2022 Week 22

Some rain, some fog but also a good deal of sunshine!


A great start to the week!
Date Peak/Place Height PF Location WCP
30.05.22 Kongsvollen 683m 200m Hareid/Ulstein, Norway WCP
30.05.22 Hidsneset Herøy, M&R, Norway
31.05.22 Skåla 184m 497m Herøy, M&R, Norway
01.06.22 Hasundhornet 533m 93m Ulstein, Norway WCP
02.06.22 Selsteinen 598m 90m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
02.06.22 Storehanen 493m 67m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
04.06.22 Nuken 919m 126m Sogndal, Norway
05.06.22 Solvornnipa 1031m 81m Sogndal/Luster, Norway WCP
05.06.22 Skurva 1027m 36m Sogndal/Luster, Norway WCP

Kongsvollen (683m), May 30 2022

Our hike across Kongsvollen

Monday: It was a beautiful day and I decided to hike Kongsvollen for the first time this year. This is the 2nd highest top on Hareidlandet, and the neighbor of Blåtind – which is the highest top on the island. The normal routes to the top runs from the transformer station (Blåtind trailhead) in Ringstaddalen and from Løset – via “Bukketrappa”. Today, I decided to do a traverse, starting by the transformer station.

On the way to Kongsvollen

The path across the meadow was very wet and my worn-out sneakers were soaking wet before the climb up the mountain could begin.

The path was free of snow, and I felt a bit exhausted, going up the mountain. It was nice to reach lake Hundelaupsvatnet and get a short break before the final ascent.

At lake Hundelaupsvatnet

It took us one hour to reach the top, and I was feeling really old. Writing this, I went back to a 2014 track, where it only took us 50 minutes to reach the top. But I don’t know if I was really pushing it back then or if I even stopped for pictures. Note to self: do another hike and register the decay

On top of Kongsvollen

Anne was working in Stryn today but returned just as we were heading out from home. As I assumed she was eager for dinner, I felt that I should not spend the entire evening on this mountain, and I decided to jog back to the car.

Vartdalsfjorden view from Kongsvollen

Jogging down “Bukketrappa” isn’t really jogging – it’s just “fast movement” across a ridge where a fall could be potentially bad.

Heading down “Bukketrappa” (the steepest parts not seen)

Once down in safer terrain, I was really jogging – although I felt my 8kg backpack more than I liked. I admit, it felt a bit silly to carry emergency equipment on such a hot day. But better every time than skip it the one time I might need it…

Melshornet (Hareid) reflecting in lake Snipsøyrvatnet

When I got to Løset, I had 3,8km of jogging along the road ahead of me. That was not so fun. Observers might not even call it jogging. More like – old man moving down the valley in a strange way. I did stop for a quick chat with buddy Martin, painting his barn.

Looking back on Kongsvollen – approaching Løset

But eventually, we got back to the car and were back at the house 10 minutes later. Anne had already warmed up the leftovers from the weekend and I could go straight from the shower to a hot meal!

Trip statistics: 11,4km, 690 vertical meters, 2h:23m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Hidsneset, May 30 2022

Family love at Hidsneset

Monday: Late evening, we decided to take a trip to Hidsneset to enjoy the sunset. It’s a 20-minute drive from home and it’s a place we both enjoy. We’ve hiked up to Hidsegga from here a couple of times, and we’ve also camped by the lighthouse. Today, we only went there for pictures.

Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max):

Skåla (184m), May 31 2022

Our route up and down Skåla

Tuesday: This evening was reserved for “Dugnad” on the Sandvikskaret – Skåla trail. “Dugnad” is a Norwegian word for voluntary work, whatever it may be. Today, the “Dugnad” was about deploying wooden foot bridges and chips on the Skåla trail.

Heading out from Sandvik

The local trail maintenance group has handy men and I’m not one of them. Thus, my part today was to carry plank and chips. 

Good work! (Photo: Elin Hundsnes)

Karma was VERY confused about the back-and-forth thing but followed me blindly like a good dog should.


The end result was very good! Little by little always does it!

