Norwegian Mountains, Sogn og Fjordane
Orkja is a characteristic and popular peak, rising above Jølstravatnet and located close to Skei. There are several routes to the summit, and this page will describe the 2,5km route from Myklebust (elevation gain 460 meters). The route is fairly easy and should qualify as a family hike. You have a good view towards the peaks surrounding Jølstravatnet.
Orkja (Norge 1:50,000: 948m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 948,22m, UTM 32 V 362244 6825333) has a primary factor of 470m towards the higher parent mountain Grovabreen (1635m). The defining saddle (approx. 32 V 363351 6824648) is near Dalheim in Dvergsdalsdalen. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 475-480m, interpolated to 478m.
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Route 1: Myklebustdalen - Orkja
This route description is valid per October 2012
(all distances are approx. distances)
This route description starts at the place Skei in Jølster. The nearest airports are Sandane and Førde. Highway E39 runs through Skei.
From the E39/RV5 junction, drive:
The path leads you to a cabin. Walk up the stairs and pass the cabin. You'll join a forest road. Turn right and follow it up to another cabin where the forest path begins. Turn left here.
The path runs north up to the powerline, then you follow it for 50-100 meters before you turn right into the forest again and continue northwest up the forest to 800m elevation where the path turns northeast and takes you to the summit (N61.53692 E6.40868) - marked by a small cairn.
Pay focus to the path. It can suddenly turn vague and you need to be on it to avoid slab areas on the south side of the mountain. If you lose view of the path, backtrack and try again until you find it.
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