Daylight is fading, with stunning colors…

Oh, that’s nice…
Date Peak Height PF Location WCP/FP MAP
31.10.22 Stedjeåsen 625m 123m Sogndal, Norway WCP MAP
01.11.22 Støyvafjellet 875m 42m Gloppen, Norway WCP MAP
02.11.22 Rjåhornet 600m 107m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
02.11.22 Nakken 180m 22m Herøy, M&R, Norway MAP
03.11.22 Rotenakken 278m 18m Ålesund, Norway WCP MAP
03.11.22 Høgekubben 461m 102m Ålesund, Norway WCP MAP
04.11.22 Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
04.11.22 Rambjøra 132m 109m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
05.11.22 Tuva 643m 59m Vanylven, Norway WCP MAP
05.11.22 Velsvikskåla 1008m 369m Volda, Norway WCP MAP
06.11.22 Øyrahornet 417m 42m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
06.11.22 Nonshornet 485m 7m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP

Stedjeåsen (625m), Oct 31 2022

Our hike across Stedjeåsen

Monday: During my lunch break, I took Karma to the other side of the Sogndal bridge – just for variation. That was a good call. I got some cool pics…

Sogndal view

It was the first day since Thursday when I didn’t have a headache. I decided to just LOVE this Monday…

Sogndal view

After work: With limited daylight left, I figured I would just have time to do a hike across Stedjeåsen (Sogndal) before it went total dark. It’s like this every year, after turning the clock back – I’m trying all I can do hikes with daylight. The headlamp will be found soon enough. It’s going to be a long winter…


We kept a good pace up the forest, as I wanted some time to revisit the new route we did two days ago, which I didn’t get recorded on the GPS, as the batteries died.

Only time for one picture on our way up

Passing the mailbox, I was in such a rush that I couldn’t keep the phone steady.

The Stedjeåsen mailbox

Eventually, we were on the path that I only discovered two days earlier, and this path – that I guess is a deer track – offered the best view I’ve seen from Stedjeåsen.

View towards Sogndalsfjorden

It was pretty dark when we returned to Anne’s house. Again, impeccable timing…

Trip statistics: 5,6km, 650 vertical meters, 1h:30m

Støyvafjellet (875m), Nov 1 2022

Our route across Støyvafjellet

Tuesday: I left Sogndal 3pm, going home to Sunnmøre. I had an idea about hiking Orkja (948m) in Jølster on my way home. I always do the 500 vertical meters plus descent in less than one hour. As such, I would be able to do this in daylight.

But there were two showstoppers. The first was the convoy through the new tunnel by Kjøsnefjorden. That costed me 20-25 minutes. And then there was the rain. The pouring rain. Orkja was off the table now.

On our way up to Utvikfjellet, the rain was replaced by a stunning light that I’m not sure I’ve seen before. It was just gorgeous.

Ukrainian sky…

On top of Utvikfjellet, I figured I had less than one hour of daylight left. That SHOULD be enough to visit Støyvafjellet. It’s a fairly short hike – 4,6km in total. I decided to go for it.

Even Karma seemed impressed by the sky

And off we went.

Heading for Støyvafjellet

I’m thankful for Utvikfjellet and the paths. They offer easy hikes from a high elevation (600m). So when I’m hiking a 875m top on my way home, it sounds bolder than it really is…


Karma was “all spent” with the color show above and focused on more earthly stuff.

Look around! You don’t what you’re missing out of!

And then the traditional picture with Karma on top of the summit rock.

On top of Støyvafjellet

In order to reach the car before total darkness, I had to jog. I say “I” rather than “we” as it doesn’t look like running when Karma is keeping up with my jog. A more rapid walk, perhaps. But that’s it. I’m envious…

Trip statistics: 4,6km, 360 vertical meters, 53 minutes
Pictures (Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Rjåhornet (600m), Nov 2 2022

Our route across Rjåhornet and Nakken

Wednesday: Back home on Sunnmøre, I had to resume visiting our local tops and photograph the last pages of the visitor registers. Sollia was “in the bag” last week. Now, the time had come for Rjåhornet. I chose the Djupvika route.

Heading for Rjåhornet

I didn’t have plenty of time for this hike either and so we kept a good pace up the mountain.

Of course, we had to stop for pictures. The light these afternoons has just been wonderful!

View on our way to Rjåhornet

It was nice to reach the top. Now I had better control of the time.

Approaching the top of Rjåhornet

We also had time for some more pictures. I regretted not bringing my Canon, but the Iphone isn’t totally useless – if you don’t need to dive into the pixels…

My little poser…

I make sure to enjoy every single second on afternoons like these. Winter is around the corner. It will be something else altogether.

View from Rjåhornet

I then decided to descend via the Leikong route and hike across Nakken. There is a visitor register there too.

Descending Rjåhornet

For a change, I had some surplus time before darkness and didn’t have to hurry across Nakken.

Overlooking Leikong

The hike did remind me that I could spend endless time with my lopper up here, and still the hike will look overgrown.

Looking back on Rjåhornet

But that’s a worry for later. Now, we’ll just enjoy hiking in nice weather…

Karma on Nakken

Trip statistics: 7,8km, 660 vertical meters, 1h:56m

Rotenakken (278m), Høgekubben (461m), Oct 3 2012

Our hike across Rotenakken and Høgekubben

Thursday: Ålesund day. It was a busy day and I felt washed out already at 2pm. That was 8 hours after heading to work. I decided to leave 2:30pm and get some daylight before returning home to Gurskøy.

