|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
|Difficulty||The ascent route offers a steep climb up the north ridge, but can be avoided by ascending via the descent route described below.|
|Drinking water||No access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route.|
|Parking||Room for a few cars at and around trail head.|
|Start height||82 metres|
|Vertical metres||315 metres for the roundtrip|
|Trip distance||3.4 km|
|Route photo||Ascent (right) and descent (left) routes for Ulsettua from Djupemyrane.|
From Ålesund drive road 61 towards Sulesund and get the ferry across to Hareid. From the round-about by the ferry port drive 3.1 km on road 61 towards Ulsteinvik and turn left where signed for "Røyset". If you arrive from south-west (Ulsteinvik) this exit can be found 7.3 km from the round-about just outside Ulsteinvik. From the Røyset-exit drive 4.9 km, keeping right at the Y-fork 900 metres from road 61. You the get to a three-way junction, and turn left. Drive another 1.35 km and fine parking along a road that goes off to the right along a field.
From the car walk along the gravel road for 350 metres until it makes a 90° right. Continue 80 metres on the road until it ends. You will now see some faint paths leading towards the mountain. There are a number of paths, probably created by deer. Pick your best route and aim for the steep north ridge of Ulsettua. Ascend the steep part of this ridge (you will probably have to use your hands in some places), and then follow the ridge south-west to the summit. The summit is not marked in any way.
For your descent you can either follow your ascent route, but it is better to head more east than north-east, and follow a gully down to the flatter sections. Again there are a number of paths, but none of them are very good and they are all boggy. When you get down to the flat heather area find your shortest route back to the gravel road and back to the car.
02. December 2008
I had attended a meeting in Ulsteinvik and was on my way back to the main land around lunch time. Since I had my hiking gear in the car I decided to extend my lunch break slightly and take on one of the mountains on my Hareidlandet to-do list. I estimated the hike would be done in around half an hour (net time), but the terrain was more boggy and cumbersome than I anticipated so I spent the best part of an hour. But no worries; I had certainly put in the hours work-wise the last weeks/months, so a slightly extended lunch was well deserved (at least in my eyes).
The views from the summit were surprisingly good, and since it was a really gorgeous day I managed to get some decent photos taken.