Tysnessåta (753m) and Etlådnefjellet (737m) are the high points of Tysnes island, and they are two fantastic viewpoints. Hovlandsnuten is just a hump on the Etlådnefjellet side of the massif, but has a very characteristic and fascinating steep face towards the east and the north.
Naturally, these are popular mountains, and there are several trails to the top. On this, and the Tysnessåta page, I describe two popular routes from the north. The route described on this page runs from the road between Lunde and Onarheim, and follows the valley leading to Sandløypeskaret pass, located between Hovlandsnuten and Etlådnefjellet.
You will find a proper summit cairn on Hovlandsnuten, leaving no doubt about the high point. Etlådnefjellet consist of two tops > 735m elev. The southernmost is marked as 737m on the maps from Statens Kartverk. A (radio, I believe) tower is located on the northernmost of the two tops. My GPS suggested that the northernmost top was 739m high, but according to Tysnes Kommune, the southernmost is the higher. In this case, I go with the official height. To me, it was difficult to tell which top was the highest.
Etlådnefjellet (M711: 737m, Ø.K: 736,81m) has a primary factor of 229m towards the higher Tysnessåta (753m) Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 510m contours on the high route, but not 505m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 508m.
Hovlandnuten's primary factor towards Etlådnefjellet is only 39m, and is not considered as a mountain on this web-site.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Hovlandselva - Etlådnefjellet / Hovlandsnuten (summer/autumn)
There are two alternatives from Bergen:
a) The shortest:
Follow highway E39 southbound towards Halhjem (by Osøyro). Take the Halhjem - Våge ferry (fee for passenger cars per Feb 2005 is NOK 100,-) From Våge on Tysnes, turn left on the main road and drive approx. 9,8Km to Lunde. Turn right towards "Onarheim" See further description below.
b) A long drive:
From Bergen, follow highway E16 towards Oslo. At the E16/RV7 junction at Trengereid, turn right onto RV7. Drive approx. 13,9Km and turn right onto highway RV48 ("Tysse/Mundheim") Follow this road for approx. 34,7Km to Kilen. Turn right onto highway 549 and follow this road all the way to the bridge across Lokksundet (follow signs towards Våge) Continue towards Lunde (6-7Km from the bridge) and turn left towards "Onarheim"
Follow the Onarheim road for 5,3Km and turn right onto a large parking area. The trail begins here.
From the parking, follow the forest trail upwards. The trail switches back and forth below Hovlandsnuten. After 1,5Km you arrive lake Vasstjøltjørna. Turn left at the lake and follow the forest trail on the south side of the lake. You will see signs towards "Såta" along the way. This is Tysnessåta, and you can also reach this mountain via the trail you are on.
Approx. 250m after you arrived the lake, leave the trail when you see the "Hovlandsnuten" sign (it was in bad shape per Feb 2005) The sign is located early on the meadow following the end of the wide forest trail. Follow the "T" marked mountain trail as it climbs up the valley towards Sandløypeskaret pass, on the east side of the stream.
If you only aim for Hovlandsnuten, you don't have to go to the top of the pass, as the "T" trail turns more and more to the east the higher you go. If you want to visit Etlådnefjellet, head towards the pass and go around the cliff on the left hand side. The rest of the hike up to Etlådnefjellet runs across easy terrain.
As mentioned in the introduction of this page, there are two tops on Etlådnefjellet. According to Statens Kartverk and Tysnes Kommune, the high point is the southernmost top (737m elev.) A mast, probably a radio tower, is located on the northernmost top. Visit both tops to make sure you've been to the highest point. Descend your ascent route.
Trip report Feb 06 2005After having visited Nesbjørhovda, thus having completed all the independent mountains and hills in Fusa kommune, I drove to Tysnes, hoping to reach Etlådnefjellet before dark. I reached the Hovlandsnuten/Tysnessåta trailhead 13:00PM, and wondered how long it would take me to the top. I also wondered about the snow depth. I had only been hiking lower tops recently, and was a bit - out of touch. To be on the safe side, I loaded the backpack with all the winter equipment. I didn't have time to let Troll walk, so I put him in there as well. The backpack was now probably 12Kg, and with the recent 300m vertical meters from Nesbjørhovda in my legs, I had to work hard to keep the pace I assumed I needed to have, in order to get this mountain before the evening.
I soon reached the lake and the route upwards was quite obvious. Routefinding was never a problem on this hike. The snow didn't turn out to be a problem, either. On the contrary. It held my weight, and was more fun to walk on. I encountered the first hard snow at approx. 550m. The hike up towards Sandløypeskaret was strenuous, but I kept the pace, and arrived the top of the pass 1 hour after I left the car. The elevation of the pass was approx. 690m.
Once I had Etlådnefjellet in view, I knew I had all the time in the world to visit both Etlådnefjellet and Hovlandsnuten. Troll was already walking, having a GREAT time on the hard snow. He was constantly 50m ahead of me, wondering what was keeping me. We reached the northermost point 14:15PM, had a quick lunch, and left the southernmost point (the high point) 14:30PM. There was a lot of haze in the horizon, so I got cheated on the best views. There was however no reason in the world to complain on this beautiful spring-ish day in early February. I felt the energy rush through my body. Life can be extremely good from time to time. This was such a time.
We stopped by Hovlandsnuten on the way down. The view down to the base of the mountain was awesome. I enjoyed the familiar mountains in Rosendal and Uskedalen for a brief moment before we headed down. We left Hovlandsnuten and were back at the car 15:40PM. 5 minutes later, the engine was running. I took a look in my notebook and saw that the ferry from Våge left in 20 minutes. The distance was only 15Km, and this was just perfect timing and the perfect end to a very good day.
Pictures from the Feb 06 2005 hike
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