|Estimated net time||4-5 hours|
No difficulties, but a little steep in
loose gravel when scrambling up to the east ridge. You might also need
to use your hands a little at the top of the east ridge.
The hike through he forest, up to approximately 900 metres, id done on a vague, but good, path.
|Drinking water||Several sources of running water from above approximately 900 metres.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route, except at trail head and a little up (July 2010).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at trail head.|
|Start height||435 metres.|
|Vertical metres||1055 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||6.2 km|
Trail head and outline of route to Blåfjellnibba, from Strandadalen.
From Ålesund drive road E39 south towards Bergen, and then exit onto road 60 just south of Ålesund. This road is signed for Stranda. Follow road 60 to the Magerholm ferry port and get the ferry across to Aursneset. From Aursneset ferry port follow road 60 for approximately 35 km to where you get to a T-junction. There is an Esso petrol station on the right hand side of the road (per 2010). Turn right here and continue 18.0 km along road 60, towards Stryn and Hellesylt. You're now approximately 250 metres before the first of the tunnels between Stranda and Hellesylt. Turn right onto a car park between the large avalanche barriers. Park here.
Follow a wide path perpendicular to road 60 (west) for 130 metres. When you meet an old forest road turn right and walk 30 metres towards an old red cabin. Approximately 20 metres before (south of) this cabin you will find a vague path, heading west and uphill. This path heads a little north-west before heading west (with a hint of south-west), along the forest ridge south of the river Stølselva. In the beginning you will cross a number of paths but you should ignore all of these and make sure you head uphill. When you get higher up the path gets more visible and is easier to follow.
Above the forest you will be able to follow the path a little longer, but at around 900 metres the path vanishes, which is not a problem in terms of navigation. Head a little right (north), up through the small sections of boulder north-east of the vertical wall ahead of you. Then gradually turn left to get on the left (south) side of the glacier located north of Blåfjellnibba. Ascend the east ridge of Blåfjellnibba close to the glacier/snow. This section is a little steep, but the only hint of difficulty is where there is gravel. Once on the wide ridge proceed towards the summit, staying on the left (south) side when you get close to the summit. The summit is marked by a pile of stones and a wooden pole.
Descend by revering you ascent route.
25. July 2010
This Sunday was in a way the first day of the second part of our summer holiday. After a little under two weeks in Austria we had driven from Austria to Sarpsborg on Friday, and then onwards to Sunnmøre on Saturday. And this Sunday we packed our stuff and settled for a week at our cabin at Fjellsetra. My first task this week was to hike Blåfjellnibba, something I had wanted to do for close to three years. And since it was a nice day I was very much looking forward to this hike.
I managed to find the vague path from Strandadalen, a path that soon becomes both more visible and fine to hike. From the end of the path the route upwards is quite obvious, but when I got up to the small glacier north-east of Blåfjellnibba I didn't know where to proceed. One of the problems was that I didn't know the location of the summit (didn't bring a map, of course ...), and hence I didn't know what side of the glacier I should ascend. I first started off by heading for the north end of the glacier, but after a little while I had some second thoughts, and at the end I changed my mind and headed up on the south side of the glacier. This route was a little tricky, at least for me on this day. One of the reasons was probably that I was forced to ascend further left than an ideal route because of snow, and I had to climb a section with more loose gravel than what I was really comfortable with. But I managed to find an acceptable route, which made me less than happy about the prospect of a descent through this route.
My next issue was the steep east ridge of Blåfjellnibba, but it was free of snow so I decided to have a go. This route turned out to be straight forward and quite enjoyable, and took me directly to the summit. Which in turn answered my question about the exact location of the summit.
After a longish summit stop I headed back down the east ridge, and with some
hesitation took on the descent down the section with loose gravel. Fortunately I
found a better route than my ascent route, and the descent was not more
difficult than "required some concentration". Very relieved I proceeded at good
pace back down to the car, and then back to Fjellsetra.