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Sunnmøre

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Møre og Romsdal, Norway, Europe

Lat/Lon: 62.33431°N / 6.32813°E

Object Title: Sunnmøre

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Bouldering, Big Wall, Scrambling, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

 

Page By: Kaallin Krimp

Created/Edited: Nov 20, 2007 / Aug 29, 2009

Object ID: 358597

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Overview

 
Trollveggen - Troll Wall
 
 
Mountains and Fjords
 
 
Jønshorn
 
Sunnmøre is the southern part of the county “Møre og Romsdal” situated on the west coast of Norway. In this county you will find international attractions like “Trollveggen” and the famous “Geiranger Fjord”
There are few other places in Norway that can offer such a dramatic nature as Sunnmøre. Snow clad summits with steep mountainsides that fall into the deep fjords.
In this part of Norway the ice ages have formed the most intricate pattern of fjords. The mountains and valleys in between the fjords create even more diverse scenery.
So, these beautiful mountains of Sunnmøre and particular the mountains around the fjord “Hjørundfjord” are called “Sunnmørsalpene”, the Alps of Sunnmøre.

In about 1866 and the following years English climbers started to show some interest in the summits of Sunnmøre. Foreign climbers like Ling, Oppenheim, Slingsby, Arbuthnot, Reaburn and Patchell came to Sunnmøre to explore these mountains and collect first ascents. These and quite a few local, and not as profiled climbers and guides, were some of the first to make use of this magnificent landscape in a mountaineering aspect.
The traditions of the pioneers have been maintained and further developed. Today the local people in Sunnmøre are spending a great deal of time out in the mountains hiking, mountaineering and climbing. Sunnmørsalpene is a perfect destination for doing all kinds of mountain activities, summer and winter, and the surroundings with the fjords and the small fishing communities and the island gems creates a unique experience.

The mountains of Sunnmørsalpene are characterized by long and sharp ridges and in these mountains the climb often starts by sea level. The highest summits of the area are about 1600 metres above the fjords.
The most known mountains in Sunnmørsalpene are the Slogen, Kolåstind and the summits of Molladalen.

Geographical Overview

 
Alnes
 
 
Sunnmøre
 
The area of Sunnmøre is about 5215 km^2 and there is about 130 000 people living there, spread over 17 municipalities.
Sunnmørsalpene is situated on the peninsulas on both sides of Hjørundfjord, in the municipalities of Ørsta, Sykkylven and Stranda. This area is the core of Sunnmørsalpene, but the name is often used as a collective term for all the mountains in the area of Sunnmøre.
The main city of Sunnmøre, and the most used gate to Sunnmørsalpene is the city of Ålesund.
Ålesund has long traditions as a seaport, and it is one of the largest and most important fishing harbours in Norway. The city is also famous for it’s rather unique concentration of Jugend-style/Art nouveau architecture, a result of the big fire that ruined the city in 1904.

The area of Sunnmøre is characterized of both the steep mountains and the fjords. Hjørundfjord, 33 km long, divides Sunnmørsalpene on two peninsulas. Many people consider this fjord as one of the most beautiful fjords in the world, mainly because of the spectacular mountains surrounding it. Another fjord worth seeing in the area of Sunnmøre is the more widely known Geirangerfjord. Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most visited tourist sites, with its steep mountains, impressive waterfalls and abandoned farms. Geirangerfjord was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

The Summits of Sunnmøre

 
Festøykollen
 
 
Kayaking in Sunnmøre
 
Sunnmørsalpene creates a beautiful arena for a wide spectre of activities, summer as winter. During winter and spring you will find an amazing collection of ski mountaineering possibilities. You should also consider exploring this area in a kayak or on a mountain bike if you are visiting in spring, summer or early fall.

Although Sunnmørsalpene are not really high compared with other mountain areas, the elevation can be quite long. Many of the hikes and climbs start at sea level and you will ascend about 1000-1500 metres before you are standing on the summit. The list following contains some of the summits of Sunnmørsalpene, during time I will try to fill in more mountains and make the list more complete.

