|Harøyburet from Hagen
|Estimated net time||30-40 minutes|
The whole route is on road and path.
|Drinking water||No access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (August 2010).|
|Parking||No good places to park at trail head, but you can drive the dirt road up into Hørvedalen and park there.|
|Start height||15 metres.|
|Vertical metres||140 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||1.7 km|
From Ålesund drive road E39 east towards Åndalsnes. Turn left onto road 661 towards Tennfjord/Vatne/Brattvåg at Digerneset and continue 8.7 km until you get to the intersection of roads 661 and 659 at Eidet (by Tennfjord). There is a toll booth 1.6km after leaving road E39 (NOK 30 per August 2010). At the Eidet intersection turn left, and continue on road 659 to Brattvåg. Drive through Brattvåg centre and turn right where signed for Dryna and road 659.
Take the ferry across to Harøy. From the ferry port at Myklebust drive 80 metres and turn left. Then drive 1.6 km and locate a dirt road going off to the right. If you're cycling leave your bike here and walk along the dirt road 300 metres to a car park just before a gate. If you arrive Harøy by car it is best to drive up to this car park since there are no good places to park the car down by the main road. A third option is to walk from the ferry port, which means you don't need to bring your car across to Harøy.
From the car park in Hørvedalen proceed past the gate and turn right onto a path. Follow this path all the way to the summit. There is a fine summit cairn located a few metres from the summit.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
07. August 2010
On this fine Saturday we decided to do a family bike trip to Finnøy and the indoor swimming pool at that small island. We left Brattvåg on the 10:40 ferry, and intended to hike Harøyburet on our way north.
As we cycled north I kept an eye out for signs for Harøyburet (the trail head was supposed to be signed), and which was very likely since almost all attractions seemed to be signed from the main road. But we didn't find any signs for the finest view point on this island, so instead proceeded all the way to Finnøy.
After we had finished our swimming we decided to split, with Elisabeth and the boys cycling the eastern route back to Myklebust, while I cycled quicker and stopped to include Harøyburet. I therefore got on the bike straight from swimming, while the others relaxed a little and had some food. And there was no rush since the next realistic ferry to Brattvåg would be the 15:30 ferry, according to the girl at Håp i Havet.
I sped down the road in 15-20 minutes, parked my bike, and hiked the short distance up to Harøyburet. At the summit I had a chat with a Dutch family, who were spending their second consecutive summer holiday with friends at Harøy. The sky was a little cloudy in-land, but it was a really superb view from this little island top. It was all captured on "film", before I headed back down to the bike.
Around 30 seconds before I arrived Myklebust my wife called me and said they had arrived, so the timing was pretty good. Since it was still 30 minutes to wait for the 15:30 ferry we decided to buy ice creams at the local store, before heading down to the ferry port for the wait.
But no ferry turned up. So I went across to the notice board to check the information we were given at Finnøy, and right enough; the 15:30 ferry didn't run on Saturdays. And the next ferry for us would be at 16:55. Lucky it was a nice and warm day. So a second visit to the shop, for some more of the less healthy stuff.
Back at the ferry port we were killing time by throwing stones, looking at the birds diving for fish, and then some diving for a fine sea urchin. Njål got the honour of doing the shallow dive, and after a little bit of hard work he managed to get the sea urchin on land. His next operation was to try to open it, which he managed by using a stone. Since I had tried sea urchin roe only a few weeks ago we decided to taste this one, but the kids didn't think it tasted as well as ice cream.
Eventually the ferry turned up, and we could set sail for home, on a ferry were
you're not allowed to go upstairs, and hence the potential good views you could
have are not made available to you. That's Norwegian tourism for you!