Fondsbu - Yksendalsbue - Bygdin Hiking

  • DNT - hytta Yksendalsbue.

    DNT - hytta Yksendalsbue. Photo: Thor Østbye

Essential info

  • Destination: Vang
  • Season: June–November
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 35.4 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,590 meters
  • Duration: 7–9 hours

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About Fondsbu - Yksendalsbue - Bygdin

This is a wonderful two-day trip in an area not yet discovered by the great mass of walkers. The hike is suitable for walkers of all ages, but maybe not for families with toddlers. All along the mountainous south of Bygdin a number of places with reindeer graves and bøgahi can be found and stone arches of varying quality. The T-marked trail passes several of these, among others at Vølohornet (two graves and bøgahi), Systerbottjernet (grave and stone hut), and Bergaåntjernet (several pits). Day 1 The hike begins just south of Fondsbu. Follow the path to Utsikten, and take off inward to Vennisstøldalen at the intersection after about 1.5 km. Through Vennisstøldalen on an easy to walk, grass covered moraine at first until you get into talus along the lake 1374 masl. Moreover, the path goes along the south side of Dryllin (1310 masl) and down in the Vølodalen valley where you have to wade through the river. At high flow, you should take off your boots and walk over in woolen socks. From here it's a steady climb for about 3 km towards Vølohornet (1492 masl). Steep down to Yksendalsbu. The name Yksendalen goes back to the first half of the 1900s when there was pasture for bulls here in the summer. Once you have arrived at the self-service cabin of the Turistforening: Enjoy the tranquility and lushness. Day 2 The next day you start your trip with a long and gentle ascent and after about 2 km you pass the trail crossing where the T-marked trail from the tourist lodge Tomasselleren joins. Soon you arrive in the Skamdalen valley and if you are lucky, you may see moose here. It is more common to see reindeer in mountains here. The trail goes up and passes south of Systerbottjernet (1177 masl), before continuing east toward Skjeldrehornet (1368 masl). Along the height here along Olefjorden, it can be nice to take a break at a nice viewpoint where you look down on the fjord. Further along you pass by several small, idyllic lakes, and it is beautiful here between Bygdin and Olefjorden. Note that the path down from Marabotthornet goes towards Ole, while you want to take the southeast ine towards Seksin where the path splits and continues to Rv. 51. You can now either go the last kilometer on asphalt to Bygdin Fjellhotell, or walk the old path along the telephone line. Here you can catch the last boat back to Eidsbugarden if you make it, or maybe you'll stay at Bygdin Fjellhotell and take the boat the next morning?

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