Gathering on top of Skåla after the “Dugnad”

Trip statistics: 5,1km, 380 vertical meters, 3h:09m

Pictures (Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Hasundhornet (533m), June 1 2022

Our hike across Hasundhornet

Wednesday: Today was a rainy and miserable weather day. I had a bad physical day, with headache and muscular pain. Maybe (and not even maybe) I carried more than I should have yesterday.

I really, really wanted to go nowhere today at all but as a dog owner one has chores…

Hasundhornet trailhead at Fjelle

And when it’s raining and all trails are wet from recent rain, it’s tempting to follow the gravel road from Fjelle and up to Hasundhornet.

Not so much fog on this side!

Once up there, I always follow the paths back to the road across Fjelle, like today and it doesn’t really matter if my shoes get soaking wet on the way down.

On top of Hasundhornet

The important thing was just to get out of the house and walk the dog!

Cool fog!

Trip statistics: 3,7km, 245 vertical meters, 50 minutes

Selsteinen (598m), Storehanen (493m), June 2 2022

Our route across Selsteinen and Storehanen

Thursday: My hike to Selsteinen and Storehanen today had two purposes; 1) check the sticks on Selsteinen and 2) find locations for new signposts at Storehanen. I had heard rumours about the sticks on Selsteinen – not being in proper order.

The fog was thicker than I can remember it to ever be. But it’s OK, it’s a good opportunity to check how the sticks appear when they’re really needed. The idea isn’t that you should necessarily see the next stick if you’re standing by one, but if you continue you should the stick behind you and the next. It’s kind of an IQ-test and I’m not sure everyone will pass…

Do I even need to bring the camera?

But today, most would fail because all the sticks from Selsteinen in the direction of Slettheia were lying on the ground

Karma on Selsteinen

I’m pretty sure sheep are not to blame for this. It seemed quite systematic. And it’s hard to think someone would commit plain vandalism although I don’t completely rule out the idea. I’m going to do some detective work on this and come back when the fog lifts to put the sticks back in order.

Then we moved over to Storehanen where a myriad of crossing paths can confuse someone who doesn’t know this area well. Signposts are overdue! I decided that I would contact the Moltu trail group to see if we could coordinate something together…

Trip statistics: 6,7km, 460 vertical meters, 1h:30m

Transport day, June 3 2022

Friday: Time to go to Sogndal again. This time there were convoys of Recreation Vehicles everywhere and the few times I was able to reach the speed limit felt like a blessing. What the heck is the problem? It’s not the cars. I drove an old and worn-out RV a couple to and from northern Norway of years ago, kept the speed limit without any problem and never had more than max. 1 car behind me at any given time.

It was raining all the way until I got to the Sogndalsdalen valley. Oh my, how nice it was to move from rain to sunshine!

And Anne had prepared a cozy afternoon outside…

Back in Sogndal!

Nuken (919m), June 4 2022

Our hike across Nuken

Saturday: Anne had things to do at the house, and Karma and I were free to go hiking by ourselves. As I hadn’t been to Nuken so far in 2022, that’s where I decided to go. And for the first time, I would do the Røvhaugane – Åberge – Hølsete – Nuken – Åsen – Bjellastølen – Åberge round-trip hike. I really looked forward to it!

The weather was beautiful and t-shirt + shorts would have been adequate clothing. At least in the beginning…

Towards Åberge, with view towards Barsnesfjorden

The Røvhaugane forest is always nice. The road from Åberge up to Hølsete is just … dull…

At Hølsete, I had to decide if I were to take the shortest path (2km) or take the longer way up (3km). I chose the shortest and sort of regretted it quite soon. It wasn’t just wet and boggy, it was … way, way, way wet and boggy!

At Hølsete, Nuken comes into view

But we reached the top of Nuken without touching snow!

Karma on top of Nuken

The next leg was Nuken – Åsen (or Årvollåsen as the signpost said). We couldn’t escape snow on this route.

Towards Åsen

Just before Åsen, we went onto the Bjellastølen path. I had never hiked this route before and looked forward to it. My enthusiasm gradually faded as we encountered real treefall issues in the forest…

Disaster zone!

