Norwegian Mountains

Hordaland Mountains: Askøy 

Askøy island is a close neighbour to Bergen, only separated by Byfjorden. Askøy is connected to the mainland via the Askøy toll bridge, but many people still commute via express boats. Highway 555 is the main road between Bergen and Askøy. Over 20,000 people live on the island, and Kleppestø is the kommune centre. The island is nearly 25Km long, from north to south, and is surrounded by a number of smaller islands. Herdla and Hanøy are among the larger of these islands. 

The long Askøy coastline in the background,
viewed from Holsnøy
(Click on image for a larger version - or )

On the north side of the island, you will find the Herdla nature preserve, rich on birds. 224 bird species had been recorded by 2003. If you visit the Herdla museum, you will also learn about the activities that took place during World War II, and the landing strip for airplanes built by the Germans. Before 1965, Herdla and Askøy were two separate kommuner.

As mentioned below, there are no mountains exceeding 300m elevation on Askøy island. The highest point - Kolbeinsvarden (231m) is the primary viewpoint on the island. Kolbeinsvarden is located only 11,8Km northwest of the Ulriken tower, and provides good views towards the Bergen city mountains.

Askøy (the island north of Lyderhorn),
seen from above

Askøy is good for many types of leisure activities, from surfing, sailing, diving to cross-country skiing and hiking. Vågen on Herdla offer good conditions for surfing. A number of climbing routes also exist on Askøy. Click here for a climbing guide and information provided by Askøy Klatreklubb. (the page is in Norwegian)


Map of Hordaland. Copyright Hordaland Fylkeskommune.
Map design by Geir Ketil Lien


The Askøy bridge is a suspension bridge, built in the period 1989-1992, and has a main span of 850m. 

The Askøy bridge seen from Lyderhorn


The Mountains

General information:
Below is the list of independent mountains, sorted by various categories. 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.

Independent Mountains (elevation >= 300m, primary factor >= 100m) 

There are no independent mountains in Askøy kommune, exceeding 300m elevation

High Tops (elevation >= 300m, primary factor >= 90m)  


Low Tops (elevation < 300m, primary factor >= 100m)  

The below table is sorted by height.

Rank Name Height PF Map
1. Kolbeinsvarden 231m 231m 1115-1 Bergen (Highest in Askøy Kommune)
2. Storåsen 190m 137m 1115-1 Bergen
3. Ospåsen 170m 147m 1115-1 Bergen
4. Folleseåsen 166m 114m 1115-1 Bergen

Click on image to get a clickable map of the mountains listed in the tables above.

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