Rotbergshornet from Vallasætra


Estimated net time 2-2½ hours
Difficulty No technical difficulties, but a little cumbersome through some bush.
Drinking water Running water from the stream by trail head.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (September 2014).
Parking Room for several cars at trail head.
Start height 314 metres
Vertical metres 540 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 3.9 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Overview of route to Rotbergshornet.


From Ålesund drive road E39 south towards Bergen, and get the ferry from Solavågen to Festøya. From Festøya ferry port turn right and drive road E39 in the direction of Ørsta. Measure from the ferry port:

- At 36.5 km turn left in the round about in Ørsta centre and drive road 655 in the direction of Sæbø.

- At 37.0 km turn left onto the road "Engesetvegen".

- At 37.6 km turn right onto the road "Håkonsgata", and then immediately turn left to continue on "Engesetvegen".

- At approximately 40 km pay toll in unmanned toll booth (NOK 25 per 2014).

- At 42.9 km park on the right hand side of the road just before a foot bridge.

Start your hike by crossing the foot bridge and follow the path up towards the cabins. Turn left when you get to a gravel road, and then turn right onto a wide path signed for "Ljosadalen" after another 90 metres. Continue 420 metres on this path and fork left in the path junction, and then leave the path and head left towards Rotbergshornet after another 220 metres. Aim for the sections of boulder on Rotbergshornet's south-west slopes, in order to get into as little bush as possible. You will not be able to avoid some bush down at the bottom of the hills, as well as a little below the summit, but there are no reasons for concerns. When you get above the upper bush head up easier terrain to the unmarked summit.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



01. September 2014

The season for hiking new tops after work was coming to an end, because of insufficient day light, and when I set off for Rotbergshornet I was pretty sure this would be the last of the kind this year. It's always a little sad when the long evenings are replaced by gradually shorter days, but there are no reasons to complain after this most excellent summer of 2014.

I was expecting a fair bit of bush for my ascent of Rotbergshornet, as I assumed it would be no path, but still I had some hopes when I stopped a car coming past my train head just as I was about to start my hike. It turned out to be one of the cabin owners, and even better, he had done a number of hikes in the area. Unfortunately he didn't have any good news about Rotbergshornet, and he even gave me the impression my intended route would be very rough. I thanked him for the information, but was still very determined to have a go. At the end the route didn't turn out to be too bad, maybe because I expected it to be really bad, and after a short summit stop under the grey sky I was on my way back down the boulder. And past the boulder it was easy running back down to the car and the drive back long.

Photos 01.09.2014