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On Snøfjellet, Gloppen


Date Peak Height PF Location WCP/FP MAP
12.06.23 Slakkafjellet 855m 242m Sogndal, Norway WCP MAP
13.06.23 Snøfjellet 1006m 239m Gloppen, Norway WCP MAP
14.06.23 Svanshornet 552m 59m Sula, Norway WCP MAP
15.06.23 Sollia 661m 661m Herøy/Sande, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
16.06.23 Sandvikhornet 352m 14m Herøy, M&R, Norway   MAP
17.06.23 Koppefjellet 940m 602m Volda, Norway WCP MAP
18.06.23 Eidskyrkja 1462m 1037m Volda, Norway WCP MAP

Slakkafjellet (855m), June 12 2023

Our hike up and down Slakkafjellet

Monday: After the long hike along Sogndalsdalen the day before, I felt a little “slakk” (weary) and what better destination is there than Slakkafjellet?

The thing that would make the doorstep lower, was to hike from Lereimsstølen (600m), which is a pretty high trailhead – even in this region. I had never been there before. The forecast mentioned rain, but with the opportunity to hike a new path, rain didn’t matter.

At Lereimsstølen

I found a marked path to Slakkafjellet near the cabins and then we were on our way!

To Slakkafjellet!

The path was perfectly fine! Only light drops of rain in the air…

On the path to Slakkafjellet

On the ridge to the north top (797m), I was back in familiar terrain – as I came here from Øvstedalen in 2021.

Skriki – on the other side of Øvstedalen

And then we reached the top of Slakkafjellet – our 1st visit in 2023. We typically don’t go here more than once a year. There are plenty of other tops to choose from.

Karma on Slakkafjellet

And then came the rain. I took a picture of our route from the day before heading down.

The tops visited the day before

It was nice to finally have done this route!

Heading down

I don’t think I’ll be revisiting Lereimsstølen anytime soon. The road was OK, but it was narrow and if two cars meet, one of them will have to back up for quite a distance!


Trip statistics: 4,6km, 300 vertical meters, 1h:24m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Snøfjellet (1006m), June 13 2023

Our route up and down Snøfjellet

Tuesday: It was time to go back home to Sunnmøre, and on the way from Sogndal, I decided to hike Snøfjellet on Utvikfjellet. It’s a mountain I typically ski (I have never been here on foot), but I had found that there was a toll road leading almost up to Kvilestøylen. I wasn’t sure how far I could drive, but if I got as high as 500m, then the hike would be nothing more than “a stroll”.

Parking was at 520m, and the mountain path was only 0,5km away. Perfect!

Here we go!
The mountain path begins here

We passed a few cabins but were able to follow the path through the open areas.

Passing cabins

It didn’t take long before the views started to get good…

Skjorta always “lights up the room”

The path was leading us to lake Skaravatnet – in the pass between Snøfjellet and Dunheia. I actually considered going to Dunheia instead, as it was a higher mountain. But in the end, I decided to stay true to my plan and (re)visit Dunheia some other time.

Dunheia above

And then we found snow!

Give it a good go!

In the pass, I noticed a marked path going up in the direction of Snøfjellet, even though there was no path on the map. Bonus, even if I am not a stranger to off-trail hiking…

Snøfjellet above

Karma had second thoughts about coming along…

I understand, but there’s more snow up there!

But when she realized there was snow higher up, she tagged along…

Hey! Don’t go rogue now…

And then we were on top of Snøfjellet!

On top of Snøfjellet

It is a rather nice viewpoint!

View from Snøfjellet

For descent, we stayed a little further east – all off-trail and didn’t cross our path until we reached the road to Kvilestøylen.

Pick a route…

The 2-hour drive home was WAY better than it would have been – without this hike…

Trip statistics: 7,9km, 500 vertical meters, 2h:06m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike

Svanshornet (552m), June 14 2023

Our route across Svanshornet

Wednesday: Working day in Ålesund, and throughout the day, I was clearly of the impression that I would hike to the top of Sulafjellet (775m), on my way back home to Gurskøy.

But, on the way to Sula Island, I changed the plan. I would hike Svanshornet instead and take this opportunity to visit brand new terrain on the way back to the car. We were potentially looking at 5km+ along paths where I had never been before.

I picked a starting point – by a school between lakes Raudåvatnet and Otrevatnet – where I was confident, I had not been before. But it turned out that I had hiked from there both in 2018 and 2020! With all this walking, it’s hard to remember everything…

Heading out along one of the many forest paths in this area

Eventually, on the way up to the Fiskarstrandhyttene cabins, the terrain was quite familiar.

Climbing gradually up the forest

After Fiskarstrandhyttene, we just had to cross a small valley before making the final climb up to Svanshornet.

Crossing this valley

The path was just perfect…

Very nice!

On top, we had a darn nice view towards Ålesund! The cruise ships were departing, one after the other…

Ålesund – and cruise ship – view
Ålesund view

It was really tempting to continue to top of Sulafjellet, but I decided to stick to my plan.


So, we began our descent…


Eventually, we reached the gravel road between the sports field and Vonhytta and followed it down.

