Olsskavlen, 1576m
Tungefjellet, 1057m

Mountain area : Raundalen
Fylke/Kommune : Hordaland/{Voss,Granvin}
Maps : 1316-II Ulvik (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary Factor: Olsskavlen: 586m
Primary Factor: Tungefjellet: < 20m
Hiked : Sep 2000
See also : Horndalsnuten
See also : Skipadalsnuten
See also : Seldalsnuten
See also : Nordbotnnuten
Olsskavlen seen from Seldalsnuten

Olsskavlen seen from Seldalsnuten


"Fairly" official, Olsskavlen is the highest point in Voss and Granvin Kommune. Between Voss and Granvin, there is an ongoing debate. Granvin Kommune says that the Kommune border runs just north of the summit. As all summit points on the Raundalsegga ridge (which includes Horndalsnuten, Skipadalsnuten, Seldalsnuten and Nordbotnnuten) are on the Kommune boundary, it would make sense if this applied to Olsskavlen too. On the other hand, the M711 map shows that the trig. point (which may be the summit) is just south of the Kommune border. On my GPS vector-based map, the Kommune border is 54,1m north of the summit. The deviation is almost zero for the the other peaks on the ridge, so speculation is valid. But for all practical purposes, until new information appears, I consider Olsskavlen the highest point in Voss and Granvin Kommune.

In addition to the great regional views that you get from this ridge, you can also see Hurrungane from Olsskavlen. The shape of Store Skagastølstind in center is easy to identify, although the mountain is nearly 110Km (direct line) away. On the high peaks in this region, you have view towards three major glaciers; Hardangerjøkulen, Fresvikbreen (Sogn and Fjordane) and Folgefonna.

Reaching Olsskavlen from Raundalen is a fairly easy hike. As it takes 3,5-4 hours of hiking to the summit, you should be accordingly fit. If you are exceptionally fit, you may also include Seldalsnuten on your hike. There is also a possibility of making a long round-trip which includes Seldalsnuten (which means you don't have to go back to Olsskavlen), but the route described on this page applies to Olsskavlen only.

Primary Factor

Olsskavlen has a primary factor of 586m towards the higher Skorafjellet. The saddle is found E of Nordbotnnuten, in Fallet. The last adjacent 20m contour lines on the M711 map are 1000m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 990m.

Trail descriptions:

Note: Class ratings are in reference to YDS (Yosemite Decimal System).

Note: The trail described below is not necessarily the easiest trail to this mountain.

Voll - Olsskavlen (summer/autumn)

Difficulty : Class 2
Exposure : No
Comments : None in particular
Distance : Approx. 6Km to summit
Time : Approx. 3,5-4 hours to summit (w/o pause).
Starting Elev.: Approx. 540m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 1050m

Map of the area
Map of the area
Detailed map
Detailed map


From Bergen, follow highway E16 towards Oslo. From the central traffic light in Voss, drive straight ahead (towards Gjernes, not Oslo). Drive approx. 1.8Km and turn right onto highway 13 (towards Granvin/Bruravik). Follow this road for approx. 700m and turn left towards Mjølfjell. Follow the Mjølfjell road for approx. 20,3Km. You should now see the road down to "Reime St." on your right. Continue on the main road for yet another 3Km (rough estimate, not based on odometer!). You have now passed the buildings at Voll (and a "Voll" sign on a house on the right hand side of the road). Continue until you see a pile of wood on the right hand side of the road. There is a fee parking here. Alternatively, park a little further up the road on smaller turnouts.

The route

The trail begins at the fee parking, continues down through two gates before you cross the river over the bridge. Just after the bridge, the trail forks into two trails. Take the right (the left goes back to the river, further up). Continue for 10 minutes (700m) and when you're close to another river, the trail forks again. Take the left trail. This trail is partially T-marked, but is very visible.

The trail continues up to Vollseter huts. At Vollseter, go towards the first hut on the righthand side. Find the bridge just behind the hut, cross the river and pick up the trail on the other side. This trail is difficult to follow. Basically, you're heading in the same direction as the bridge points, straight up to Tungefjellet mountain. Aim for a square-shaped rock at the top of Tungefjellet.

Once up, the route up to Olsskavlen is pretty obvious. Follow the ridge that runs on the left-hand side, or head straight for the permasnow that runs all the way down. On top, first you get to the cairn that marks the triangular point, and immediately after, you get to the top cairn.

Trip Notes Sep. 2000

It took me 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down. I chose to follow the permasnow from the foot of the mountain rather than hiking on rock further left. If you follow the snow, it's pretty steep from 1150m to 1450m. The view from the top is spectactular. Grand view towards the Hardangerjøkulen in the east, and towards Lønahorgi and Stølsheimen in the northwest. Also, you see Folgefonna glacier in the south, but bright sunshine blocked my view towards south that day.

On my way down, I chose to slide down the snowfield with Troll in my lap. This was the first time I ever done a long snowfield like this, and pretty soon things got slightly out of control. Using my feet as brakes sent me off in a spin, and I was moving down the snowfield pretty helpless. Just before I reached the boulder at the end of the snowfield, I managed to rotate and hit the rocks with my backpack first. And just meters before I hit the rocks, I pushed Troll backwards. Then I could capture him as he followed a fraction of a second later. The poor guy was pretty confused, and I decided to be careful with snowfields in the future.

Pictures from the Sep 2000 hike:

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I had a "use-once" camera, and the pictures are of bad quality

Olsskavlen is hard to see from Raundalen, but I spotted something at the parking (303KB) The bridge from Voll. If you do not find it, you will have problems... (238KB) Lake Vollbottsvatnet seen from Tungefjellet (231KB) On top of Tungefjellet, the fun begins (197KB) Troll beat me to the Olsskavlen summit, 1576m (147KB) Summit view towards Voss. Lonhorgi and Kvitanosi can be seen (134KB) Summit view towards north (186KB) Summit view towards Raundalen (186KB) I was expecting Troll to go bananas over Lefse, but he just stared at the thing.. (168KB) A crazy slide (top of picture) almost ended really bad (160KB)

Pictures from other hikes:

The range from Horndalsnuten to Vassfjora, seen from Ingebjorgfjellet (407KB) Raundalsegga seen from Tverrfjellet (271KB) Raundalsegga mountains seen from Larsfonnfjellet (301KB) East view from Hogahorgi (340KB) The first landscape shot from Skorafjell summit (432KB) Olsskavlen seen on the way up Nordbotnnuten (221KB) Olsskavlen seen from Nordbotnnuten (300KB) Olsskavlen seen from Seldalsnuten (367KB) Summit view from Torfinnshorgi (590KB) Summit view from Kaldenuten (508KB) Raundalsegga seen from Kaldanuten (210KB) South view from Aamidlenutane (309KB) Olsskavlen (zoom) seen from Reimegrend (316KB) Raundalsegga seen from Uraskarfjellet (745KB) Summit views from Vetlafjellet (1545KB) Ulvik mountains (334KB) Raundalsegga (229KB) Above Hardangervidda (368KB) Raundalsegga seen from Gråeggi (1158KB) Crossing Sørfjorden (265KB) 85mm zoom view from Nipahøgdi

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