But eventually, we reached Bjellastølen.


I had done only part of the Bjellastølen – Åberge route and looked forward to getting to know this forest better. The last time I was in Sogndal, I tried to hike this route (in the opposite direction) but gave up due to snow and went off-trail towards Skjeggen instead.

Descending to Åberge

After passing Åberge, we took a different route down the Røvhaugane forest and drove straight to the store meet up with Anne. I’ve missed the stores closing at 4pm for Pentecost for the past 15 years, but this time I was prepared!

Sogndal view from Røvhaugane

The evening was spent just like any nice evening is spent in Sogndal – outside and with good food on the barbeque!

Living the good life in Sogndal…

Trip statistics: 13,5km, 930 vertical meters, 3h:30m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Solvornnipa (1031m), Skurva (1027m), June 5 2022

Our hike from Barsnes to Solvorn

Sunday: After breakfast, Anne concluded that she had too much going on back at the house to come hiking with me. I then decided that I wanted to hike from Barsnes to Solvorn, across Solvornnipa and Skurva (which I hadn’t been to before), providing Anne could drop us off and pick us up. She could.

At Barsnes, ready for a long hike

From Barsnes, we followed the road along Barsnesfjorden for 1,8km before we could start ascending the forest.

On the forest path from Vikastrondi

It wasn’t sunny, but the temperature was good, and we were hot going up the forest!

Up the forest

The first (short) pause was at Dal (400m elev.) where the local sheep observed us with skepticism.

“Yo! Dog!”

The next (short) pause was at Helgasete (600m elev.) where the local sheep were much more relaxed about visitors.

At Helgasete

I had been considering heading off-trail up Sigledalen valley, but I abandoned the idea as the forest seemed to offer quite a bit of struggle. Instead, we followed the marked path in the direction of Solvornnipa.

Solvornnipa seen from Helgasete

Eventually, we reached snow. Although we didn’t have to walk on it in order to reach the top.

Karma’s version of spa…

We reached the top of Solvornnipa at 1:43pm, 2h:12m after heading out from Barsnes. 1000 vertical meters done. Only some minor ups and downs to go before we could start descending to Solvorn.

Karma on Solvornnipa

Skurva is located 1km southeast of Solvornnipa, and it’s not a prominent top by any means. Still, it’s a hump with a name, and I tend to visit those too – if I’m in the neighborhood.

On our way to Skurva

Next up was the most “exciting” part of the hike – to get down to the S1 path (which we left going up Solvornnipa) running through “Skardet” pass. I remembered back from 2017 that I ended up in steep terrain.

OK, where do we go?

This time, we stayed further east, following the terrain (GPS) where it seemed most gentle. This time, we joined the path from Skardet at 660m without going through difficult terrain.

Looking back on Solvornnipa

The rest of the hike would be along marked paths and I went back into “enjoy myself” mode. Not that I don’t enjoy steep off-trail routes, but now I didn’t have to focus on route-finding.

Heading down the forest towards Solvorn

The path took us down to Setålen, where there were sheep everywhere. A sheep mom was approaching us with a determined face. I told her that I had an even grumpier dog and she backed off.

Approaching Setålen

After Setålen, we got down onto the forest tractor road. Anne called and asked about my whereabouts. We agreed that she might as well start driving from Sogndal.

Oh oh, this trail isn’t big enough for all of us!

My plan was to get down to Mosaviki, but I didn’t catch the exit and we were now on our way to the Solvorn road – higher up than where I wanted to join it. Then I met a group of people and I asked if there was a shorter route to Solvorn. There was, I was told. I saved myself some distance, but I’m not sure if I saved myself any time.

Once I reached the Solvorn road, Anne came driving by. I waved and she noticed me in time. Then we drove down to the fjord and walked around a bit before returning to Sogndal.

Thanks for picking us up!

Back at Sogndal, it was time for barbeque. Again!

Yum. And – Solvornnipa in the background

It was a good week on the trails!

Trip statistics: 15,6km, 1150 vertical meters, 4,5 hours

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

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