2020 Week 14

Final week before Easter in Sogndal

We enjoy the little forest we have, here on the Norwegian coastline…

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Leinehornet 366m 366m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Leinebjørnen 271m 108m Herøy, Norway WCP
Selsteinen 598m 90m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Storehanen 493m 67m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Storehornet 278m 78m Sande, M&R, Norway WCP
Nupen (Nupatinden) 242m 69m Sande, M&R, Norway WCP
Øyrahornet 417m 42m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Høgskjerva 317m 9m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Skeidshornet 311m 13m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Osberget 134m 36m Ulstein, Norway
Skardsbøfjellet 700m 0 Sogndal, Norway WCP
Orrabruhaugen 295m 25m Sogndal, Norway
Kongaberget 160m 0m Sogndal, Norway

Leinehornet (366m), Leinebjørnen (271m), Mar 30 2020

The route across Leinehornet and Leinebjørnen

Monday: I could see blue sky through my window, from when I started to work at 8 and until I finished around 5pm. When I walked out my front door to take the dog for a walk, it just started snowing.

This would normally be a “downer”. But this is not a normal time. In many countries now, going into the nature is either socially unacceptable or simply forbidden. We’re not there now, and I hope we’ll never be.

Social distancing is the very least of problems where I live, and the drive to any given trailhead is less than 20 minutes. The drive is of course the real problem. I could collide, and the health services will have to deal with me, in addition to everything else they have to deal with. So it won’t be me causing the accident. That’s for certain.

So, the snow didn’t upset me at all and I decided to drive to Leinøya to walk across Leinehornet and Leinebjørnen. I found a new starting point, which was a bonus. And after a while on new paths, we joined one of the regular paths up the mountain.

On our way to Leinehornet

There are lots of people hiking the same mountains, on the same trails. But people follow the guidelines and step off the trail, with a good distance. Same ol’, same ol’, except for the distance.

Eggesbønes, seen on the way to Leinehornet

Leinehornet summit was a cold and windy place to be at. The wind speed was such that the snow could not be captured at 1/80.

On top of Leinehornet – for a very brief moment

And so we moved on, towards Sollida and Leinebjørnen.

Our next stops

The paths were wet and boggy, but I was having a great time. Now that I’m staying away from dairy products, my shape and form has improved greatly. I can only hope it stays that way!

View towards Flø and the mountains above

Eventually we reached Leinebjørnen, and I had to think about how to get back to the car. I knew that there was a route from Leinebjørnen and into the valley below. Perhaps I could find it?

On Leinebjørnen, with Leinehornet in the background

I found the path and the path took me all the way into the valley, where I found another path that took me down to civilization and my car. A nice round trip hike!

Eggesbønes (again). The weather is worse now

Trip statistics: 6,5km, 550 vertical meters, 1h:50m

Selsteinen (598m), Storehanen (493m), Mar 31 2020

Our route across Selsteinen and Storehanen

Tuesday: I hadn’t been in Moltudalen so far this year, and figured it was high time. The weather had been simply awful all day, but it was clearing up in the afternoon. Clearing up is perhaps an overstatement, as the mountains were fogged in. But at least it had stopped raining!

View towards Selsteinen, with fog on top

My primary goal was Selsteinen, with Storehanen as an optional round trip hike. The fog didn’t bother me a bit. I know these mountains inside and out.

The mountain path had snow and was all wet and boggy. So I decided to go off-trail, up a steep section.

Steep, off-trail route to Selsteinen ahead

The ascent was hard work, but eventually we reached the top. And it came as no surprise that it was quite windy up there.

On top on Selsteinen. Very nice to be back!

Descending on snow was nice, as it for the most part carried my weight.

The sticks were of SOME help, but I would have found my way anyhow

The hike over to Storehanen seemed endless, although it was just 1km of walking from the foot of Selsteinen and to the top of Storehanen. The locals call this top Blåfjellet. For whatever reason…

Then we descended to Moltuhanen, which the locals call Storehanen. The signpost says 471m, which is a bit silly, as it’s only 430m.

On Moltuhanen

From Moltuhanen, there are two routes down to Kvia. One is very steep and the other is steep, but not THAT steep. I chose the latter, as the wet snow on the rocks made this a much harder descent than it normally is.

Moltustranda, seen on our way down from Storehanen

Before reaching Kvia, we took the newly marked route they call “Blåfjellstien“, which took us back to the parking.

