Norwegian Mountains, Nordland
Malmsfjellet / Bjørufjellet, 307m (Inderklubben)
|Maps :||1725-I Brønnøysund (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)|
|Primary factor :||
|Hiked :||Aug 2008|
|See also :||
|See also :||Other Nordland mountains|
These two tops are located directly east of the place Vik on the Sømnahalvøya peninsula. Malmsfjellet is also known as Bjørufjellet, and both names refer to places on each side of the mountain. Amundgjerdsfjellet does not have a name on the 1:50,000 maps. This top is found on the map as point 298m, and is located just south of Malmsfjellet. The Vasskaret pass is the low point between the two tops.
There are several ways to get to these tops, but this page will describe a traverse across both tops. A good trail will take you up to Malmsfjellet. From there on, you're off-trail and have to deal with slightly cumbersome terrain up and down Amundgjerdsfjellet. All in all, it's a fun round trip, starting at the place Bjøru.
Malmsfjellet/Bjørufjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 307m, Økonomisk Kartverk (ØK): 307,38m, (approx. UTM 33 W 370068 7246722), has a primary factor of 269m towards the higher parent mountain Kjøsvikfjellet (495m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 33 W 369442 7244734) is found along the road to Olsvika, between the two mountains. More precisely; between point 101m and Trongan. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 35-40m, interpolated to 38m.
GPS measurement on the cairn (1m high) read 307m, averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin +/- 1,7m)
Amundsgjerdfjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 298m, Økonomisk Kartverk (ØK): 301,5m ~ 301m (approx. UTM 33 W 370198 7245842) has a primary factor of 103m towards the higher parent mountain Malmsfjellet (307m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 33 W 370191 7246174) is found in Vasskaret pass between the two tops. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 195-200m, interpolated to 198m.
GPS measurement on ground read 301m, averaged over a 3-minute period (error margin +/- 6,4m). The normal practice would be round 301,5m up to 302m, but since the 1:50,000 height is 298m, no rounding up was done.
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These route descriptions were valid per Aug. 2008. All distances are approx. distances.
Route 1: Bjøru - Malmsfjellet - Amundsgjerdfjellet (summer/autumn)
The nearest larger place is Brønnøysund. From Brønnøysund, drive east to Skillevika, continue southbound on highway RV17 towards Vennesund for 24,7Km. Turn left onto an unsigned gravel road towards Bjøru (not signed). This is just 600m before the Mardalsfjellet trailhead (by the quarry). After 1,2Km, the road forks. Turn left and drive 1,1Km. To your left now, is a farm, and you'll see the sign "Logopedisk Senter". Find parking nearby or ask for permission to park here.
From "Logopedisk Senter",
cross the creek, and
on the far side of the next farm building, locate a
forest road, marked by red
paint on a tree. Follow this road into- and up a narrow valley. High up in the
the road turns into a forest path. You pass a spruce forest. The red paint is either hard to see or not present. Just head upwards until you reach a col on the ridge. In the col, you'll join another path from the northwest. Follow this path southbound to the top of Malmsfjellet, marked by a medium-sized cairn with a canister that may contain a visitor register.
Descend your ascent route, or; proceed south to Amundsgjerdfjellet. Pass the 260m contour on the east side, then descend into the col between the two mountains (Vasskaret). The first bit up from the col is a bit steep, but will not give you any challenges if you just stick to the easiest route. A modest cairn marks the top of Amundsgjerdfjellet.
Descend your ascent route, or; proceed south and descend the southwest ridge. Some routefinding is necessary. The ridge is steep, but the easiest route does not involve other challenges than bending bushes. Down to your right, you'll see a tractor road. Once in the col between Amundsgjerdfjellet and contour 120m, turn north and join the tractor road. Be aware of ill-tempered cows as you approach the farm, or stay in the outskirts of the forest until you reach the house just south of the trailhead.