Brørene from Brørevatnet


Estimated net time 2-2½ hours
Difficulty No difficulties, but the lower part of the route can be boggy.
Drinking water Running water close to trail head and a little into the route, but quality is unknown (lots of sheep).
GSM coverage Patchy coverage from the saddle north-east of Tørlingehaugane, which gradually improves (August 2014).
Parking Room for a few cars at trail head.
Start height 379 metres
Vertical metres 370 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 7.2 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Brørene trail head by lake Brørevatnet.
  Overview of route to Brørene seen from the summit.


From Ålesund drive road 60 to Sulesund and get the ferry across to Haried. Start measuring from the ferry and continue on road 60 in the direction of Ulsteinvik:

- At 10.5 km turn right towards Ulsteinvik in the round about.

- At 12.8 km turn right towards Flø.

- At 21.0 km turn right where an old wooden sign says "Brørevatnet".

- At 21.4 km pay toll in the unmanned toll booth (NOK 50 per 2014).

- At 22.5 km make sure you drive straight ahead (don't turn right).

- At 26.1 km park on the right hand side of the road just before a gate.

Start your hike by continuing 260 metres on the mountain road. Follow a rough path on the left hand side of the field you get to, and follow the fence to the end of the field. Turn right and head south-east to the small saddle left (north-west) of Tørlingehaugane. Turn right when you get to the path running across the saddle and follow this path south-west and west to the fourth small top you get to, which is marked by a proper cairn and has a summit registration book; this is the highest point on Brørene (the Brothers) and is known as Storebroren (the big Brother).

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



13. August 2014

I had attended meetings in Ulsteinvik this Wednesday and decided to finally bag my last mountain on the Hareidlandet island. It had been some light rain during the day, but by afternoon it had stopped and only a little grey.

The route to Brørene from lake Brørevatnet isn't used as frequently as some of the other routes, which is probably caused by some slightly cumbersome and boggy terrain in the lower part of the route. But the route is OK enough, and the only potential issue is the sign on the gate by trail head; "private property; no admittance". This means you either have to do a major de-tour around a fenced area or you ignore the sign and follow the mountain road inside the fence. The fence, by the way, has a major opening next to the gate so no need to climb any fences.

After the hike I drove to Hareid and just missed the next ferry, and hence had to wait 30 minutes.

Photos 13.08.2014