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Holmen, sentrum, Balestrand 6899, Norway
+47 57 69 12 55
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Raudmelen hike is awesome

I hiked about two hours up, to the place called Burasi. The hiking was moderate, the trail very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bob M
Williamsburg, Massachusetts
An easier, spectacular version of this hike

If you are staying in Balestrand (or care to drive there), there is a hike toward Raudmelen leaving... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New York City, New York
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Raudmelen (972m) Raudmelen is a mountain which towers 972m over the centre of Balestrand. A hiking trail goes up the mountainside from Balestrand to the top of Raudmelen. This is a demanding hike. From the top you have fantastic views over the Sognefjord, both out towards Stolsheimen and in towards Fjaerland and Leikanger. Start: Start by Belehalli sports hall, at the same place as the starting point for the nature trail. Take the red route to Raudmelen. The first part goes along the marked nature trail, but soon turns off upwards. After following the relatively steep path up through the woods it is nice to take a break at Orrabenken (370m) where you get a wonderful view over Balestrand centre and the Sognefjord. From Orrabenken follow the path on upwards. The blue route turns off towards Balastolen and Fjaerestedstolen and the red route continues up towards Raudmelen. At Burasi (575m), another fine resting place, you get a marvellous view over Sognefjord and Esefjella. The path goes on up and along the ridge towards the top with wonderful views on both sides. On one side you see down over the green slopes to Balestrand and on the other dramatic rocky mountainsides towards Esedalen. At the top you are rewarded with fantastic views over the Sognefjord. This is a demanding hike and takes approx. 6 hours. Good advice: Get a map from the tourist office. Be sure to take plenty of water as there is no drinking water on this route. Getting there: From Balestrand quay/tourist office walk up Laerergata and on to Kreklingevegen until you get to Belehalli sports hall. The roads are signposted with white nature trail signs. To reach Balestrand take the express bus from Oslo, Bergen or Trondheim or express boat from Bergen. If you come by car from Oslo take the E16 and route 55. From Bergen or Trondheim take the E39 and route 55. For more information contact Balestrand Tourist Office www.visitbalestrand.no info@visitbalestrand.no
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Holmen, sentrum, Balestrand 6899, Norway
+47 57 69 12 55
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I hiked about two hours up, to the place called Burasi. The hiking was moderate, the trail very well marked, the scenery world-class. Alpine flowers in bloom, sheep grazing in the trail, and sweeping views of the fjord.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are staying in Balestrand (or care to drive there), there is a hike toward Raudmelen leaving from the nature trails not far from the Kviknes Hotel. The hike starts at Belehalli, at the same place as the marked nature trails. Select the red...More

2  Thank Wayfarer909
Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

Me and my husband climbed Raudmelen in September. The hike up took us 2,5 hours (we had few breaks at the view points). The views were amazing even on a cloudy day. Decided to take another way down via Kallbakk and smaheim. Way back was...More

6  Thank kirsimariah2016
Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

The area offers a number of different trails, but scaling this particular summit is well worth it. The trip should not be underestimates however. The ascent of 972 meters takes roughly 2,5 hours and is easily doable if you are in average physical shape and...More

2  Thank Susanne R
Reviewed August 24, 2016

We have spent 4 days in Balestrand end of August, and decided to hire a taxi from Balestrand to Saudal to bring us to the trail head. When in tourist office, kind German visitor offered us a ride. The drive to the trailhead was breathtakingly...More

2  Thank Mickacat
Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Wife and I did the whole thing top to bottom in 5 hours (tracked it on my Garmin 920). Stopped to snack, take in views and sip water. Didn't stay at the top long as it was cold, rainy and windy, but just below the...More

8  Thank LLaczak
Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

I did this hike on my own from the Kvinkes hotel (I'm 24 and and active person). It was just under 8 miles round trip and took me 6 hrs total (I stopped a lot for views and hung around the peak for a while)....More

5  Thank Caroline K
Reviewed May 6, 2015

We only walked 45min up and were able to overlook the town and the fjord. Past this point it was covered in snow and we were not prepared. Views were gorgeous, I would completely recommend this hike.

5  Thank Tim B
Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is a great hike. I basically stayed in Balestrand to hike Raudmelen because there was enough information available about it on the internet that I could confidently plan a good hike as party of my itinerary. And a good hike it was. See some...More

4  Thank Notthatpicky S
Reviewed August 14, 2014

I've hiked all around the world. This is one of the most breath taking hikes I've ever been on. We started at the main trailhead and made our way up. It took us about 3 hours to get to the top with plenty of breaks...More

9  Thank howardchang79
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