Geitnosa from Spjelkavik


Estimated net time 2-2½ hours
Difficulty No difficulties, but the path can be a little boggy in places.
Drinking water Access to running water throughout most of the route.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (May 2012).
Parking Room for many cars at car park by trail head.
Start height 42 metres
Vertical metres 490 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 7.9 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Geitnosa trail head by the ski-lift.


In "downdown" Spjelkavik, a little east of Ålesund centre, locate the sign to "Turheis" and "Stadion" on the road Spjelkavikvegen. Drive 740 metres and turn right soon after the lake, and then make sure you stay left after another 110 metres. Drive another 100 metres onto the large car park at the bottom of the small ski slopes, and find parking at the far end.

Start your walk from the west end of the car park and head uphill 40 metres. Turn left onto the floodlit track, and follow this track 1.3 km. At the track junction where the floodlit track turns right you should continue straight ahead (east). Walk another 100 metres and make sure you fork right. Follow this path in an eastern direction up to the lake Blindheimsvatnet at 383 metres. Turn left and cross the dam, and continue another 1.2 km north-east to Geitnosa's summit, which is marked by a cairn and a wooden trigonometric point marker.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



22. May 2012

I had been working at our new facilities at Nørve this gorgeous Tuesday, and had brought hiking gear with the intention to hike Geitnosa. Our workshop finished a little before 17:00, and I drove straight to Spjelkavik. At the car park I changed into hiking gear inside my car and was soon on my way, on a warm and sunny afternoon.

There were some boggy patches along the route, but in general it was exceptionally good to be out and getting some exercise after a long workshop. At the summit I had some amazing views to the Sunnmøre alps, which was all captured on a memory card.

While descending I met two girls on their way uphill, which was much fewer than I had expected. Perhaps potential hikers had decided to work in the garden or paint their houses on this fine evening?
Photos 22.05.2012