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Address: Holmen, sentrum, Balestrand 6899, Norway
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+47 57 69 12 55

Raudmelen (972m) Raudmelen is a mountain which towers 972m over the centre...

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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Raudmelen views are worth the climb

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... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2016
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Reviewed 23 September 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 at times slippery, muddy and quite steep. So you will have to do some balancing... More 

3 Thank kirsimariah2016
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 26 August 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 bring proper footwear. As with all trails in the area the route is very clearly... More 

1 Thank Susanne R
Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 25 August 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 beautiful, but the hike was even more so. We found patches of blueberries, hiked by... More 

2 Thank Mickacat
Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed 24 July 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 summit the weather was much nicer. Did it in sneakers, they got soaked, but we... More 

7 Thank LLaczak
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Reviewed 2 July 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). Be prepared for snow hiking up there, my "waterproof" hiking shoes were soaked by the... More 

5 Thank Caroline K
Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 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
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 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 photos below (or maybe don't and just go see for yourself). You can't see the... More 

4 Thank Notthatpicky S
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Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

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 to enjoy the views. Then we continued past raudmelen and went down the kallbak trail... More 

8 Thank howardchang79
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Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

This trip was done by following the well marked trails of coloured markings all the way. It started slow on the Kreklingen trail, then we ascended up the mountain pass through a glacier-made valley. It was a hard climb up until the summit, and it took a lot of stops. 4 hours up, 2 hours down. We had about 1... More 

4 Thank Remi1978
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

We did the anti-clockwise walk, which contours along the lower mountain slopes then ascends steeply to a glacial valley, and finally, along a ridge to the summit of Raudmelen. The views from above the tree-line are breath-taking. The way down is more direct, so reckon with about 4 hours going up and 2 hours coming down. The paths are very... More 

3 Thank Gayterman

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