A diverse week…

Descending Haddalshornet


Date Peak Height PF Location WCP/FP MAP
01.05.23 Storehornet 278m 78m Sande, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
02.05.23 Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
03.05.23 Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
04.05.23 Rjåhornet 600m 107m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
05.05.23 Selsteinen 598m 90m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
05.05.23 Sollia 661m 661m Herøy/Sande, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
05.05.23 Hestefjellet 621m 83m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
06.05.23 Kayak, Gullura Herøy, M&R, Norway MAP
06.05.23 Haddalshornet 611m 103m Ulstein, Norway WCP MAP
07.05.23 Kayak, Hestholmen Herøy, M&R, Norway MAP
07.05.23 Skolma 636m 483m Hareid/ Ulstein, Norway WCP MAP
07.05.23 Signalhornet 627m 83m Hareid, Norway WCP MAP
07.05.23 Sneldelida 633m 104m Ulstein/ Hareid, Norway WCP MAP

Storehornet (278m), May 1 2023

Our trip across Storehornet

Monday: The inspiration for hiking was so-and-so this Monday afternoon. So-and-so was also the weather. I had to look closely at the map to find something that would give me the inspiration I needed to get going.

I had never hiked from Storehornet (Gurskøy) and straight down to Larsnes before, so that’s what I decided to do. I was extra motivated when Anne said she wanted to come along.

We headed out from Drageskaret. It’s only a 1,3km walk up to Storehornet. In other words – a SHORT hike!

Heading for Storehornet

When we got to the top, we had a good view towards Saursegga and Gjøna – which we visited the day before.

On Storehornet

We descended to the west until we decided on which off-trail route we would follow down the meadows. I can already now say that this will not be a roundtrip I will be doing regularly. The terrain (turfs, bog) was not particularly fun.

Descending Storehornet, then turning left

When we got down to Hallebygda, we stopped by Halleosen and discovered a brand-new path!

Hey! Cool…

Of course, we just had to see where it would lead us!

Where is this path going?

It took us to Larsnes – which was no big surprise.


Now, we only had a 2km uphill ahead of us, before getting back to the car. It was altogether very fun roundtrip hike!  

Back to Drageskaret

Trip statistics: 6,6km, 360 vertical meters, 1h:50m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Huldrehornet (271m), May 2 2023

Our hike across Huldrehornet

Tuesday: The mission today was to carry a heavy plank from Stemmedalen and into the Huldrehornet forest. The plank was initially serving as a “ruler” to measure how long the wooden pathway across a wet area would need to be.

It was heavy on the shoulders

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother…

Eventually, the “ruler” was now in place, and it was clear that we needed two lengths. In not too, long there would be a nice pathway here, thanks to others in the “Turstiprosjektet Myrvåg/Tjørvåg” group.

Think of it as the “cornerstone”

The next job was to cut bush below Lidafjellet and Anne came up to give me a hand.

Trail maintenance is fun 😉

After the do-gooding session, we went up to Huldrehornet.

To Huldrehornet

I really like Huldrehornet and the surrounding forest. This was my 538th visit and it’s never been my goal to go here so often. It’s just that when I’m doing trail maintenance in the forest, I also make sure to visit the top.

Karma and Anne on Huldrehornet

Looking at the Ørsta/Volda region, the snowline was still at 300-400 meters, and given it was May, I looked forward to some nice spring hikes, without having to deal with too much rotten snow…

Still snow on even the lower mountains…

We hiked back home, then I took the bike to Stemmedalen to get the car.

Trip statistics: 5,7km, 400 vertical meters, 2h:01m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Huldrehornet (271m), May 3 2023

Our route across Huldrehornet

Wednesday: Anne had gone back to Sogndal, and the weather had improved. After work, I returned to the Huldrehornet forest for more voluntary work. The first task was to help carry bags of wooden chips up to Djupvikhaugen.

Voluntary weight for your hike…

After a short stay on top, we continued towards Lidafjellet to continue the trail maintenance from the day before.

Karma on Djupvikhaugen

Along the path, I could for the first time see the new road that cut our path into two. I had heard about this road serving powerline work, but not seen it. It will surely be a popular walk from Djupvika, but it doesn’t go very high. So maybe we need to put extra effort into the upper trail – tempting people to continue all the way up to Huldrehornet.

Hmm… something has changed here…

We stopped by Huldrehornet before continuing to Lidafjellet.

