Hiking to Holandsmelen
- Type of hike : Go back, Crossing
- Visibility of the route : Good
- Start/Finish : Coming from Leknes on the E10 towards Napp, take the small road on the right immediately after the bridge that crosses Offersøystraumen towards Haukland Beach. Roughly 200m after Høgtaen you will reach a car park on the right of the road, just before the pass.
- GPS Point : Start/finish: N68° 10.555' E13° 31.477'
Summit: N68° 11.379' E13° 35.231'
This large hill surrounded by water on either side is easily climbed due to its rounded shape and the good trail that crosses it. Even though the peak is not particularly high, it boasts an outstanding 360° view with the Leknes plateau and Buksnesfjord to the east and south, the Norwegian Sea to the west and, to the north, the impressive Himmeltindan mountain that towers almost 1000m above sea level. An easy hike that is great to do as a family.
Take the farm track that leaves from the car park and turn immediately to the left in a wooded area. A few hundred metres further on you reach a sheep enclosure where the trail becomes narrower. The trail follows a steep slope under dwarf birches on your right before coming out into the open (around 120m altitude) under the mound (195m). From here the hike continues over scrubland. The peak is on your right, but the trail initially heads northwards to the 210m point before turning east (on your right) towards the stony peak of Holandsmelen.
After crossing a little stream the trail climbs the south-west slope of the hill and reaches a very rounded, stony peak on which several cairns stand. A good trail leaves the peak and heads down towards the hamlet of Kjellbogen to the east along a rounded ridge until it reaches the road below. If you want to get back to your starting point via a different route, take the road on your right (towards Holand) or left (towards Vik). These roads are not very busy and will take you back to the car park within an hour.