Seterfjellet clock-wise from Åndalen
|Estimated net time||3-4 hours|
|Difficulty||The ascent to Sørtussen is a little steep and cumbersome, but no technical difficulties.|
|Drinking water||Several sources of running water up to lake Trolldalsvatnet.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route except in Seterfjellet's north-west slopes (June 2014).|
|Parking||Room for a few cars at car park by trail head.|
|Start height||252 metres|
|Vertical metres||880 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||7.5 km|
Start measuring from the round about east of Molde centre where roads E39 and 662 intersect (this is approximately 0.8 km along E39 from the ferry port). Drive E39 east in the direction of Trondheim:
- At 18.5 km turn left in order to continue on E39.
- At 27.9 km turn left towards Åndal.
- At 29.4 km turn left towards Åndal.
- At 30.2 km turn left in the T-junction.
- At 32.1 km pay toll in the unmanned booth (NOK 40 per 2014).
- At 37.6 km park on the small car park on the left hand side of the road.
Start your hike by following the gravel road another 60 metres and turn right onto a path just before a small bridge. Follow this path, which has some boggy sections in the lower part, up to the south end of lake Trolldalsvatnet. Continue another 800 metres on the path along the right (east) side of the lake, across some more boggy sections. Turn right where you see fit and head north-east, through the forest, up to the saddle between Sørtussen and Seterfjellet, preferably a little left (north) of the saddle. NOTE that there actually is a path going up here, but it's at best difficult to find.
From the saddle gradually climb Sørtussen's south slopes, which are steep and slightly cumbersome, and gradually turn left (north-west) when the terrain gets easier and less steep. Continue up to the west edge and across to the summit cairn.
From Sørtussen descend back down to the saddle, cross the flat section right (south-west) of lake Fagerdalsvatnet, and find your best route up Seterfjellet's north-west slopes. The summit is marked by a cairn.
From Seterfjellet head south-west, aiming for a little left (south) of the south end of lake Trolldalsvatnet. Turn left when you hit the path and follow it back down to your car.
20. June 2014
I was "single" this week-end and planned to bag a number of tops north of Romsdalsfjorden. The ultimate goal was to finally bag Skåla (Molde), and I had agreed with Amund that we would do this hike on Sunday (he was playing volleyball on Saturday).
To make the most of my trip north I wanted to hike Sørtussen and Seterfjellet already Friday night, and thanks to an invitation from Amund to stay two nights in his house in Molde I had a do-able plan. Unfortunately my hike to Sørtussen and Seterfjellet Friday night was done in very wet conditions, and adding bush and otherwise slightly cumbersome terrain this wasn't to be a memorable night. But I did complete my target objectives of the day, and thanks to an easier than expected descent of Seterfjellet I got back to the car with a more positive feeling than what I had for most parts of my hike.
And there was another factor making the arrival back at the car a positive experience; I found my car keys. When I ascended Seterfjellet I realised I didn't have my car keys, and back at the car I got even more worried when I didn't find them on the ground behind the car. But when I tried opening the boot, and the keys were in the boot, I was very relieved. Then back to Amund's house for some pizza, a couple of beers, and good company.