Grepstadnibba from Fossheimsdalen


Estimated net time 3-4 hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
The whole route is done on well marked path.
Drinking water Several sources of running water along the route.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route, but a little patchy at trail head (July 2011).
Parking Room for many cars at trail head car park.
Start height 522 metres
Vertical metres 740 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 7.7 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Grepstadnibba trail head in Fossheimsdalen.
  Cross bridge in Fossheimsdalen and turn right onto path at top of hill.
  For path to Grepstadnibba fork left 75m after start of path.


From the intersection of roads E39 and 5, in the round about at Skei, drive 1.2 km north along road E39. Turn right where signed for "Fossheim", and then turn right again 190 metres later. You are now on the service road leading up to the dam in Fossheimsdalen. 400 metres along this road you get to a toll booth (fee is NOK 40 per 2011), and then continue another 2.0 km to the car park. Park here.

Start your walk by crossing the river on the bridge below the dam and walk 70 metres up to the information board. Turn right here, onto the path marked with red paint. There are large stones put in place across this slightly wet area. 80 metres along this path turn left, where signed for "Bolsetnipa". This path, marked by red paint, will take you all the way up to Bolsetnipa, which is a view point 470 metres north-west of Grepstadnibba. When you get up on the summit area you need to leave the path a few hundred metres before the view point cairn in order to gain the summit of Grepstadnibba; turn right and aim for the second of the two summit bumps on your right hand side. The summit is not marked in any way.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



29. July 2011

This Friday was driving day as I was travelling from Brattvåg to my friend Håvard's cabin above Nesbyen. I had planned to hike a mountain along the way, and had prepared for a number of different mountains depending on weather conditions. The Sunnmøre region had pretty miserable conditions, with light rain and fog, so this area was out of the question. But as I passed Utvikfjellet between Utvik and Byrkjelo things improved, and by the time I had passed through Votedalen things looked promising. Hence I decided to drive up Fossheimsdalen and hike Grepstadnibba.

My hike up to Grepstadnibba was done in a mix of sun and fog, and also during my summit stay the conditions were varied, so I never got the full view this mountain offers.

While descending I overtook a young lady and his father, whom I had seen out at the view point while I was at the summit. They were locals and gave me some information about the path and the surrounding mountains. One of the things they told me was that all the stones at the beginning of the path had been put in place by one of the farmers, who had transported the stones there on his snowmobile during winter.

Back at the car I changed into dry clothes and took on the reminder of my drive to Nesbyen, arriving at Håvard's cabin 19:45. By then Håvard had a nice dinner well under way, and there were suitable post drive/hike refreshments in the fridge. Perfect!
Photos 29.07.2011