Back at the trailhead, looking back on Storehanen

Trip statistics: 6,2km, 470 vertical meters, 1h:42m

Storehornet (278m), Nupatinden (242m), Apr 1 2020

Our round trip hike across Storehornet and Nupen

Wednesday: The weather earlier today was really, really awful. I even delayed taking the dog outisde at lunch because of the winds and the pouring rain. But in the afternoon, the winds calmed down and it stopped raining. And I decided to repeat a route I did back in 2014 with my girlfriend Anne and Bjørn Skoge.

I drove towards Larsnes and parked at Drageskaret. Then we followed the path towards Storehornet.

Storehornet ahead

Life on Storehornet was all good. It was a little bit windy, but that’s the coastline in a nutshell.

On top of Storehornet
Gursken fjord and the tops above, seen from Storehornet

Then we continued towards Nupen, aka Nupatinden.

Nupen in the distance

I really appreciated the blue sky, because I knew it wouldn’t last.

And it didn’t…

Almost on Nupen, looking back towards Storehornet

When we got to Nupen, it was twice as windy as on Storehornet and I was not able to control every step I made. Which wasn’t too good, as I had planned a steep descent down to the shore. Eventually, I decided to cancel my plan and go for a safer route instead.

On Nupen

The wind aside, being out here and watch the showers and rays of sunshine at the same time was just beautiful.

The weather in a nutshell; incoming showes and some blue sky at the same time

Halfway down the mountain, I stopped to take a closer look at Gjøna. I suddenly remembered my trip up the middle couloir, topping it out just before the summit. I need to repeat this route soon…


And eventually, we were down by the shore saw the route ahead. The first step was to get to the houses. Then, we had to follow the road up to the main road, and then get back up to Drageskaret. In other words, 5km to go…

Still a while to go…

But I do enjoy walking a nice shoreline and we were in the lee side of the wind.

A rock has to be pretty high to stop Karma from getting up…

Eventually, we reached the road at Sandvik, and Nupatinden now seemed quite distant.

Looking back on Nupatinden and the point wherewe came down

Very happy about doing this walk again, 6 years later!

Trip statistics: 9,5km, 520 vertical meters, 2h:30m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone8) seen from the trip:

Øyrahornet (417m), Apr 2 2020

Our hike across Øyrahornet

Thursday: Another day with unpredictable weather. In one second, the sky is as blue as it can get and in the next, it feels like the most horrible winter.

So, for this afternoon hike I was looking for a nearby top with a good “exit plan“. Øyrahornet above Tjørvåg is that kind of top.


I left home immediately after a long snow shower and when I got through the Aurvåg tunnel, the weather was totally different. There was suddenly no snow on the road and Øyrahornet seemed very inviting.

Once above the forest, the strong winds sat in. They were not so strong that I got pushed around, but I ascended the mountain a bit “skewed” and looked forward to reaching the lee side. There is of course more snow there, but still…

Above the forest
View towards Hareidlandet island

Then we moved from a perfectly calm place and to a furious top

Nice and calm on the lee side
On top of Øyrahornet. It’s VERY windy…

The plan was to descent to the north, but the wind forced us to descend on the lee side – southeast.

In shelter from the wind, but not from the incoming shower

Here, we reached a juniper bush nightmare that took a world crisis to make me appreciate being here.

Juniper bush nightmare

Eventually, we reached the forest just as a new snow/hail shower came along.

In the nick of time…

Inside the forest, I discovered a path that I didn’t know about. Cool!

In new territory…

The shower passed and we reached Tjørvåg with blue sky. That would however not last for very long…

Back at Tjørvåg. A new shower is building up

Trip statistics: 4,7km, 460 vertical meters, 1h:33m

Høgskjerva (317m), Skeidshornet (311m), Osberget (134m), Apr 3 2020

Our “potent” round trip hike above Ulsteinvik

Friday: The weather was still unstable and I drove to Ulsteinvik to hike in the outskirts of the forest, with an “exit plan” at hand.

Building motivation…

I parked at Bugardsmyrane and we followed the forest path towards Høgskjerva. Being inside the forest was plain nice.

So far, so good!

Being above the forest was a little more windy and foggy…

Høgskjerva ahead

We continued to the Vikeskardet pass and noticed that another major show shower was coming in from the ocean.

Hmm… Let’s head for the forest. Now!

Quick “math” suggested that we would reach the forest before the shower came along. The “math” wasn’t too bad, as we were 20 meters away from the forest when the shower came up on us.