Summits of Sunnmøre
Name Height (m) Name Height (m) Name Height (m)
Store-Toren 1215 Fingeren 1180 Skarrabben 1459
Lissje-Toren 1164 Nordre Sætretind 1365 Tårnet 1338
Klakken 1256 Søre Sætretind 1358 Storevasstinden 1260
Felden 1272 Langenestinden 1206 Nes-Staven 1016
Trollvasstinden 1260 Sylvkallen 1311 Seljeneshornet 1100
Blåfjellet 1065 Dalegubben 1344 Skopphornet 1226
Keipen 944 Nonshornet 1305 Hundatinden 1234
Matøskja 1332 Nøvedalstinden 1244 Blåbretinden 1476
Tverrelvhornet 1264 Grøtdalstindane 1334 Tungremtindane 1290
Helsethornet 1012 Blåtindane 1283 Synnavindsnipa 1367
Skarhornet 1043 Heimste Kopphornet 1159 Trollkyrkjetindane 1233
Lissje Eidskyrkja 1243 Hellefjellet 1240 Vallanykjen 1160
Eidskyrkja 1482 Blåtinden 1217 Drivdalstinden 1298
Sunndalsnipa 1396 Verhaldet 1206 Gullmorhornet 1333
Snøhornet 1308 Lissjetinden 1239 Brunstadhornet 1524
Koppefjellet 938 Storetinden 1408 Lisje Kløvheitind 1350
Melshornet 807 Kvasshornet 1409 Store Kløvheitind 1380
Saudehornet 1303 Jolhornet 1390 Ytstevasshornet 1329
Kyrkjetinden 1070 Dukhornet 1412 Dalmannshornet 1476
Nivane 1000 Langhornet 1229 Tinden 1264
Bjørnastighornet 940 Klovtinden 1274 Ausekaret 1202
Liadalsnipa 923 Skårasalen 1542 Aurdalsnibba 1126
Hyningane 1018 Søre Skårtind 1433 Lafjellet 1161
Meraftahornet 856 Kjerringøyra 1414 Urfjellet 1267
Hestefjellet 801 Storkjelen 1038 Dravlausnykjen 1000
Liahornet 1036 Sandegga 1389 Straumshornet 976
Grøthornet 1040 Gjura 1296 Nordre Hammarsettind 1120
Bergehornet 1024 Storhornet 1599 Gimsdalstinden 1007
Levandehornet 917 Bjørkehornet 1430 Sandvikshornet 876
Vassdalstinden 1277 Rokkekjerringa 1543 Rømerhornet 866
Sandhorneet 909 Tyssefjellet 1379 Skurahornet 849
Kjerringa 1130 Sulafjellet 776 Roaldshornet 1230
Mannen 1133 Jakta 1588 Saurdalsnibba 1342
Søre Raudfonntind 1049 Staven 1517 Bolten 1158
Sveddalstinden 1042 Konehornet 1276 Storhornet (Stranda) 1308
Nordre Raudfonntind 1025 Blåhornet 1372 Leirvasshornet 1531
Høgehornet 1040 Slogen 1564 Tverrfjellet 1502
Åvasstinden 1233 Store Smørskredtind 1631 Sikholfjellet 1317
Fossholtinden 1200 Nordre Smørskredtind 1606 Skruven 1584
Vardehornet 985 Store Brekketind 1578 Blåhorna 1478
Masdalshornet 977 Lisje Brekketind 1550 Flosteinnibba 1514
Trongegga 959 Søre Brekketind 1419 Åkernesnibba 1296
Klovetinden 949 Sandgrovhornet 1345 Overvollshornet 1502
Festøykollen 911 Geithornet 1460 Svartetindane 1307
Jønshornet 1419 Velleseterhornet (aust) 1511 Vatnedalsegga 1420
Randers Topp 1414 Urkedalstinden 1524 Blåfjellnibba 1487
Mohns Topp 1340 Råna 1586 Emdalstinden 1452
Slingsbys Topp 1160 Midtre Regndalstind 1540 Ringdalsegga 1489
Svinetinden 1132 Elsandtindane 1398 Fivelstadnibba 1209
Middagshornet 1091 Saksa 1073 Kalveskrednibba 1488
Romedalstinden 1295 Trandalhatten 909 Kvitegga 1717
Kolåstinden 1432 Trandaltinden 1543 Hornindalsrokken 1526

