Ursfjellet from Vasstranda


Estimated net time 2½-3 hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
The whole route is done on fine gravel road and path, which might be a little boggy in wet periods.
Drinking water Several places to find running water below lake Langevatnet; nothing above the lake.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (May 2011).
Parking Room for several cars at trail head.
Start height 30 metres
Vertical metres 675 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 9.1 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Parking and trail head at Vasstranda.
  Turn left at dam by lake Langevatnet.
  Turn left in path junction above lake Langevatnet.


From Ålesund drive east on road E136 to Spjelkavik, and then drive through Spjelkavik centre on the main road (not road E39). Locate the signs for "Turheis" (chair lift) and "Stadion" (football stadium) and follow this road (Vasstrandvegen) 4.9 km. You first pass a small lake on its right hand side, and a little less than 1 km into this road you pass the football stadium, from where the road is single lane. The rest of the drive runs along the south shore of lake Brusdalsvatnet. Park on the right hand side of the road 20 metres before a gravel road signed "Fjellveien" goes off to the right.

Start walking by following the gravel road, all the way up to lake Langevatnet (2.5 km in total). When you get to the dam turn left and follow the path on the left (north) side of the lake. You will soon get to a path junction, where you turn left. This path takes you up to the very visible top seen from the dam. From here continue north-east along the path, all the way to Ursfjellet. The summit is marked by a trigonometric point marker, and you will also find a registration book here.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



21. May 2011

This Saturday was day #2 of football goal keeper training camp at Blindheim, and I was spending the day there together with Njål. But I had done some careful planning, and found a slot when I could be away for a couple of hours, giving me just about the time needed for a hike to Ursfjellet.

So some quick driving from Blindheim to Vasstranda, finding the trail head without any difficulties, and off I went up the relatively steep gravel road towards lake Langevatnet. By Langevatnet I briefly chatted with another hiker, and got confirmation on my assumptions in terms of the route ahead. He very clearly stated that I had a nice hike ahead of me, and I have to agree that he was right; the route from above the forest above Langevatnet gives you the impression of being on a proper mountain plateau.

At the windy summit I rushed through taking a few photos, before easy running back down to the car. I was back at Blindheim not much more than two hours after leaving.
Photos 21.05.2011