Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Saksa ("The Scissors", and it looks just like that when viewed from the place Øye) is located above the place Urke by the beautiful Hjørundfjorden and Norangsfjorden. The peak is among the lower peaks that surround Hjørundfjorden, and as the peak is snow-free already June, it is among the more popular peaks.
Saksa has 3 tops. A path takes you safely up to the south summit. The descent to the col (the scissors' pivot point) between the south and the center top is airy, but easily scrambled (YDS class 3 at one point). In spring, the remaining snow in the col can be razor sharp. Ice-axe and crampons is recommended.
Moving on to the north top (the highest) is easy. A class 2+ point is the only place where your hands come into use. If you don't have a head for heights, don't try the route over to the highest top. The views are just as nice from the south top.
Saksa is foremost a tremendous viewpoint, where you can view nearly all of the central Hjørundfjorden and Norangsfjorden peaks. Slogen stand out among the very finest of peaks. Skårasalen dominates on the other side of Hjørundfjorden. As do Dalegubben, before you set your eyes on Molladalstindane further north. Hornindalsrokken is barely seen from here, but from north to east, you have a front row seat towards the Regndalstindane massif. It is truly a view you will never forget as long as you live.
Saksa connects to Regndalstindane via Breidfonnhornet and Elsandtinden. While it seems fairly easy to reach Breidfonnhornet, Elsandtindane is advanced mountaineering. For the regular visitor, the trip ends at Saksa or Breidfonnhornet.
Leknesnakken is Saksa's lower neighbour and the path to Saksa is passing the saddle between the two tops. As I have only visited Leknesnakken in winter, I can only assume that there is also a path up here but in any case the route from the saddle is fairly obvious; up the ridge.
It goes for both tops that ascent on hard snow requires ice-axe and crampons, as a slide can easily be fatal...
Saksa (1,50:000: 1073m, Økonomisk Kartverk.: 1073,08m, UTM 32 V 372698 6902306) has a primary factor of 123m towards the higher parent mountain Breidfonnhornet (1084m). The defining saddle (approx. 32 V 372884 6902636) is found between the tops.. Ref. the 1:50,000 map (20m contours), the saddle is within the range 940-960m, interpolated to 950m.
Leknesnakken (1,50:000: 526m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 529m, UTM 32 V 372694 6900539) has a primary factor of 151m towards the higher parent mountain Saksa. The defining saddle (approx. 32 V 372658 6900706) is found between the tops.. Ref. the ØK map (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 375-380m, interpolated to 378m.
Google's interactive map. You can zoom, pan and click on the markers.
Route 1: Urke - Leknesnakken
This route description is valid per Feb 2015
Access is the same as for Saksa - see above.
Follow the Saksa route up to the Saksa - Leknesnakken saddle. Then turn left and follow the ridge up to the summit. I am not sure if there is a visible path but I would be surprised if there isn't one.
The route to Leknesnakken
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