2019 Week 40

Lots of nice hikes!

A tiny layer of snow on Tylderingen (Sogndal)

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Sandvikshornet 352m 13m Herøy, M&R, Norway
Rysseviktua 452m 34m Herøy, M&R, Norway
Øyrahornet 417m 42m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Melshornet 807m 564m Ørsta, Norway WCP
Høgkubben 450m 62m Ålesund, Norway WCP
Geitnausa 456m 102m Ålesund, Norway WCP
Nuken 919m 126m Sogndal, Norway
Tylderingen 1104m 241m Sogndal, Norway WCP
Molden 1118m 805m Luster, Norway WCP

Sogndal – Sunnmøre, Sep 30 2019

Monday: After spending the weekend in eastern Norway, I worked from Sogndal on Monday. The weather in Sogndal was just fine and the drive home should have been straightforward.

Another nice day in Sogndal

But rumours had it that it was full winter closer to home. Should I give it a try with summer tires or play it safe? I called the nearest auto shop and asked if they had studded tires for my car and if yes, could they swap today?

The answer was “yes” on both questions, and a few hours later, my car was quite ready to face whatever awaited further north. It was quite early for studded tires. Legally, the date was Nov 1st, but we are at all times responsible for having tires matching the conditions. And, as I had to return to Sogndal at the end of the week, I decided to spend NOK 8000,- on a set of new tires. That made my Oslo weekend quite expensive. NOK 13,000+, counting the flight, the rental car and now new tires.

But when I crossed Utvikfjellet (approx. halfway between Sogndal and Sunnmøre), I didn’t feel too bad about having invested in new tires…

On Utvikfjellet

Sandvikhornet (352m), Rysseviktua (452m), Øyrahornet (417m), Oct 1 2019


The round trip hike

Tuesday: Those of you who read my Week 39 report, could see that I had been struggling with a bad headache lately. And today, I was able to get an appointment with a chiropractor that I hadn’t been with before. He was a really nice guy and cracked me up as they are supposed to do. I am no stranger to tension headache from muscle asymmetry. Most of my life, except the 2008-2019 years, I’ve been struggling with this. After an Osteopath in Ålesund found the problem, I thought I had got rid of this. But this was something else. Something new. No matter how much I massaged my muscles, the headache persisted. Hence, I was semi-optimistic when I left the chiropractor. On the upside, the modern thesis is that whatever you’re dealing with, talking a walk will only do you good. Until a certain point, of course.

So, this afternoon, I settled for a nice walk in my local mountains. Karma and I started out from the Coop store in Tjørvåg, followed the road up to Sandvikskaret, and then along the marked path to Sandvikhornet.

On our way from Tjørvåg. Øyrahornet up to the left.
Karma on Sandvikhornet

I had no particular plans about where to go, but decided to continue towards Rysseviktua. My usual round trip – all the way to Storehanen and return across Selsteinen and Slettheia was not on the table today.

Coastal view from Rysseviktua

Insted of returning the way we came, we crossed over the meadow, aiming for Øyrahornet. The terrain was not very nice for off-trail hiking, but the outlook of a different descent route weighed up for it.

Crossing the meadow from Rysseviktua to Øyrahornet (background)

I always enjoy the descent from Øyrahornet. The view is incredible!

Descending from Øyrahornet

Trip statistics: 8,2km, 580 vertical meters, 1h:52m

Pictures (Iphone8) from the hike:

Melshornet (807m),  Oct 2 2019


Our route across Melshornet

Wednesday: After work, and a new appointment with the chiropractor, I drove to Ørsta for one of my favorite walks – to Melshornet via “Pølsa“. The trailhead in Rystefeltet is approx. 160m, and the hike into Osdalen is very nice.

Once we entered Osdalen, we turned left and followed the steep mountain path up to “Pølsa“, where the view is quite spectacular.

View from “Pølsa”

Then we continued across the Okla ridge towards Melshornet.

Towards Melshornet

There was a thin layer of snow on top, but considerably more in the Sunnmøre alps – like on Saudehornet. I had recently been up there in snow, and it was a cumbersome ascent- and descent.

Ørsta view from Melshornet

We descended down to lake Dinglavatnet, and my plan was to hike across Vardehornet before descending into Osdalen.

Dinglavatnet below. Osdalen valley to the right

But down by the lake, I changed my mind, and walked around the lake until I met the path that took us directly into Osdalen. A very nice round trip hike!

Trip statistics: 7,3km, 660 vertical meters, 1h:56m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone8):

Høgkubben (450m), Geitnausa (456m), Oct 3 2019

The route across Høgkubben and Geitnausa

Thursday: After work in Ålesund, I had a beautiful afternoon ahead of me. I decided to spend it on Uksenøya island and Blindheimsfjellet.

We started out in Spjelkavika and hiked up “Turheisa” (a ski-lift running whenever there is snow) and we had a fine view towards the Ålesund – Spjelkavika region from up here.

View from “Turheisa”

Then we moved on towards Høgkubben. When dry, the paths on this mountain are very nice.

Very nice terrain for hiking and skiing!

From Høgkubben, I got a good feeling about the snow line…

Sunnmøre alps seen from Høgkubben

A round trip hike was on the agenda, and we sat course for Geitnausa.

To Geitnausa (left)

It was so nice to be outside. Too bad that at the end of the month, there would not be enough daylight to have afternoon hikes like this.


