2019 Week 47

More nice sunsets…

Karma on Røddalshorn

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Vardehornet 600m 60m Ørsta/Volda, Norway WCP
Hatlaåsen 124m 71m Ålesund, Norway WCP
Røddalshorn 563m 100m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Leirvågfjellet 254m 231m Sula, Norway WCP
Rjåhornet 598m 105m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Garnestua 653m 415m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Mosvarden 553m 50m Hareid, Norway WCP
Skafjellet 573m 82m Hareid, Norway WCP
Holstadhornet 531m 98m Hareid, Norway WCP

Vardehornet (600m), Nov 18 2019

Our route up and down Vardehornet

Monday: On my way home from Sogndal to Sunnmøre, I kept thinking where I should walk the dog. The weather was disappointing – fog and light rain/snow. As I approached Volda, I still hadn’t made up my mind but made a sudden decision to drive up to Klepp and just start walking from there.

Heading out from Klepp

The time was 3:40pm when we headed out from Klepp and it would be dead dark one hour later. As such, I expected to use the headlamp.

Volda view from Klepp

I decided that we should hike up to Vardehornet. Melshornet would be a too long of a hike. After all, I had to get up 5am the next morning for my regular Tuesday trip to Ålesund.

We followed the forest path upwards. It was nice. There was little snow on the ground, but enough to make it feel bright.

Through the forest

After the forest, we had one long hill ahead of us before we could reach the top.

The final hill

And when we reached the top – 4:30pm – it was quite dark and I had problems seeing the beaten path ahead of me. The camera however, have much better eyes than me…

On Vardehornet

We continued across the top, descended down to lake Dinglavatnet and followed the mountain service road back down. We returned to Klepp 5:09pm, but thanks to the snow, I didn’t have to use the headlamp.

Trip statistics: 6,7km, 430 vertical meters, 1,5 hours

Fjordstien, Hatlaåsen (124m), Nov 19 2019


Our round trip hike along Fjordstien and across Hatlaåsen

Tuesday: After an intense work day in Ålesund, I was dead meat and had to settle for a moderate walk with the dog. I had recently learned about the new “Fjordstien” (fjord path)  project – a path that eventually would run along the entire Borgundfjorden – from Bogeneset to Moa. But the path wasn’t finished and I wasn’t sure where it started and where it ended. I decided to check it out.

I found the start of the path at Bogeneset and looked forward to the hike. The path looked pretty much as I had expected it to look like.

Heading out on Fjordstien

This path also offers some nice views towards the Sunnmøre alps and the Sula mountain.

Sunnmøre alps

After ~3,5km, we reached the end of the path, and I could see that work was in progress for the continuation. As we were close to the hospital, I decided to return to Hatlane-Bogeneset via Hatlaåsen.

Perhaps one day I will jog from Ålesund to Høgkubben (background)

The path up Hatlaåsen was incredibly icy, and it was getting quite dark, but out of pure principle – I refused to switch on the headlamp. I won’t do that until there is no other option.

Karma on Hatlaåsen

From Hatlane, we took a direct route back to the fjord path and returned to Bogeneset just minutes before I would be forced to switch the light on. Nice hike! I look forward to exploring it again when it’s done. Preferably while jogging…

Trip statistics: 8km, 200 vertical meters, 1h:35m

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

Røddalshorn (563m), Nov 20 2019

Track from the Røddalshorn hike

Wednesday: Today, I decided to do a round trip hike across Røddalshorn on Gurskøya. The plan was to head up the normal route from Leikongeidet, descend into Røddalen and return to the main road via Egga. As I didn’t have reflective vests for me or the dog, we would have to hike off-trail between the main road and Gyrinakken back to Leikongsætra.

Trailhead view

For the first half of the ascent, I had to choose between an icy path or next to the path on hard crust snow. I chose the snow, Karma chose the ice.

But as we got higher, we moved onto proper snow. And – we also got a glimpse of that beautiful shine after the sunset.


