|Estimated net time||4-5 hours|
|Drinking water||No access to drinking water during winter.|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park by trail head, and also along the road close to trail head.|
|Start height||413 metres|
|Vertical metres||1085 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||13.3 km|
From Ålesund drive road E39 south towards Bergen, and get the ferry from Solevåg to Festøy. From Festøy continue on road E39 to Volda. In Volda ignore the exit to the ferry across to Folkestad, and instead drive road 651. 1.6 km from the ferry exit you get to a roundabout. Turn right in the roundabout and drive road 651 to the east end of Austefjorden, a little less than 20 km. At this point don't turn right across the bridge in order to continue on road 651, but continue east on the north side of the river. Drive 7.3 km from the small bridge and turn right towards Nordfjordeid. Then drive another 10.0 km to the trail head. Either park at the car park on the right hand side of the road, or park along the road, on the left hand side of the road, a little further ahead. Note that late in the season you're likely to be able to drive the gravel road from the car park all the way to where you turn right towards Grøndalsstølen.
Start skiing at the car park and ski along the gravel road that runs on the north side of lake Grøndalsvatnet. After 1.5 km you should turn right, leaving the gravel road, skiing up towards the old wooden houses at Grøndalsstølen. From here continue north, making sure you stay on the right hand side of the river coming down from lake Fantekrålvatnet. You need to ski through a short section of trees, but the trees are far enough apart to allow for easy skiing.
Once above the trees continue north to the small lake Fantekrålvatnet and ski across the lake (around it if late in the season!). When you have crossed the lake turn a little left, heading north-west up the wide slopes towards Eidskyrkja. The terrain gradually gets less steep, and eventually gets a bit boring. When you get to the flatter section you will see a rock band up on the left hand side and you should climb this by skiing counter clockwise around it. Soon you will see the large summit cairn.
The descent is best done by reversing your ascent route.
10. April 2010
I did this hike together with my friend Stig, on a gorgeous spring Saturday. There was still plenty of snow in the mountains, and since we started early the snow was rock hard in the lower sections. As we got further up we had the benefit of fresh powder. By the time we descended also the snow down towards Grøndalsstølen had soften just perfect for easy skiing.
We spent almost 45 minutes at the summit, in bright sun and no wind, in company
with three other skiers who arrived just before us. During our descent we met
15-20 other skiers.