Plans for the mountain trip to Aurland 2008


This is from Aurlandsdalen


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Map of Aurlandsdal

Map of Aulandsdalen

Planer for fjelltur til Aurland 2008



Steinbergdalshytta closed?



Bus route in Aurlandsdalen, From Flåm to Ål. This bus is fine to use if one should start from Geiterygghytta or Østerbø.

One can leave their cars at Geiterryggen tunnel (Geiteryggen East) going to Geiterygghytta and start there, or leave their cars at Vassbygdi and take the bus to Østerbø and start there. There are many options here.

sol Weather Forecast for Aurland

When talking with tour people, they say Aurlandsdalen. It is a trip all that is in the mountains should go.

This can be a great trip in August after having been in the Rondane.

One can take the train to Finse and go from there to Geiteryggen cabin. Further to Steinberg Valley where you can stay. This is about. an 8-hour trip. Steinbergdalen cottage (CLOSED) in 2011

From Steinberg Valley, a visit Østebø and from there to Vassbygdi in Aurlandsdalen. This stretch can be taken as one or two-day trip. This is a 10-hour trip.

Day Three, a visit to Stonndalen and from there on to Myrvold and the train home. This is a 10-hour trip.

I imagine using 2 days from Steinberg Valley to Vassbygi. This is to get the full benefit of Aurlandsdalen and have taken many photos.

Today, it is the 15 / 8 and it is predicted 3 days of fine weather. Will try to go Aurlandsdalen. Has been a Meniscus damage in the knee, so I hope it goes well.

Here is a nice flower from Aurlandsdalen

Maiden Saxifrage, Norway's national plant


It is fine in Aurlandsdalen



GO TIME / Distance 5 hours / KM 14-15 DIFFICULTY EASY


MAP SHEET I M711 SERIES 1416 II / (EV. Hiking 30 - "FINSE")



Start height: approx. 1,220 m.o.h - final height around. 1,230 m.o.h

This stage is for many the first stage of the classic hike down the Aurland Valley.
From Finse railway station is the path a short distance westward, over the railway line and up through the little house / cottage field and steady increase in the north to northeast past and under Sanddalsnuten (1554 m.). Here and in the next kilometers find yourself on the catchment area of the waterworks at Finse and it is in principle not permitted counted here.

Finseåi crossed for year-round bridge and over a ridge at just over 1600 meters above sea level where the locked cabin Klemsbu located right on the other side (or nice to picnic in the cabin).

Further north-east of St. Paul (1694 m.) (on the left side) and Flakavassnutane (1746 m.) on the right side. The first of these will be named by the English Lord Garvagh they which was much in the area in the last half of the 1800s. The rounded dome should have reminded him of the famous cathedral at home in London.

Both St. Paul and the westernmost of Flakavassnutane is fine detours with a great view, especially the latter (about 1 km east of the trail) with a view to Hardangerjøkulen and Hallingskarvet and completely against Gaustatoppen (1883 m.) as well as parts of Jotunheimen to the north.

From this the highest point of approx. 1660 meters above sea level goes down towards the east end of Omsvatnet and northeast over a little up the hillside towards Bakkahelleren (one will pass a pitfall in the descent.)
Further down towards Geiteryggvatnet and along the south side and to Geiterygghytta.


GO TIME / Distance 3 hours / KM 10-11



MAP SHEET I M711 SERIES II 1416 / 1416 / A (EV. Hiking 55a "Skarvheimen")



Start height: approx. 1,230 m - final height around. 1,060 m

This is often taken as part of the classic hiking route through the Aurland Valley.

From Geiterygghytta just under a kilometer northwest of the construction road before the trail takes off to the right and continue north up the slope west of Sundellerskarvet (1613 m.). On the left hand has Vestredalstjernet (dammed) increasingly farther below them and on the other side of the valley riverbeds where rivers Heimre and Foremost Varga poured down before the hydropower development.

Soon you will come to the path part. The path to the right continues to Kongshelleren (FH32c) while the path towards Steinbergdals cabin cruiser Rossdøla the summer bridge and continue north on the left side of Bolhovd (1509 m.). Most of the time one has contact with the road (Highway 50 Hol-Aurland) in the valley on the left side which may reduce the nature of the experience somewhat. (Since this stage is fairly short, only 3 hours, there may be an option to follow the path towards Kongshelleren, FH32c, the path part just west of Langavatnet and walk the path from Kongshelleren to Steinbergalshytta, FH32b. This is a walk of approx. 6 hours, instead of the 3 hours as a direct route takes.)

At 1400 meters above sea pass the journey's highest point before it goes down to Storebotn and further down to Drifteskard. Bottom left has Stemberdalen with its excellent pastures that have had 1000-show cows grazing at the same time. Several stone arches in the valley are old accommodations for operations guys that had cows grazing here during the long journey to the east.

