Reinaknuten Hiking Trail
Tackle a challenging climb to this peak near Stavanger
- Destination: Ryfylke
- Season: April-October
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 9.9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 550 meters
- Duration: 5-6.5 hours
Challenge yourself with a hike to Reinaknuten, the towering peak across the bay from Stavanger. The 5-hour round-trip hike provides incredible views of the surrounding peaks, lakes, and ocean.
The trailhead is a short detour from Road 13 near Tau, along Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke.
From Stavanger, take the newly opened tunnel “Ryfylketunnelen” to Solbakk and from there continue on Road 13 to Tau. From Tau, continue on Road 13 for 8 kilometers and then turn right onto Leitevegen Road. Follow Leitevegen for 3.4 kilometers, then turn left onto a gravel road. There is a small sign directing you towards Reinaknuten. Follow the road for another kilometer until you reach the parking lot.
The hike to Reinaknuten leads through a variety of terrain as you climb up to the 787-meter tall peak. The trail begins at the parking lot and heads northeast up the hill into the pine forest. After 2.5 kilometers, the trail becomes a bit steeper but flattens out after 500 meters or so. The final climb to the peak is short but it is nearly straight uphill.
At the top, enjoy the views of the surrounding landscape. Below the mountain to the north is Tysdalsvatnet Lake with the mountains, Holtaheia (558 meters above sea level) and Lauvåsen (648 meters) towering above on the opposite side. To the west is Bjørheimsvatnet Lake and further out in the distance is the ocean. The towering mountain to the south is Heiahornet (774 meters) and to the east is Husaheia (745 meters).
- Reinarknuten and the other surrounding mountains were important landmarks for sailors back in the olden days.
- Free parking
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