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Svånuten is located near Ørnefjell, between Hovden and Bykle. This might be the best alternative for beginners in the Hovden area. Going up, you have a constant view of the terrain and the summit. The mountainside is long and gentle and invites to elegant, wide turns.
Any route of ascent is possible. You may choose what seems to be the easiest option, whether you prefer going straight or zigzagging to the top.
At the summit, you have several lines to choose from. The vegetation is scarce and there are few other challenges. However, to get smoothly back to the starting point, make sure you have sufficient height towards the end of the descent.
Svånuten is reasonably safe in terms of avalanche risk, but the mountain might be exposed to wind and weather, as there is little protective vegetation. In this fairly gentle terrain, even backcountry touring skis may be used.
Start: 59.492798, 7.386804
Top: 59.484126, 7.331486
Parking: Ørnefjell. No public parking. Pay attention to other traffic and private parking.
Duration: Ca. 3 hours
Vertical drop: 560 m.
FIND THE PERFECT LINE
Think safety when choosing a line down the mountain. Our suggestions are just recommendations. Read the terrain carefully, and consider the current snow and weather conditions. You are responsible for your own safety.