The view from Mt Bøttejuv (Bucket Gorge) in Årdal is one of the most insane you can get. You should definately put it on your “Bucket List”.
From Mt Bøttejuv you can see straight down on the emerald green Lake Årdalsvatnet, 1320 meters below you, and to the surrounding moutains in Hurrungane and Jotunheimen, the roof of Norway.
The starting point in Seimsdalen at 600 masl
The hike to Bøttejuv starts at Seimsdalen in Seim, close to Årdalstangen at the innermost part of the Årdalsfjord. From Årdalstangen you drive through the tunnel to Seim and then continue up the Seimsdalen Valley, to around 500 meters before the road ends.
The hike to Mt Bøttejuv
At the last sharp left turn of the road called Strupesvingen you can see the signs that marks the start of the trail at 600 masl. You can park at the side of the road, but there are not much space for parking.
The trail is well prepared and well marked with signs where the trail splits in different directions. Follow the trail in the forest in the direction to Bøttejuv, upwards to Skår which is an old Mountain Pasture. The Mountain pasture is a great place for a lunch break and to take in the view towards the valley behind you and the surrounding mountains. From Skår you need to follow the sign to Bøttejuv, and the trail now gradually reach the timberline and then goes through more mountainous landscape.
Reaching Mt Bøttejuv at 1320 masl
Continue upwards until you reach the mountain plateou. Then it is a fairly easy and short hike to the edge of the mountain named Bøttejuv. Be causious, the edge is not secured and there are a vertical fall of 1320 meter down to Lake Årdalsvatnet at 2 masl.
From Bøttejuv you have a fantastic view down to the lake and towards the industrial town Øvre Årdal, and to the Hurrungane and Jotunheimen mountains.
Additional information about the hike
The hike back from Bøttejuv is on the same trail as you came. The total distance both ways is approximately seven kilometers and the height difference from the start to Bøttejuv is 720 meters. The hike will take you around 4-6 hours in total. Season: June – September.
The Årdalsfjord is the part of the Sognefjord that runs between the outer part of the Lustrafjord and the industrial town of Årdalstangen. Small idyllic fjord villages are located along the Årdalsfjord, squeezed between steep mountains, waterfalls, rivers and the fjord. The Årdalsfjord and the surrounding dramatic mountains are great areas for activities such as hiking, mountaineering, climbing and kayaking. For guiding to Mt Bøttejuv and other mountains in the Årdal area, and for guided kayak-trips on the fjord, contact Bulder & Brak at Årdalstangen.
Small idyllic fjord villages are located along the Årdalsfjord, squeezed between steep mountains, waterfalls, rivers and the fjord. The abandoned fjord village Indre Ofredal is one of these villages. Around the middle of the 19th century, a sawmill, mill, boathouse, kitchen-building and forge were built at Indre Ofredal.
The Sognefjord, the king of the fjords, is the longest fjord adventure in Norway. The fjord is 204 kilometers long and 1308 meters deep. Hike on the Nigardsbreen Glacier, see the Stave Churches, join a Fjord Safari, a Fjord Cruise or experience the Sognefjord in a kayak. The Sognefjord is located located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the middle of Western Norway.