Skavegga from Utvikfjellet (ski)


Estimated net time 3-4 hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
Drinking water No access to running water during winter.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route, except down in the saddle mid-way between trail head and the summit (April 2010).
Parking Room for many cars at trail head.
Start height 635 metres
Vertical metres 605 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 8.6 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Start of route to Skavegga, from Utvikfjellet ski-centre.
  Route to Skavegga from top of ski-lift.


Trail head for this hike is by the small ski-centre at Utvikfjellet, on road 60 between Byrkjelo and Utvik. Park at the car park on the left hand side of road 60 if arriving from Byrkjelo.

Cross the road and start skiing, following the ski lift on the right hand side of the ski-centre building. When you get to the top of the ski-lift you see Skavegga a little to the left. Turn a little left and ski down to the saddle between the ski-lift and Skavegga, and continue in the same direction up on the other side. The turn a little right and head for the summit.

Note that the cairn at Skavegga is not located at the highest point, but approximately 200 metres north-west of the highest point, which is not marked.

The descent is best done by reversing your ascent route.



19. April 2010

Because of problems with ash from the volcano near the glacier Eyjafjallajökull at Iceland, and consequent problems for air traffic, I had to drive from Sunnmøre to Os in order to get to our factory at Hagavik. And since I was driving I had plenty of space for luggage and decided to bring my skis. And that's as far as the planning went.

When I crossed Utvikfjellet, and I saw that it was plenty of snow all the way down to the road, I decided to stop for some skiing. After a quick consultation with my maps I found Skavegga to be a suitable target, and after a quick change of clothes by my car I was on my way.

There was plenty of fresh snow and no tracks, so skiing was a little bit strenuous, but very nice except for the relatively strong wind. Navigating was easy as I just followed the ski-lift all the way to its top, and from there I had a good view of the rest of my route. When I reached the summit plateau I was a bit surprised to see that the summit cairn was located quite a distance from what was definitely the highest point, probably something like 200 metres.

The summit was very windy, so after taking some photos I soon started my ascent, which was very nice indeed. Just before the final slope down to the car I passed a few tens of reindeer at close distance, triggering me to dig out my camera once again.

Back at the car I changed, and then drove to Byrkjelo for a snack, before heading south to Os.
Photos 19.04.2010