Skredløypa - the avalanche trail

Oct
16

Starting point  Aga (or Reiseter) About the trail  When hiking from Agatunet, go south for about 200 meters, turn right and follow the road to Nyeslåtten. Interesting scenic and cultural landscape. From Reiseter,...

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Aga (or Reiseter)

About the trail 

When hiking from Agatunet, go south for about 200 meters, turn right and follow the road to Nyeslåtten. Interesting scenic and cultural landscape. From Reiseter, follow the local tarmac road 109 for 3.7 km down to Nå or arrange pick-up by private car. The road 109 is not suitable for larger vehicles.

Parking: At the picnic area 500 meters north of Agatunet
Parking fee: free
Length: 9 km (one way)
Total ascent: 500 meters
Altitudes: Nyeslåtten, Aga approx. 180 MASL - Herseter approx.  560 MASL - Reiseter, Nå approx. 320 MASL
Total walking time: 4 hours (one way)
Season (average year): June – October. There is a risk of avalanches outside the season.

This is a trail going through typical West-Norwegian farmland, with view to the Hardangerfjord, mountains and Folgefonna glacier. The natural landscape is beautiful, but also merciless. There are many avalanches here during winter and spring.

In the area along the trail, the houses have several places been built close together, in what we call cluster farms. This was the common way of living in rural West-Norway, before modernization of agriculture took place in the 20th century. Agatunet is a good example of such a “village”, with buildings dating from between 13th and 20th centuries. Due to the many avalanche paths in this area, the spreading of settlement has not been entirely possible. Avalanche barriers protect people and buildings.

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