Svinetindane (Swine Peaks) are two tops (1125m and 1132m) on the Middagshornet - Svinetindane - Storkopptindane - Romedalstinden - Kolåstinden ridge that stretches from Barstaddalen to Standalen. This ridge connects, via Svinetindane, to the famous Molladalstindane peaks. Svinetindane must not be confused with Svinetinden (1092m) that is found north of Jønshornet/Ramoen.
Point 1125m is typically accessed from Barstaddalen, while point 1132m is typically accessed from Ytre Standal by Hjørundfjorden. The tops are - apparently - fairly easy to traverse. This web page is currently only describing access to point 1132m from Ytre Standal.
Many hikers have probably passed right by Svinetinden 1132m, on the "trade route" from Molladalen to Ytre Standal. The top is located only 650m southwest of the Molladalen - Ytre Standal pass, and can easily be reached in summer as well as winter.
Svinetinden 1132m (Norge 1:50,000: 1132m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 1132m, UTM 32 V 360780 6910438) has a primary factor of 142m, towards the higher parent mountain Romedalstinden (1295m). The saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 360520 6909923) is found between Svinetinden and Storkopptindane. Ref. Norge 1:50,000 (20m contours), the saddle height is in the range 980-1000m, interpolated to 990m.
Personal GPS measurement (and error margins must be taken into consideration) read 1133m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Ytre Standal - Svinetinden 1132m (winter, on skis)
(all distances are approx. distances)
From Ålesund, follow highway E39 towards Bergen/Volda to the ferry at Solavågen. Take the ferry over to Festøya. Turn left in the direction of Standal and follow the road 10,4Km to Ytre-Standal. Turn right onto an unsigned gravel road (toll) in a left curve. Follow this road to its road end at approx. 200m elevation (1,9Km)
This road is only plowed up to the nearest houses in winter.
From the parking, follow a well-worn path up to the Ytre-Standalsætra cabins, located on a hill with a fine view towards Hjørundfjorden. Follow the Molladalen/Standalshytta path (trailsign) approx. 230m westbound, where the path forks. The trailsign was broken in July 2006. Go right, and follow a visible, but narrow path towards the pass between Svinetinden 1132m and Grønetinden. Turn towards Svinetinden as you see fit.
There is also a path that runs north of the road to Ytre Standassætra. This path is not documented on this page.
From Ytre Standalssætra, maintain a northwest bearing to Lake Høgevatnet (you can't see the lake until you're there), proceed in the direction of Grønetinden and then either go for the pass and follow the ridge to Svinetinden, or follow the terrain as you see fit directly towards Svinetinden.
You need to consider avalanche danger if you take a direct route up to the summit.
Skiing up to the top is easy enough. The final 5 vertical meters offer light, but notable scrambling with good handholds. This short pitch may warrant a YDS class 3 grade, but the choice fell on 2+ (careful scrambling). In winter, there is no exposure in the event of a fall in your moving direction. The summit point is narrow, and fits only one (two is absolute maximum) persons.
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