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The Castle is a family-suited hike with a spectacular view.
How to get there from Bergen: The starting point for the hike to Slottet is found 79 km northeast of Bergen. Drive E39 northbound to Romarheim, turn to the right onto FV 569 towards Mo in Modalen. Continue 12 km on 569, and park by the starting point on a parking space on the right side of the road. The drive from Bergen takes approx. 1,5 hours.
Starting point / end point: Stokkeviki. Round trip.
Parking: Smaller car park on the opposite side of the main road 20 meters from the starting point. Parking space for a couple of cars along the main road.
Marking: Information board by the starting point. Information arrows and blue marks on the way.
Grading: Blue. Moderate.
Difference in altitude: 20–200 m
Estimated time: 2 hour roundtrip
Good advice: Solid and water repellent shoes is recommended as there are some marshy areas to cross.
The gigantic block of mountain rock called The Castle gives you a magnificent view towards Mo and further out the Mofjord. It resembles a pulpit ascending 200 meters straight up from the fjord.
The trail starts from the main road by Stokkeviki and follows the small river up through the pine forest. After crossing the stream you soon arrive at a crossroads. If you continue to your right you come to Hestabotn ("horse corrie"), a nature reserve with natural growing yew. The trail to The Castle continues to the left, and is hilly with marshy areas. When you are closing up to the target, there are some talus and you get a view of the pulpit from the side. The trail has blue markings and signs.
As an alternative route you can choose to return on a trail going further west ending up in Hestabotn. This trail also has blue markings, but is not that clearly visible as the other one.
This hike is graded as moderate, and is suitable for children from 5 years of age. But be careful at the top point. Feel welcome to write your name in the book found in the letter box.