Raunefjellet is located in the southwest corner of Modalen kommune, directly above Mostraument (Mofjorden). The mountain is a close neighbour to Sørdalsnuten - the highest mountain in Lindås kommune. The views from the top are quite good, and you can easily see Gullfjellstoppen - the highest mountain in Bergen kommune.
The natural starting point for visiting Raunefjellet would be close to Nottveit by Mostraumen. From the trailhead, you follow a good trail all the way to Nottveitsætri. You have several options from here, but none are quite straightforward. This web page will describe a route up Moltebotnen. This is rough terrain, and although the route isn't complicated, you should be comfortable with this kind of terrain (active routefinding) before you attempt this route. Refer to the map and the trip report below if you want to make a round trip of your hike.
Raunefjellet (M711: 826m, Ø.K: -) has a primary factor of 163m towards the higher Sørdalsnuten (957m) The saddle is found in Beitlaskardet, just north of the summit. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 665m contours on the high route, but not 660m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 663m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Nottveit - Raunefjellet (summer/autumn)
From Bergen, follow highway E39 northbound towards Førde. Pass the toll station on Nordhordlandsbrua (fee for passenger car per May 2005 is NOK 45,-) and continue approx. 39,8Km to the Romarheim/Mo junction. Turn right onto the road to Mo and follow this road for 4,6Km. You see a small parking area to your left, just before a stream. You should see a summer cabin a bit further ahead, on the right hand side of the road.
Note: You should get the latest 1216-IV Matre map, as the road towards Mo does not exist on the older maps.
Walk to the north side of the stream, cross the fence and locate a path that heads up along the stream. The path heads into the forest, along the western foothills of Åsen. After approx. 370m, the path forks. Go right (if you aim to follow our route as described in the trip report, you will be coming down the path to the left). Follow this path all the way to Nottveitsætri (Nottveitstølen). The distance is approx. 2,5Km to the cabins.
From Nottveitsætri, head northeast (off-trail) up Sætradalen. You need to cross the Nottveitelvi river. Do so above the point where the streams from Tverrbotnen and Beitlaskardet unite. In June '05, it was easy to jump across the stream from Tverrbotnen.
Head towards Moltebotnen. As the inner valley turns narrow and the slopes steep, either stay high up on the left-hand side all the way, or stay low to the right until you are forced to cross the creek and ascend 50m up the left hand side of the creek. You will see that the end of the valley is a dead-end, although there might be an opportunity to scramble a ledge on the left-hand side of the waterfall. In any case, this is an exposed approach.
Instead of attempting the waterfall, follow a long ledge that climbs south-to-southwest up from the valley (up to your right as you head towards the end of the valley). This ledge is not airy or exposed and will take you safely up to a plateau at approx. 610m elevation. You could have headed directly up from Sætradalen to this plateau, but Moltebotnen offers a more fascinating approach.
You still have some steep cliffs above you. Head southwest towards the end of the plateau and you will notice a convenient gully that takes you up to the ridge. You can't get directly to this gully, from the plateau you're on. So, walk up slightly to the left and then cross over to this gully. You may need to use your hands here and there, but as long you stay in the safe terrain, you should not feel any exposure.
Once on the ridge, head northeast the remaining 650m to the summit which is marked by a small cairn. Descend your ascent route or read the trip report for a fun round trip. A third alternative is to follow Raunefjellet's southwest ridge across Svida. The challenge will be to cross the Nottveitelvi river in order to get back on the trail.
My friend Torbjørn Frøystein and I had agreed to do a hike together this Saturday. As Torbjørn had a train to catch in the afternoon, we had to find a good hike not too far away from Bergen. Raunefjellet was a good option, as this was the only mountain I hadn't done in the Matre-Mo-Romarheim triangle. Besides, Torbjørn had never hiked this area and looked forwards to do so.
