Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
|Fylke/Kommune :||Møre og Romsdal/Midsund|
|Maps :||1220-II Vestnes (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)|
|Primary factor :||
|Hiked :||May 2008|
|See also :||
|See also :||Other Midsund mountains|
Myrsethornet and Manfjellet rank as 5th and 7th amongst the highest independent tops in the Midsund municipality. These two tops are located on the northeast side of Otrøya island, and are quite easy to reach on their easiest routes. Myrsethornet & Tverrheia offer nice skiing terrain all the way from the Nord-Heggdal trailhead and to the top.
Manfjellet is slightly more rugged. A hike up the northeast ridge would probably be a fantastic hike, providing you are able to get on it, from Bendset or Bendsetdalen. This page describes a roundtrip hike starting from Nord-Heggdal, and the overall route is better suited for experienced hikers than beginners. The trip report (see bottom of page) shows pictures taken in May 2008. May is a superb month for hiking Otrøya peaks, rising from the blue sea and the green acres to the snowy tops. The contrasts are just phenomenal.
Myrsethornet (Norge 1:50,000: 670m, Økonomisk Kartverk (ØK): Highest contour is 670m, UTM 32 V 357874 6907640) has a primary factor of 150m towards the higher parent mountain Sveddalstinden (1042m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 389958 6955730) is found between Vassknausen and Grøtet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 440-445m, interpolated to 443m.
GPS measurement on the ground read 671m, averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin not recorded). The Myrsethornet cairns are found 180 to 280m southwest of the high point. On Økonomisk Kartverk, the cairn points are 669 and 669,5m. Tverrheia, 667m (ref. Økonomisk Kartverk) is a point northeast of Myrsethornet, and has a primary factor of 29m towards Myrsethornet.
Manfjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 668m, Økonomisk Kartverk (ØK): 667,5m, UTM 32 V 390381 6957146) has a primary factor of 200m towards the higher parent mountain Myrsethornet (670m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 390884 6956645) is found between the two tops, just south of Beinsetvatnet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 465-470m, interpolated to 468m.
GPS measurement on the ground read 669m, averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin not recorded). Manfjellet's south top is (ref. ØK) 654,5m. The primary factor towards the north top is 27m.
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These route descriptions were valid per Aug. 2008. All distances are approx. distances.
Route 1: Nord-Heggdal - Myrsethornet - Manfjellet (summer)
(all distances are approx. distances)
From Ålesund, follow highway E136->E39 towards Åndalsnes. From the E136/E39/Olsvika roundabout near Breivka, follow E39 13,3Km. Turn left onto highway RV661 (Skodje/Brattvåg/Vatne). Pay toll at an unmanned toll booth (coins + credit cards, AutoPass) 1,5Km later. 8,7Km after you left E39, you reach the 659(Brattvåg)/661(Vatne) junction. Turn left towards Brattvåg.
13,6Km later (from this junction), turn right towards the ferry to Dryna, and continue 600m down to the ferry harbor.
On Dryna, turn right on RV668 and follow signs to Molde. After passing Midøya island and entering the place Midsund on Otrøya island, turn right towards Heggdal (signed). Drive 14,2Km and find parking on the right-hand side of the road, just in front of a bridge.
From the parking (UTM 32 V 392951 6954288), go west to the nearest house and follow a forest road that runs on the west side of the river. Follow this road 900m, then turn right at a signed junction (the signs are on the left-hand side of the forest road). The new forest road heads northeast in the beginning, but soon turns to the northwest. 1,4Km after you left the first forest road, turn sharp to the right (this is near a waterfall) and follow yet another forest road upwards (to the northeast).
This forest road soon turns into a forest path, which you may lose sight of, as you enter the Myran meadows. But from this point on, you really don't need a path. Either head north towards Myrsethornet, or northeast towards Tverrheia, if you want to visit this top too. The Myrsethornet cairns are found on the west side of the mountain. The (unmarked) high point is found a bit further east, in the direction of Tverrheia.
From Myrsethornet, descend the west ridge. This ridge may seem a bit intimidating at first, but if you just zig-zag the easiest route down the ridge, you'll not run into any obstacles. Pass the hump in the saddle on the south side, then head directly up to Manfjellet on the other side. Once you are on the ridge, it's an easy hike up to the south top. Manfjellet high point is found 300m to the north.
Descend to the
Myrsethornet - Manfjellet saddle, or if you will, just keep descending
Manfjellet's south ridge. Follow the stream from Tjernskaret, and it will lead
you to a nice waterfall. Descend on the east side of the
waterfall, and you'll
join the forest road shortly after. Make sure you don't pass this forest road...