|Bergehornet from Remen
|Estimated net time||3-4 hours|
There are no difficulties.
The route up the final 300 vertical metres is fairly steep, but there is no scrambling involved.
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (September 2011).|
|Parking||Room for a couple of cars at trail head, but you should ask for permission to park. Alternatively you might find room for a few cars down by the football stadium.|
|Start height||36 metres|
|Vertical metres||990 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||6.5 km|
From Ålesund drive road E39 south towards Bergen, and get the ferry from Solevåg to Festøy. From Festøy follow road E39 in the direction of Ørsta, for 16.5 km. You're now in the place Vartdal, and should turn left where signed for "Skytebane" and "Knutegarden". Fork right after 110 metres, and then fork right again after another 440 metres. Drive another 200 metres and park on the left hand side of the road, in front of the houses. Makesure you ask for permission to park here.
Start your hike by walking up to the small barn and then turn right in front of the barn. When you have passed the barn turn left and cross the lawn. You will now hit a vague forest road and follow this a few tens of metres towards right. When you get to the point where the forest road forks into three forest roads follow the middle one, uphill on the right hand side of a large stone. The forest road curves a little left and when you hit a fence you should turn right and follow the fence on its right hand side. You're now on a vague and wet path, but things will improve as soon as you get into the forest.
Follow the path through the forest, up to a flat section at 210 metres, where a number of stones have been put in place to make hiking less boggy. When the stones end you should soon after turn left and follow the path going uphill. At approximately 260 metres you will find a small hunting shelter and should continue directly uphill on the hill towards south. There is a very vague path up here, but don't bother searching hard for it. Just walk uphill, and then from around mid-way up this hill stay on the left hand side in order to find a relatively well defined path. This path will take you up through the last few tens of metres of bush and forest.
When you're above the forest you soon get to a flat section, where you will find another vague path out on the right hand side. Follow this path, right on the edge, until you get to the final steep <300 vertical metres. The path is now better defined, and will take you all the way to the summit. The summit area has a couple of cairns, and the largest is likely to hold a summit registration book.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
12. September 2011
I attended an afternoon training course at work, and when this finished I decided to call it a day and go for a hike. The conditions were not excellent, and there was major danger of rain, so I was 50-50 on whether to do a local mountain around home or to take the ferry across to Festøy and hike Bergehornet. At the end I decided to go for Bergehornet, and it turned out to be a good move. First of all I never had rain during my hike, and secondly I timed the ferry times very well. Not to mentioned the fact that this is indeed a fine hike with excellent views.
Based on the route descriptions I had read I had planned to park down by the football field, but since there was some kind of sheep fence where parking would normally be I had to find something else. At the end I decided to try my luck by the houses, and found a good spot to park. just to make sure I asked one of the house owners if it was OK to park here, and got a clear "yes" back. I then also grabbed the opportunity to ask about the start of the route and got a good description from the nice lady.
The hike up to Bergehornet is quite strenuous, and I was pushing a little in order to see if I could get to the summit before it might start to rain. This worked well, and I managed to stay just below the lactic acid threshold.
At the summit it was a bit windy, but after changing into a dry sweater and
putting on a wind proof I was OK to take my time with photos. Looking at the
photos after my hike I could see some of them being a bit blurred, thanks to the
wind, but I'm pretty sure I'll be back to this mountain, and perhaps on skis.