Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Ådalstinden is part of a mountain range stretching from Norddalsfjorden to Trollstigen. The dominating mountains in this range are (a.o.) Geitebottinden, Seljebottinden, Høgstolen, Taskedalstinden, Hesten, Finnan and Kongen. Ådalstinden is normally ascended from Seljebotn, but you can also access this mountain from the west (Litlebotn) or the north (northwest ridge). This page will describe a skiing route from Seljebotn. You'll have to negotiate with a dense birch forest in the lower parts, but it gets easier by the minute.
Ådalstinden is a trivial mountain to reach, providing you have the energy. The route described has no exposed sections. You can also make a round trip by visiting Løfjellet and point 1340m.
All of the mountains in this region have great views, and Ådalstinden is no exception. You will see every major peak in the Sunnmørsalpene mountain range from Kvitegga (1717m) to Jønshornet. This field of view alone is more than 30Km of wild peaks to the west/southwest. To the south, you see dominating mountains such as Torvløysa, Skorene and Eidshornet, while Seljebottinden blocks for Tolleknivsegga and Heregga. Higher mountains can be seen to the southeast; Puttegga (highest peak in Møre og Romsdal), Illstigfjellet, Storfjellet (1821m) and Svartegga, to name a few. To the northeast, you have the Romsdalen region, including Store Trolltind, Finnan and Breitinden. Perhaps the most interesting view is to the north, where you get a first class view towards the Stordal - Måndalen mountain range, including Lauparen, Storbua, Nonstinden, Middagstinden and Grytavasstinden.
Ådalstinden (Norge 1:50,000: 1433m, Økonomisk Kartverk.: - , UTM 32 V 410777 6919422) has a primary factor of 443m towards the higher parent Seljebottinden (1531m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 412175 6915599) is found in Rundeskaret, south of Svartfjellet. Ref. Norge 1:50,000 (20m contours), the saddle is within the range 980-1000m, interpolated to 990m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
(all distances are approx. distances)
From Ålesund, follow highway E136->E39 towards Åndalsnes. From the E136/E39/Olsvika roundabout near Breivka, follow E39 approx. 28Km to the RV650 junction just after Sjøholt. Turn right onto RV650 (Geiranger/Stordal) and drive approx. 25,2Km (passing the place Stordal) and turn left towards "Overøye". Drive 6,6Km and turn right onto Seljebotn (signed). Drive down a hill, cross the river on a bridge and after 2,3Km from the Seljebotn junction, you reach a farm. Find parking on the left-hand side of the road.
Follow the road past the farm, and after 150m, start heading northeast. Curve around the dense spruce forest and follow a ridge that runs up between the two westernmost streams coming down from the mountain. The lower section has a dense birch forest. Follow the terrain where you see fit. Gradually, the forest becomes more open, and once you're above the forest, the route to the top is quite obvious. The summit is marked by a proper cairn.
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