While not among the very highest, Kjøsvikfjellet is certainly one of the most independent mountains on Sømnahalvøya. Not many mountains that are NOT an island high point, have a primary factor almost the same as its height. But this is the case for Kjøsvikfjellet. The "pass" towards the higher Lysingen is approx. 3m above sea level.
Kjøsvikfjellet may seem like a "dull" mountain, but interesting characteristics can be found here and there. For instance, the (approx.) 6m high rock on top of Kjøsvikfjellet. The rock offers serious bouldering. Not so much for the difficulty, but mostly because of the height. Remember, you will have to get back down, and you don't want to jump it.
Kjøsvikfjellet is sometimes on the list of Fjelltrimmen tops in Brønnøy and Sømna kommuner. The route to the top is easy, but don't go there in fog, unless you're confident in your navigational skills.
You have good views towards southern Helgeland mountains from here. Landmarks such as Heilhornet, Breidvasstinden and Vist-tindan are easily recognized.
Kjøsvikfjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 495m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 495,04m, UTM 33 W 370219 7242132) has a primary factor of 492m, towards the higher parent Lysingen (648m). The saddle (approx. 33 W 370280 7249015) is at Brekkeidet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 0-5m, interpolated to 3m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
RV17 - Kjøsvikfjellet (Summer/autumn)
(All distances are approx.)
Locate the RV17/RV76 junction (Horn/Andalsvågen/Vega), 2,8Km outside the centre of Brønnøysund. From here, follow RV17 36,6Km (in the direction of Vennesund, and not towards Horn). Locate a gravel road to your left. This gravel road is 2,2Km after you pass the Viksjøen exit. Drive 300m to the Kjøsvikfjellet trailhead.
Follow a forest road eastbound, along Steinselva river. In less than 1Km, you'll arrive a "major" trail junction with signs all over the place. There's one path to your right, one straight ahead, and one to your left. Go straight ahead. The Fjelltrimmen sign will be present, if Kjøsvikfjellet is part of this year's list of tops.
Follow the marked trail into the forest, then up along a pipeline to a small lake, then along the river up to Lake Steinsvatnet.
At the lake, turn left and head up a broad ridge, cross a meadow and rise towards the large rock at approx. 400m elevation. From this rock, head southeast across the plateau, towards a mountain lake (approx. 440m). The high point, marked by a proper cairn is just 500m south of this lake.
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