Tverrådalskyrkja Skiing

Conquer the tallest peak in Breheimen

  • I godt driv mot Tverrådalskyrkja. Går du på randonee får du en morsom tur ned igjen.

    I godt driv mot Tverrådalskyrkja. Går du på randonee får du en morsom tur ned igjen. Photo: Trygve Stansberg Veslum

Essential info

  • Destination: Skjåk
  • Season: January–May
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 18.6 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,370 meters
  • Duration: 8–9 hours

About Tverrådalskyrkja

Tverrådalskyrkja, 2088 meters above sea level, is a majestic mountain with breathtaking views and long descents.

From the top of the peak, which is the highest in Breheimen, you can see Tafjordfjella, Jostedalsbreen, Hurrungane, and Galdhøpiggen. The best starting point for tours to Tverrådalskyrkja is the lodge Sota Sæter. There are also several cabins further into Breheimen suitable for trips to other peaks in the area.

Getting there

Follow the driving directions to Sota Sæter.

Trail description

Up: Follow the road to Mysubytta and enter the Tverrådalen valley. After a quick kilometer, head left at Steindalen. Continue towards Fortundalsbreen and stay in this direction for a few hundred meters until you have rounded the steepest slopes of the eastern face. When you can see the whole east ridge and the top of the peak, leave the glacier and follow the steep ridge up to the top. Be aware of cracks in the glacier.

Down: The most common descent follows the same route. When you return to the tree line, it may be an advantage to stay on the side of the thick forest and just west of Sota Seter to avoid the dense woodland.

Alternative descents: 

  • 1. From Steindalen head east and just to the north of Tundradalskyrkji (1510 meters above sea level). Follow the gentle slope down to Sottjønna and over both lakes until reaching Sotgrove. From here, you have 700 gorgeous meters down to Sarasota either on the east or west side of Sotgrove. 
  • 2. From the end of Tverrådalen, you can follow the river Tverråe (on the eastern side) down to the valley. Be aware of a few kilometers flat hike back to Sota Sæter.

Facts

Weather and snow conditions are usually best from March until May.

Where to stay

Stay at Sota Sæter between March and May. At other times of the year, we recommend Billingen seterpensjonat.

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