Årheimsfjellet from Oppheim


Estimated net time 3-3½ hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
The whole route runs on well marked path.
Drinking water Several sources of running water below the saddle at 830 metres.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route, except for a short stretch below the summit (May 2011).
Parking Room for several cars at trail head.
Start height 280 metres
Vertical metres 740 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 8.7 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Årheimsfjellet trail head.
  Turn right by Rakssetra.


From the round about in Stryn where roads 15 and 60 intersect, drive road 60 in the direction of Førde, for 7.8 km. Turn left where signed for Oppheim and follow this road uphill 2.6 km. At this point there is a sign saying that this is a toll road, but you need to continue another 300 metres before you get to the gate and the unmanned toll booth. Fee is NOK 25 (per May 2011). Pay the fee and make sure to close the gate behind you, and drive another 200 metres to road and and a car park. Park here.

Start walking by following the forest road at the end of the car park, and then turn right onto a signed path after 60 metres. Follow this well marked (red paint) for almost 1 km, until you get to the old buildings at Rakssetra. Turn right just before the buildings, and continue on the path up to Oppheimssætra at 640 metres. From here the path runs north towards the saddle between Årheimsfjellet and Skredfjellet, before heading left (west). Follow the path all the way to the summit, which is marked by a large cairn.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



28. May 2011

My initial plan this Saturday was to ski some of the mountains above Stryn summer ski-centre, and the three 15 year olds in my car (Andreas, Ole-Jørgen and Sigurd) were definitely going snow boarding. Hence we drove up to the ski-centre at 1080 metres. The boys bought their skiing passes, and I enquired about the conditions in the mountains. The lady at the counter said there had been many avalanches the day before, and since she represented the ski-centre she wasn't allowed to give any advice except for the ski-centre itself. This information didn't make me much wiser, but the relatively strong wind made me decide to skip the skiing and instead head for Årheimsfjellet by foot. I therefore left the boys, and drove down to Stryn to buy a map. Getting a map was no problem, and in addition the young man behind the counter was able to give me detailed information about the route to Årheimsfjellet. Excellent!

At trail head I found the well marked path towards Årheimsfjellet, and could follow this well marked path all the way to the summit. However, a little before I reached the summit Sigurd called me and said the ski lifts had been stopped because of strong winds, so they were stuck up there. I asked him to try to get a lift back down since I was close to two hours away from the ski-centre (walking and driving time). And the issue with the wind I could understand very well since I had had a very windy ascent from around 800 metres.

During my descent Sigurd called again, this time to inform me that the ski lifts had started to run again, and it was just as well they hadn't managed to get a lift back to our camp at Folven. But 30 minutes later they had to stop the lifts again, and this time I was in the car and decided to get up to the ski-centre as quickly as I could. Luckily they managed to get a lift with someone this time, so we arrived back at Folven exactly at the same time.
Photos 28.05.2011