Norwegian Mountains

Gladihaug, 431m

Fylke/Kommune : Hordaland/Lindås
Map : 1116-II Sæbø (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary Factor: 403m
Hiked : Jan 2002, Sep 2005

Gladihaug seen from Veten

Gladihaug seen from Veten

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Gladihaug is a popular hiking & skiing area for people that lives in the Lindås/Knarvik area. Together with Krossane (401m), this area allows for hours and hours of hiking and skiing. The views from Gladihaug are quite good, as Gladihaug dominate the greater part of Lindåshalvøya (Lindås peninsula).

The route described on this web-page is a short round-trip hike from Hopsdal. Signposts will help you get to Krossane, if you wish to include this top on your trip.

Primary Factor

Gladihaug (1116-II: 431m, Ø.K.: 430,01m) has a primary factor of approx. 403m towards the higher Djupedalseggene. In order to follow the highest route, I have looked for a route via Reikeråsloftet, and a direct eastern route. I have used Økonmisk Kartverk (5m contours) as source

The eastern route must pass the drain from Lake Hergernesvatnet (24m), and it seemed likely that a higher route could be found. Before reaching lake Hegernesvatnet pass, one passes the higher Gausereid pass (30-26m). A higher route via Reikeråsloftet was then examined.

In order to get to Reikeråsloftet, one can follow highway 57 or the ridge from Toskheim to Berge. Hwy 57 crosses a 20-16m pass west of Lake Kjeggarvatnet, and this route is ignored as it is lower than Lake Hegerlandsvatnet. The Toskheim - Berge route have the following low passes: Gausereid (30-26m), Toskheim (35-31m), Djupviki (35-31m). All these passes are higher than the others examined, and leads to Reikeråsloftet.

Finally, I examined the route from Reikeråsloftet to Djupedalseggene. Lake Oksavatnet drains to Dalafjorden, and we need to stay on the south side. The lowest pass (on the highest route) is 50-46m until we reach lake Arivatnet. Near the intersection of Eikangervåg-Bjørndal and Eknes-Vassel roads, we find the lowest point on this route - 27,5m, interpolated to 28m. As such, 431m-28m=403m is the primary factor for Gladihaug.

Trail descriptions:

Notes: Class ratings are in reference to YDS. Click here for more information.

The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.

Hopsdal - Gladihaug round-trip (summer/autumn)

Difficulty : Class 1 (YDS)
Exposure : No
Comments : Easy walk
Distance : Approx. 3,5Km round trip
Time : Approx. 1,5 hours round trip
Starting Elev.: Approx. 190m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 250m (total)

Map of the area
Map of the area
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Detailed map
Detailed map
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Follow highway E16/E39 from Bergen north towards the Sognefjord. Pass the Nordhordalandsbrua bridge and pay toll (NOK 45,- for passenger cars per Sep 2005). Pass the bridge to Knarvik and follow E39 a few kilometers alongside the Osterfjord until the road makes a sharp turn northbound. Turn right towards Leknes (signed exit).

Immediately after the exit, notice a road going up to the right, crossing over E39 on a bridge. You may choose to follow this road for approx. 2,7Km all the way to the road end (Hopsdal), or you may find parking once you've left E39. In winter, the road conditions may vary. If icy, the sand layer may be somewhat abstract, and you *could* run into problems. The road up to Hopsdal is narrow, and even if there are turnouts (for meeting cars), you might not get started again, as they do not put sand on the turnouts.

At Hopsdal, there is available parking between the last two farms. There is a fee for skiing. The fee-box is found at the Hopsdal trailhead. NOK 20,- per Sep 2005.

The route

If you choose to park nearby highway E39, follow the road to Hopsdal for approx. 2,7Km.

From Hopsdal, between the two last farms, pass through a gate and follow a path upwards. You run into a junction. Turn left and follow a tractor road upwards. On top of the hill, pass through a fence (gate) and follow the path on the other side.

The path leads up to the Gladihaug mast. To get to the high point, hike off-trail 300m westbound. You will find a marker at the high point.

To get back down, follow a visible path that runs northbound. Stay right in the upcoming trail forks, and the path will take you back to Hopsdal.

Pictures from the Sep 23 2005 hike

Short and windy evening hike with David C. Pugh.

1. The gate at Hopsdal (212KB) 2. Tractor road from Hopsdal (374KB) 3. View from the mast (651KB) 4. The mast (102KB) 5. David and Troll on Gladihaug (175KB) 6. Summit view from Gladihaug (533KB) 7. Summit view from Gladihaug (283KB) 8. Summit view from Gladihaug (431KB) 9. Troll on Gladihaug (208KB) 10. Gladihaug summit plateau (239KB)

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Trip Report Jan 05 2002:

I was going to start the new year with a rough mountain up in Stølsheimen. Once I got up there, I was scared off by icy roads and deep snow (above the knee). I decided to call the Stølsheimen project off, and find an easier mountain closer to Bergen. Such as shame, as it seemed to be a beautiful day.

As I got close to Knarvik, I decided to do Gladihaug. Not a significant peak by any standards, but it was above the timberline and I expected the views to be great. I found the road up to Hopsdal, and drove on the icy road with a bad feeling. If I met any cars, I would be stuck. The road was extremely icy, with an imaginable layer of sand.

The hike up was "embarrassingly" easy. Pretending to be at high-altitude, I was able to stretch the hike to 30 minutes. As I hiked, I noticed the weather turn worse by the minute. According to my original plan, I would have been at 700-800m in Stølsheimen by now. Somehow I was glad I cancelled that hike, as the views totally vanished.

The drive down was worse than the drive up. Even with the speed of 2Km/h, I was sliding without control for 20 meters, by just touching the breaks. I met a couple of cars, but as I was heading down, I was able to continue. I can't say the same for the cars going up.

The hike was too short, so I had to hike Ulriken when I got back to Bergen. The first 200m on Ulriken was just like any other rainy hike, but then I met the strong winds, and I had to put on clothes for severe winter. I love to stand just above the 2nd largest city in Norway, with a weather like you would find in the wildest parts of Norway.

Pictures from the Jan 05 2002 hike:

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1. I started in Stolsheimen this morning. Too much snow, but good weather (147KB) 2. Gladihaug seen from the north, highway E39 (109KB) 3. But at Hopsdal, the weather was changing to the worse (74KB) 4. The hike was short. Summit came soon into view (139KB) 5. Troll on Gladihaug (89KB) 6. View towards Krossane from Gladihaug (329KB) 7. View from the triangular point on Gladihaug (83KB)

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Pictures from other hikes:

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1. Veten summit views (310KB) 2. North view from Herlandsfjellet (311KB) 3. View from Hordvik (811KB) 4. Håøytoppen summit views (18mm, part 1/2) (574KB) 5. Håøytoppen summit views (18mm, part 2/2) (445KB)

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