Raudheia from Roaldsetlia


Estimated net time 2-2½ hours
Difficulty No difficulties, but cumbersome because of bush.
Drinking water No stable sources of running water.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (September 2012).
Parking Room for a couple of cars at trail head.
Start height 209 metres
Vertical metres 480 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 7.3 km
GPS-file X (only to the cairn at 669m)


Route photo



NOTE: this route is definitely not the best route to Raudheia, because of a fair bit of bush.

Assume your starting point is the Molde area. Start measuring from the round about where roads E39 and 662 intersect a little east of the ferry port, and drive E39 in the direction of Trondheim.
- At 3.2 km continue on E39 where road 64 exits right to Åndalsnes.

- At 4.2 km continue straight through the round about, staying on E39, where road 64 exits to Eide.

- At 17.6 km turn left where signed for "Roaldset".

- At 20.6 km turn left onto the road "Roaldsetlia".

- At 21.0 km make sure you fork right.

- At 21.8 km park on the small car park on the right hand side of the road where the road ends.

Start your hike by walking up the road between the houses and then turn left after the newest house. From here head more or less directly north and find your best way through the partly dense bush of low birch. Above the forest you will get to the large cairn at 659 metres, and from here continue directly north to the small cairn at 669 metres. The true summit is located another 300 metres north/north-west and is not marked by a cairn.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



07. September 2012

I did his hike as a leg stretcher on my way to the annual throwing competitions at Sunndalsøra, going straight from work at Brattvåg. I chose this route because the maps showed a path all the way from Roaldsetlia to the cairn at 659 metres, but there were no traces of any paths, so I ended up with a lot of bush fighting, and got fairly wet from the continuous rain.

At the summit plateau there was a very strong northern wind, and getting across from the cairn at 659 metres to 669 metres was a real struggle. Potentially the strongest wind I had ever hiked during summer. When I reached point 669 metres I assumed I hadn't found the highest point, but I had a nagging feeling the true summit would be one of several potential candidates towards north-west, but I didn't want to mess around up here given the vicious wind, and I was freezing cold. Instead I headed back to the large cairn at 659 metres to get a few seconds of shelter, before heading back down to the car.

By the time I got back to the car it had more or less stopped raining, and I was able to change into dry and warm clothes before the remainder of my drive to Sunndalsøra. At my friend Tore's house I dived into the classic post hike activity of downloading the GPS tracks to my PC while enjoying a cold beer, only to find out that I had, as expected, missed the true summit by 300 horizontal metres and something like 1-2 vertical metres. This was soon forgotten when Amund and Kai arrived, and a magic meal based on Tore's self picked scallops where served.

Photos 07.09.2012