|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
The lower section runs along a service road, and the upper part on a well defined path.
|Drinking water||No reliable access to drinking water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (March 2011).|
|Parking||Room for several cars at trail head.|
|Start height||45 metres|
|Vertical metres||400 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.3 km|
Assume your starting point is the Ålesund area. Drive road 61 to Sulesund and take the ferry across to Hareid. From the ferry port at Hareid drive 10.7 km to the round about south of Ulsteinvik. Bear left in this round about, continuing on road 61 towards Måløy. 5.4 km from the round about turn right, again signed for Måløy and road 61. Drive another 3.9 km, but make sure you continue straight ahead on road 654 as opposed to turning left towards Måløy on road 61. Stay on road 654, following signs for Fosnavåg (turning right 8.2 km after the roads 61/654 junction, and left 5.1 km later) all the way to Fosnavåg. Drive through the village centre, past the church on your right hand side, and turn left when you get to a T-junction. Approximately 150 metres later you will see a sign for Nerlandsøya to the right. From here continue on the main road, and across the bridge to Nerlandsøya. After having come off the bridge drive another 500 metres, and bear left. Immediately after the road forks, and you should follow the right leg, signed for Kvalsvik. Drive another 500 metres until you have a car park on the left hand side of the road. Park here.
Start walking by walking 40 metres back in the direction you arrived, and turn right up a road between two houses. Follow this service road up to 210 metres and turn left onto a path. Note that there are a number of short-cuts as the service road zigzags uphill, in the form of paths, and all of these simply short-cuts the zigs and the zags of the road. The path you follow from 210 metres is marked by large poles, all the way to the summit. At the summit there is a large cairn and a communications building.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
23. March 2011
I was on a training course in Ulsteinvik this Wednesday afternoon, so brought hiking gear to enable me to bag a new hill after work. I called Arnt and asked if he was keen on a hike, despite the miserable weather, and he was as usual on. We agreed to meet at Myrvåg, from where we drove separate cars the trail head above Kvalsund.
The weather had been really terrible all day (and all week), but by the time we stated our hike the rain had stopped and the wind and reduced considerably. So despite the low clouds I felt probably as happy as on a fine summer's day, and we combined hiking and talking all the way to the summit. Enjoyable, as usual.
The clouds didn't give us much chance for any spectacular views of the inland
mountains, but we saw enough to enjoy the rugged coast and the nearest islands.
A nice enough view on a day like this.