Taking cattle from Reiseterlia across the high mountain down to the rich grazing land in upper Krossdalen, Jondal, has probably been going on from the late 1200s till 1941. The restoration of Buførevegen has been going on since 2012; among other things by paving the path and raising cairns.
Walk towards the mountain dairy farms along the east side of the lake. From the dairy farms, at 667 m above sea level, walk in an easterly direction. On the plateau above Botsvatn the valley (Tobaksdalen) starts, and from here onwards you will find erected cairns all the way across the high mountain to Reisetereggjet. It is important to follow the cairns, and make sure that the cairns always are on your right hand side on your way east. The track ascends Tobaksdalen. Behind Jonstein you will find Sofaen, a nice place to rest; a “bench of velour”, covered with moss where an overhanging rock protects you from the worst of the weather. From Sofaen the terrain descends, and the track passes Jonsteinskleivane, Primkleivane and Jehovakleivane , then continues across the plateau above Øvste Skarvabotnen. Ascending from here lies Brattefonn. That can be hard to walk if the glacier is steep after a winter with much snow. From Brattefonn the terrain slightly ascends to Kjelavarden, thereafter the track winds its way on. You can experience snowdrifts on the stage towards Forvana ; these vary from year to year. At Forvana you have to cross a brook, and further on you ascend slightly until you reach the highest point of the hike; Klokkarane, 1422 m above sea level. Onwards to Reisetereggjet the terrain is varied where you will be guided by cairns. Having crossed Bleieelva, the Pilgrimage track from Krossdalen merges with Buførevegen. The track passes on to the cairn at Reisetereggjet. Here you will have a magnificent view (in nice weather) of the Hardangervidda and overlooking Reiseter and Sørfjorden. The cairn is erected at 1200 m above sea level, and from here the track descends about 900 m. A beautifully paved path will lead you past Øvste Kvilingehaug to Nedste Kvilingehaug, across Øykjavadet, to the stone at the mountain dairy farm, further on you follow a woodland road, then a farm road until you reach Streifsteinen by the parking lot at Reiseter. From Reiseter you take road 109 down to Nå (3,7 km) and road 550. The hike can be very demanding in bad weather.
Season: July – October. PLEASE NOTE! You must NOT do this trip in the winter. There is danger of avalanches in the winter. The path down to Reisete passes through the avalanche course, which occur every winter.
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As quite large parts of the hike pass across snowdrifts you are advised to wear mountain boots. Be aware of rapid changes in weather, from sunshine when you start into wind and rain/snow in the high mountains.
Be sure to bring a suitable outfit for rain, wind and cold. Remember caps and mittens. Wool is highly recommended.
It is also important to bring a packet of sandwiches sufficient for a long hike. The water in brooks can be enjoyed as drinking water, but at your own responsibility.
It is wise to bring a rope (cf. Brattefonn). Also bring a map and a compass, possibly a GPS. On the mountain plateau there is lack of, if any, mobile signals.
Follow road 105 from Jondal to Folgefonna, drive 8 km and turn right towards Folgefonna. You have to pay a fee to be allowed to go by car along this road, use the automat to pay by card or cash. After 2 km, turn left on a graveled road that leads you to Botsvatn. The car can be parked along the road, at your own responsibility.