Farther one sees Vetlebotnvatnet and Steinbergdals cabin. Cross River is crossed on the summer bridge before entering on the path from Kongshelleren. From here there are only a few hundred meters down to Steinbergdals cabin.

FH33: Steinberg VALLEY - Østerbø

GO TIME / Distance 4 hours / 9-10 KM



MAP SHEET I M711 SERIES 1416 I / (EV. Hiking 55a "Skarvheimen")



Start height: approx. 1,060 m - final height around. 820 m

This is often taken as part of the classic hiking route through the Aurland Valley

From Steinberg valley north, somewhat obliquely up the hillside. The view is nice down to Stemberdalen and Vetle Bottom Water, but gradually down the valley towards Øyestølen (former farm to Øvstebø farm and still in use as a goat farm) and Øyestølsvatnet. Hillside path that goes in is steep but not problematic in any way.

It goes a bit up and down, and two tributaries (Øyestølsgrovi and Storagrovi) crossed on the summer bridges. The trail continues down and over to the mouth of the river Sauavaddalen Gröna crossed the bridge year-round (normally small flow of water here because. That the water is up regulated to power) and on to Grønestølen a beautiful farm located at the tree line. The trail continues further west in the mountain side of a steep ravine before the Aurland valley widens out. From here one can also see Øvstebø. From here take the path to eventually down to the valley and river system that followed the last kilometer until the cabins on Øvstebø (Øvstebø Fjelstove) and Øvstebø Turisthytte).

(On Øvstebø there is a separate mountain cemetery for people who were killed here in the mountains. The road to the village and the church was long and difficult.

FH28a: Østerbø - VASSBYGDI in Aurlandsdalen

GO TIME / Distance 6 hours 16-18 KM


MAP SHEET M711 SERIES ca. 250 M UP / ca. 1000 M DOWN



Start height: approx. 820 m - Final Height ca. 80 m

This is one of the stages (the core stage) on the classic hike through the Aurland Valley.

This stage in the Aurland Valley is the wildest and most dramatic, and at the same time it where human intervention is at least. Farther up the valley is now dominated by roads and other human intervention, while at this stage is the visible disturbance to the very little noticeable which makes this stage a great nature experience today.

From Øvstebø trail goes west on the north side of Aurdal lake and towards the former airy and infamous passage Nesbøgalden. In the old days it was turned sticks into the canyons in the steep mountains that it was fixed step on both vertical and horizontal ladders. It was an exciting experience the walk, but with horses and animals had to walk over the mountains to the north via Gravadalen. In 1930 years, however, blasted out a broad path here so that there is a much more comfortable affair to travel here today. Well down through Nesbøgalden find yourself on the Nesbø lake. Soon passed the old farm Nesbø which was inhabited until late 1800's.

Moreover, up slightly from the river and along the shelves in the mountains. The body of the river makes a marked swing to the left (over an kilometers after Nesbø) will see a path part where you can choose between two options the next segment:
Whether the old road over Holmenstølen, Bjørnstigvarden and down the steep Bjørnstigen or the newer way down the valley past the old settlement Heimrebø.

Both options come together again on Bjørnstigsletti.
The latter option is best for those who do not like heights. Here is the 1950's blown out fine path past the most difficult passages, but the old and historic road passes Bjørnstigvarden and advised all who have problems with some steep passages. (On the steepest section has the Bjørnstigen posted a wire to hold on to, otherwise it is by no means a difficult or demanding or climb down, but it's a long way down!).

The trail continues past the small hill (787 meters) on the right side and past the little Svartatjødn. Here one should take the time to make a detour to Vetlahelvede, a powerful pothole (the largest in the valley) a short distance west of the path.
The trail takes him eventually precipitously into the river again, and along the narrow river canyon down to Bridlebrui. (There are also old-traffic road farther up the hillside past the farm Skori, but not recommended today.)
Just above Bridlebrui there is a path part. Path to Stonndalen (FH28b) takes off to the left, down to the river and the bridge while the path further down the Aurland Valley continues on the right side of river.

(If you have a good time to take a detour over Bridlebrui. There are also potholes on the lower side of the bridge and a piece along the path towards Stonndalen is the old farm Teigen where there are many large creeks.)
Veiverdalselvi crossed the bridge before the trail picks up on the old farm Sinjarheim, the of the farms in the Aurland valley that was the longest inhabited.

It was first abandoned in 1922. (From Sinjarheim goes the old path up to dairies Orrasete and Veiverdalenee who were chairs for the yard Sinjarheim.) From Sinjarheim path goes steeply down Sinjarheimsgalden where it is blown out and the path of Grovselvi the bridge. The next farm one passes are Almen (the farm was placed under a huge stone block so that it would be safe for rock falls and landslides), the bottom of the farms in the Aurland Valley. Eventually the trail comes into the woods. After the Host there comes along the way and soon, one is down in Vassbygdi where Aurlandsdalen hotel offers accommodation.

(Distances in parentheses are DNT their lengths)

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