Norwegian Mountains

Kvamsfjellet, 400m

Fylke/Kommune : Hordaland/Masfjorden
Maps : 1116-I Masfjorden (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : 142m
Skied : Apr 2005
See also : Ådneburen
See also : Storevasseggene
See also : Båtevassfjellet
See also : Bergdropen
See also : Melshovden
Kvamsfjellet seen from Melshovden

Kvamsfjellet seen from Melshovden

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Kvamsfjellet is the westernmost top on a large mountain region enclosed by highway E39 in the east (Romarheimsdalen) and south (Eikefettunnelen), Austfjorden in the west and Masfjorden in the north. This mountain region is divided between Masfjorden and Lindås kommuner, and Kvamsfjellet belongs to Masfjorden. Blåfjellet (851m) is the highest top in this region, while Ådneburen is perpaps the most known of the 26 independent tops exceeding 300m elevation (and whose primary factor exceed 100m).

Kvamsfjellet is fairly easy to reach through a 1,3Km forest road that takes you to 210m elevation. You're then only a short off-trail forest hike away from the top. You may also be able to follow a vague path up the mountain, if you can locate it. See the route description below fore more information.

Since Kvamsfjellet is located above the coastline, you get a good view towards the Masfjorden mountains in all directions, even if most of them are higher than Kvamsfjellet. Be aware of that the Kvamsfjellet cairn is located at the 396m trig. point, while the 400m high point is 230m further north.

Primary factor:

Kvamsfjellet (M711: -, Ø.K: 399,5 ~ 400m) has a primary factor of 142m towards the higher Mjangersfjellet. The saddle is found in a pass E of Steinskardhaugane. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk map (5m contours), you cross the 260m contours on the high route, but not 255m. The saddle has been interpolated to 258m.

Trail descriptions:

Notes: Class ratings are in reference to YDS. Click here for more information.

The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.

Hope - Kvamsfjellet (all seasons)

Difficulty : Class 1
Exposure : None
Comments : Easy terrain
Distance : 2,2Km to the high point
Time : 1 hour to the high point
Starting Elev.: Approx. 15m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 400m (total)

Map of the area
Map of the area
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Detailed map
Detailed map
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From Bergen, follow highway E39 northbound towards Førde. Cross Nordhordlandsbrua bridge and pay toll on the north side of the bridge (NOK 45,- per March 2005). Continue 26,2Km on E39 and exit left onto the road towards Masfjordnes just before Eikefettunnelen.

Follow the road towards Masfjordnes for 17,8Km and turn right onto an unsigned forest road on your right-hand side. Follow this gravel road for 650m before you reach Lake Hopsvatnet. Park here.

The route

Follow the forest road from Lake Hopsvatnet. The forest road forks immediately. Follow the leftmost branch, heading upwards. Follow this forest road up to approx. 220m elevation. When you've run out of forest road (it ends suddenly), turn 180 degrees and you will see the birch forest leading up the mountain.

Head up this forest. When there is no snow, you should be able to locate a vague path near the streams coming down the forest. You may lose this path on your way upwards, but just keep heading west-northwest, and you will eventually reach the mountain plateau.

The south top (locally known as Håvarden, 396m) has the summit cairn, while the north top is the high point, marked by a few rocks. Descend your ascent route.

Trip report Apr 10 2005

I was a bit "stirred and shaken" after the Eggjane trip the day before. I had got an unexpected visit from the flu, but wasn't aware of this, neither the day before or this day. I felt sort of OK, except that all muscles in my back felt 2cm shorter. Thus, I did not feel particular "fit for fight" this Sunday morning, and decided to go for a shorter hike in the Masfjorden region. The clouds hung low, which was another excuse to avoid the higher mountain regions.

I chose Kvamsfjellet as the target, and based on the map, I didn't expect an easy hike. To minimize the potential challenges that bog, cliffs, bush, etc. might offer, I rang the doorbell on a house in Hope - where I left the Masfjordnes road. I obviously met the right man, because he explained the route down to the very finest detail. I was glad to hear about the new forest road (not on my map), which meant the dog ("Troll" - a dachshund) could walk for a while.

This was a short hike. We left the car 13:00PM, and reached the Håvarden cairn 14:00PM after a nice walk up the forest road and through a wet, but easy birch forest. I even found a vague path that ran up the lower forest. Higher up, snow covered the ground. When I reached the summit cairn, it was apparent that I was not on the high point. I then headed over to the high point, and got GPS confirmation that this spot was (at least) 4m higher than Håvarden.

The views weren't all great, but I felt fortunate that the mountain wasn't fogged in. It struck me that it's always grey weather when I visit Masfjorden. After thinking a bit more on this subject, I realized that I normally headed to Masfjorden when the weather was grey in Bergen. Probably hoping the weather was better up here. Usually, it wasn't. After taking pictures, I followed the same route down and decided to visit Melshovden on my way home. I assumed there was a path up this hill, and Troll could use the extra exercise.

Pictures from the Apr 10 2005 hike

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1. Passing Melshovden on the way to Kvamsfjellet (158KB) 2. Forest road junction by Lake Hopsvatnet (261KB) 3. On the way to Kvamsfjellet (281KB) 4. Follow the birch forest after forest road end (237KB) 5. Lake Hopsvatnet and the trailhead (153KB) 6. Kvamsfjellet trig. point, 396m (123KB) 7. Kvamsfjellet summit view (503KB) 8. Kvamsfjellet summit view (278KB) 9. Kvamsfjellet summit views (339KB) 10. Kvamsfjellet summit view (540KB) 11. Kvamsfjellet summit view (428KB)

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Pictures from other hikes:

1. Grønefjellet summit views (NE cairn) (1077KB)

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