Karma on Huldrehornet

The two days of work had left the path in a better shape than before I begun and now, I felt for leaving this part of the forest alone for a while.

Time to call it a day!

Trip statistics: 6,7km, 320 vertical meters, 2h:44m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Rjåhornet (600m), May 4 2023

Our route up and down Rjåhornet

Thursday: This afternoon, I wanted to check out the wooden pathways that my colleagues in the “Turstiprosjektet Myrvåg/Tjørvåg” had put in place, on the Djupvika – Rjåhornet path. And – to cut some bush while there…

But first, another bag of wooden chips up to Djupvikhaugen

For the greater good…

Then – heading for Djupvika and Rjåhornet.

Next stop – Rjåhornet

The pathways were a solid upgrade to the trail, although Karma didn’t seem to get the idea…


Today’s maintenance was of the “cut as you go” type. I didn’t really stop a lot and suddenly we were up in the snow. The lopper could now go on the backpack.

Ah, nice!

It’s always nice to be on Rjåhornet. Even in bad weather. We both like being here.

I feel the same way…

Looking at the Ørsta/Volda mountains, I really wondered when the lower mountains like Helgehornet and Lidaveten would be free of snow. A month from now, maybe?

Ørsta/Volda peaks

Better enjoy the snow while we have it”, Karma said.

Knock yourself out…

Trip statistics: 9,1km, 660 vertical meters, 3h:07m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Selsteinen (598m), Sollia (661m), Hestefjellet (621m), May 5 2023

Our ski-trip to Sollia

Friday: After work, I took a “radical” decision. Why not see if I can get a decent ski-tip to the highest mountain on Gurskøy island – Sollia? Having this idea in the month of May is ludicrous, but didn’t we have way more snow than usual at this time of year? I decided to give it a go. In worst case, I would get a nice hike, carrying lightweight skis on my backpack…

Parking the car in Moltudalen, I had to admit – I wasn’t too optimistic.

Alright! We’re going skiing! Hopefully…

But let’s keep the faith. Who knows what might happen.

Not looking good…

Then snow happened! After only 1,9km! I was over the moon…


The snow wasn’t exactly firm but that didn’t bother me much. I only hoped Karma wouldn’t “drown” in it for the entire trip.

Here we go!

Our first stop was Selsteinen. The week was “saved” already here. This was truly nice!

On Selsteinen

I was super-happy, as I could see consecutive snow all the way to Sollia.

View towards Sollia

Karma struggled a bit in the soft snow, but it didn’t seem to ruin her mood…

You’re OK?
Just perfect!

Looking at Rjåhornet – visited the day before – I concluded that there was no point in including that top on this ski-trip. Not much snow left over there.


The snow varied a lot – really soft where the sun had been melting it, and super-hard in the shade.


Eventually, we reached Sollia.

Sollia ahead

From the tracks, I could see that I was not the only skier that had visited this top lately.

On top of Sollia

I enjoyed the contrasts!

The outer islands

On the way back, I decided to see if I could ski all the way up to Hestefjellet.


Karma still struggled but seemed to have a great time.

My brave mate…

It was actually possible to ski to the very top of Hestefjellet also!

On top of Hestefjellet

Descending from Selsteinen, I had a better overview of the hillside and was able to ski much further down the place I put the skis on, going up.

OK, that’s it!

This was a day I will remember for a long time!

Trip statistics: 12,9km, 710 vertical meters, 3h:07m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the trip:

Kayak-trip to “Gullura”, May 6 2023

Today’s trip

Saturday: On this nice Saturday morning, I decided it was time to get the kayak into the water again. I hadn’t been in it since we were kayaking in Solund in 2021.

The logistics – getting the kayak down to the water (trolley with flat tire) and just locating all the gear took a whole hour.

But finally, I was in the water!

Now the question was – where should I go? I was on duty and had to be back on the PC preferably ASAP, but at most – within 2 hours. I decided to set course for Stokksund – assuming the trip would be ~10km.

Nice to be back!

I surprised myself when I realized I took the straight route across the fjord. I am normally a bit careful when kayaking alone – staying closer to the shore. But there wasn’t much to worry about today. The sea was calm and there was no day cruiser traffic.

The water was still cold, and I chose to wear the dry suit.

