Hordaland Mountains: Jondal
|Jondal is a kommune on the
Folgefonnhalvøya (Folgefonna peninsula), located by the beautiful
Hardangerfjorden. The place Jondal is the main village in Jondal kommune.
The connection towards Bergen runs via the Jondal-Tørvikebygd ferry.
If you drive northbound towards Utne, ferries to Kvanndal and Kinsarvik
will take you to highway RV7 (Oslo). There is no road connection between
Jondal and Rosendal (south). In order to get southbound on
Folgefonnhalvøya, you will have to drive to Odda via Utne and then then
via a tunnel towards Rosendal. Alternatively, take the ferry to
Tørvikebygd, drive to Gjermundshamn and take the ferry to Rosendal
Jondal kommune borders to Ullensvang, Odda and Kvinnherad on Folgefonnhalvøya. The Kvam-Jondal border runs in the center of Hardangerfjorden. The northern Folgefonna glacier (1644m) is the highest point and Jondal shares this high glacier point with Kvinnherad and Ullensvang. Odda kommune also has a share of the glacier, but this does not include the high point.
Saksaklepp (1491m) is the highest independent mountain in Jondal kommune, besides the glacier. Saksklepp is located close to the glacier, which is also very popular due to the Folgefonna summer ski-centre. The road up to the ski-centre runs up to 1200m elevation, giving you an excellent starting point if you want to hike the high Jondal mountains.
Map of Hordaland. Copyright Hordaland
Below is the list of independent mountains, sorted by height. "Independent" means mountains/hills whose elevation >= 300m and with a primary factor >= 100m. I have chosen to include some of the mountains/hills with primary factor < 100m, and put these in a separate table. Names and heights originate from Statens Kartverk (M711)/Norgesglasset (20m contours) or Økonomisk Kartverk (part of Norgesglasset, 5m contours). The height from Ø.K. override the M711 heights. A number of mountains may have a point higher than the M711 trig. point marked on the maps. Note also that if the high point of a mountain lies within another kommune, the mountain is listed under that specific kommune. If a mountain high point is shared by two kommuner, the mountain is listed under both kommuner. The asterix (*) means that the high point is (exactly) found on a kommune border.
|1.||Folgefonna N.||1644m||394m||1315-III Odda|
|6.||N of Juklavatnet||1242m||112m||1315-III Odda|
Table above is sorted by primary factor.
Jondal kommune has 12 mountains exceeding 1000m elevation. In light of the high mountain plateau on Folgefonnahalvøya, this is a modest number. Vikanuten is significant on the Hordaland primary factor list, and comes in as #16.
The top 3 mountains on the above list are also my personal favorites. Vikanuten towers high and mighty above Jondal and offers splendid views. Samlen is a very characteristic and amusing mountain down by the fjord, while the northern Folgefonna glacier is the highest point in Jondal. The highest rock point in Jondal kommune - Saksaklepp - is also a characteristc mountain, and one of the Folgefonnhalvøya landmarks. Saksaklepp's independence (primary) factor is modest, as you walk on a high plateau towards the higher Torsnuten (Ullensvang). Jonahornet should also be mentioned among the characteristic mountains, having a pointy peak that is easy to identify. Finally, Jonstein, whose part of the mountain (high point belongs to Ullensvang) belongs to Jondal, and is a natural mountain to visit when Jondal is your base. The hat-shaped mountain is also among the Folgefonnhalvøya landmarks, and may resemble Hårteigen on Hardangervidda.