This mountains are part of a mountain region that is found in the outskirts of the large Kvamskogen south - Fusa region. All mountains belong to Samnanger Kommune, although the Samnanger/Fusa border runs across Burlifjellet and Solafjellet summits. From a bird's eye, these mountains can be associated with the Kvamskogen/Fusa mountains, enclosed by highway 48, highway 49 and highway 7.
All mountains are fairly easy to reach, but Burlifjellet seems to the more popular of these mountains. This page describes two hikes - one to Burlifjellet, and one off-trail across the other summits.
Burlifjellet (M711: 855m, Ø.K: 845,45m) has a primary factor of 147m towards the higher Solafjellet (950m). The saddle is found just NE of lake 676m. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 710m contours on the high route, but not 705m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 708m.
Trælafjellet (M711: 950m, Ø.K: 950,43m) has a primary factor of 307m towards the higher Bjørnakultane (1152m). The saddle is found by Vetle Skaratjørn. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 645m contours on the high route, but not 640m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 643m.
Solafjellet (M711: 920m, Ø.K: 920m) has a primary factor of 47m towards the higher Trælafjellet (950m). The saddle is found between the two tops. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 885m contours on the high route, but not 880m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 883m.
Tindafjellet (M711: 907m, Ø.K: 908m has a primary factor of 35m towards the higher Trælafjellet (950m). The saddle is found between the two tops. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 875m contours on the high route, but not 870m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 873m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Holmane - Burlifjellet (summer/autumn)
From Bergen, follow highway E16 towards Oslo. At the E16/highway 7 junction at Trengereid (roundabout), turn right onto highway 7. Follow highway 7 down to Samnangerfjorden, pass Bjørkheim, drive through two tunnels and pass the highway 58 exit (Rosendal). Just after the Rosendal exit, look for the exit (left) towards "Kvitingen", just after a bridge. Turn right onto an unsigned road just before the bridge. Turn right in the first Y junction.
Follow this road (turns into gravel road after 800m) up to the fee box at Holmane. Note that you pass another fee box on the left hand side on your way up. Park at Holmane. The fee was NOK 40,- per July 2004.
Facing the fee box, turn right and follow the forest road upwards (it starts in the wrong direction!). After passing the first cabin on your left, you may look for a narrow trail that offers a shortcut up to the forest road. Follow the forest road to its end (approx. 2Km). You see a bridge in front of you. Locate a path that runs to your right, away from the river. The path is quite visible in the beginning. After a while the the path runs over boggy ground, and has potential to make your boots wet after rain.
It is easy to lose the trail near lake 547m. If you arrive the looking for the path, turn right and locate a boulderfield. The path runs up to the right of this boulderfield. This path leads to another lake, approx. 610m elev. There is one cabin on each side of the lake. This area has some peculiar fine gravel. One may wonder where it came from. A suggestion for a round-trip hike is to leave the path and follow a hill/broad ledge - mixed grass and boulder that runs northbound. It provides a convenient access to the mountain. Once above this hill/ledge, change course to southwest and ascend gradually onto the high ridge. Once on the high ridge, you will see the summit cairn in the distance.
Descend your ascent route or follow a distinct gully running in the southeast direction. You can stick with this course all the way down to a lake at approx. 680m elev. Descend to the northeast and pick up a path down by the stream. This path will take you back to the lake at approx. 610m, by the second cabin. Head over to the first cabin and follow your ascent route back to the trailhead.
I felt for a different evening trip than the regular Ulriken hike. I called my friend Ketil Vevle and asked if he was interested in a evening trip to Burlifjellet. I figured he would be, as he can see this mountain from his house. He was, and I picked Ketil up by his house down by Samnangerfjorden and then drove up to the trailhead at Holmane. We left the car 17:15PM. Troll was thrilled to get additional company and there was no question of sitting down in protest. The forest road is fairly uneventful, but with pleasant company, meters go fast.
I had been up here 3,5 years ago, but didn't remember much of the trail. But I did recognize the trail junction at the end of the forest road. The trail got wet and muddy and Ketil made comments about the bad quality of the path. I looked towards Troll, seriously fighting to overcome mud problems humans don't have to worry much about. We lost the trail along the way and scrambled up a boulderfield where we joined the path again (Troll temporarily in the backpack for the occasion).
Arriving the lake at approx. 610m, it wasn't clear where the summit path went. I picked the nearest route that would get us on the mountain, and I could spot the "oh my God" look in Ketil's eyes. He was perhaps running a bit tired. But exactly two hours after we started, we reached Burlifjellet summit. And then it started to rain. Ketil was very happy about the summit views, and I expect that he will return one day. We took a different route down from the summit, which was actually quite a detour. Down by the cabin at the lake, we met two women that were also out walking for the evening. Besides these two, there was not much signs of life. No deer, no rabbits and perhaps more noteworthy - no grouse. By 20:55PM, we were back at the car. A nice evening walk, despite the rain.
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Holmane - all summits round-trip (summer/autumn)
See route "Holmane - Burlifjellet" above.
The following description is a round-trip that will take you over 4 summits, all higher than 850m. For orientation - if you are looking towards the fee box, you have Jarlandsfjellet (974m) behind you. To your left, you see the lower parts of Tindafjellet (907m), our first mountain, but as you notice, it's too step to climb up there. Turn right and follow the gravel road upwards.
At the first hut (red) there is a shortcut up to the road that makes a U-turn a little bit further away. Continue on the gravel road until the road ends. You are now at a small hut and a bridge. Notice the trail coming down on your right hand side. This is where the round-trip ends. On your left-hand side you now have a clear view of Tindafjellet. Walk over the bridge, continue on the trail for 5-10 minutes, then leave the trail and head to your left (east). Make your way through the forest and determine an ascent you are comfortable with. This climb is a little strenuous, but soon you are above the timberline and eventually you reach the Tindafjellet summit (907m). You have great view of Kikedalen valley on your left, and you can see the trail that runs through Kikedalen. On the other side of Kikedalen you see the northern side of the Tveitakvitingen (1299m) massif.
From Tindafjellet, you see the next mountain - Trælafjellet (950m) in the south. Find the shortest way over there. There's not much change in elevation. From Trælafjellet, head straight west towards Solafjellet (920m). From Solafjellet, there is a slide area just below the summit, giving you a safe descent down to point 780m. You are now at the foothills of Burlifjellet (855m). You see the summit cairn of Burlifjellet, and you can climb straight up to the summit. This is also a strenuous climb.
From Burlifjellet, climb down the same way. Locate a lake near 610m elevation. A path runs between these cabins, and proceeds northbound back to the forest road.
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