A great hike for families - follow the path along the river in diverse terrain. From the top you'll have a nice view over Sunnhordland. Rest area at the start of the hike.


Norway 1:50 000 sheet 1215 11, Varaldsøy.
Folgefonna National Park
Folgefonna – Hardanger fjord

Start and Stopping Point
Rest area by Svartavatnet

From the ferry dock in Varaldsøy, follow the main road for approx. 1 km. Turn right at the intersection immediately after the chapel (large white building on the right hand side). After approx. 500 meter, turn right at the Øyerhamn sign and drive for 6 km. to the rest area by the Svartavatnet. Park along the road by the rest area.

Signs and Markings
Information Board at the starting point.
T markings and signs.

Moderate hike, two boots according to the DNT system.

Difference in altitude
290 - 535m AMSL (Above Mean Sea Level).

Estimated Time
2 hours round trip

Recommended advice
The forest path can be marshy, please use appropriate shoes.

From the rest area, on a path going west along a small river. The first part of the hike is on a marsh with bushy terrain and a rugged incline. The last part has some incline on bare rock. This is an excellent family trip, with a nice view over Sunnhordland, and along the fjord you can see all the way to Ålvik.

Last updated: 09/11/2023

Source: Samarbeidsrådet for Sunnhordland


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