Tungremtindane from Erstad


Estimated net time 7-8 hours
Difficulty No difficulties, but a couple of sections on Tungremtindane's east ridge requires the use of hands for balance.
The summit ridge is very airy on the west side, down towards Hjørundfjorden, but you don't need to challenge this exposure in order to get to the summit.
Drinking water Several sources of running water up to lake Andrevatnet. Nothing stable above this
GSM coverage No coverage from a little below lake Storevatnet to a little above lake Andrevatnet, else fine (July 2010).
Parking Room for a couple of cars at trail head, and room for more cars a little below trail head.
Start height 62 metres.
Vertical metres 1335 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 19.8 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Route from south side of lake Storevatnet to Tungremtindane.


Note: it might be wise to bring a bike for this hike. You might not be able to cycle much of the ascent, but you will appreciate the bike when coming back down the 6 km of mountain road.


From Ålesund drive road 60 towards Magerholm and cross the fjord on the ferry to Aursneset. From the ferry port at Aursneset drive 10.2 km towards Stranda on road 60, to Straumgjerde. At Straumgjerde turn right, drive across the bridge (crossing Norway's shortest salmon river), and continue north. Drive 3.9 km from road 60. You are now at Erstad, and turn left onto a gravel road. There is a not very visible sign on the right hand side of the road pointing towards "Riksheimdalen". Follow this gravel road uphill for approximately 600 metres. You now get to a gate, and could in theory continue to drive uphill. But most likely the gate is locked, and if it isn't you might well risk that it is locked when you get back down. You should therefore find parking somewhere close to this gate; there are several places where a car can be parked along the road, but you need to make sure you don't block access for tractors etc. to the fields.

Start walking by following the mountain road uphill. At 320 metres you get to lake Dammen, and proceed another 4.1 km to the end of the mountain road. From here head up to a small cabin and continue south-east on the left (east) side of lake Storevatnet. There is a path marked with red "T"s along this lake. But this path soon forks left, heading south/south-east, while you should proceed around Storevatnet and up to lake Andrevatnet south of Storevatnet. When you get south of Storevatnet you will see a round ridge coming out east from Tungremtindane. You should aim to get onto this ridge, but most likely you have to walk all the way up to Andrevatnet in order to be able to cross the river (there is a dam at the north end of Andrevatnet). When you have crossed the dam turn right (north) and head north-west up to the round ridge.

When you have ascended the ridge follow it towards west and the foot of Tungremtindane. From now you have to find your best route up Tungremtindane, but keeping right (north) is probably best. When you get a little higher you might find some small cairns that will guide you towards the summit.

Tungremtindane consists of several small tops, where the two northern most are the two highest. If you ascend on the right hand side you will get up to the northern top. From here you get a good view of the other top, which is located less than 100 metres further south. Follow the ridge towards this southern top, which is the highest top.

Descend by heading north-east until you re-join your ascent route a little less than 200 vertical metres below the summit. This part of the descent is likely to be across snow.



26. July 2010

I had tried to ascend Tungremtindane once before, in October 2008, but decided to abort because of a fair bit of snow all the way down to Andrevatnet. This Monday during our summer holiday I was determined to make it all the way to the summit, and had also brought a bike to save some time during my descent from lake Storevatnet. Unfortunately the bike I brought was one of my sons bike's and was a bit small for me in order to be able to do much cycling uphill.

At the end of the mountain road I parked the bike and had a nice and easy walk around lake Storevatnet and up to Andrevatnet. From here I wasn't sure about the route, but after having studied the terrain the best route seemed quite obvious. I decided to avoid snow as much as possible and followed the right (north) edge all the way up to what I thought was the summit. The fact that there was a small cairn also made me convinced I was heading for the summit. But when I looked south from this top I saw another top with a cairn, and this top looked higher. I therefore followed the ridge across to this top, looking down at Hjørundfjorden almost 1300 metres below me on the right hand side, at a horisontal distance of only 1.5 km.

When I reached the summit and looked back I wasn't so convinced that the point I had now reached was the highest point, but a check with the GPS told me that this point was a few metres higher than my previous "summit".

I managed to make myself "comfortable" at the small summit point and enjoyed a sandwich and some water. Unfortunately some clouds and even some fog had drifted in during the morning hours, blocking most of the views towards the other side of Hjørundfjorden, but still there were some impressive views.

For my descent I decided to head down the snow fields as far as possible, and hence I dug out my ice axe from the back pack. By running and sliding down the snow I descended quickly, and was also able to find my ascent route without any problems. From here it was a couple of easy scrambling moves, and then an easy walk back to the bike. After this I had 6 km of more or less continuous cycling back down to the car, with two stops in order to open and close gates. The third gate I timed well since a couple of hikers were coming uphill and opened and closed the gate for me.

After the hike I stopped at Straumgjerde and bought myself a Coke before heading up to Fjellsetra for a swim in lake Nysætervatnet.
Photos 26.07.2010