Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Kvannfjellet is located on the Eide/Fræna (municipalities) border south of Fræneidet. Kvannfjellet is the highest top in Fræna and the 3rd highest top in Eide. The mountain is popular during all seasons, and is well-known for being a superb mountain to ski.
The view from the summit is very good, as there are few higher mountains in this region. In fact, Kvannfjellet is the 4th highest independent top on Moldehalvøya pensinsula, if the strait is defined between Nesset and Eidsøra. Skåla (1128m) is the highest mountain, followed by Snøtinden (1027m) and Harstadfjellet (1004m) (Stortussen, 1026m is not counted as an independent top on westcoastpeaks.com).
Described below is the winter route from Syltesætra to Kvannfjellet. This is a route that should fit most people. There are no steep sections, but you'll still have a very nice run down the mountain. In summer, you can drive past Syltesætra (rough road) and follow the path up Kvannfjellet's north ridge.
Kvannfjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 980m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 979,94m, UTM 32 V 415158 6970100) has a primary factor of 527m towards the higher parent mountain Snøtinden (1027m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 420132 6970897) is found between Luten and Sørtussen, and more precisely; just north of Lake Tudalstjørna. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 450-455m, interpolated to 453m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
(all distances are approx. distances)
From the highway RV662/E39 junction in Molde, follow highway E39 eastbound (Kristiansund/Åndalsnes) 4,3Km. Turn left onto RV64 (Eide). Follow Rv64 6,1Km to a manned toll station (fee for passenger cars is NOK 15,- per Feb 2007). Proceed 6,1Km to the Molde/Bud/Elnesvågen/Eide roundabout and turn right towards Eide.
Follow RV64 2,2Km and turn right towards Syltesætra. Drive 1,2Km up to Syltesætra (if the road has been plowed) where you'll find parking (UTM 32 V 412406 6970650).
Head across a fence and proceed southeast across an acre. Continue southeast through open forest and then aim for a distinct opening in the forest. After a steep forest ascent (it's obvious that no one run on vaxed skis here..) the terrain levels out and you cross the drains to the Lågliaura stream.
The route curves naturally around the Kvannfjellet's west ridge and continues
up a basin with
point 786m up to your right.
Proceed straight towards the summit, which is marked by
a cairn and a metal canister which
may hold the visitor register.
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