Passing below Svanshornet

From the sports field, we followed a network of paths that were new to me. I had the map on the phone, but some well worn paths were not on the map and paths on the map were hardly visible. With some help from other hikers, we kept the best course back to the trailhead.

Making our way back through the forest

This strategy worked well until we reached lake Gjølvatnet and a trail fork. My instinct told me to go straight ahead, but a couple I met there said I ought to go left. They were quite sure! And so I did.

Lake Gjøvatnet

It only took me 5 minutes to conclude that this was a stupid suggestion, but I would always be able to find my way back to the car.

Looking back on Svanshornet

We got a detour of 1,7km from listening to these folks. But OK, sometimes these things go in my favor also…

Nevertheless, it was a brilliant round-trip hike!

Trip statistics: 14,8km, 820 vertical meters, 2h:30m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Sollia (661m), June 15 2023

Our route across Sollia

Thursday: Another beautiful day, and Karma got to run on the sandy Osnessanden beach during my lunchbreak.

Osnessanden beach in Ulsteinvik

We can’t only have fun in the mountains. We need to put in some do-gooding too! So, today I went up on Sollia to repaint sticks on the north side of lake Holmevatnet.

Turning right here

The sticks were in real need of a refresh after the winter…

I paint, you wait…

Of course, we had to visit the top of Sollia.

On top of Sollia

Sollia is the highest point on Gurskøy island, and we’ve been here quite a number of times. This was my 93rd visit. I expect to be close to 100 by the end of this year. Not that it’s a goal…

Sollia is a good place to take a break and enjoy the views…

No rush!

View from Sollia

The only sad thing is that I’m running out of new ground to cover…

Rjåhornet – very familiar terrain…

That said, in the valley below – there is probably potential of getting some new tracks!

Maybe another visit down there – one day…

On the way down, we took the normal route – repainted not long ago.

Returning along the normal route

And – thanks to ponds – on hot days!

I’ll wait…

Trip statistics: 11,6km, 650 vertical meters, 3h:17m

Sandvikhornet (352m), June 16 2023

Our route across Sandvikhornet

Friday: It was time to finish repainting the sticks surrounding Øyradalen valley and the only remaining route was across Sandvikhornet and down to Sandvikskaret.

Sandvikhornet – up to the right – seen from Sandvikskaret

During ascent, we followed the unmarked path along Øyraelva river.

Sandvikhornet up to our right

And then we got to the point where I finished off, 9 days earlier. I didn’t mind the fog. No distraction and could focus on the task at hand…

Getting to work

Time for treats on Sandvikhornet…

Karma on Sandvikhornet

I was very happy about finishing the routes on both sides of this valley. Now, I only had one long route left…

Descending Sandvikhornet

Trip statistics: 7,2km, 465 vertical meters, 2h:37m

Koppefjellet (940m), June 17 2023

Our route up and down Koppefjellet

Saturday: So far, this week, we had only hiked tops starting with ‘S’ and I was actually considering finishing the week that way. Until I didn’t find any more ‘S’ tops that I wanted to visit this Saturday. At least the day started with ‘S’…

So, I drove to Krøvelsætra with the intention to hike Koppefjellet via the northwest ridge. But when I got there, I saw there was a lot of snow left (and cornices) on the upper part of the ridge. So, I decided NOT to do that route.

Hmm… too much snow (up to the left)

Plan B was to hike to Rotevassætra and figure out something.

Arriving at Rotevassætra

At Rotevassætra, I found a path going up the forest – that was also on the map. I had completely missed this one. Big bonus!

Heading for a familiar top along an unfamilar route. Excellent!

The path up the forest was just fine!

Going up the forest

It was yet another hot day, but fortunately, Karma found water in many places.

All good?

There’s nothing like new routes! That applies to both of us, and I had to yell at Karma, asking her to keep me company.

No! You’re outside the allowed perimeter!

And we found snow too!

OK – hurry up now, please…

I was slightly concerned about the upper part of this route – as a snow band was covering the entire ridge. On my way up, I was looking for sharp rocks that could function as an ice-axe, but I found none.

Hopefully – the snow is soft…

Fortunately, the point with least snow was easy to ascend and then we were on top. Karma had a hard time posing, because of annoying wasps.

Please don’t swallow it…

But eventually, we got rid of the insects and could “do our thing” …

Wasp gone, and Karma could pose…

The views are darn good from up here…

Sunnmøre alps – by the numbers…

For descent, we aimed for the other ridge – parallel to our ascent route.

Aiming for the ridge to the left

It was a bit steep in places, but we found a good route and were soon back on our ascent route.

Our normal route – plan A today.

All in all, a superb hike!

Overlooking Rotevassætra and Krøvelsætra

I was mind-boggled about the fact that it took us less than 2 hours to get up and down this mountain! But, it wasn’t that many vertical meters, although it felt like there was…

Looking back on Koppefjellet. We went up the ridge right of the river and came down the ridge to the left of the river, joining our ascent route

Trip statistics: 6,7km, 630 vertical meters, 1h:54m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Eidskyrkja (1482m), June 18 2023

Eidskyrkja (high) above

This trip is featured on a separate post

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