Sollia is the high point on Gurskøya island. The Sande/Herøy kommune border runs across the summit and divides Gurskøya in two (seemingly) equal parts. A hike to Sollia from Moldtudalen valley allows for a nice roundtrip across the tops Hestefjellet and Selsteinen, both belonging to Herøy kommune.
Sollia is popular in winter as well as summer. Many routes lead up to the summit, but only the summer route from Moldtudalen is described on this page. The terrain is overall gentle, looking aside from certain cliffs here and there. The grassy, windblown meadows resemble terrain found on nearby islands, such as Nerlandsøya, Runde and Sula. Fine terrain for skiing and easy terrain for walking.
Sollia (Norge 1:50,000: 660m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 661m, UTM 32 V 327503 6907191) has a primary factor of 661m being the island high point.
My GPS averaged to 661m (on the ground) over 10 minutes.
Hestefjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 621m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 621m, UTM 32 V 327041 6908066) has a primary factor of 73m towards the higher parent Sollia (660m). The saddle is found between the two tops. Ref. Ø.K., the saddle is within the range 545-550m, interpolated to 548m.
Selsteinen (Norge 1:50,000: 598m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 597,66m, UTM 32 V 326463 6908973) has a primary factor of 90m towards the higher parent Hestefjellet (621m). The saddle is found between the two tops. Ref. Ø.K., the saddle is within the range 505-510m, interpolated to 508m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Moldtudalen - Sollia roundtrip (summer/autumn)
The nearest larger city is Ålesund. From Ålesund, follow highway E39 towards Bergen, and then RV61 towards Hareid. Take the Sulesund - Hareid ferry and follow RV61 (roughly) 3Km towards Ulsteinvik. At the roundabout junction outside Ulsteinvik, turn left and follow RV61 southbound until you turn right when you see the "Måløy" sign. Follow RV654 towards Fosnavåg. At the Fosnavåg/Moldtustranda junction (before the Herøy bridges), turn left towards Moldtustranda. Drive 5,6Km and turn left just after a grocery store. Continue 2,4Km up to the Moldtudalen trailhead.
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From the Moldtudalen trailhead, proceed on gravel road to Lake Mørkevatnet. Continue on vague path on the east side of the lake and climb into Litledalen valley, where you get a clear wiew towards Sollia. At the trail fork at 480m elevation, turn right and climb Sollia's gentle west ridge to the summit, marked by a small cairn and a container for the summit logbook.
Continue towards Hestefjellet, either by going around Lake Kjerringvatnet on the east side, or head directly down to the west side of the lake and go off-trail up to Hestefjellet.
Continue towards Selsteinen by following a visible (and partly steep) path from Hestefjellet. From Selsteinen, descend on (and off) path into the valley between Storehanen and Selsteinen. A path will take you back to the gravel road.
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