|Estimated net time||4-5 hours|
|Drinking water||Most of the route up to 540m runs close to streams.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (June 2014).|
|Parking||Room for 3-4 cars at trail head, and room for more cars at the other side of the road.|
|Start height||20 metres|
|Vertical metres||925 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||10.4 km|
From Ålesund drive road E39 south towards Bergen, and get the ferry from Solavågen to Festøya. From Festøya ferry port turn right and drive road E39 in the direction of Ørsta. After 27.6 km you pass the "Halse" exit towards left, and then turn left and park just before a small bridge on E39 after another 3.3 km.
Start your hike by heading up the path from the car park. Turn right when you get to the forest road at the top of the path and follow this road 170 metres and continue on the path at the far end of the road. Follow this path approximately 2.4 km to where a foot bridge crosses the stream on your left hand side. Continue another 1.0 on the vaguer path on the right hand side of the stream and turn right onto another vague-ish path on the second moraine / small ridge coming down from right after the stream. Follow this path up to the west end of lake Vasskoppevatnet and continue another 300 metres on path above the lake on its north-west side. When you get to a pond leave the path towards left and head uphill towards Akslahornet's south-west slopes. Continue directly uphill, finding your best route through grass and/or boulder.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
30. June 2014
Nice evening and a fine hike. The upper 250 vertical metres were a little steep and strenuous, but nothing more than a steep walk.
For the first time in a long while I didn't check my GPS at the summit so there was some degree of disbelief when I took out my GPS back down at 570m to record a way-point where we re-joined the path; my batteries had run out of power! Annoying but not very surprising since I hadn't been able to charge my batteries the last couple of days (unknown whether it's worn batteries or if the charger has had it). I had bought new batteries and a new charger on my way between work and Solavågen, but that didn't help me much today.
Back down through the valley we kept a decent pace in order to catch the 21:25 ferry, which we did with a few minutes to spare, and then home for some food followed by my first Norwegian strawberries of the season.