The view from Mt Bøttejuv and Skårsfjellet in Årdal are some of the most insane views you can get. You should definately put it on your “Bucket List”. Map: Årdal 1:50000.
From Mt Bøttejuv or Skårsfjellet 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.
SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY: The nature in Norway is beautiful but also dangerous. It is important to read about your own responsibility and how to explore the Norwegian nature in a safe way. SAFETY – BEFORE YOU GO HIKING – THE NORWEGIAN MOUNTAIN CODE IMPORTANT! This hike is not suitable for children.The weather can change dramatically in the Norwegian mountains. This is why you should follow the Norwegian Mountain Code when hiking in Norway. It can change from summer and sunny weather to winter and frost in minutes! Always bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack. Due to the challenging and long hike in rapidly changing weather, we recommend you to join a Guided Tour. NOTE! Most of the hikes described on this website are intended for experienced hikers that know the area. This is one of those hikes. We recommend to use a map and compass on this hike since parts of the hike go in areas where the trail is difficult to see. It also often happens that this mountain area is shrouded in fog. SEASON & WEATHER: July to August, depending on temperature and snow. Seasons mentioned on this website are approximately dates. It is recommended to avoid hiking if there are ice and snow in the terrain and on the trails. Always check the weather before you go hiking. For safety reasons it is recommended to avoid hiking in Thunderstorms and in fog and bad weather! Use the information you find on fjords.com at your own risk and your own responsibility. Errors and omissions may occur. Always make your own evaluation. Adapt your own risk to your own skills and by choosing where, when and how you travel. Fjords.com is not a guide or a travel planner, and the information on the pages should not be used accordingly. Marked and mentioned routes are not accurate and will also often change for various reasons, always look for updated information.
The starting point in Seimsdalen at 600 masl
NOTE – This hike is not suitable for children! We recommend the use of a guide. This is a long and demanding hike, you should be an experienced hiker to do this hike. There are several steep, narrow and exposed sections at the end of this hike. It is recommended to use and know how to use Map and Compass.
NOTE – We went wrong and ended up at Skårsfjellet which is south of Bøttejuv. Therefore, the pictures in this article show the hike to Skårsfjellet and not to Bøttejuv.
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/Skårsfjellet
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.
Thefirst part of the trail is well prepared and 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.
Note! Here you have to be a little careful, it’s easy to loose the trail and walk in wrong direction. We went wrong and ended up at Skårsfjellet which is south of Bøttejuv. Use a map and compass (or guide) to make sure you are going in the right direction.
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 of the vertical cliff is not secured and there is a vertical fall of 1320 meters 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: July – August.
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 Sognefjord is 204 kilometers long and 1308 meters deep at its deepest. Join a guided glacier walk on the Nigardsbreen glacier, see the beautiful stave churches. Join a fjord safari or a fjord cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. Experience the view from Stegastein viewpoint above the Aurlandsfjord. Take a short hike to Mt Molden in Luster and you will see the fantastic view down to the Lustrafjord. Balestrand is one of the first places the foreign tourists visited when they discovered Norway in the mid-19th century. The Fjærlandsfjord, Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, the Årdalsfjord and the Lustrafjord are all branches of the Sognefjord. These side fjords are perhaps even more famous than the Sognefjord itself, which is located in the middle of western Norway. The Sognefjord is so long that it almost divides Norway in two.