Norwegian Mountains

Hordaland Mountains: Osterøy

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Osterøy is the largest inland island in Northern Europe, covering 328 sq. Km. The island is enclosed by the Sørfjorden, Veafjorden,
Romarheimsfjorden and Osterøyfjorden fjords. The kommune adminstration is located in Lonevåg and the main access to the island is over the Osterøy bridge (toll). The northeastern part of the island belongs to Vaksdal kommune and the mountains in this region are described on the Vaksdal page.

Osterøy consist of numerous forest hills and a dozen mountains that stretch above the treeline. Høgafjellet (868m) is the highest mountain both on the island and in Osterøy kommune. Brøknipa (also known as Bruviknipa) is perhaps the most characteristic of all the mountains, with the steep face towards Sørfjorden. Brøknipa is also the 2nd highest mountain on the island. You will find trails and paths to nearly all (if not all) mountains and hills listed on this page, and none of the mountains are difficult on the easiest routes.

Hiking in the southern part of the island is far more gentle than in the northern part. Many of the northern mountains belongs to Vaksdal kommune, but the Kvamsfjellet-Høgafjellet region is a high mountain region with steep sides and huge cliffs. 

Recommended site: www.osteroy.com


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

The Mountains

Below is the list of ranked mountains, sorted by height. "Ranked" means mountains with a height >= 300m and with a primary factor >= 100m. I have chosen to include some of the mountains with primary factor < 100m, and denoted these by "-" in the rank column. Names and height originate from Statens Kartverk (M711)/Norgesglasset (20m contours) or Økonomisk Kartverk (part of Norgesglasset, 5m contours). Quite a number of mountains have a point higher than the trig. point marked on the maps. Note 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.

Rank Name Height PF Map
1. Høgafjellet 868m 868m 1216-III Stanghelle
2. Brøknipa / Bruviknipa 822m 584m 1215-IV Samnanger
3. Rispingen 742m 394m 1216-III Stanghelle
4. Kvamsfjellet 694m 104m 1216-III Stanghelle
5. Vedafjellet 673m 170m 1215-IV Samnanger
5. Såtefjellet 666m 108m 1215-IV Samnanger
7. Stangfjellet 640m 137m 1216-III Stanghelle
8. Stemmeseggi 572m 339m 1215-IV Samnanger
9. Vestrefjellet 559m 336m 1216-III Stanghelle
10. Tveitafjellet / Settnipa 556m 393m 1216-III Stanghelle
11. Hoklane 483m 120m 1215-IV Samnanger
12. Erstadfjellet 466m 108m 1215-IV Samnanger
13. Hæddena 462m 109m 1215-IV Samnanger
14. Raunelifjellet 458m 128m 1216-III Stanghelle
15. Rotten 438m 135m 1216-III Stanghelle
16. Iseggene 374m 296m 1116-II Sæbø
17. Burkelandsfjellet 365m 207m 1116-II Sæbø
18. Klubben 352m 179m 1216-III Stanghelle
19. Sørkletten 341m 108m 1216-III Stanghelle
20. Myrbærstøfjellet 318m 170m 1216-III Stanghelle
21. Verafjellet 314m 221m 1216-III Stanghelle
22. Orratuva 303m 160m 1116-II Sæbø

Tops w/Primary factor >= 90m

Sorted by primary factor

Rank Name Height PF Map
1. Skolmen 528m 95m 1216-III Stanghelle

Misc. tops w/ Primary factor < 90m

Rank Name Height PF Map
Utegardsnipa 762m 39m 1215-IV Samnanger
Åsheimveten 477m 89m 1216-III Stanghelle
Hånipa 346m 68m 1215-IV Samnanger

 

The 5 highest based on primary factor

Rank Name PF Height
1. Høgafjellet 868m 868m
2. Brøknipa / Bruviknipa 584m 822m
3. Rispingen 394m 742m
4. Tveitafjellet 393m 556m
5. Stemmeseggi 339m 572m

Observations

Osterøy is quite hilly, but the vertical drop between the hills and mountains is in average not very big. Only Høgafjellet and Brøknipa has a significant drop towards a higher mountain. In Høgafjellet's case, all the way down to sea level, as this is the highest mountain on the island. Ranked by primary factor, Høgafjellet is #5 in Hordaland, while Brøknipa comes in as #19. 


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