Sandhornet from Hellevegen


Estimated net time 2½-3 hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
Drinking water No stable access to running water.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (July 2012).
Parking Room for a few cars at trail head.
Start height 190 metres
Vertical metres 785 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 7.6 km
GPS-file X (descent only)


Route photo

  Sandhornet trail head at start of Hellevegen.
  Overview of route to Sandhornet from above the forest.


From the round about where roads E39 and 655 intersect, in Ørsta, drive 4.7 km on 655 in the direction of Sæbø. Where 655 does a sharp right across a bridge continue 800 metres straight ahead, and turn left onto a gravel road. This is a toll road and you need to pay at the manual box at the beginning of the gravel road (NOK 20 per 2012, cash only). Follow this gravel road approximately 2.0 km, to where you see a path going up to the right, and there is a memorial a few metres above the road. Park here.

Follow the path, which is well made with large pieces of slate, through the forest. You meet a forest road, which you cross and continue on the still well made path. This path will take you up to an old cabin above the forest, at 340 metres. Pass the cabin on its left side and continue another 200 metres to the start of a flat area. At this point you should fork right onto a vaguer path, which soon gets more defined, and which will take you up the steep south-west end of the long Sandhornet ridge. From here follow the ridge all the way to Sandhornet's summit, which isn't marked in any way. However, there are several cairns as you get close to the summit, and there's also a cairn at the very end of the ridge, approximately 40 metres north of the summit.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



04. July 2012

I had been to a meeting at our Hjørungavåg factory, and was due back the next morning so had booked a hotel room in Ulsteinvik, so decided to go for a hike "down south". I considered several options, but at the end I left work a little later than planned and decided it was too late for any Folkestad top, so settled for Sandhornet.

While driving up the gravel road I passed a couple out on their evening stroll, and asked for advice on where to drive for Sandhornet trail head, and was given the advice to "park right there and follow the road uphill". Unfortunately I didn't ask any control questions, and when this forest road forked after a couple of hundred metres I ended up going right instead of left, and proceeded 700 metres on this de-tour before finally deciding to come back down to the junction in question.

Back at the junction I "re-started" my hike, and after approximately 400 metres I found the slate path I was looking for, and which I knew would take me to Sandhornet. From here on navigation was straight forward, with a slight exception of the path junction above the forest. But hiking in itself wasn't that easy, as I was quite tired, and it didn't help that I had forgotten my water bottle in the car.

As I got closer to the summit the spirit improved, and at the summit I was truly enjoying myself and the excellent views. I took my photos, and cursed the tens of flies circling around my head, before heading back down the ridge. When I got down to the slate section I decided to continue down to the very start of this path, and by doing so found the best trail head for this hike. This left me with a 400 metres walk along the gravel road back to my car, and then the drive back towards Ulsteinvik, which suddenly included a de-tour as I decided to include the short hike to Eikenakken.
Photos 04.07.2012