Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
|Fylke/Kommune :||Møre og Romsdal/Vanylven|
|Maps :||1119-III Vanylven (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)|
|Primary factor :||
|Hiked :||Aug 2009|
|See also :||
|See also :||Other Vanylven mountains|
Svartetua is the highest top in the mountain region defined by Syvdsfjorden, Syltefjorden and Saurdalen. This top is popular in winter as well as summer. There are several routes leading up this mountain, but this page describes a summer/autumn route directly from Syvden - a straightforward hike (route #54 on the Vanylven hiking map). If you want to reach Svartetua on skis, Skjervheimsdalen may be the best starting point.
Blåfelden is a minor top, 450m southeast of Svartetua. This is the mountain with the distinct gap facing Syvden, and has a very dramatic terrain on the north, east and south side.
Fuglehovudet is another independent top - 1,2km south/southwest of Svartetua. Together with Storehornet, Blåfelden and Fuglehovudet define the west side of the Saurdalen (Sørdalen) valley. This top is not a natural part of the hike to Svartetua/Blåfelden, and the walking distance is approx. 1,4km from Blåfelden. Fuglehovudet has a number of distinct gullies facing Saurdalen;
Svartetua (Norge 1:50,000: 842m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 842,5m, UTM 32 V 327054 6887422) has a primary factor of 449m towards the higher parent Røvsdalsnipa (950m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 325430 6882456) is found in Drageskaret. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 390-395m, interpolated to 393m.
GPS measurement read 847m (on the ground), averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin +/- 4m)
Fuglehovudet (Norge 1:50,000: 816m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 815,47m, UTM 32 V 327430 6886251) has a primary factor of 132m towards the higher parent Svartetua. The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 327570 6886641) is found between Fuglehovudet and Blåfelden. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 680-685m, interpolated to 683m.
Fuglehovudet high point is most likely a rock (UTM 32 V 327343 6886212), located 96m southwest of the map point. GPS measurement on this rock read 818m, averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin +/- 4m)
Blåfelden has a primary factor <50m and is not documented in further detail.
Google's interactive map. You can zoom, pan and click on the markers.
Route 1: Syvden - Svartetua (summer/autumn)
This route description is valid per Aug 2009
(all distances are approx. distances)
The nearest larger city is Ålesund. From Ålesund, follow highway E39 towards Bergen, and then RV61 towards Hareid. Take the Sulesund - Hareid ferry, and from Hareid, follow RV61 (roughly) 42Km to Årvika, 5,1km from Larsnes.
Take the Årvika - Koparneset ferry, and follow RV61 6,6km to a junction at Eidså. Turn left onto highway RV652 and drive 4,3km to Syvden. You're now 70m away from the bridge across the Saurdalsvatnet river. Turn right and drive back 200m on a road parallel to RV652. The trailhead is signposted. Find parking where appropriate.
Follow the path up the forest. Just above the forest (approx. 320m) you run into a fork. Go straight ahead. Follow a marked path (sticks - see the above picture) up to Svartetua. The high point (UTM 32 V 327054 6887422) is not marked. The visitor's register is found 220m southwest of the high point.
The path to Blåfelden is also marked, but the Blåfelden top is not. Blåfelden is a 550m walk from Svartetua.
If you want to include Fuglehovudet on your hike, then head south (off-trail) from Blåfelden and down to the Blåfelden - Fuglehovudet pass. A vague path runs up Fuglehovudet's north ridge. The high point is probably a rock, located 100m southwest of the map point (816m).