Glitregga from Holmøyane


Estimated net time 5-6 hours
Difficulty No difficulties if you stay left (south) of the steep cliff bands above 900 metres
Drinking water Several sources of running water along the route, at least while there's still snow.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (July 2011).
Parking Room for a few cars at trail head.
Start height 85 metres
Vertical metres 1265 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 17.0 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Glitregga trail head by Holmøyane.
  Path to Glitregga starts behind this cabin.
  Off-path route towards Glitregga from the cabin "Sonja".


From the junction between roads 15 and 60 at Kjøs, approximately 16 km west of Stryn along road 15 (and 60), drive west on road 15 towards Nordfjordeid. 3.5 km from the junction you will find a bus stop on the left hand side of the road, and a suitable place to park a few car immediately after the bus stop. Park here.

Start walking by following the forest road west, which does a sharp left after 60 metres and heads south-east. 700 metres from the trail head the forest road turns west/south-west, and from here continue another 1.7 km in a western direction. Make sure you fork left, staying on the main forest road, and continue another 200 metres to a sharp left bend. Walk uphill 150 metres and turn right up towards a small cabin. Behind this cabin you will find a path marked with blue paint. This paint will guide you through the first 20-30 metres, but soon the path becomes pretty obvious. This path will take you south-west and then east, up to the trigonometric point marker above the forest, at Sætrefjellet. From here proceed directly south, making sure you stay on the path marked by blue paint, until you get to a cabin called "Sonja".

From the cabin "Sonja" there are no more paths, and you will have to find your best way to the summit. The best route is probably to turn a little right and head south/south-west, and making sure you pass the obvious cliff bans on the left hand side. The amount of snow will also be a factor to consider. When you get close to the summit you are likely to see a number of narrow stones set up almost like poles, leading you to the summit. The summit is marked by a large cairn, and your likely to find a registration book.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



09. July 2011

After my hike to Muldsvorhornet in the morning I was ready for my main target of the day; Glitregga. After the drive from Muldsvorhornet I stopped for a few minutes in Grodås to buy some maps, but the only thing of interest I could find was a local hiking map of Hornindal. I then continued to Glitregga trail head, which I wasn't 100% sure where I would find. Luckily I found a local man outside his house working in his garden, and he explained to me where to park and where to start my walk. Unfortunately he wasn't able to give any details about the route higher up.

The hike along the forest road was long and a bit boring, but suited me well since it was relatively flat, and I already had ascended 555 metres today. But the long stretch also made me wonder if I was ever going to start climbing the mountain, or if I would just continue traversing the mountain side. When I got to the small cabin where the path through the forest starts I was starting to loose faith in my route, but decided to head up to the cabin to see if there might be a path starting behind the cabin. I was actually a bit surprised when I found a path, but wasn't convinced this was the correct route. Anyway, I decided to stay on this path, and after a while I got confident this path would take me up above the forest.

When the path ended by the cabin "Sonja" I could see that I was definitely getting closer, but was a bit disappointed to find that I had only reached 730 metres, and hence had another 550+ vertical metres to go. But hanging around wasn't going to take me any further so I started the ascent of the east slopes, making sure I stayed left of the cliff bands and streams. This worked quite well, although I had climb some steep snow in a couple of places, and I was most delighted when I saw the summit cairn. And even more delighted when I realised I would be enjoying a summit stop without fog (but with plenty of clouds covering a lot of the fine mountains else visible).

After my summit stop I decided to descend on snow as much as possible, as the snow was firm but not too hard. I missed my ascent route a little, and ended up further south than I needed to, but the terrain was fine and I could keep a decent pace. Then down through the forest and along the boring forest road.

Back at the car I had a sandwich before starting my drive east. My plan was to stay the night in the car (on a mattress), but I didn't know where, except for the fact that I planned to hike Blåhøe the day after. I knew there was a road going all the way up to Blåhøe's summit, but I assumed this road wasn't open to the public. But from the map it had seen probable that it would be possible to drive up to lake Jettjørni, since it was another road forking right from the mountain road by the lake. I therefore decided to see if I could drive this far, and possibly spend the night there. At Vågåmo there were signs for Blåhøe, and when I got to the toll booth I became pretty confident I could drive at least as far as Jettjørni. And indeed I could, and I could also drive to the summit. So my plan was on, I would spent the night by the lake and then walk up to the summit the morning after. Good night.
Photos 09.07.2011