Fivelstadnibba from Sæter


Estimated net time 4-4½ hours
Difficulty No difficulties, but not an easy hike. The scrambling across the large boulder in the lower section of the east slopes requires the use of hands. Above the boulder the terrain is relatively steep.
Drinking water The only reliable source of running water is from the river on the right side of the path through the forest, but access is cumbersome. Easier access in Sætredalen before you turn left (west) up the east slopes of Fivelstadnibba.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route, but very patchy in the upper east slopes (July 2011).
Parking Room for a few cars at trail head.
Start height 300 metres
Vertical metres 995 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 6.3 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Parking, trail head and lower part of route to Fivelstadnibba.


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, across Strandafjellet, to where you get to a T-junction. There is an Esso petrol station on the right hand side of the road (per 2011). Turn right here and continue 27.3 km along road 60 in the direction of Stryn, and turn right where signed for road 655 and "Ørsta". Drive another 3.4 km and turn right onto a narrow road where a wooden sign points towards "Sætredalen". Drive a little less than 100 metres and find parking close to the remains of an old house.

The route from this car park is marked by red paint all the way up to the south end of Sætredalen.

Start walking by following the gravel road south-east, towards a small bridge. Cross the bridge and turn left onto a dirt road. After 200 metres the dirt road turns right, and 60 metres later the path starts up to the left. The path is vague in the beginning, but there is red paint on trees so navigation shouldn't cause any problems. Before entering the forest you cross two gates and soon after this the path gets more defined.

When you get out of the forest at 660 metres the path ends. Continue another couple of hundred metres into the valley, making sure you stay on the left (west) side of the bottom of the valley. Then start turning left (north-west) and find your best route through the large boulder. Once past the boulder head directly west towards the southern top of Fivelstadnibba. This top is marked by a cairn. From this top head north across a small top, and from the saddle between this top and the summit turn left (west) and up to Fivelstadnibba's summit. There is a cairn at the summit, and an old trigonometric point marker lying on the ground.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



24. July 2011

When I woke up at 05:30 this Sunday morning I was pleased to see that the fog of the last few days had totally cleared, so hiking today would include views. I was considering setting off right away, but decided to try to get a little more sleep and a proper breakfast before heading out.

My plan for today had been to hike Gulkoppen, since I new it had a marked path all the way to the summit. But since the visibility was fine I could take on something else, and my choice fell on Fivelstadnibba, which I had wanted to hike for quite a while.

Thanks to a sign for Sætredalen by road 655 I was able to locate trail head without any problems, and from here follow the red dots of paint up through the forest and to the south end of Sætredalen valley. Through the forest I had company by some cattle for some distance, and one of them was terribly interested in my poles. The sniffing and licking simply wouldn't stop. Maybe the metal was nice and cold, or there might have been salt from my perspiration?

Above the forest I was faced with section of large boulder, which wasn't difficult to cross, but did require a fair bit of time since I had to do a fair bit of scrambling. I never managed to figure out whether I enjoyed it or just wanted to get past it. Anyway, once through with the boulder I had a tough hike in the steep terrain to the south summit. From here it was nice and easy walking across a small central top before I was at the highest point; the north summit. From here the view in most directions have a very short range, but this view is to some of the finest Sunnmøre mountains. Only the view south allows you a longer distance viewing. But the view that caught my attention most was probably the vertical view down into Norangsdalen valley.

After having eaten my sandwich and taken a lot of photos I headed back to the south top before taking on the descent. It's definitely wrong to say I was looking forward to the steep descent, including the boulder, but as it turned out I didn't have any problems at all. And through the forest the only incident of interest was more interest in my poles by the local cattle.
Photos 24.07.2011