Back to normal…

Two visits to Melshornet (right) this week


Date Peak Height PF Location WCP/FP MAP
08.08.23 Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
10.08.23 Årvikveten 458m 205m Sande, Norway WCP MAP
11.08.23 Melshornet 809m 567m Ørsta, Norway WCP MAP
12.08.23 Melshornet 809m 567m Ørsta, Norway WCP MAP
13.08.23 Røddalshorn 563m 100m Sande, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
13.08.23 Rjåhornet 600m 107m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP

Huldrehornet (271m), Aug 8 2023

Our route

Tuesday: Back home after summer vacation. Monday was work and then a transport leg from Sogndal to Sunnmøre in pouring rain. The extreme weather “Hans” had hit Norway, but not so much western Norway.

My motivation for going hiking was rock bottom, given the weather and the vacation being over. I loved peak bagging” throughout Norway and wouldn’t mind chasing good weather and visiting many more tops for at least another week.

But I finally mustered enough will to hike Huldrehornet. Two days in a row without hiking means sickness and I wasn’t sick…

On top of Huldrehornet

We descended via Djupvikhaugen. The weather wasn’t bad compared to what they were experiencing in eastern Norway. Many places looked like disaster zones. Fortunately, no one lost their lives. We’re “fortunate” in western Norway. Heavy rain quickly finds its way into the ocean, while in eastern Norway, the water travels and accumulates a long way, now leaving ruins behind.

On Djupvikhaugen

Trip statistics: 6,6km, 350 vertical meters, 1h:31m

Årvikveten, Aug 10 2023

Our route

Thursday: No hiking on Wednesday as Karma was sedated and got a surgery for a lump on her tail. But today, she was her usual self again and didn’t seem bothered by the bandage on the tail. As the terrain was wet everywhere, I chose to hike Årvikveten from Drageskaret. At least the first part of the route is quite dry, thanks to rocks and slabs.

Looking down on Drageskaret

I like hiking on this mountain. There are many routes to choose between.


After a little while, Veten came into view and the dry part of the route was history.

Veten in the distance

The weather was not bad. “Hans” had moved on and the weather forecast for the rest of the week was quite good.

On top of Årvikveten

I wanted to get some new tracks on my hiking map, and we took an off-trail route down to lake Bjørkavatnet and then another off-trail route back to the path near Svedehornet. After a slow start this week, I felt like we were on a “rising curve” now…

Trip statistics: 8,1km, 490 vertical meters, 1h:59m

Melshornet (809m), Aug 11 2023

Our route

Friday: The forecast delivered on its promises and so after work I drove to Volda to hike Melshornet.

We started out from Bratteberg and followed the regular route towards Turnhytta and lake Dinglavatnet.

Crossing the Reset road

But just before Turnhytta, I decided that I wanted to go off-trail and get myself some “new tracks”. I had never hiked up or down the valley between Melshornet and Grøthornet and so that was what we did today.

Never gone this way before

Eventually, we got onto the normal route to Melshornet and could enjoy the fine view towards lake Dinglavatnet.

Karma overlooking lake Dinglavatnet

Shortly after, we reached the Melshornet cairn and could enjoy the even finer view towards Ørsta.

Ørsta view from Melshornet

The Sunnmøre alps looked particularly gloomy today…


Then, a quick detour to the high point

Treats coming up!

…before returning via Grøthornet (745m) and Sandhornet (660m) and descending to Reset in the slalom hill.

Down the slalom hill to Reset

That’s when I noticed that I didn’t have the dog leash! Aargh! I particularly like this leash (although I seldom use it) and then and there decided to come back the next day and look for it…

Trip statistics: 7,4km, 700 vertical meters, 1h:56m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Melshornet (809m), Aug 12 2023

Our route

Saturday: I was determined to retrieve the dog leash I had lost on the mountain the day before and decided to ascend yesterday’s descent route, this time starting at Reset.


Karma was not particularly happy about starting with the slalom hill, but sitting down or turning around was not an option.

Eventually, we were done with the steep hillside and could enjoy easier terrain towards Grøthornet.

Grøthornet ahead

Fortunately, she had access to water. The slalom hill made her seriously thirsty.

Take all the time you need!

Eventually, we reached the top of Melshornet, without having seen the leash along the path. But I found it close to the cairn! Perfect!

Ørsta view from Melshornet

I normally don’t hike the same mountain two days in a row, but somehow that doesn’t apply to Melshornet! I think I’ve only hiked this mountain two days in a row once before, but I’ve been here several days in a row on skis.

Ørsta “downtown”

We took the steep route down to lake Dinglavatnet

Lake Dinglavatnet

Now I was in the mood for exploring some new terrain, but I assumed that I had covered most of the routes here. But near Bergsskaret (on the route to Bratteberg), I noticed the Kortemyra signpost. That didn’t ring a bell and I decided to follow this path.

It’s fun to collect tracks! Cyan = hiking, Red = skiing, Blue = biking

The path eventually led us down to the Reset road. I made a note to myself that going off-trail in this forest can also be fun!

Nice forest! Probably mushrooms in here…

I also made a note about coming back here with my bike. There are some really cool biking routes in this forest!

Gotta try this one out one day…

Trip statistics: 8,6km, 650 vertical meters, 2h:17m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Røddalshorn (563m), Aug 13 2023

Our route

Sunday: I was invited to a birthday celebration at 14:00, so any hiking before that would have to be limited. I chose to do a hike across Røddalshorn and Aurvollegga.

Heading out for Røddalshorn

It was a nice hike in nice weather, but …

Røddalshorn summit ridge

…there were so many flies on the summit that it was impossible to stay – up there – and sane at the same time.

On top of Røddalshorn – briefly

We left the top immediately and sat course for Røddalen valley.

Røddalen valley below

After a short ascent, we were on Aurvollegga (Egga) and could enjoy the view towards the Laupsnipa Årvikveten mountain region.

View from Aurvollegga

The Egga ridge is a mighty nice hike, but there isn’t a good starting point down by the highway. Maybe we just need to develop one…

On Aurvollegga with Røddalshorn in the background

I never get used to the sight of the go cart track. I know that “stuff” needs to be “somewhere”, but it just looks misplaced up here…

Descending Egga

Trip statistics: 6,1km, 465 vertical meters, 1h:14m

Rjåhornet (600m), Aug 14 2023

Our route

Sunday: After the hike and a shower, I went to the birthday party for a friend of mine. There were 35-40 guests, and I only knew 4 of them. I felt like the black duck. The food was awesome, though.

And then there was the cakes. I was thinking – “you’ve GOT to be kidding me”. Later, I learned about “Det Sunnmørske Kakebord” and that was exactly what I got exposed to. It was impossible not to try out at least 5-6 cakes.

Holy macaroni!

When I left the party some hours later, I just had to hit the trail again. I need to get some of that sugar out of my system. I went back home, changed clothes, brought Karma and drove to Djupvika to hike Rjåhornet. At least, a 600 vertical meter ascent would help – some!

On our way to Rjåhornet

Karma had been extremely thirsty for a longer period of time. I’ve discussed it with the Vet, but as long as she’s not showing any symptoms of distress, there isn’t really much else to do – than to let her drink…


It was nice to reach the top. I dared to assume that at least 3 cakes were out of the system now.

On Rjåhornet

Karma got her treats today also. But we’re not talking the same number of calories

Karma got treats on Rjåhornet

Trip statistics: 6,5km, 605 vertical meters, 1h:30m

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