Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Skafjellet is one of the many rounded and gentle tops on the large, flat plateau, north of Hareiddalen valley on Hareidlandet island. Here you'll find easy hiking terrain and good skiing terrain, whenever the Gods of winter decide to dress the island in solid white. It doesn't happen too often.
The plateau has numerous trails and trailheads. On this page, you'll find a description of an easy route that follows a forest road (from Bigset) and then a mountain path. Once on the plateau, you have a number of options. A good suggestion would be to take the bus to Hareid or Ulsteinvik and walk back home across the plateau, visiting the primary tops along the way.
Skafjellet (M711: 573m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 574,34m, UTM 32 V 342226 6919330) has a primary factor of 82m towards the higher parent mountain Storebroren (620m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 341163 6919338) is found between Mosvarden and Skafjellet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is defined through a fixed point - 491m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
(all distances are approx. distances)
From Ålesund, follow highway E39 towards Bergen, and then RV61 towards Hareid. Take the Sulesund - Hareid ferry.
From Hareid, follow RV61 4Km and turn right towards Bigset Vest. Drive 200m straight ahead and turn left. Drive 400m straight ahead and you'll have the forest road straight ahead of you. The forest road may be open or closed, but don't drive through the gate if it's open. There is plenty of parking opportunities along the road.
Follow the forest road, which runs 300m west before turning northeast. You'll pass Vei I and Vei II, two other forest roads thar fork from the main forest road. At 240m elevation, the forest road turns west again, and after 800m, the mountain path begins.
The mountain path runs north and you'll top out between Skafjellet and Grøthornet (532m). Turn east and walk the remaining 500m up to Skafjellet summit. The top is marked by a proper cairn. You'll have a good view towards many of the sharp and rugged Ørsta peaks.
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