High on the mountain, there was a whole lot of snow, soft and packed mixed.

Approaching the summit ridge. Much more snow here

It was quite dark when we reached the top (4:03pm) but I hoped that – because of the snow – I could complete the round trip without switching on the headlamp.

Karma on Røddalshorn (I)
Karma on Røddalshorn (II)

The hike over to the ridge above Røddalen was strenuous because of packed snow. And when I got to the edge and could look down into the valley, I could see no obvious route down. It was altogether much steeper that I had thought it would be. So, I cancelled the idea and decided to follow a parallel route down instead.

This route was OK for me, but terrible for Karma. The snow had an icy crust, and I assumed it would be painful for her. I tried to break trail best possible and hoped she would get the idea and walk in my footsteps, but she didn’t seem to suffer much and ran happily alongside.

Towards Leikongeidet

Again, it was dead dark when we finally returned to the car (4:47pm), but the headlamp never came on. Nice hike! I enjoyed it, regardless of the cumbersome parts.

Trip statistics: 4,8km, 430 vertical meters, 1h:23m

Leirvågfjellet (254m), Nov 21 2019


Our hike across Leirvågfjellet

Thursday: Still addicted to the sunsets, I traded a longer walk and higher top (in the dark) for a low top and a short ascent. Leirvågfjellet was a natural candidate, especially because I could now check out the last path that  still haven’t visited.

I parked at Sundsmyra like always, and then we headed up the mighty icy path straight up the mountain. No time for pictures until we reached the top!

Karma on top of Leirvågfjellet

Fortunately, there was still some orange and red left on the sky…

A stunning glow…

Furthermore, the view towards Hjørundfjorden and the Sunnmøre alps wasn’t bad either…

The Hjørundfjord. Hornindalsrokken in the background

Then we continued across the mountain, along the path to Kvarvsneset. The path was insanely icy, but I managed to stay on my feet.

Just before we reached civilization, we turned right and followed a path under the power line. I had never taken this path before. Good thing the ground was frozen, or this would have been a wet hike. To my despair, the horizon was at its peak in terms of red color when we were in the forest. But OK, no complaints…

I should have been higher up…

The path took us back to Sundsmyra, but we took a trip across Sundnakken – for the first time. From here, we had a good view both towards Sundsmyra and Solavågen. Nice trip!

Sundsmyra (the sports field)

Trip statistics: 4km, 285 vertical meters, 1h:06m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP):

Rjåhornet (600m), Nov 22 2019

Our route from and to Djupvika

Friday: This afternoon, I decided to hike Rjåhornet on Gurskøya while waiting for Anne to come up from Sogndal. I didn’t expect any gorgeous colors in the sky, and given our late start, nor did I expect to make it back down without using the headlamp. Oh well, it was bound to happen at some point but the good news is that in only a month, the days are getting longer again.

On our way to Rjåhornet

We took the Djupvika route, and for the first time this year, I had to use steel spikes under my terrain shoes if I wanted to survive the hike along the icy path.

View down

It was quite dark already when we started on the final 200 vertical meters.

Vanylven tops

I was quite amazed by the new EOS RP camera, allowing me to take pictures in (close to) darknesshandheld. I’m mighty pleased with it, except for moon pictures. But that’s probably because of me…

Approaching the top

When we reached the summit plateau, I could see a little glow in the horizon. I didn’t expect that today.

On top, Karma did the usual pose, awaiting the summit treat.


And before we headed back down, I got my orange/red sky moment today as well. And now I looked forward to get off the mountain and meet my girlfriend…

Thanks! I did not expect that…

Back home, Karma hit the sofa…

Human behavior?

Trip statistics: 6km, 590 vertical meters, 1h:38m

Garnestua (653m), Nov 23 2019

Our hike across Garnestua

Saturday: Both Anne and I were quite busy already from the morning. Stuff that needed to be done, etc. Which included a trip to Ulsteinvik, where we also stopped by Osnessanden.

