mountains, but is all in all an anymous forest hill hidden inbetween much larger mountains.
The mountain is also known as "Nipo" and "Aldalsnipa/Aldalsnipo". The M711 map states that Aldalsnipa is the western top on the summit ridge, but this is the names that the locals seem to prefer. "Aldalsnipa" comes from the Aldalen valley, located north of the mountain, while "Slåttenovi" denotes that they used to cut hay up here in the past ("slått" = cutting hay).
The mountain is probably higher than 603m. On some maps, you will see 605m, which is most likely closer to the truth.
Slåttenovi (603m) has a primary factor of 105m towards the higher Hatlekinnet (900m). The saddle is found on the Øvstedalen road between the two mountains. Ref. Økonomisk Karverk (5m contours), you cross the 500m contours on the high route, but not 495m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 498m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Øvstedalen road - Slåttenovi (summer)
From Bergen, follow highway E16 towards Oslo. From the highway 580/E16 roundabout before Arnanipatunnelen, continue on E16 46,3Km. Exit left towards "Bolstadøyri". Turn left in the very first junction and follow the road across the bridge for 300m. Turn right onto "Rognavegen" and drive 800m. Turn left onto "Øvstedalsvegen". Follow this road to the top - 4,6Km from the junction. Find parking just before the top of the road.
Follow an unmarked, vague path to your left that will take you along the initial ridge. This ridge ends in a sudden drop on the way to Slåttenovi. One path forks and climbs down this drop while one path takes you around this drop, on the right (north) side. From here on, aim for the distinct ridge that leds to Slåttenovi summit, marked by a summit cairn. There may be a trail register found at the cairn. As part of "Turkarusselen 2004", a blue box should be found here. At least per summer and autumn of 2004.
You may lose the path here and there, but the direction should be quite obvious. You will walk over a lot of boggy ground, so rubber boots are perhaps the best footwear for this hike.
This Sunday, I woke up to the sound of rainshowers. Looking out, I saw a touch of blue sky between the showers. I put some maps in the bag and headed in the direction of Voss. Once on the highway, it was pouring down. Near Vaksdal, it was raining so much that the asphalt couldn't be seen. My plan was to drive until the rain stopped, but I didn't feel comfortable being on the road. Cars in front of me turned out, waiting for the shower to stop.
I kept on going, and by the time I got to Bolstad, it wasn't raining all that much anymore. I was here only yesterday, hiking Jonshorgi. I figured I might as well could go for Slåttenovi. Not a very long hike, but the weather didn't seem stable, so why not.
I figured that the trail, if any, would start at the top of the road to Øvstedal. We left the car 13:15PM, and followed a vague path towards Slåttenovi. Light showers came and went. I had problems sticking to the path, but that didn't matter much. We reached the summit 13:50PM, not fully as wet as when I reached Jonshorgi the day before. I forgot to check the cairn for the trail register. Another shower was sweeping across, and Troll indicated that he wanted to leave.
We were able to (more or less) stick with a path on the way back to the car, and by 14:25PM, we were on our way back to Bergen. I stopped by a house and got a few names of people who had sheep on the mountain. I had seen a flock on the north side of the mountain, and the guy I rang up seemed pleased with the information.
The weather was holding up on the way back to Bergen, except for a massive rainshower between Gullfjellet and Bergen. I decided to take a quick hike up to Ulriken before we called it a day. Troll seemed happy to be back on "his" mountain and ran up the mountain just as if there was a giant chocolate cake waiting for him up there.
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