Welcome to Hordaland
Hordaland is one of 19 Norwegian fylker (counties), located in the south-west part of Norway. Hordaland is divided into 33 kommuner (municipals) and Bergen is the largest city in Hordaland. Bergen is also the second largest city in Norway. The main attractions for mountaineers in Hordaland are the Hardangerjøkulen and Folgefonna glaciers, the rugged mountains on the Folgefonna peninsula, the Stølsheimen mountain range, the Hardangervidda plateau (the highest plateau in northern Europe), and the mountains along Hardangerfjorden (Norway's 2nd longest fjord). There are also a number of smaller mountain regions which are very popular for hiking and skiing. In other words - something for everyone.
In general, Hordaland mountains are "friendly", even if they can be perceived to be high and wild. A few peaks require mountaineering skills on the easiest routes, but I have yet to find a peak that requires technical climbing on the easiest route (given the best conditions). Perhaps one can say that the typical Hordaland mountain ranges from easy to very hard, all dependent on the route selection. Again, something for everyone.
Map of Hordaland. Copyright Hordaland Fylkeskommune. Map design by Geir Ketil Lien.
There are thousands of named mountain points in Hordaland. Based on some criteria, I have assembled a list of mountains that I refer to as independent mountains on this web site. The first criterion is that the mountain/hill must be 300m or higher. This allows me to include some fine coastal mountains that deserve to be on any mountain lists. The second criterion is that the mountain's primary factor must be 100m or more. The primary factor (a metric for independence/prominence) allows me to distinguish between true mountains and tops with lesser prominence. The current number of independent Hordaland mountains is 705.
The mountains are also listed under the individual kommune pages (left column). As some mountain high points are found on a kommune border, some mountains are found under more than kommune page.
Click on the following table for the mountains sorted by height.
By Primary Factor
Click on the following table for the mountains sorted by primary factor
The above table is interesting if you want to follow a list. For those who live in or near Bergen, the "downside" with the highest mountains is that the majority are located far away (Folgefonnhalvøya, Hardangervidda, Finse). Mountains on the "primary factor" list are spread out geographically more evenly. You could set your eyes on the "top-10" (top-20, or whatever) and have a very achievable goal. None of the most difficult mountains in Hordaland are found among the "top-100" on this list.
The "top-100" mountains on this list have one thing in common; the views. This is a consequence of their independence of other higher mountains.
Kommune high points
Click on the following table for kommune high points
My primary source of information is the 1:50 000 maps (M711) from Statens Kartverk. I can not afford to stay up-to-date with all of the maps, thus some heights may have changed in recent editions. Where Økonomisk Kartverk (ØK - 1:15 000) from Norgesglasset deviate in height from the M711, the ØK version has been chosen. Each individual mountain page shall outline the deviation in the form: mountain_name (M711: 901m, ØK: 902,70m ~ 903m)
We all know that there are often more than one name to a mountain. I have used the M711 map as the primary source (unless there is an obvious spelling mistake) and ØK as source when no M711 name is given. Unnamed mountains are referred to as "Point xxx near yyy" unless I have obtained a local name. When other sources than M711 have been used, I have documented these in the main mountain list (sorted by height - above).
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