Eventually, we reached Geitnausa and Karma waited patiently for her “reward“…

Just hang on…

We left Geitnausa with a fine evening view towards Ålesund and Spjelkavika.

Ålesund – Spjelkavika region

When we got to the ferry at Sulesund, darkness was on its way.

Going home

Trip statistics: 10km, 500 vertical meters, 2h:05m

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

Nuken (919m), Oct 4 2019

The Åsen – Nuken path

Friday: Returning to Sogndal, and the driving conditions across Utvikfjellet (ref. Monday) were just fine. I had my 3rd appointment with my chiropractor today, and things were seemingly moving in the right direction. I was not really sure what the diagnosis was, but the muscles running up to the back of my head were really stiff. Hence the headache.

As I was approaching Sogndal, I figured that a late afternoon hike would be a good idea, in this nice weather. I called Anne and asked if she wanted to come along to Nuken from Åsen (the only reasonable hike with this little daylight left). She would, and I picked her up in Sogndalsdalen and drove up the toll road to Åsen.

We are heading out from the Åsen trailhead

The sun was dropping fast, but we were climbing equally fast…

Let’s hurry up…

It’s a short hike – close to 3km from Åsen. And, together with Amlaholten (Kaupanger), it’s the only short hike in the Sogndal region. If you want to reach a top with a prominence of 100 meters, that is. Well, Stedjeåsen isn’t too far either, but it’s a steep 550 vertical meter hike. Nuken from Åsen is only 350 vertical meters.

Approaching Nuken

We reached the top in a beautiful light!

On top of Nuken

We turned back around quite soon, hoping to get back to the car before it got totally dark. I had a headlamp, but Anne didn’t. But, we reached the car without having to switch it on. This was a very nice bridge from my working day on Sunnmøre and a nice afternoon.

Descending from Nuken

Trip statistics: 5,7km, 350 vertical meters, 2h:12m


Tylderingen (1104m), Oct 5 2019

Our route across Tylderingen

Saturday: The headache was as good as gone, and the weather was gorgeous. It’s interesting how much better life is without pain in the skull…

Anne and I decided to go to Tylderingen, which is a beautiful hike and a very nice ski-trip. There was probably snow on top of the mountain, but certainly not enough for skiing. I hadn’t brought my skis either, so…

We drove up to Fretland, left one car there and drove up to Kleiv – which was our starting point.

Heading out from Kleiv

I really enjoy the Kleiv route, which runs quite steeply up to the Stepin cabins (old summer farm), from where you have a nice view towards the Sogndalsdalen valley.

At Stepin

The route continues northeast, almost up to Kleberg, before it turns south – towards Tylderingen. And the views towards Sogndalsdalen get better by the minute…

Lake Dalavatnet and Sogndalsdalen

There was snow on top, but not much.

Karma hates when I lift her up…

Then we got company. A guy named Knut (whom Anne knew) and then of course Tom Dybwad – Mr. Tylderingen in person. And then it was time for a group photo.

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Knut, Anne, Karma, me and Tom. Photo by Tom Dybwad.

We hiked down to Fretland together with Tom, where he met his wife Eli near the trailhead. This was yet another beautiful trip to Tylderingen!

Heading down to Fretland

In the evening, we drove to Jostedalen to celebrate Oddbjørn Saltnes’ 50th birthday. There were MANY speeches, and Anne and Tom were serving anecdotes from the Jostedalsbreen National Park history…

Anne and Tom tell stories. Oddbjørn is listening with interest…

Trip statistics: 8,1km, 710 vertical meters, 3h:19m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Molden (1118m), Oct 6 2019

Our route across Molden

Sunday: The contrast between Monday and Sunday couldn’t have been bigger. After a miserable start to the week, the weather got more and more gorgeous day by day.

It was quite clear that we would go hiking today, but we were not in a rush, for several reasons. The first was that it got quite late in Jostedalen the night before. But also, morning frost and sunshine were also factors we put into the equation.

But eventually, we sat course for Mollandsmorki and Molden. And we were not alone. The Mollandsmorki parking lot was full of cars! I’ve never seen that before. But it took a little while before we caught up with people ahead of us.

On our way to Molden

As we got closer to Svarthiller, we were in a long chain of hikers.

Svarthiller (the old summer farm)

Above Svarthiller, the path had got a face-lift – by Sherpas…

Path 2.0!

Life was just nice!

Anne, almost on the ridge to the summit

And then we reached the top of Molden…

Back again!
My girls…

It was really, really tempting to descend to Marifjøra, although our car was at Mollandsmorki. We decided to go through with it. Surely, we could get a taxi?


On the way down to Marifjøra, Anne called her colleague Liv – who volunteered to pick us up and drive us back to Mollandsmorki. This is stuff that really good friends do…

The descent from Molden (1118m) to the Marifjøra (sea level) was long and mighty nice!

View towards Gaupne

And the terrain kept on changing…

Don’t get lost…

Eventually, we reached Marifjøra and waited for Liv. I decided to relax on the bench with Karma while Anne and Liv went up to Marifjøra. I really enjoyed life! Nice weather, many nice hikes and no headache. Unfortunately, the headache came back – stronger than ever – the following week. But more on that later…


Trip statistics: 11,1km, 630 vertical meters, 3h:50m

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

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