This mountain has an "outstanding" name. "Tinden" means "The Peak". No more and no less. It is a brilliant name. Its cone-shape appearance justifies the name to a great extent, but its height, when compared to the (much) high neighbours has to be taken with a great deal of humor.
The mountain is called "Tinden" amongst the Grytastranda locals, and "Samhjartet" by the Brattvåg locals. Or was it the other way around? I asked two people and got two different answers. I have no clue what "Samhjartet" means, and neither did the two I asked. The second part of the word; "hjartet" means "heart", and perhaps one can imagine the form of a heart when looking at its form on the map?
The shortest route to Tinden runs from the Grytafjorden side. If you bring a bike, then chances are that the route from Brattvåg takes shorter time. A service road runs between Brattvåg and Grytafjorden through the beautiful Synnalandsdalen valley. The valley has two large lakes; Synnalandsvatnet in the north and Gjersetvatnet in the south. Tinden is located just west of Gjersetvatnet, and a marked forest path takes you to the top via Lake Urkedalsvatnet.
Synnalandsdalen offers many possibilities. You can hike Skulstadhornet
and Tinden from both ends of the valley. Synnalandshornet is normally
done from the Brattvåg side, and Hildrehesten via Urkedalsvatnet. I believe you can reach the northern
part (Hestehaudet) of Hildrehesten from Synnalandsheiane above Brattvåg.
|The service road through the valley is not open to the public, but it is of good quality from Brattvåg to the southwest side of Synnalandsvatnet, and from the southwest side of Gjersetvatnet to Gjerset. Strictly speaking, the road from Gjerset to Gjersetvatnet is not meant for the public, but per date (May 2006), there is no sign that says that driving is prohibited. The road is primarily used by cabin owners at the southwest side of Gjersetvatnet. In ANY CASE, do not attempt to drive towards Brattvåg. Even if you have a 4WD truck, the road is closed at the Brattvåg end.|
Tinden (M711: 437m, Ø.K.: 437,5m, UTM 32 V 367447 6938999) has a primary factor of 124m towards the higher parent mountain Hildrehesten (740m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 367095 6939081) is found between Tinden and Hildrehesten. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is defined within the range 311-315m, interpolated to 313m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Gjerset - Tinden (summer/autumn)
From Ålesund, follow highway E136->E39 towards Åndalsnes. From the E136/E39/Olsvika roundabout near Breivka, follow E39 approx. 13,3Km. Turn left onto highway RV661 (Skodje/Brattvåg/Vatne). After 1,5Km, pay toll at an unmanned toll booth (coins + credit cards + AutoPass). Approx. 9,7Km after you left E39, you reach the RV659 (Brattvåg)/661(Vatne) junction. Turn left here. Follow RV659 4,3Km and turn left towards "Søvik/Grytastranda". Continue 1,9Km on the road towards Søvik, and turn right onto a side road that runs in parallel to the main road. Drive 1,7Km on this parallel road until you reach Gjerset. You see the service/forest road on your right-hand side and trailsigns towards Tinden, Gjersetvatnet and Skulstadhornet. Park here.
An alternative route from Ålesund is to drive via Ellingsøya. The Ellingsøytunnelen toll is (per May 2006) NOK 60,- (passenger cars, one person) thus, NOK 30,- more expensive than by driving RV661 (one way).
Follow the service/forest road up to Lake Gjersetvatnet (you pass the Skulstadhornet trailsign on your way) and continue along until you see the "Urkedalsvatnet" trailsign on your left-hand side. A forest path runs up to the lake, where you turn right (north) and follow a visible path all the way to Tinden summit.
Descend your ascent route, or - if you are looking for a longer roundtrip - hike down to Urkedalsvatnet and follow a marked trail up to Hildrehesten. Descend Hildrehesten on the normal route (see the Hildrehesten page) towards Øvre Gryta and walk the parallel road back to Gjerset (approx. 3Km). Another option is to hike to the north end of Gjersetvatnet and follow a path up to Skulstadhornet. Traverse the mountain and join your ascent route towards Tinden at the south side of Gjersetvatnet.
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