Hurtigruten - "De mooiste boottocht ter wereld"
Unless you already are in Ryfylke, please allow two days for this excursion. Accommodation is offered at Melands-Grønahei lodge, run by the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association (DNT).
Fjellsenden is situated in the heart of Vormedalsheia, which is designated a Landscape Protected Area. This is one of the most scenic mountain areas in Rogaland County, and with an observant eye you may spot rare and beautiful plants, unusual geological structures, and telltale signs of the area’s cultural history.
A convenient point of departure for your walk to Fjellsenden is Kleivaland. From here you can follow the red-marked trail to Melands-Grønahei lodge, enjoying the gradual ascent through the forest and past mountain farms, pausing to look at the richly varied flora. In the nutritious soil of the slopes and screes, you may spot Norway’s national flower, Saxifraga cotyledon, as well as many other plants that prefer calcareous conditions.
At the beginning of your trek you can see Melandsåna, an area that has protected status.
On Day Two, after a good night’s sleep at the lodge, continue on to Fjellsenden. Just follow the red waymarked trail toward Grasdalen, which takes you to the southeastern foot of the mountain. A sign points your way up to the Fjellsenden summit – but use your map as well, since the trail here is not as waymarked.
Follow trunk road Rv13 to Hjelmeland, take the Vormedalen turnoff and continue to Kleivaland.
By the information board in Kleivaland.
Day One: 4–5 hour walk on a waymarked trail to Melands-Grønahei lodge.
Day Two: The ascent to the summit takes an hour and a half, and the initial part of the trail is waymarked. After you’ve had your fill of the sights, take the same route back, returning to Kleivaland via Melands-Grønahei lodge.