Skalten from Skjellbreia


Estimated net time 2½-3 hours
Difficulty No difficulties, but one should show some care with cornices towards north when following the summit ridge.
Drinking water No stable access to running water.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (January 2014).
Parking Room for several cars at the car park by trail head.
Start height 44 metres
Vertical metres 650 metres for the roundtrip
Trip distance 9.6 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Skalten trail head by Skjellbreia.
  Start of service road to Skalten.
  Path along Skalten's east ridge, to the summit.


Assume your starting point is the round about east of Molde centre where roads E39 and 662 intersect. Drive 4.1 km east on road E39 and turn left in the round about, towards Eide. Follow road 64 5.8 km and pay toll (NOK 20 per 2014) when you exit the tunnel. Start measuring from the toll booth.

- At 5.9 km fork left in the round about, onto road 663 in the direction of Elnesvågen.

- At 11.8 km turn right towards "Farstad", continuing on road 663.

- At 12.9 km turn left towards "Ås".

- At 13.9 km park on the car park in the left curve by lake Skjellbreia.

Start your hike by following the gravel road 300 metres north-east along lake Skjellbreia. Turn left onto a service road closed by a gate, and follow this road 3.6 km uphill, until you're 650 metres south-west of the mast. This is 400 metres after the final (fifth) sharp right curve (the second right curve after you get properly above the forest). Leave the service road and head north-west up to the ridge between the summit and the small top with the mast. Turn left when you get to the ridge, and follow the path the final 650 metres to the summit. The summit is marked by a proper cairn and holds a summit registry.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



01. January 2014

I had already warmed up with Skoften on this New Year's Day, and was now ready for the main hike of the day. I had had some concerns regarding snow and ice, but the road was in practice free of snow, and the little snow along the summit ridge didn't cause any other problems that some care had to be taken because of a few icy patches.

I was the first person to sign the registry book this year since the one hiker ahead of me went to the lower top where the mast is located. While descending I met tens of hikers, including a young man doing intervals on the well suited service road.

Back at the trail head I changed into dry clothes, well on schedule for my final two short hikes of the day; Klempertåsen and Gulberget.

Photos 01.01.2014