Getting There

The city of Ålesund is a good starting point for a stay in Sunnmørsalpene. The city airport “Vigra Lufthavn” has daily flights from/to bigger domestic cities as Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.
Check out the flights here

By train you can reach the small city of Åndalsnes from Oslo and Trondheim. From Åndalsnes you have to travel either by bus or car to Ålesund. I think there are corresponding buses to all train arrivals/departures in Åndalsnes.
The Norwegian train company
The bus company driving from Åndalsnes to Ålesund

You can also reach Ålesund by bus from Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.
The bus company

By car from Oslo you reach Ålesund by following E6 in the direction of Trondheim. When arriving in Dombås, follow E39/E136 to Ålesund.
Detailed description of the route

From Trondheim by car

From Bergen by car

Camping and Accomodation

 
Hotel Union Øye
 
In Norway you are allowed to put up your tent in the mountains, if you are in some distance from civilization there isn’t any further restrictions or required payments. If you are closer to the civilization the rules are that the tent should at least be 150 metres away from the nearest house and not disturbing the local people, in these situations you are usually allowed to stay in the same place for two days.
The intension of this right, called “Allemannsretten”, is to protect outdoor traditions and encourage outdoor activities. However you should always try to keep our nature clean and pure, “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints”.

There are also a few campsites in the area:
Campsites

The local branch of the Norwegian Trekking Association has some cabins in Sunnmørsalpene, most used is probably Patchellhytta (hytta = hut), Standalhytta and Velleseterhytta. These huts are not usually manned and therefore you have to contact the association if you are planning to stay in these huts.
The local trekking association

There are plenty of hotels and other accommodation possibilities in the area and you will find information about these here:
Info on hotels

Hotel Union Øye deserves too be mentioned specially in this section. The hotel was established in 1891 in the small community of Øye in the midst of Sunnmørsalpene. This is not a mainstream hotel; it is really special and the surrounding landscape is in deed spectacular. William C. Slingsby said the following about this area: “The wildest alpine valley I ever saw was not in the Alps, it was the valley Norangsdalen at Sunnmøre, Norway”. You can stay in this hotel while climbing some of the most classic summits in Sunnmørsalpen. Learn more about Hotel Union Øye here:
Hotel Union Øye

Climate

In general Norway has four very distinct seasons. In Sunnmøre you can expect a climate of great variety because of the geographical profile of the area.
Winters at the costal part of Sunnmøre are mild, often with little snow. But in the fjord areas and in the mountains several meters of snow are being dumped every year.
Summers can be hot, with temperatures reaching almost 30 degrees Celsius, but they can also be as low as 10 degrees Celsius.

Because of the rapid weather changes it is hard to put complete thrust in long-run weather forecasts for Sunnmøre. You should therefore be prepared for the possibility of bad weather when visiting the area, and especially if you are going into the mountains or in boat at sea.

Weather forecast for Sunnmøre

Maps

· Sunnmørsalpene
1:50 000
· Sunnmørsalpene Aust (east)
1:50 000
· Sunnmørsalpene Vest (west)
1:50 000
· Ålesund
1:50 000

External Links

Tourist Information Ålesund

Tourist Information Geiranger

Good website describing some the summits in Sunnmørsalpene

The Norwegian Trekking Association

Images