I chose to go hiking from Østrem (near Magerholm) – as I hadn’t done many hikes from there in the past. I particularly wanted to hike Rotenakken – which I hadn’t been to before. The plan was then to hike across Høgekubben and return via the road from Østremsætra. I hoped there was enough daylight.

At Østrem. Rotenakken to the left

The path to Rotenakken is – by the looks of it – popular.

On our way to Rotenakken

And the view from the top wasn’t half bad either.

View from Rotenakken

We hurried onwards in the direction of Høgekubben. This path was wetter and boggier, but not too bad. I did feel that we ought to hurry, so I gradually switched to jogging.

On our way to Høgekubben

Eventually, we were on the ridge path to Høgekubben and I had to stop numerous times to take pictures of the amazing sunset in progress.

Totally awesome…

And then we reached the top. 4:04pm. Which meant I had one hour of good daylight left. Would that be enough for the descent? I didn’t know that we had 6,5km back to the car, but I could “feel it”. So, it would be non-stop jog from here on.

View from Høgekubben

But first, some pictures

Selfie from Høgekubben

It was nice to jog across “Kubbane”. The path is good, and the terrain is nice. It would have been a more effective jog if I didn’t constantly had to stop for more pictures

Please let the sun go down so I can get off this mountain

Still, it seemed that we were OK so far. When running, we were running fast and Østremsætra kept coming closer.

At Østremsætra, we had more than 4km back to the car. The time was 4:30pm, and we had approx. 40 minutes of daylight left. Should be enough.

On the gravel road from Østremsætra

We jogged all the way back to Østrem without “further ado” and was back at the car 5:03pm, minutes before “lights out”. Honestly, I was quite impressed with my timing on my recent hikes. No need to switch on the Iphone light. But this coming weekend, I *will* locate my headlamp…

Trip statistics: 10,7km, 515 vertical meters, 2h:05m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike

Huldrehornet (271m), Rambjøra (132m), Nov 4 2022

Our hike across Huldrehornet and Rambjøra

Friday: One of the most uneventful walks in a long time. The weather was miserable, and I was uninspired.

But I had a mission, which was to photograph the last pages of the visitor registers on these tops. I’m not even sure why. I was just asked by the local trail committee. I guess it’s about documenting that we should continue to get funding for our trail maintenance work.

In the Myrvågskogen forest, en route to Huldrehornet

Daylight after work is really fading fast now, so if I were to cover both Huldrehornet and Rambjøra, I’d better hurry up.

Huldrehornet comes into view

After visiting Huldrehornet, I jogged down the forest, and continued jogging all the way to the Rambjøra trailhead at Dragsundflata.

Karma on Huldrehornet
A totally useless panorama from Huldrehornet

From here on, the path is in desperately bad condition. We need bridges all over the place. But good boots go a long way, and you sort of get used to it. I mean, it’s the coastline. It’s our destiny. We take the hit, the central mountain range tears the rain apart and they can enjoy nice days in eastern Norway.

Heading for the top of Rambjøra, with Huldrehornet and Rjåhornet in the background

It was nice to reach the top and begin the descent that would lead to my front door, a warm house and a warm shower. The things we take for granted. I try to make my best to cherish this privilege each and every day. Especially in times like these.

On top of Rambjøra

Trip statistics: 7,5km, 390 vertical meters, 1h:40m

Tuva (643m), Velsvikskåla (1008m), Nov 5 2022

On Tuva

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Øyrahornet (417m), Nonshornet (485m), Nov 6 2022

Our route across Øyrahornet and Nonshornet

Sunday: It rained this morning, and I didn’t feel like for going outside – other than walking the dog around the block.

I did some blogging, but afterwards I figured – hey! Why not try the normal life for a day?

I ended up in the sofa, watching 3 episodes of Masterchef Australia. I love that show! While eating potato chips and doing laundry. I truly felt like a completely normal person!

But I got bored and so I decided to go out and do some trail maintenance. Preferably on Øyrahornet – and maybe Nonshornet, as I still had to take pictures of the last page of the visitor registers.

Heading for Øyrahornet (above)

I dressed up in rain gear, only to find that it had stopped raining by the time I got to the trailhead. So I left the rain gear in the car, brought the dog and my lopper and headed towards Øyrahornet.

A while was spent in the lower forest, as my focus today was juniper bush. When I could feel my back getting stiff from ripping roots, we continued up the mountain.

Trail maintenance by the river

Passing the bench, we had to stop for the classic picture

The Øyrahornet bench view. Not bad?

I checked the time and figured that there was enough daylight to get to Nonshornet and back down before it got dark.

Sunnmøre alps

Getting to Nonshornet meant 1,7km of not fun off-trail hiking across the meadow. The only fun thing was the semi-steep ascent up to Nonshornet. Fun – as in – I wasn’t 100% sure that we would get up, seen from a distance. But up close, there wasn’t any challenges left.

Heading for Nonshornet
Darn – not steep at all!

Now, the documenting the visitor registers task was complete, and I didn’t have to think of those books for another year.

Karma on Øyrahornet

We stopped down in the forest for more juniper bush work and I made a mental note about this trail is needing a whole lot more care and attention.

But that’s for another day. Now, I was just happy about happy pulled off a good hike and a lot of trail maintenance on a day that seemed to be grey and rainy.

Trip statistics: 8,4km, 640 vertical meters, 3h:34m

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