Lower Sømna Tops, July 17 2022

Summer holiday, day 14 – Brønnøy/Sømna

The rugged Mardalsfjellet – Sømnesfjellet massif on Sømna


Date Peak/Place Height PF Location
17.07.22 Lynghaugen 79m 66m Sømna, Norway
17.07.22 Galten 72m 23m Sømna, Norway
17.07.22 Brandfjellet (and Triborgen) 74m 44m Sømna, Norway
17.07.22 Sømnesåsen (Hatten) 108m 67m Sømna, Norway
17.07.22 Tursti Nevernes 35m Brønnøy, Norway

Continued from day 13

Lynghaugen & Galten

Our hike across Lynghaugen & Galten

Sunday: It was raining in the morning, but the forecast said we would get a 2–3-hour window without rain, and I proposed that we should go to Sømna and visit some of the lower coastal tops that none of us had been to before. Mom and Anne agreed to the proposal and off we went after breakfast.

Beautiful Sømna. Trælneshatten in view

Our first stop was Lynghaugen and Galten just west of Berg. We parked near the Galtvika camping and after a cumbersome off-trail ascent through annoying bush, we could enjoy an easy walk across Lynghaugen and Galten. We descended via Lillegalten and Galtvika.

Approaching Lynghaugen
On top of Lynghaugen

Anne decided to go for a swim in the bay and on her way back to the car, she almost stepped on a Viper (“Hoggorm” – poisonous snake). She and the snake were equally scared by the encounter and took off in different directions.

Looks nicer than it probably was…

Trip statistics: 2,9km, 120 vertical meters, 1h:19m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Triborgen & Brandfjellet

Our hike to Triborgen and across Brandfjellet

Back at the car, we drove a little further south, just west of Sømnesfjellet. Mom wanted to visit Triborgen – a bed of rocks in the middle of the forest.

The walk through the forest was really nice.

On our way to Triborgen

Triborgen was indeed a strange place!

A bed of rocks in the middle of the forest!
Triborgen info

As we would pass the Brandfjellet hill on our way back to the car, I proposed we should hike across it. The (short) hike up was easy enough and we got some great views towards the Sømnesfjellet Mardalsfjellet massif (top picture). This is truly rugged terrain!

Mom, Karma and Anne on Brandfjellet

When we got to what appeared to be the high point, I looked around and didn’t see any higher point. But later in the day, I saw that there was an equally high hill a bit further south. But according to the map, that top is 73,2m and the top we were at is 73,9m. (sounds of relief…)

Descending Brandfjellet

We had an easy descent along the ridge and returned to the car via the forest road we followed in the beginning of our hike to Triborgen.

Descending Brandfjellet

Trip statistics: 4,0km, 120 vertical meters, 1h:17m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Sømnesåsen (Hatten)

Our hike up and down Sømnesåsen

By now, both mom and Anne were tired of hiking and probably wanted to get back to Brønnøysund. But they tagged along for one final hike – to Sømnesåsen.

Sømnesåsen (Hatten)

We found parking not too far away from the top and found a good route through the small forest before ascending this hill – the highest of the day.

On top of Sømnesåsen

Mom and Anne were occupied by eating cloudberries and the hike took longer than it needed to be.

View from Sømnesåsen

As soon as we started our journey back to Brønnøysund, it started raining again. We all felt we had made good use of the break from the rain!

Trip statistics: 1,4km, 85 vertical meters, 32 mins
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Tursti Nevernes

A different path…

In the afternoon, we visited friends at Sausvatn. On our way back to Brønnøysund, we stopped by Nevernes as Anne wanted to hike the path leading to the Lomsdal-Visten (National Park) viewpoint.

It’s not often you have to hit the breaks in favor of a low-flying eagle…

It was an interesting path, with animal statues along the way.

For a second, Karma thought the deer was for real

The viewpoint was also fascinating – built on the rock just above the sea.

The Lomsdal-Visten viewpoint close to Nevernes

There were even binoculars inside!


Trip statistics: 1,2km, 100 vertical meters, 30 mins
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Continued on day 15

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