|Nipa from Gjerdsvika
|Estimated net time||2-2½ hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but the marked route below the pass south-east of Nipa crosses a couple of short sections of slab which might be tricky if icy.|
|Drinking water||No proper sources of running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (March 2014).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park by trail head.|
|Start height||3 metres|
|Vertical metres||535 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||4.1 km|
From the junction between roads 61 and 654 on the island Gurskøya, approximately 18.7 km south on road 61 from the ferry port at Hareid, drive road 654 in the direction of Fosnavåg.
- At 8.0 km turn left towards Moltustranda.
- At 23.7 km, immediately after a large industrial building, turn right and park close to the road.
Start your hike by walking another few metres along the main road. Turn left onto a gravel road heading uphill, walk through the left bend, and then head up the field before you get to the cabin. Walk along the fence that surrounds the cabin's land, cross the barbed wire fence, and then head uphill. You should be able to find a vague path marked by white laces, but if you don't head towards the left side of the fenced area higher up. Cross this area of land, following the white laces, and you will pick up a proper path at the other side. Turn left when you get to this path and follow it up to the path junction at 280 metres. Turn right here, towards Gjøna, and follow the white poles up towards the pass south-east of Nipa. Head up to the pass and turn right onto the path that will take you up to the summit ridge and across to the summit. The summit isn't marked, but there is a summit registration box a few metres below the summit.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
01. March 2014
I had already hiked Hidsegga this Saturday morning, and set off to Nipa at 10:20, 20 minutes behind schedule. My trail head by the large industrial building probably wasn't the best one, but I did find a marked (vague) path up towards the more proper path coming up from further west, after having climbed a total of four fences (but all of them are easy to pass for persons of average height). Hiking got easier after this, but this only lasted up to the path junction at 280 metres. From here the path towards the pass east of Nipa is vague and not very pleasant, but life got easier again from the pass and up to the summit.
However, what the route lacked in pleasantness was more than compensated for by the excellent views from the summit, and I really enjoyed this fine point above the sea. It was still windy, and I had another two hikes to complete before returning home, so I didn't stay very long but enjoyed every minute of my stay.
The descent felt better than the ascent, and after a quick change of sweater I
was back in the car and on my way towards Veten.