|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
The whole route runs on a path, which can be a bit wet in the lower sections.
|Drinking water||The first half of the route runs along a stream.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (May 2011).|
|Parking||Room for several cars at the car park by trail head.|
|Start height||377 metres|
|Vertical metres||315 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||3.9 km|
From Ålesund drive road E136 east to Sjøholt. After Sjøholt centre continue on road E136, 4.9 km from where road 650 exits towards Stordal above Sjøholt. Turn right onto the gravel road and follow this rough road 2.8 km. You now reach a narrow bridge, which is not suitable for cars larger than "personal" cars. Cross the bridge and continue another 1.0 km, to a small car park on the right hand side of the road. Park here.
Start walking by following the path south-west from the car park. This path soon crosses a stream and then follows this stream up to 510 metres. The path will take you all the way up to Giskemonibba's summit, which is marked by a small cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
14. May 2011
Having been away to Finland and Sweden the whole week, and working quite late every night, I was desperate for a hike this Saturday. Other commitments later in the day restricted the time available for driving and hiking, so Giskemonibba seemed like a good candidate. The fact that the weather was dodgy, with low clouds and light rain, also suggested a low mountain.
I had several sources telling me that the gravel road from road E136 to trail head was rough, and this was indeed true. But by keeping the speed down it was no problem driving along this road. And the narrow bridge didn't cause any problems for my relatively large SUV.
From the car park I followed the wet section until I got to the stream coming down from below Giskemonibba. I then followed the path along the stream, but had to leave the path a couple of times because of snow. The amount of snow was actually quite considerable, but restricted to the gentle gorge where the stream was running. I estimated the length of the snow tongue to be something like 500 metres, and would have allowed for easy skiing.
When I got up to approximately 600 metres I had to climb two steep sections of snow, but the snow was a little soft without being too soft, so ascending was easy.
At the summit the views were restricted because of the clouds, but still I had a
fine view in all directions, and in particular down the steep west side of
Giskemonibba. After having taken some photos and signed the registration book I
headed back down to the car, changed into dry clothes, and then off to a boys 11
football match back home.