Norwegian Mountains, Sogn og Fjordane

Kjerringa, 497m (Vestkapp)

Fylke/Kommune : Sogn og Fjordane/Selje     
Maps : 1019-I Stad (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : 334m
Hiked : Mar 2009
See also :
Tarvaldsegga Dalskarhornet
Rivjehornet Berstadhornet
Elvehornet & Furehornet Geitahornet
Kvamfjellet/Flistrahornet Svartehornet
Varaldsfoten & Stålet Heidane & Høgegga
See also : Other Sogn og Fjordane  mountains


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Kjerringa is found on the very northwest side of the Stadlandet peninsula, and belongs to the municipality of Selje. The mountain is also known as Vestkapp (the West Cape), perhaps once considered to be the westernmost point on the Norway mainland. Today, Vardetangen (Austrheim, Hordaland, near Mongstad) holds the rank as the westernmost mainland point. However, Vestkapp is not located in a fjord, and has no islands between itself and the ocean.

Kjerringa is also one of the few Norwegian mountain tops where you can drive to the top. There is a tourist centre on top (open in the summer season), where you can get food, postcards and souvenirs. Given its western location, the mainland views are phenomenal. Bring binoculars.  


On Kjerringa/Vestkapp

On Kjerringa/Vestkapp
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Primary factor:

Kjerringa (Norge 1:50,000: 497m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 496,70m, UTM 32 V 298458 6901002) has a primary factor of 334m towards the higher parent Gnullane (508m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 300547 6899090) is found west of Blautmyrhammaren. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 160-165m, interpolated to 163m.

GPS measurement read 495m (on the ground), averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin not recorded).

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Trail descriptions

Route 1: From the Vestkapp parking (summer/autumn)

Difficulty : YDS Class 1
Exposure : No
Distance : 200m
(You can drive to the top)
Time : -
Starting Elev.: 490m
Vertical Gain : -
Map of the area
Map of the area
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Kjerringa seen from Dalskarhornet

Kjerringa seen from Dalskarhornet
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(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 past Eidså, Fiskå, Sylte and Åheim (32km). At Åheim, turn right towards Stadlandet/Vestkapp. Follow RV620 7,8km. Just after Kjødspollen, turn right towards Stadlandet/Vestkapp. Follow RV620 19,8km to Leikanger. At the Eltvik/Borgundvåg junction, continue straight ahead and drive 11km, passing Dalskaret and lakes Morkavatnet, Sætrevatnet and Dalsbøvatnet along the way.

Turn right towards Refsnes/Vestkapp, and follow this road 1,8km. The road to Kjerringa/Vestkapp is now on your left-hand side. Snow (if any) will determine if you can drive the 3,1km up to the Vestkapp parking.

The route

From the parking, follow the road 200m to the summit.

Pictures, Mar 7 2009

1. The road to Kjerringa-Vestkapp 2. To get a few vertical meters, at least.. 3. On top of Kjerringa 4. The tourist centre 5. Zoom view from Kjerringa 6. Zoom view from Kjerringa 7. Sunnmøre alps 8. The shore below Kjerringa 9. The antenna 10. Honningsvågen and Varaldsfoten 11. Stålet - an interesting hump 12. Wide-angle view from Kjerringa

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