Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
 

Øyrahornet, 417m
Sandvikhornet, 352m
Skåla, 183m


County/
Municipality:
Møre og Romsdal county/Herøy municipality
Maps: 1119-I Ålesund (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
1119-IV Fosnavåg (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor: Øyrahornet: 42m
Sandvikhornet: 14m
Skåla: 85m
Hiked: Many times since 2008
See also:
Sollia Veten/Hidsegga
Huldrehornet Rambjøra
Rjåhornet Røddalshorn
See also : Other Møre og Romsdal  mountains on westcoastpeaks.com


The tops seen from the air

The tops seen from the air
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Introduction

Øyrahornet, Sandvikhornet and Skåla are three tops located on the north side of Gurskøya island. The tops are very easy to reach from Tjørvåg, Stokksund and Sandvik and if you want a longer hike, you can continue in the direction of Sollia or its neighbour tops Hestfjellet, Selsteinen and Storehanen above Moltudalen.

This page will describe the most popular routes to the tops.

 

Skåla seen from Sandvikhornet

Skåla seen from Sandvikhornet
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Primary factor:

Øyrahornet (Norge 1:50,000: 419m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 417m, UTM 32 V 329297 6910091) has a primary factor of 42m towards the higher parent mountain Slettheia (552m). The defining saddle (approx. 32 V 329350 6909965) is found just south of Øyrahornet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is 375m.

Sandvikhornet (Norge 1:50,000: -, Økonomisk Kartverk: 352m, UTM 32 V 328780 6910954) has a primary factor of 14m towards the higher terrain towards Storehanen. The defining saddle (approx. 32 V 328740 6910882) is found just south of Sandvikhornet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is 338m.

Skåla (Norge 1:50,000: 184m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 183m, UTM 32 V 330078 6911213) has a primary factor of 85m towards the higher mountain Øyrahornet. The defining saddle (approx. 32 V 329734 6910696) is found at Sandvikskaret. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 95-100m, interpolated to 98m.

 

Øyrahornet

Øyrahornet
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Google map

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Route descriptions

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Route 1: Sandvik - Sandvikhornet

Difficulty : YDS Class 1
Exposure : No
Distance : Approx. 1,5km to the top
Time : Approx. 30-45 minutes to the top
Starting Elev.: Approx. 50m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 300m (total)
Map of the area
Map of the area
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Detailed map
Detailed map
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This route description is valid per February 2013

Access

(all distances are approx. distances)

This route description starts at the place Skei in Jølster. The nearest airports are Sandane and Førde. Highway E39 runs through Skei. 

From the E39/RV5 junction, drive:

  • 2,1km on RV5 in the direction of Fjærland/Sogndal until you see the "Vassenden" signpost (N61.55530 E6.46860). Turn right.
  • 1,1km on bridge across Kjøsnesfjorden to the "Vassenden/Sægrov" junction (N61.54833 E6.45653). Turn right.
  • 1km to the "Dvergsdalsdalen" exit (N61.54685 E6.44103). Turn left
  • 2,5km to a fork (N61.53018 E6.42846) near Dalevatnet. Turn right.
  • 0,9km southwest to the Orkja trailhead (N61.52649 E6.41217) - signposted.

The route:

 

The route, as seen in Google Earth

The route, as seen in Google Earth
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The path leads you to a cabin. Walk up the stairs and pass the cabin. You'll join a forest road. Turn right and follow it up to another cabin where the forest path begins. Turn left here.

The path runs north up to the powerline, then you follow it for 50-100 meters before you turn right into the forest again and continue northwest up the forest to 800m elevation where the path turns northeast and takes you to the summit (N61.53692 E6.40868) - marked by a small cairn.

Pay focus to the path. It can suddenly turn vague and you need to be on it to avoid slab areas on the south side of the mountain. If you lose view of the path, backtrack and try again until you find it.

 

Orkja in sunset

Orkja in sunset
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