I turned around at the small island by Gullura and on my way back I decided to take Karma up to Haddalshornet once I got home. There wasn’t a whole lot of snow left and I hadn’t been to this top this year.

Next stop will be Haddalshornet – just left of the tip of my kayak

Trip statistics: 9km, 1h:36m

Haddalshornet (611m), May 6 2023

Our route across Haddalshornet

Saturday: After the enjoyable kayak-trip, it was time to walk the dog. I had already decided on Haddalshornet and today, we would do the route from Aursnes. It’s longer than the other routes but very enjoyable.

Heading out from Aursnes

The forest part is quite nice!

Through the forest

Eventually, Haddalshornet came into view. Still a bit of distance to cover!

Haddalshornet in the distance

There wasn’t much snow left and most of it could easily be avoided.

On the upper mountain

Karma had her hare-radar turned on.

Any ping?

And then we were up!

On Haddalshornet

Liadal would still offer some nice ski-trips, but I wasn’t really in the carry-the-skis mode. I could live on the ski-trip to Sollia the day before for a couple of weeks…

Liadal and the surrounding peaks

We descended our regular route to Haddal, where I planned to return to Aursnes partly via the new trail that runs alongside the main road.

Descending to Haddal

Done that now. Check!

On the new trail, alongside the main road

Trip statistics: 11,6km, 800 vertical meters, 2h:56m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Kayak-trip around Hestholmen, May 7 2023

The route

Sunday: Sunday morning and back in the kayak.

Hmm… overcast!

I’ve got it stored away under a “Gapahuk” down by the sea, so I can take trips now – without too much logistics.

Sticking with the dry suit. The water is cold!

Today’s trip would be through Dragsundet and around Hestholmen island.

Through the Dragsundet sound

The weather was quite grey in the morning but got gradually better throughout the trip!

I hadn’t paid too much attention to the tide table, but at least this was a good opportunity for a pee-stop!

OK, bad planning. But I got through!

It was a nice roundtrip, but now I had to figure out where to walk the dog…

Returning to base (bad panorama!)

Trip statistics: 9,3km, 1h:44m

Skolma (636m), Signalhornet (627m), Sneldelida (633m), May 7 2023

Our route across the 3 tops

Sunday: The where-to-walk-the-dog choice fell on Flø and Skolma. As it was a beautiful day, I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t find a place to park. But I was lucky. A guy was just pulling out when I reached the packed parking lot.

And then we were on our way…

Heading out from Flø

Approaching Hoksteinen, there were people bouldering all over the place. Looked like a get together day for a bouldering club, or something.

Bouldering activities ahead

We continued in the direction of Skolma. I hoped that this hike would end up as a roundtrip hike, but I didn’t how much snow there would be up on the mountain.

To Skolma

At least, we didn’t have to struggle with snow on our way to Skolma!

Easy hike up to Skolma

The fjord view is pretty nice from here!

Godøya island view

It seemed that Karma felt warm, because she was visiting all of the snow fields, probably cooling down.

It was a warm day!

And then we were on top of Skolma!

On Skolma

Looking towards Signalhornet and Sneldelida, there was a bit of snow but how bad could it be? I decided to extend this hike to include those tops as well. And descend via Midtflødalen valley.

Signalhornet and Sneldelida seen from Skolma

The hike up Signalhornet was a plod

To Signalhornet

But eventually, we reached the finest cairn on the Hareidlandet island!

On Signalhornet

We had a pretty good view from up here!

Sunnmøre alps seen from Signalhornet

The next goal was Sneldelida. We met a couple of joggers(!) coming down the mountain.

To Sneldelida

And Karma was no longer using the snow to just cool down.

Come on! Now you’re just spoiling yourself!

I always enjoy visiting Sneldelida. I think it’s a pretty top when seen from this angle.

To Sneldelida

There’s something about hiking along the coastline…

Karma on Sneldelida. And nothing beyond!

Next, we sat course for Midtflødalen valley.

Descending to Midtflødalen

The hike down the valley is somewhat boring, as we had more than 4km of gravel road ahead of us!

Heading down Midtflødalen

When we got down to the Midtflødalen parking, I decided to go off-trail and maintain a direct course towards the Flø parking, which saved us some distance. A good hike and a good end to a busy hiking, skiing and kayaking week!

Storebroren seen from Midtflødalen

Trip statistics: 14,6km, 840 vertical meters, 3h:31m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike: