2021 Week 22 (Summary)

Painting sticks week, but also some other good walks…

A hike on Runde island is never wrong
Date Peak/Place Height PF Location
31.05.21 Sandhornet 909m 471m Ørsta, Norway WCP
31.05.21 Grøthornet 748m 35m Ørsta, Norway WCP
01.06.21 Nonshornet 485m 7m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
01.06.21 Sollia 661m 661m Herøy/Sande, M&R, Norway WCP
02.06.22 Rjåhornet 600m 107m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
03.06.22 Øyrahornet 417m 42m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
04.06.22 Øyrahornet 417m 42m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
05.06.21 Sollia 661m 661m Herøy/Sande, M&R, Norway WCP
06.06.21 Rundevarden 333m 333m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP

Sandhornet (909m), May 31 2021

Enjoying a nice afternoon on Sandhornet

I hike Sandhornet in Ørsta a few times every year. It’s always an enjoyable walk, regardless of where we head out from. Today, I wanted to repeat a couple of routes that I’ve only done once, and – hike from Brekkeheida and straight up to the top.

We headed out from Mosmarka and followed a steep forest path up to Brekkeheida. The route onwards (off-trail) to Sandhornet wasn’t nearly as bad as I had imagined. Heck, I might even repeat it!

On top of Sandhornet

Upon descent, we followed the ridge across Grøthornet (748m) and past Kråkenakken before returning to Mosmarka. Yet another excellent walk in the Ørsta region!

Trip statistics: 8,6km, 890 vertical meters, 2h:43m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Sollia (661m), June 1 2021

On top of Sollia

It was time to repaint the sticks > 400m on our network of trails on the north side of Gurskøy island. The entire island is covered by 4 different groups; Myrvåg/Tjørvåg (my group), Gurskøy (the Leikong side), Larsnes and Moltu. There hasn’t been a lot of cross-communication, but given findings from today, we better start talking together.

Karma and I headed out from Tjørvåg, and hiked almost up to Nonshornet before the paintbrush had to come out. The painting job was overdue…

Before and after

Approaching Sollia, I found our sticks that the Moltu team had hijacked with a dreadful orange color, and sloppy painted too! In which handbook do they recommend orange? Yes, their route merged with ours, but you can’t just go and repaint sticks that you didn’t put there in the first place! That’s when you pick up the phone and say “hey… how can we do this in a good way?” But I wasn’t in a mood for diplomacy now and repainted the sticks.

What the heck?

After finishing on Sollia, I “treated” myself with an off-trail route down to Tjørvågselet where I joined the path again. The weather forecast for the week was excellent and I knew that I would be back on the trail with the paintbrush the very next day…

Trip statistics: 9,6km, 700 vertical meters, 3h:50m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Rjåhornet (600m), June 2 2021

Painting day on Rjåhornet

Today it was time to give Rjåhornet a new “shine”. We started out from Stemmedalen and I began repainting at around 350m. We continued across the top and kept on going until we joined the Leikongeidet – Sollia trail before I was fed up of painting. As the day before, I “treated” myself with on off-trail route – this time down Høgsetdalen valley before joining the regular path near the section with ropes.

Trip statistics: 9,5km, 670 vertical meters, 3h:32m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Øyrahornet (417m), June 3-4 2021

The bench view from Øyrahornet

Øyrahornet was next on my list. This was a 2-day job and since I’ve lost the pictures from June 4, I don’t recall how I organized this. Maybe I started repainting on top of Øyrahornet the first day and continued across “Rumpene” before spoiling myself rotten with a dreadful off-trail descent on the south side of Øyrahornet.

Trip statistics 3/6: 6,6km, 410 vertical meters, 2h:46m
Trip statistics 4/6: 4km, 410 vertical meters, 1h:06m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the June 3 hike:

Sollia (661m), June 5 2021

Today, I got help…

Back on Sollia to finish the painting job up here, this time together with Anne who had come up from Sogndal the day before.

We started from Leikongeidet and started repainting when we joined the path from Rjåhornet at 500m. Then we did the north side of Holmavatnet, got a break from the leg up to Sollia (which I did on Tuesday). Then we completed the entire stretch from Sollia and back to to the Rjåhornet fork. Very happy to be finished with the Sollia job!

Trip statistics: 11,1km, 525 vertical meters, 3h:56m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Varden on Runde, June 6 2021

Back on Runde

This evening, Anne was going to Runde to keep on eye on “things in general” and also to make sure the puffins weren’t disturbed by the many spectators that gather later evening when the puffins come in from the sea. “Disturbed” in this context means people crossing the fence. But I do expect that there is a degree of self-justice in the groups.

Anyway, I followed her to “Lundeura” and stayed for a few minutes. My camera looks like a pocket camera compared to the photographers gathering at the scene. I was wondering why you would need a half-a-meter lens when the puffins land next to your feet…

I’m just kidding. I’m envious of course…


I’d rather go hiking and went off in the direction of Varden – the island high point.

Karma posing on a cliff

We hiked across Sandhornet and Frøystolen before ascending up to Varden. The agreement was that Anne would return when we were on our way down and so I sent here a text on the way down.


We didn’t have to wait long before Anne picked us up close to the Runde bridge. This was a very nice end to the week!

Thanks for stunning weather this week!

Trip statistics: 7,2km, 500 vertical meters, 2h:37m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

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