Enjoy a fine mountain trail from Haukeliseter Mountain Cabin, circling up to the summit of Kista and back.
Although Kista looks daunting the route up is actually quite gentle, other than having to scramble up a scree slope (possible to circumvent this section). The walk is waymarked (Red 'T's' and some signs), however ice and snowfall make some waymarkers difficult to make out.
The walk begins at the Haukeliseter Fjellstue as you follow a gravel road (you can choose to walk beside the lake but it is very boggy) which hugs the shore of the lake before switching to an uneven and muddy path. The route takes you through a marshy area within which it is hard to keep your boots dry. The route (clockwise) takes you around the back of the mountain from where you begin the ascent up flint-like rock. For the most part the ascent is gentle, but there are some steep sections.
The descent is a little trickier as run off and snow melt can make certain parts of the path slippery. G ive yourself five hours to complete the walk including a well-deserved rest in the Fjellstue afterwards.
Near the top there is a short climb up a scree slope, care must be taken on descent from summit which involves walking on shards of flint-like stone.
We recommend sturdy waterproof boots, some of the path can become quite boggy after rain. The weather can change quite quickly and therefore we recommend packing your water proofs just in case
The walk starts at the Haukeliseter Fjellstue which has a simple restaurant as-well-as stocking a variety of confectionary
Geographic Features: The snow that falls on Kista sculpts the landscape, making it difficult to delineate certain sections of the route due to the fact that the physical features of the mountain, particularly the slopes to the north east are constantly eroded by the weight of the ice and the flow of water. Walking on Kista, one gains a deeper understanding of the effects of erosion via this tangible experience.
Odda: The town of Odda is a one-hour drive from the Haukeliseter Fjellstue. The mountainous terrain means there is a great number of waterfalls and rivers in the area that can only be described as dramatic, including the magnificent Latefoss waterfall – such geographic features highlight the sheer power of water as has been shown on Kista.