Made it!

Being inside the forest was really nice. So totally different from the “world outside”

Inside the forest – very nice!

Eventually, we reached civilization at Skeide and the shower had passed. The plan was now to ascend Osberget.

Osberget ahead

Once on Osberget, it felt like the day couldn’t have been nicer

On Osberget

We took another loop on Osberget before returning to Bugardsmyrane. All in all, a very nice round trip hike!

Høgskjerva seen from Osberget

Trip statistics: 8,5km, 510 vertical meters, 2h:46m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone8) seen from the trip:

To Sogndal, Apr 4 2020

Saturday: Finally, I would get to see my girlfriend again. I hadn’t seen her since March 9th, basically because she had the Corona virus and was in quarantine. But now she was “officially well again”, although she didn’t quite feel as her normal self yet.

But I sure picked the wrong day to leave Sunnmøre

I can only hope the Sogndal weather is as nice as this…

Driving down Utvikfjellet, I had to stop for a picture of Eggjanibba. It’s such an awesome peak…

Eggjanibba above Våtedalen

Skardsbøfjellet (700m), Apr 4 2020

The route up and down Skardsbøfjellet

Saturday: Eventually, I reached Sogndal and it was very nice to have our small family reunited. And, we decided to take a walk up the Skardsbøfjellet road – leading up to the power plant.

On the Skardsbøfjellet mountain road

Unfortunately, the snow was quite deep and we followed tractor tracks up to Flugheimshaugen where we came up with Plan B.

We turned around at Flugheimshaugen

We returned to the car, Anne and Karma went on foot back home while I went back up the mountain – now with skis on.

Up the Skardsbøfjellet road again – now with skis on

I was not feeling so great. It felt like as if I had a “claw” in my chest and I wondered if I actually had the Corona virus. But I had no other symptoms and that “claw” had been in my chest for several weeks. I just had to take it slow and easy up the mountain.

Sogndalsdalen valley

I had some problems with my short skins, which had very little glue left. Hence, I had to work extra hard to get up. Not ideal, as I really needed to use as little energy as possible.

View up to Slakkafjellet

Eventually, I reached the power plant and looked very much forward to the descent.

At the power plant

Unfortunately, the snow wasn’t perfect. If I stayed in my track, it went too fast and if I stayed outside the track, it went too slow. The solution was to have one ski in the track and the other outside.

On the way down, I took a different route between 520m and 380m elevation. It’s a good thing I was observant…

Ouch! That was close!

And there were more hurdles, but eventually I reached the car – safe and sound. And now I looked forward to the steak dinner that Anne had promised me…

Taking it slow and easy…

Trip statistics: 10,9km, 670 vertical meters, 2h:14m

Orrabruhaugen (295m), Apr 5 2020

Our route along the old road by Årøyelvi river

Sunday: The weather was not great and it was raining when we left Anne’s house to hike along the Årøyelvi river.

It felt really nice to be inside the forest and just “chill” in a very Corona-compatible way.

That’s a BIG rock!

We stopped by all the various sites along the way – Futaspranget, Bygdeborg, Gildreskreda and Olavskjelda.

At Futaspranget. The legend has it that the guy who attempted the jump didn’t make it…

Then Anne lost “the steam” and decided to head back while Karma and I headed up the forest to reach Orrabruhaugen. It kinda feels “wrong” when the hike doesn’t have some sort of “high point” – whatever the height and the prominence.

On top of Orrabruhaugen

We joined Anne back at the car and returned to Sogndal.


Trip statistics: 5,5km, 355 vertical meters, 2h:40m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Kongaberget (160m), Apr 5 2020

Our walk across Røvhaugane and Kongaberget

Still Sunday: In the afternoon, we went for another walk. We drove up to the Røvhaugane trailhead and headed over to Kongaberget.

Sogndal view from Kongaberget

We then went up to Åberge when we realized that Karma’s leash was left at Kongaberget.

So, we went back to Kongaberget to pick it up and met Karms’s sister Turte along the way.

The sisters are back together!

Afterwards, we wandered a bit around in the forest – having some fun along the way.

I’ll explain later, Karma…

Eventually, we called it a day and returned to the Røvhaugane parking. It felt like a very lazy day, but the total was 8,7km and 550 vertical meters. Not too bad!

Trip statistics: 3,2km, 195 vertical meters, 1h:24m

Pictures (Iphone8) from the hike:

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