Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Snøtinden, 1027m
Gongrøra, 835m

Fylke/Kommune : Møre og Romsdal/Eide, Gjemnes
Maps : 1320-IV Eide (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : Snøtinden: 874m
Primary factor : Gongrøra: 107m
Visited : Feb 2007
See also : Talstadhesten
See also : Jendemsfjellet
See also : Tussen
See also : Urdfjellet
See also : Skalten
See also : Kvannfjellet
See also : Raudheia
See also : Gulberget

Snøtinden (left of center) seen from Skåla

Snøtinden (left of center) seen from Skåla


Snøtinden (Snow Peak) is the highest peak west of E39 between Fannefjorden og Batnfjorden. This region comprises Eide, and parts of Molde and Gjemnes kommuner. One may, logically, add Averøya and Husøya (Frei) to this region, and the area "dominated" by Snøtinden becomes quite large. Snøtinden is, after Skåla (1128m) also the 2nd highest mountain on the peninsula defined by the Nesset - Eidsøra pass (highway RV62). This peninsula comprises ALL of Gjemnes, Eide and Molde, and even parts of Nesset kommune.

The mountain thrones on top of a long mountain range between Malmefjorden and Batnfjorden, where the Eide/Gjemnes kommune border runs across the central part of the range. Snøtinden is actually the highest point both in Eide and Gjemnes kommuner. Only two other mountains in Møre and Romsdal is the highest point in two kommuner: Puttegga (Rauma/Norddal) and Sollia (Herøy/Sande).

Snøtinden is the highest point on a twin-top mountain, where Sørtussen (1025.5m, and only marginally lower than Snøtinden) is found on the west side. An interesting ridge connects the two tops, and it would be a pleasure to describe this ridge on this web-site one day. As the trip report only offer pictures from a foggy hike, sunny panoramas from Stortussen will hopefully come the summer of 2007.

The common trailheads for Snøtinden are Åndal and Ugelstad, located on each side of the mountain range. The summer routes run up the north and south ridges, but the winter route described on this page runs from Åndal via the neighbour top Gongrøra. If all you want from this particular area is a good ski-trip, then Gongrøra is an excellent target, offering approx. 750m vertical meters of fine downhill skiing, with minimal obstacles.

Snøtinden is well described in the book Turbok for Molde og Omegn (Olsen/Pedersen)

Snøtinden (right) seen from Blåskjerdingen

Snøtinden (right) seen from Blåskjerdingen

Primary factor:

Snøtinden (Norge 1:50,000: 1027m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 1026,57m, UTM 32 V 424266 6971415) has a primary factor of 874m, towards the higher parent Skåla (1128m). The saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 447726 6971079) is found just east of Litlvatnet by Fosterlågen. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 150-155m, interpolated to 153m.

Gongrøra (Norge 1:50,000: 835m, Økonomisk Kartverk: -, UTM 32 V 425327 6971988) has a primary factor of 107m, towards the higher parent Snøtinden (1027m). The saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 424887 6971783) is found between the two tops, near Kaka. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 725-730m, interpolated to 728m.

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Trail descriptions:

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.

Åndal - Gongrøra - Snøtinden (winter, on skis)

Difficulty : Class 2 (YDS)
Exposure : Steep near top of Snøtinden
Distance : Approx. 5,1Km to Snøtinden
Time : Approx. 3,5-5 hours to the top
Starting Elev.: Approx. 90m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 1250m (total)
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Snøtinden seen from Helsetnakken

Snøtinden seen from Helsetnakken


From the city of Molde, follow highway E39 eastbound (Kristiansund/Åndalsnes). As the road begins to descend towards Batnfjordsøra, prepare to turn left at the Åndal junction. There are actually two junctions, 2Km apart.

From either junction, drive parallel to E39 and make a west turn towards the river, which you cross on a bridge. Turn left in the next junction and drive approx. 700m. You have a large farm to your right, and a tractor road to your left. You can fit one car here, without blocking for tractor traffic. This trailhead is between Åndal and Haugan.

The route


Walk past the farm, to the northeast. Locate the forest road behind the farm buildings. Follow the forest/tractor road up to 200m elevation, where you meet Kvernelva river. Head up along Kvernelva, northwest direction, cross the tip of Skardrøra's south ridge, and then find a place to cross the river. Proceed up the long and gentle slope, cross the Hjulnebba - Snøfjellet ridge, descend slightly before you ascend Gongrøra. The summit is marked by a cairn.


From Gongrøra, proceed westbound towards Kaka - a small hump - but gradually turn southwest in order to avoid a cliffband on Kaka. A cairn marks the Gongrøra - Snøtinden saddle. Proceed westbound until you meet Snøtinden's north ridge. Find a gentle entry point, gain the ridge and proceed up to the summit, which is marked by a proper cairn.

Descend your ascent route. In good snow conditions, the ski-descent from Gongrøra might become memorable.

Trip reports and pictures

Other pictures:

1. 50mm view from Reinsfjellet, part 2/2 (1132KB) 2. Zoom view from Skarven (865KB) 3. Jendemsfjellet - Reinsfjellet region, seen from Skarven (1756KB) 4. Zoom view from Urdfjellet (2349KB) 5. Zoom view from Tussen (634KB) 6. Moldehalvøya mountains seen from Melen (970KB) 7. Medium-zoom view from Raudheia, point 659m 8. Stortussen and Snøtinden 9. Stortussen and Snøtinden 10. Molde mountains 11. Zoom view from Gjuratinden

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