|Tussa from Hjortedalen
|Estimated net time||3-4 hours|
|Difficulty||No technical difficulties, but the hill from ~1050m-1150m is very steep so you should ensure you don't slide.|
|Drinking water||Several sources of running water up to lake 848m.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route except potentially a short section above lake 848m (July 2014).|
|Parking||Room for several cars around trail head.|
|Start height||665 metres|
|Vertical metres||740 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||6.7 km|
Start measuring from the 3-way junction on road 60 above (west of) Stranda centre, where road 60 goes towards Sykkylven, Stranda centre and Hellesylt. Drive towards Hellesylt and Stryn.
- At 27.0 km you pass the exit to Hellesylt.
- At 31.5 km you pass the exit to Ørsta and road 655.
- At 48.4 km turn right where signed for "Engebø".
- At 49.4 km pay toll (NOK 40 per 2014) in the unmanned toll booth.
- At 51.2 km fork right.
- At 53.1 km fork right.
- At 53.4 km park on the rough car park on the left hand side of the road, a little before the end of the road.
Start your hike by following the gravel road 80 metres to a small stone bridge. Turn left onto a path just before the bridge and follow this path along the stream. After 250-300 metres look for a place to cross the stream (if the stream carries a lot of water you should cross down by the bridge), and continue on the right side of the stream. This path will take you up to the lake at 848m, where you'll find a registration book inside a small cairn.
Continue on the path, which is marked with white paint, on the right (east) side of the lake. The path starts to climb up towards right a little past half-way along the lake, and will take you up towards the saddle between Tussa and Sandfjellet. When the path starts to bear right (south-east) towards Sandfjellet, at approximately 945m, continue straight up to the steep grass slope coming down from Tussa's south slopes. Find your best route up the steep grass, and then continue across boulder, directly north, across some smaller tops, to Tussa's summit cairn. You will also find a an old trigonometric point marker on the ground.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
25. July 2014
After a week at Fjellsetra Elisabeth and the boys drove back to Brattvåg this Friday afternoon in order to get packed for Norway Cup (football tournament). I hadn't planned to do any hiking today, but since the weather was still very nice I decided to go for a short-ish hike/drive combination. The only candidates if I was going to hike a new mountain were Tussa and a couple of small Sykkylven coastal tops, so packed my gear and headed towards Hornindal in order to pay Tussa a visit.
Apart from the strenuous hill around 1100m this was an easy hike, and I met several other hikers either hiking up to the registration point by lake 848m or doing a round trip across Sandfjellet and down to lake 848m. But Tussa itself didn't seem to attract anyone's attention, and a man I spoke with, who claimed he had done a lot of walking in the area, hadn't even hear of the mountain Tussa.
After the hike it was back to Fjellsetra and a nice swim in lake Nysetervatnet.