It was raining when I left home in the morning, but the mountains were not fogged in. The weather forecast had indicated better weather in the afternoon, so there was absolutely no reason to cancel. I picked up Torbjørn and then we headed northbound. My dachshund "Troll" came along. With Torbjørn as company, I expected the dog would "marvel" and walk most of the route.
The rain stopped as soon as we left Bergen, and although cloudy, it was a warm and nice morning (13 deg. C). We had no problems locating the trailhead (thanks to the lady in the summer cabin next to the trailhead) and by 09:30AM, we were on our way up the forest. The initial plan had to leave the trail and follow Follow Raunefjellet's southwest ridge upwards. We changed this plan for a number of practical reasons and decided to follow the path to Nottveitsætri and then head up Moltebotnen. The map contours did not reveal any apparent routes up from Moltebotnen, which made the hike a bit more interesting. We knew we could reach the ridge from further down in Sætradalen, but decided to give the Moltebotnen approach a try. Troll had walked up to Nottveitsætri, but I put him in the backpack when we left the cabins.
The inner valley was rough terrain. Steep mountain sides all around, and it was not obvious that we would be able to get up from here. A long traversing ledge up to our right seemed to offer a route to the next level, but a direct climb up to this ledge seemed spooky. We continued towards the waterfall in the inner valley and could ascend the ledge in a safe manner.
The traversing ledge took us up to a plateau below the uppermost cliffs. Some research was needed before we had determined the best approach to the upper ridge. A few minutes later, we were on the Raunefjellet southwest ridge and I could let Troll out of the backpack. By 12:05PM, we were standing on the summit.
Descent via Tverrfjellet
Torbjørn was keen on visiting Sørdalsnuten (957m - highest mountain in Lindås kommune) and suggested descent via Sørdalsnuten's southwest ridge - Høgafjellet. This sounded like a good plan, but after discussing back and forth we knew that we were running on a tight schedule, in terms of Torbjørn reaching his train in the afternoon. Still, both of us wanted to extend the hike a bit longer, and we agreed to cross Tverrfjellet and descend a ridge parallel to Høgafjellet (Seterfjellet - name not on the 1216-IV map).
We headed down Raunefjellet's northeast ridge until we could descend directly down to Lake Beitlatjørni. Sliding on steep snow was big fun. The slopes were a bit steep just above the lake, but we found a good route down. We then crossed Tverrfjellet and aimed for the lake that drained to Tverrbotnen. Steep rocks surrounded the lake, so we headed directly for the south drain. A big drop to Tverrbotnen made us turn north and we stumbled onto a very convenient corridor that led us down to the drain from the lake. We jumped across the drain and headed up the ridge/plateau below Høgafjellet. We had good views towards Raunefjellet and Tverrfjellet from this side, and agreed that "rough terrain" was a good classification for this area.
We headed down the ridge towards Dalaskaret pass (name not on the 1216-IV map). Along the way, we stopped by a near rock that wasn't trivial to climb. Due to slippery hiking boots and partly slippery rock, Torbjørn had a "dramatic climbing accident". The fall resulted in a bloody arm and we decided to move on.
We could see the old houses in Eiterdalen. I came down the other side of the pass on my recent Storlifjellet hike. We turned left in the pass and followed a vague path down to the path we had followed upwards. We passed a traditonal Norwegian snake called "Hoggorm" (Vipera berus) that seemed looked quite dead to me. Normally, this snake assumes a defensive position when it notices intruders and attempts to scare them off by aggressive hissing. This one didn't move at all, and we left it alone in case it had discovered the ultimate tranquility.
On the way down the mountain, I took a fall with an OK outcome, but then Torbjørn fell flat on his face after stepping on wet timber. The outcome was a cracked rib, verified by x-ray the next day. After recovering his breath, we continued down the forest. We were back at the trailhead 15:45PM. Our round trip hike measured approx. 15Km and had taken us 5 hours and 15 minutes. Not a single raindrop had fallen, and it had been a very good hike.
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