Vardehornet from Vartdal


Estimated net time 3-3½ hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
Drinking water No access to stable sources of running water.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (November 2012).
Parking Room for one car at trail head, but more cars close by.
Start height 43 metres
Vertical metres 945 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 6.6 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Vardehornet trail head at Vartdal.


From Ålesund drive road E39 south towards Bergen, and get the ferry from Solevåg to Festøy. From Festøy continue on road E39 15.6 km in the direction of Ørsta, and turn left where signed "Årsetdalen". Drive 500 metres and park on a small car park (for one car only) on the left hand side of the road, on the near side of a hedge.

Start your hike by walking through the garden of the house, and pass a barn on its right side. Where the lawn ends you will find a path heading uphill. Follow this path, marked by blue paint, up to the forest, and then through the forest. First a dense spruce forest and then a more open birch forest. This path will take you up to a view point, where you'll also find a registration book, at 440 metres. From here continue on a vaguer path, marked by small wooden poles with blue paint, up to the more rocky section at 700 metres. From here traverse east on a vague path, approximately 400 metres, before climbing north-east towards Vardehornet. The summit is marked by a cairn.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



24. November 2012

With still very little snow in the mountains I decided to have a go at Vardehornet, and left home early Saturday morning. It was a relatively strenuous hike, in windy and grey conditions, but with practically no snow.

Photos 24.11.2012