Drynjahatten from Drynaskaret


Estimated net time Less than one hour.
Difficulty There's some steep and cumbersome terrain, but no technical difficulties. But one short passage at around 130 metres offers some exposure, and deserves considerable caution if icy.
Drinking water No stable access to running water.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (April 2014).
Parking Room for one or two cars around trail head.
Start height 42 metres
Vertical metres 165 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 1.0 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Drynjahatten trail head in Drynaskaret.


Start measuring at the ferry port at Dryna, and drive road 668 1.9 km. Turn sharp left onto a gravel road, drive 300 metres, turn sharp right, and park on the right hand side of the road after 60 metres.

Start the hike by heading up a steep path on the left hand side of the road. The path is fairly visible, but expect a short stretch of bush fighting through a forest. Above the forest continue directly uphill, in steep terrain, and the path soon fades away. When the terrain levels out turn left and continue along the wide ridge. At 130 metres you're faced with a 2-4 metres high rock wall. The easiest way to get up here is to locate a path out on the left (south) end of the wall, which offers a touch of exposure as you continue uphill on steep rock. Above this continue uphill to the summit, which is marked by a small cairn.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



05. April 2014

I had hikes Myrsethornet and Manfjellet earlier this Saturday and had just enough time for Drynjahatten before the next ferry back home. At least that's what I thought until I had to abort my first attempt due to too steep terrain at the north side of Drynaskaret. When I got back to the car after this aborted attempt a local came driving by and I stopped him to ask for the best route. He was quite clear on his advice; there were no easy routes to Drynjahatten from Drynaskaret, and I should use the normal route up from north. I thanked him for the advice, but quickly realised that this route would be too long if I was to catch the planned ferry (which I really had to catch in order to be at Vatne in time for a boys-14 football match). Hence I decided to drive back to the south side of Drynaskaret and have a look for somewhere to park and a possible route up the steep section.

Finding a reasonable place to park without blocking for other traffic proved straight forward, and to my surprise I saw a very clearly defined path heading up from the other side of the road. Bingo! The path was steep and a little cumbersome, but not difficult in any way. And the rest of the route to the summit was fairly straight forward, but a little cumbersome through heather. The only small exception was a rock wall blocking access along the ridge, but it didn't take me many seconds to locate a short stretch of path out on its left hand side. Going up there offered a touch of exposure, and on icy rock it would definitely be dodgy, but today it offered no problems.

At the summit I quickly took a few photos before heading back down, and got to the ferry port five minutes before the next ferry left for Brattvåg. And hence I had completed all Midsund tops with primary factor >100 metres. That said, I'm pretty sure I'll be back for more hiking to this group of very nice islands.

Photos 05.04.2014