2019 Week 36

Hikes in the local region

Melshornet (Ørsta/Volda) seen from Rotsethornet

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Instehornet (Rotsethornet) 653m 200m Volda, Norway WCP
Leirvågfjellet 254m 231m Sula, Norway WCP
Varden 330m 28m Skodje, Norway WCP
Rødlandstua 355m 287m Skodje, Norway WCP
Orkja 948m 470m Jølster, Norway WCP

Rotsethornet, Sep 2 2019

Rotsethornet trailhead

Monday: After work, I drove to Volda to hike Rotsethornet with Karma. Only a 20 minute drive from Gurskøy takes me to a whole different mountain region, compared to the Ytre Søre Sunnmøre islands. Very cool.

I decided to go up the steep part, well knowing that there would be a pitch where I would have to find an alternative route to Karma. The most difficult part of the rope/ladder section is just a bit too cumbersome to haul a dog across. For my taste, that is. I should have probably just unleashed her and let her handle herself, but on the other hand – it was slippery after rain.

And here we go…

Already on the easy slabs, things went sideways for her…


The awkward section was bypassed a bit left of the ropes and ladders and 10 minutes later, we were back on the path to Rotsethornet.

The most tricky section is just above what we see here

Rotsethornet is a really nice viewpoint and I always enjoy being up here.

On Rotsethornet, with Volda view

We continued across Instehornet – which the highest top on this mountain. There were rain showers in one direction and clouds in another. But we were in the clear.

The sun shines on Hestehornet

Sunnmørsalpane was particularly gorgeous on this afternoon…

Layer by layer…

We descended the normal route to Rotevatnet and hiked along the forest road back to the trailhead by the Rotsethornet tunnel.

Descending. The options for making longer loops are plentiful…

Trip statistics: 7,5km, 640 vertical meters, 2h:20m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Leirvågfjellet, Sep 3 2019

Our hike across Leirvågfjellet

Tuesday: The inspiration for hiking after work in Ålesund was all-time low. So, I had to dig hard to find that inspiration and concluded that the thought of possibly finding a new route would do it.

We started out from Sundsmyra – my usual starting point. The hike up to the top is short, but steep.

Solavågen and Solavågsfjellet seen from the Leirvågfjellet path

On top, I met a guy and I asked him for any round trip options. He gave me two and they were both on the map. I should have checked on beforehand of course…

On top of Leirvågfjellet

We continued across this small mountain, along a forest path that took us down to the road to Kvarvsneset. From here, we followed the road until it ended, and the along a forest path back to Leirvågen. After some walking on paved roads, we returned to Sundsmyra. Next time, I will try the path from Kvarvsneset to Sundsmyra.

Descending Leirvågfjellet

Trip statistics: 5,8km, 300 vertical meters, 1h:21m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Varden, Rødlandstua, Sep 4 2019

Our trip from Mørkeset to Rødlandstua and back

Wednesday: It was raining when I left work in Ålesund, which was a shame because the day started out on a gorgeous note.

6:15am. Waiting for the ferry at Hareid

For the second day in a row, I had to dig hard to find inspiration. Again, the prospect of a new route saved the day and I decided to drive to Mørkeset to hike Rødlandstua from the north. I knew that I had done a hike from thereabout many years ago, but couldn’t remember where it was.

When we got to Mørkeset, I concluded that I had never been here before, found the trailhead, parked the car and headed out in the direction of Varden/Rødlandstua.

Useful info…

The first part of the route was steep and took us up to Sætra. Whatever that was in the past, it’s now a modern “Gapahuk”. From here, we had a good overview of Mørkeset.

Mørkeset seen from Sætra. My car is down there…

The wet and boggy path took us up the forest and up to Varden.

Passing Varden

From Varden, we crossed the plateau on a wet, but OK path and went up to the high point on Rødlandstua.

Karma on Rødlandstua

I had considered the option of a round trip hike, but given how wet I was, I abandoned the idea and returned the same way we came up. It was not an epic hike, but we got a hike, which was a victory in its own right…

Ålesund seen from Rødlandstua

Trip statistics: 5,2km, 430 vertical meters, 1h:22m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone8) from the hike:

Orkja, Sep 6 2019

Orkja by Jølstravatnet

Friday: We had planned to spend the weekend on the Selhamar hut in Stølsheimen (see separate trip report), but first I had to get to Sogndal. As the weather was quite OK I decided to do a quick hike up and down Orkja.

The trailhead

What I particularly like about this mountain is that it’s almost 1000m and I can get up and down within the hour. If I put some pace on…

Lake Dalevatnet

The last time I went up here, the path was nice and dry. Today, it was wet, wet and wet.

Not only is this trip a very good exercise, but the mountain also offers some most excellent views

View towards Skei

It was tempting to do a round trip hike – down the south side of the mountain, but that meant 1,6km along the gravel road and I really just wanted to get to Sogndal. So, we headed down the same way we came up…

Mountains, mountains, mountains…

Trip statistics: 3,4km, 500 vertical meters, 1 hour

Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone8) from the hike:

Stølsheimen weekend, Sep 7-8

Descending from Storehaugen

Saturday/Sunday: See separate trip report

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