A large Sykkylven mountain region is found within RV60 (Stranda) and the fjords Norddalsfjorden and Storfjorden. The highest peak in this region is Urfjellet (1267m), and other tops exceeding 1200m are Roaldshornet (1230m) and Auskjeret (1203m). Aurdalsnibba is Auskjeret's lower neighbour to the west, but has the same fine views towards the coastal regions.
The name comes from the place Aurdal, northwest of the mountain. "Aurdal", at least in some other parts of Norway, reflects a valley ("dal") with wet and boggy ground ("aur"), and dirt, scree and rocks are moved by the river. The same may be true for Aurdal in Sykkylven. The local geography can support this theory; dozens of streams from Melsetdalen and Langfjella join forces in Sunndalen, becomes Aurdalselva river and drain to Lake Andestadvatnet, which in turns drains to the place Sykkylven and the sea.
You can reach Aurdalsnibba from several trailheads, but the best summer route runs from Sunndalen, and is described on this page. You can also park at Lake Nysætervatnet by Fjellsætra and ascend Aurdalsnibba via the valley between Revsdalshornet and Auskjeret. You cal also include Aurdalsnibba on you trip to Auskjeret, by following the mountain ridge. From Sunndalen, Aurdalsnibba is a nice afternoon hike, for the family. Class 1 (YDS) terrain all the way.
Aurdalsnibba (Norge 1:50,000: 1126m, Ø.konomisk Kartverk: 1126m, UTM 32 V 382474 6918593) has a primary factor of 236m towards the higher parent mountain Auskjeret (1203m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 383526 6918206) is found east in Saudeskaret, between the two mountains. Ref. the Økonomisk Kartverk map (20m contours, IN THIS CASE), the saddle is within the range 880-900m, interpolated to 890m.
Personal GPS measurement averaged the elevation to 1131m, over a 10-minute period. The GPS was located on the ground, The GPS accuracy was reported to 1m. These are just observations, and not claims that Aurdalsnibba's official height is wrong.
Notes: Class ratings are in reference to YDS. Click here for more information.
The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Sunndalen - Aurdalsnibba (summer/autumn)
From Ålesund, follow highway E39 towards Bergen, and then highway RV60 (Stranda) to the Magerholm - Ørsneset ferry. This ferry runs quite often; every 20 minutes in the busy hours of the day. From Ørsneset, follow RV60 (Stranda) approx. 2,6Km and turn left towards "Ramstaddal". Follow this road 2,2Km, turn right onto an unsigned, paved road. Drive 150m and turn left in the upcoming junction, just after having crossed the river on a bridge.
Continue 600-650m and turn right onto a smaller, toll road (Sunndalsvegen). The self-served toll is 100m ahead, NOK 30,- for passenger cars per July 2007. From the junction, drive 4,5m and you will see the "Audalsnebba" trailsign on the right-hand side of the road. Find parking 50m ahead.
Follow the visible forest path northbound towards Kollane. Then a visible mountain path northeastbound to- and across Nibba (932m) before the path fades in the rocky hillside up to the summit. Small cairns will lead you to the viewpoint (roughly 1100m) with tall cairns. You will find the summit logbook in the tallest cairn. The high point is found 280m to the south/southeast, marked by a modest cairn on the middle of the huge plateau.
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