Karma loves the Osnessanden beach…

The time was close to 2pm when we found time for a little hike, and we only have max. 2 hours of daylight left. I proposed to hike Garnestua from Løset, which was OK with Anne.

We headed out just before 2pm and followed the normal path upwards.

On our way to Garnestua

But after a little while, I proposed that we should ascend via the east ridge and we had to leave the path to get there. We were both wearing terrain shoes, but Anne had gaiters. I had already quite wet shoes before we got to the ridge.

The east ridge

The ascent up the ridge was OK, but the less steep flats towards the top were snowy and cumbersome.

Approaching the top

But eventually we got there. And it took us almost one hour.

On top of Garnestua

It was well worth the effort, though. This was a beautiful place to be.

Anne has a sunset moment…

Then we decided to descend via Flåna and hike across the frozen lake Fjellsvatnet. I had to think about this for a little while. My feet were cold, and we had to walk in a lot of snow just to get down to the lake. But I always strive to do new routes, so…

Descending from Flåna

The descent from Flåna and the hike towards Fjellsvatnet was just as unpleasant as I had feared.

Cumbersome terrain towards lake Fjellsvatnet

The question was now – would the ice be safe? It was hard to tell, so we decided to walk along the shore just to be on the safe side. All in all, a very enjoyable round trip hike!

Ready, set, GO!

Trip statistics: 7km, 500 vertical meters, 2:06m

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

Mosvarden (553m), Skafjellet (573m), Holstadhornet (531m), Nov 24 2019

Our hike from Ulsteinvik to Hareid

Sunday: Today, I suggested a hike that would be a variation to the previous hikes we’ve done to Mosvarden, Skafjellet and Holstadhornet. We would start at Gamleeidet above Ulsteinvik and hike to Mosvarden. From there we would go over to the Skafjellet – Holstadhornet ridge and descend to Hareid. Anne liked the idea and we left one car in Hareid before driving back to Gamleeidet.

The path up from Gamleeidet was incredibly icy. Anne had shoes with built-in spikes, and she probably thought I was a stubborn old man, refusing to wear anything that would give me a better grip. But to my defense – going *up* an icy path is not a problem. And furthermore, I really value the balance training I get.

Heading out from Gamleeidet

As we got more snow below our feet, the ice problem was over, and we had a nice and easy stroll up to the top of Mosvarden.

Towards Mosvarden

Then we moved on towards Skafjellet and Holstadhornet.

Leaving Mosvarden – almost free of snow (!)

There was quite a bit of snow in the valley between Mosvarden and Skafjellet, and my feel were cold. Actually, my left foot was really cold, as I had stepped through some ice and got my shoe all wet. Of course, it’s not a brilliant idea to do this hike with terrain shoes, but …

It was however nice to get onto the Skafjellet ridge, where we a) got less snow and b) could see Hareid – where our journey would end.

On Skafjellet’s west ridge

It was quite windy on the tops, and on Skafjellet, it was nice to find shelter from the wind behind the cairn.

On Skafjellet. Nice sign on top!

Now there was only Holstadhornet left to visit, and we moved on.

Holstadhornet ahead

When we got to Holstadhornet, we could choose between several paths down, but we chose to follow the normal path down to Hovled.

Anne by the Holstadhornet cairn

We visited Håbakknotten before descending into the forest. It was a really nice hike!

Towards Hareid

Trip statistics: 12,7km, 650 vertical meters, 3:35m

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

3 thoughts on “2019 Week 47

  1. Dude! Im so jealous you get to hike around in Norway. My grandparents came from Norway and I have studied places and certain things of Norway and I hope to make it out there someday soon! Thank you for sharing! I’ll be following now for more! Awesome Photos too!

      1. Your welcome! I definitely will, thank you for your kind comments! Have you been to the Geirangerfjord? That is at the top of my list to see, but anywhere will make me happy. I have some family that still lives out there, but i have never met them. Hopefully I can meet them when I make it out there someday! I will be enjoying your blog now too! thanks!

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