The walk follows a circuitous route in the pine forest west of Kyrkjevatnet in Uggdal. In addition to this
walk there are several paths and forest roads in the area, some of which are marked. Fishing is
permitted in Kyrkjevatnet (Church Lake), and licenses are available at the Essostation at Våge, Tysnes
Sjø- og Fritid.
Terrain: Paved and gravel roads, forest road and path. Gentle
terrain. Use solid footwear.
Time: About 1.5 hours.
South of the municipal centre in Uggdal you find Eidet (1) where the
river from Kyrkjevatnet enters Søreidsvikjo. This area was a village centre
in the old days, with a steamship terminal, flourmills, sawmill, postal
service and a general store.
Gradually the road became more important than sea transport, but there is
still a general store in Eidet, and some new activities have appeared.
A considerable number of the new residential homes in Uggdal are located
near Eidet. There is ample parking in the area.
The walk starts on the south side of the fire station and goes up the road to
the new residential development called ”Sauabakkane”. From the bend in
the road you have a fine view of Søreidsvikjo, and you can also look
down onto the final leg of your walk.
Turn left near the top by the transformer shack (2). The path goes down
into a small valley and then up a short climb to a logging area. This iswhere you take the forest road, which goes all the way to Myklestad (Big
Place). The road passes near the lake where a fishing area has been prepared
(3) with a bench on a rock by the water.
The road follows the edge of the lake towards the north. While sitting on
the bench (4) you have a marvellous view of the municipal centre Uggdal
and the church there. Towards the northeast you can see Tysnessåto, the
tallest mountain in Tysnes.
After a while you pass a large wooden house on your right (5). This was
the doctor’s house about a generation back, and now it houses the nursery
school. The practice grounds of the Tysnes Equestrian Society are now
straight ahead. Turn left and proceed up through the forest along the brook.
Along the path there is a sign to Horsstøo (Stø is a landing place for boats).
Before the people at Reksteren got their own church, they rowed across
the fjord, beached their boats and walked through the forest to the church
in Uggdal. After a while you come to a bench where another path crosses
yours (6). This is the detour down to Horsstøo, a lovely little inlet where
you can take a swim if you like. Follow the sign to Hallgjerdsvikjo, and as
you glimpse Ullstjødno (Wool Tarn) between the trees, follow the path to
the right and over a hill to the brook from the tarn. Continue along the
slope on the north and west side of the tarn until you reach the stand of
young fir trees (7).
Past the stand of fir trees you find the forest road from Hallgjerdsvikjo. In
the last bend in the road as you approach the sea, take a narrow path down
to Kjeviko (8), a public beach managed by The Bergen Council for Outdoor
Activities. The path continues across a timber storage area and behind the
old boathouses in Hallgjerdsvikjo.
From Hallgjerdsvikjo you proceed to a crossroads (9) by a giant old fir.
On the promontory to the left there is a burial mound from the Iron Age.
The road then goes on past a gate and down towards Heningen where the
Pyrox industrial facility is located, together with some fairly new
boathouses. Use the paved road from there. By Eidaneset there is another
Iron Age burial mound, and just before the road turns down to the quay
you get a good view of the area by the estuary. Here you find Tysnes Sjø
og Fritid (10) with holiday apartments, boat rental and a small restaurant.
The building originally housed a sardine factory, was for some time used
for other industrial purposes before it was changed into a holiday centre.
Across the river by the quay, you can still see the ruins of an old dairy as
well as the unique old manor Ole Vaagehuset that, in addition to being the
owner’s residence, also housed a shop, post office and the steam ship
In the hillside to the left you can now see the road you used at the start of
the walk. Just go up behind Tysnes Sjø- og Fritid, and you are back at