|Jakta from Norang
|Estimated net time||6-7 hours|
There are several difficulties associated
with this route.
The first problem you might encounter is crossing a stream on your way
up into Konedalen, but in normal conditions you will not have any
There are two routes from Konedalen and up to the summit; via the col at the south end of Konedalen and via grassy slopes north of the col. The route from the col involves some slightly exposed scrambling, but there are good hand holds if the rock is dry. The route up/down the grassy/mossy slopes is less exposed than from the col, but it is steep and can be a bit slippery.
|Drinking water||Several sources of running water up to Konedalen; nothing higher up.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route except in Konedalen (July 2011).|
|Parking||Room for a number of cars around trail head, but there is no one car park; you will need to find parking along farm roads.|
|Start height||48 metres|
|Vertical metres||1540 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||9.7 km|
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 17.5 km and turn left where signed for "Norang". From here drive 200 metres and turn left onto a gravel road where the road makes a 90° right. After another 150 metres fork left and drive across a small bridge. After having crossed the bridge your route follows the farm road to the right, but you might have to fork left in order to find parking; just find parking wherever you don't block for other traffic.
Your hike follows the left side of the river after you have crossed the small bridge. This farm road soon ends and you get onto a vague path along the river. When you get to the forest you will find a well defined path that will take you up the steep forest. At approximately 360 metres the path crosses the river, which might have to be forded, and continues towards Konedalen. The path is a little steep in places, but never difficult.
When the terrain gets flatter into Konedalen the path gradually fades away, and you're likely to hit snow. Just find you best route through the valley and to the col directly ahead (south-west). Climb the steep slope up to the col, and from here make sure you follow the light blue paint up to the right. You will definitely need to use your hands here, and a couple of moved are a little exposed. The hand holds are relatively good, but you need to be a little careful on wet rock.
After the scramble you get onto boulder and a flatter section, which leads to the final 350 vertical metres of boulder. This section offers no difficulties except that you're likely to feel the strain by now.
Descend by either reversing your ascent route, or descend back down towards the flatter section at 1250 metres and turn left down the grassy slopes left (north) of the scramble section. You will find a path here, but further down the path is vague, and the ground has a lot of wet moss so care is required. When you have descended the mossy slopes turn left and reverse your ascent route back down to Norang.
27. July 2011
Jakta is definitely one of the Sunnmøre classics, and I had waited for a couple of years for an opportunity to hike this mountain. This Wednesday during our summer holiday I made it an opportunity, and drove from our cabin at Fjellsetra after breakfast. I messed around a little in order to find the trail head, but a helpful young woman at Norang pointed me in the right direction. Based on her directions I drove up the rough farm road towards the start of the path, but lack of any proper space for my car made me turn back and find a suitable place to park a little further east.
By the time I had parked and made myself ready to start the hike several other cars had turned up, all trying to fit in to the small spaces close to where the path starts. Some of these hikers looked young and fit, so I decided to get going to avoid being overtaken through the forest. I stopped competitive sports many years ago, but it seems it still ticks somewhere at the back of my head when I'm involved in physical exercise, and always wondering whether it's a good sign or not. In this specific example it proved there was no need to rush it as I met these hikers when I was almost back down to Konedalen.
The hike through the forest was strenuous and a bit boring since the view was very limited, thanks both to the forest and also the fog surrounding the neighbouring mountains. And this fog made a bit nervous about navigation further up since I suspected I would not have the benefit of a path. But getting into Konedalen the fog gradually lifted, although it never disappeared, so navigation wasn't an issue. And when I saw the col between Jakta and Risenosa ahead of me I was confident I wouldn't get any issues with navigation. What puzzled me more was something that looked like two persons standing in the middle of the col. At first I though it was some rock formation, but after a while I was convinced it was a moving thing. And when I got closer and knew it was humans I quite desperately wanted to get up to the col before they left, since they might know the areas and the route to the summit. When I got to the col I met two young men, one Italian (with a Norwegian mother) and the other having grown up at Norang. The latter had been up here many times and was able to tell me exactly where to go, and better still they were just about to start their ascent and lead the way through the scrambling section.
From the scrambling section we hiked together to the summit, and had an interesting chat. The two guys were on a multi-day hike, and had stayed overnight close to the col. Their plan was to continue to Risenosa after Jakta and camp somewhere suitable. Next on the agenda was Staven, and from there they planned to hike across to Store Smørskredtind and possibly also Slogen. But I now know how the weather changed to the worse so assume they packed it in after Risenosa and possibly Staven.
We made it to the summit together, but unfortunately the fog didn't lift sufficiently to give us the fantastic view we expected. But there was constant movement of the fog, so we stayed at the summit for a long time in order to get better visibility. Unfortunately we never experienced that. So after taking photos, enjoyed a sandwich and waited some more we headed back down. And yet again I took advantage of the local knowledge of Dagfinn as he pointed me to where I should descend in order to follow the grass slopes back down to Konedalen; they where heading back down to the col since they had their back-packs there. A little before we got to the point where we took different routes we started to meet other hikers, and I assume something like 15 persons made it to the summit of Jakta this nice but foggy day.