Heinakken is a characteristic and popular hill by Masfjorden (the fjord). The hill is enclosed by the fjord and the road from Solheim to Duesund. This is not the same Heinakken as I have mentioned on the web page for Austrefjellet/Vardefjellet, located further west by Masfjorden. The hill is famous for its views. All the surrounding mountains are higher, but this is still a central viewpoint in the Masfjorden area. The top is easily reached in 45 minutes and you can follow a vague path all the way to the top.
Heinakken (M711: -, Ø.K: Highest contour is 425m - interpolated to 427m) has a primary factor of 284m towards the higher Jernfjellet. The saddle is found between by Krossleitet (Ø.K.) - the road junction just NE of Heinakken. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 145m contours on the high route, but not 140m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 143m.
My GPS reading on top of the summit cairn was 432m. After correcting for error margins and cairn height, the height is likely to be 429m. Given the fact that there is no 430m contour on Ø.K., this seems reasonable. However, I have decided to use the interpolated figure (427m) as the height on this web-site.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Lake Midtkviltjørna - Heinakken (summer/autumn)
From Bergen, follow highway E39 northbound. After the Nordhordlandsbrua bridge, pay (NOK 45,- for passenger cars per May 2005) at the Toll station. Follow E39 approx. 62,9Km to Haugsvær and turn left towards "Solheim". Follow the road down to - and along the fjord 6,7Km (don't turn left towards Solheim as you pass Solheim). You are now approx. 300m from the Duesund/Solheim/Kringla junction and have a small lake on your right-hand side (Lake Midtkviltjørna). Find parking on a turn-out along the road.
Another alternative is to follow highway E39 to Kringla. This is a (perhaps) quicker road, but the road along the fjord is more scenic. You can always drive via Kringla on your way back home.
Locate a power transformer by the road. This is where the path begins. You should see a red ribbon that marks the beginning of the path beyond the transformer. The path runs (more or less) below the powerline up to a mast on the Heinakken northeast ridge. The path continues on top of the ridge all the way to the summit cairn.
The lower parts of the trail (below the mast) is extremely boggy after rain. From the mast, the path climbs up a cliff before you rise above the tree-line. The path can be a bit awkward up this cliff. It is easy to lose sight of the path on the upper part, but unless you're in fog, the direction is quite obvious.
In addition to the summit cairn, another cairn is located 160m SE of the summit - elevation 404m. This is the trig. point on the 1116-I map.
Given the fantastic hike I had to Giljabotnnipa above Nærøydalen the day before, I didn't feel too bad about the weather turning to the worse this Sunday morning. I had a few other things to attend to, but found that I had time for a short hike. I decided that I would go for Heinakken and Kjerringefjellet in Masfjorden. I had plenty of pictures from the area, taken on sunny days, so I didn't mind the rain. I knew where to start the hike from, after checking I.L. Bjørn West's web-site.
My dachshund "Troll" and I began the hike 10:40AM and Troll sat down immediately when he noticed the boggy trail. I put him in the backpack and hiked up to the mast. I let him out again, but he still refused to walk. I put him in the backpack again and carried him to the top. We reached the top 11:20AM. It had taken me 40 minutes, which included stops for pictures and dog problems.
I got a good view towards Kjerringefjellet - which I was to hike after Heinakken - and wondered how I should hike that forest hill. In the meantime, the GPS reported steadily 432m on top of the summit cairn (I put it on top to get better signals than at the base of the cairn). I concluded that the mountain was approx. 428-429m high.
It had been raining light throughout this hike and I really felt like heading back home. But it felt "meaningless" to return without having done Kjerringefjellet also. We headed back down and reached the car 11:50PM. Now it just a matter of figuring how to get to the top of Kjerringefjellet.
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