Norwegian Mountains, Nordland
Skålvikfjellet, 181m (Ørntind)
|Maps :||1725-I Brønnøysund (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)|
|Primary factor :||168m|
|Hiked :||July 2009|
|See also :||
|See also :||Other Nordland mountains|
Skålvikfjellet is located just west of the town Vik, and is one of the lowest independent tops on the Sømnahalvøya peninsula. Still, the views from the top are fairly good, especially towards the south. There are no established trails to this coastal top, but this page will describe a short, easy and fun off-trail route from the north.
Skålvikfjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 181m, Økonomisk Kartverk (ØK): 181,62m, (UTM 33 W 365289 7246310), has a primary factor of 168m towards the higher parent mountain Mardalsfjellet (435m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 33 W 367575 7239177) is found on Hjelmsetmyra, between the two mountains. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 45-50m, interpolated to 48m.
GPS measurement on the ground read 242m, averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin not recorded), which means that the device was in total confusion. The track log varied between 183m and 197m on the high point. This was clearly not a good GPS day.
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This route description were valid per July 2009. All distances are approx. distances.
Route 1: Skålvikfjellet from the north (summer/autumn)
The nearest larger place is Brønnøysund. From Brønnøysund, follow highway RV17 south in the direction of Vennesund. At Vik - just south of the town centre, turn right towards Viksjøen. After 450m, keep right in a fork. Drive 500m, and turn right at another fork. Drive 700m on the road to Kvalvika, then turn right and drive 350m and turn left onto a (loop) road towards Mardal. After 1,2km, turn left onto a gravel road. Drive 350m and turn right at yet another fork. Drive 400m to the road end and find parking.
From the parking, head south across the field and go through an opening in the forest. Head for a distinct ridge that will take you up the mountain. On top of this ridge, you will have to decide if you want to scramble (easy) up Staurlihatten or walk around to the right. Once on top of Staurlihatten, follow the ridge up to the top - marked by a few rocks.