Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Ulsettua, 389m

Fylke/Kommune : Møre og Romsdal/Hareid
Maps : xxx
(Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : 261m
Visited : Sep 2006
See also : Melshornet
See also : Kongsvollen
See also : Løkeberget
See also : Hjørungneshornet

Ulsettua (left of the lake)

Ulsettua (left of the lake)


Ulsettua could perhaps be translated as "the Ulset turf" - a not very pompous name of the forest hill located above the Ulstet farms. Perhaps it is because the higher - and much more known Melshornet mountain completely dominates this area. Ulsettua is located south of Melshornet and southwest of the historic place Hjørungavåg.

The Ulsettua top has no cairn, not even a simple rock to mark the high point. The 365m trig. point is located 900m southwest of the high point. Only faint paths lead up to the top, and you need to be lucky in order to find the paths down in the boggy lowland. The views from the top ain't bad, though, many thanks to the splendid Ørsta mountains on the other side of Storfjorden.

Ulsettua is a top on the long ridge that rises from the ocean east of Hjørungavåg. The ridge span the tops Hornet (185m), Åsefjellet (141m), Ulsettua (389m), Kongsvollen (683m), Blåtind (697m and the highest point on Hareidlandet island) and finally Haddalshornet (607m). A complete traverse of this distinct ridge would be a very fine traverse indeed.

Hjørungavåg on Wikipedia:


The Battle of Hjörungavágr (Modern Norwegian Hjørungavåg) is a semi-legendary naval battle that took place in the late 10th century between the Jarls of Lade and a Danish invasion fleet led by the fabled Jomsvikings. The battle is described in the Norse kings' sagas—such as Heimskringla—as well as in Jómsvíkinga saga and Saxo Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum. Those late literary accounts are fanciful but historians believe that they contain a kernel of truth. Some contemporary skaldic poetry alludes to the battle, including verses by Þórðr Kolbeinsson and Tindr Hallkelsson.


Primary factor:

Ulsettua (Norge 1:50,000: -, Økonomisk Kartverk: 389m, UTM 32 V 345050 6912933) has a primary factor of 261m towards the higher parent mountain Kongsvollen (683m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 343718 6911468) is found between Kvamstua and Ulsettua. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 125-130m, interpolated to 128m.

Personal GPS measurement averaged the elevation to 392m, over a 5-minute period. The GPS was located on the ground. Accuracy was not recorded.

Ulsettua (left of Melshornet)

Ulsettua (left of Melshornet)

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.

Hjørungadalen - Ulsettua (summer/autumn)

Difficulty : Class 1 (YDS)
Exposure : No
Comments : Boggy terrain
Distance : Approx. 1,5Km to the top
Time : Approx. 45-60 minutes to the top
Starting Elev.: Approx. 85m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 300m

Map of the area
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From Ålesund, follow highway E39 towards Bergen, and then RV61 towards Hareid. Take the Sulesund - Hareid ferry.

Option 1: Follow RV61 (roughly) 3Km in the direction of Ulsteinvik. Turn left at the "Røyset" junction. After 1Km on the road to Røyset, stay right in a Y-fork. Roughly 4Km later, you meet an intersecting road. Turn left and drive approx. 1,3m. Turn right onto a rough gravel road at the end of an acre. Small-clearance vehicles can drive approx. 200m on this road before parking.

Option 2: At Hareid, turn left in the direction of Hjørungavåg. Follow the main road into Hjørungdalen valley, and after 7,7Km (from Hareid) turn left onto the rough gravel road mentioned above.

The route

Expect this to be an off-trail hike. You can follow the rough road for a little while. Then hike across a boggy meadow, stay left of the forest and gradually climb obvious ridges that will eventually take you on the high ridge. Above 250m elevation, you should spot a faint track that you can follow upwards. The faint track takes you south the high point, and you need to cross a small meadow in order to get up to the high point, which is not marked in any way. Descend your ascent route.

Ulsettua seen from Kongsvollen

Ulsettua seen from Kongsvollen

Trip reports and pictures

Other pictures:

1. Hareidlandet (113KB) 2. Kongsvollen and Ulsettua (105KB) 3. Zoom view from Rjåhornet (1669KB) 4. Zoom view from Sulafjellet, part 2/2 (811KB) 5. Hareidlandet 6. Wide-angle view from Garnestua 7. 85mm zoom view from Snøhornet 8. View from Langheida 9. Wide-angle view from Kongsvollen 10. Haddal (and beyond) 11. Ulsettua 12. Snipsøyrvatnet

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