|Estimated net time||3-3½ hours|
The route up to 700 metres follows a fine path, and rest of the route goes through relatively "friendly" scree.
|Drinking water||Several sources of running water through the forest.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (May 2011).|
|Parking||Room for several cars at two small car parks on either side of the road around trail head.|
|Start height||100 metres|
|Vertical metres||815 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||7.5 km|
From Ålesund drive road E39 south towards Bergen, and get the ferry from Solevåg to Festøy. From Festøy continue on road E39 3.4 km and turn left where signed for Erdalen. Drive 1.7 km along this road, and park on one of the small car parks on either side of the road, a few metres after you have crossed a small bridge.
Start walking by heading back across the road. Notice a small wooden building on the right hand side of the road, immediately after the bridge. Pass the gate next to the small building and follow the path uphill. After 150 metres along this path you cross a forest road. Continue another 25 metres to a second forest road and turn right. Follow this forest road for 270 metres, to a small bridge and the start of a path. Stay on this path through the spruce forest. Note that there are several branches of this path, but they all come together a little higher up.
Above the spruce forest you get to a path junction below a couple of cabins. Turn left here, following signs for Romestrandhornet. You will soon find yourself in the saddle between Rametinden and Festøykollen and the path heads directly north towards the south ridge of Festøykollen. At around 750 metres the path fades away, and the terrain consists mainly of scree. But by staying on the ridge you will be directed to the summit, which is marked by a large cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
17. May 2011
I decided to spend the first half of this Norwegian constitution day by hiking a new mountain, and decided to have a go at Festøykollen since this would keep me below the snow. I thought.
When I set out from Vollane I had fine conditions, and the couple I met in the forest confirmed there was no snow up the south ridge of Festøykollen. And they promised me a nice view, including possibly a view of the parade down by the fjord.
But the fine conditions only lasted until I was just above Gamlestølen. Quite
suddenly thick fog came drifting in from the sea and before long the whole
mountain was covered. And when I got above 700 metres it started to snow, and
with the wind picking up I had to hike the last 150 vertical metres in
conditions closer to snow storm than a fine May morning. Hence my summit stop
had close to zero views, and I was more keen on getting back down than anything
else. A bit disappointing since I had looked forward to this hike for several