Rjňhornet is the 2nd highest independent top (primary factor >= 100m) on Gursk°ya island. The highest mountain - Sollia is found 3,4Km to the west. There is also another Rjňhornet mountain in Her°y kommune - Rjňhornet on Nerlands°ya island is found 14Km to the northwest.
Rjňhornet is easily accessible, both on foot and on skis, and the views are simply outstanding. Of course, Sollia offers even better views, but the difference should be marginal. You see Haram mountains (Gamlemsveten, Storfjellet and Blňskjerdingen), Trolltinden, Sprovstinden and other tops on ěrskogfjellet, major ěrsta mountains (Molladalstindane, Kolňstinden, etc.), Volda and Vanylven mountains, and you can even spot Gjegnen (1670m) and Plogen and Keipen near ┼lfotbreen.
The summit is "cluttered" by an ugly building and an antenna, which makes it difficult to photograph a 360 deg. panorama. On the positive side, no public road leads to the top, and the only way is on foot or on skis. Both ways will work just fine. This web page will describe a route from Moldtugarden by Leikong (east side of Rjňhornet). A path runs all the way to the top.
Rjňhornet (Norge 1:50,000: 598m, ěkonomisk Kartverk: highest contour is 600m, UTM 32 V 330899 6907186) has a primary factor of 107m, towards the higher parent mountain Sollia (661m). The saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 329777 6906402) is found between Sletteheidane and Lake Holmevatnet. Ref. ěkonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle height is in the range 490-495m, interpolated to 493m.
The 600m contour on ěkonomisk Kartverk is very tiny, so 600m has been chosen as the mountain height. GPS measurement read 603m. Although one has to take error margin into consideration, it seems that ěkonomisk Kartverk is correct.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Moldtugarden - Rjňhornet (all seasons)
(all distances are approx. distances)
The nearest larger city is ┼lesund. From ┼lesund, follow highway E39 towards Bergen, and then RV61 towards Hareid. Take the Sulesund - Hareid ferry.
Entering Hareid, you pass through a roundabout. Follow RV61 and drive 16,8Km (you pass Ulsteinvik along the way). In the RV653/RV61 junction, turn right towards Mňl°y/Fosnavňg. After 2,9Km, RV61 makes a sharp left turn, while RV654 continues straight ahead. Turn left on RV61. After 3,5Km, you arrive the trailhead. An industry area is down on your left, and a narrow paved road runs up to your right. Find parking here.
Follow the narrow paved road up to a barn. Traverse the acre ahead of you and aim for the northeast corner. Pass through a gate, cross the river and follow the path that runs up between Hillehornet and Bakkehornet.
At 140m elevation, you see a small "Rjňhornet" sign. Turn left and follow the ridge up to Bakkehornet. On Bakkehornet, turn north for a short section in order to gain the Rjňhornet ridge, which you follow in the northwest direction to the top. You will find an antenna and a small building on top, as well as a summit cairn. Descend your ascent route.
The entire route is also good for skiing.
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