|Vettafjellet clock-wise from
|Estimated net time||2½-3 hours|
|Drinking water||Several sources of running water up the east slopes to the saddle.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (June 2011).|
|Parking||Room for several cars at trail head.|
|Start height||280 metres|
|Vertical metres||855 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||9.5 km|
NOTE This route is definitely not the easiest route to Vettafjellet. The easiest route is probably found by heading up the east slopes from the end of the road close to Vettahaugen. Here you will find a path marked with red paint. (*)
From The intersection of roads 62 and 70 in Sunndalsøra centre drive road 62 west and then north in the direction of Molde. 3.3 km from this intersection turn right where signed for "Viklandet". Drive 4.5 km and turn left where signed for "Viklandet trafo". Drive 1.6 km and find parking on the left hand side of the road just before a gate.
Follow the road past the gate approximately 500 metres and then turn right. Find your best route up to the saddle south of Vettafjellet, and from here walk north approximately 2.5 km to the summit, which is marked by a cairn.
Either descend your access route or head 140 metres south from the summit and follow the path marked by red paint down east towards the end of the road at Viklandet. At 520 metres turn right and head south back to your car.
(*) Instead of turning left where signed for "Viklandet trafo" you should continue another 900 metres and park where the road ends. From here you will find a path marked by red paint, which will guide you up to the summit.
17. June 2011
I was on my way to Sunndalsøra for the annual multi-throw competitions, and decided to hike Vettafjellet before the last few kilometres drive to my friend Tore's house. I had asked several persons about a route to Vettafjellet, but hadn't obtained anything I would consider as a clear guidance. Hence I had to rely on what information I had found on maps and satellite photos, which turned out to work out OK, but as I found out around the summit and during parts of my descent there is a "trade route" marked by red paint.
I drove up towards the electric transformer site (Viklandet trafo) and headed up to the saddle south of Vettafjellet. From here it was a fair bit of up-and-down across small humps to the summit. But around 50 metres before I got to the summit cairn I found marks of red paint on the rock, which definitely surprised me, so after having visited the summit and taken my photos I decided to see where these red dots of paint would take me. It turned out there is a fine path going down east from the summit, and I followed this path down to 520 metres. From here I decided to leave the path in order to take the shortest route back to my car. This turned out to be slightly cumbersome, so it would probably have been wiser to follow the path down to the road and then walk the road back up to the car.
After my hike I drove the last few kilometres to Sunndalsøra, where I soon found
myself seated in Tore's sofa with a cold beer and a nice Bruichladdich in the
glass. No reason to complain!