Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Liafjellet, 528m (Vetafjellet, Solnørfjellet)
Liafjellet is located above the place Sjøholt by Storfjorden and offers very fine views and an easy forest walk. Of Ørskog kommune's 15 independent mountains exceeding 300m elevation, Liafjellet comes in 12th place - being one of the lowest mountains in Ørskog. In terms of the "primary factor", Liafjellet comes in 3rd place, which is almost a guarantee for very fine views.
Liafjellet's normal routes run from above Sjøholt to the east and Apalset to the west. Both routes are described on this web-page. The hikes takes only 50-60 minutes and should fit everyone.
Norgeskartets (www.norgeskart.no) shows 1m contours on the summit ridge. The highest top seems to be 528m, 70m east of the trig. point.
Liafjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 528m, UTM 32 V 384968 6930283) has a primary factor of 380m towards the higher parent Lebergsfjellet (628m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 387401 6931457) is found along the road to Solnørdalen, near Brautane. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk, the saddle is within the range 145-150m, interpolated to 148m.
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This route description was valid per Sep. 2008. All distances are approx. distances.
From Ålesund, follow highway E136->E39 towards Åndalsnes. From the E136/E39/Olsvika roundabout near Breivka, follow E39 approx. 24,4Km. You are now at Apalset and have a bus-stop on either side of the road. Either park down here, or drive up to the road end (1Km) and find parking at road end. You will see the "Liafjellet" trailsign at the upper parking at 140m elevation.
Follow the forest path northwest across a small meadow until it turns north->northeast and climbs along Liafjellet's west ridge. At first, you go through open forest, then through a short section of dense forest before the terrain opens up again. The summit is just a short hill away, marked by a trig. point and a small cairn. There is a mailbox close to the trig. point that may contain a visitor register.
You will see the second high point (discussed in the "Introduction" section above) 474m to the east/northeast. The walk across the ridge is recommended. You can see down on both sides of the ridge, but don't be alarmed. The ridge is NOT airy!
From Ålesund, follow highway E136->E39 towards Åndalsnes. From the E136/E39/Olsvika roundabout near Breivka, follow E39 27,5Km to the "Solnørdal" junction in Sjøholt. Turn left here, and then immediately right before you turn left on "Solnørdalvelgen" road. Follow this road 2Km (from highway E39) and you will see the "Liafjellet" trailsign on the left-hand side of the road. There is parking on the right-hand side of the road.
Follow a well-worn path all the way to the top. When you approach a cabin at approx. 430m, the path forks. Go right (not towards the cabin). The path is a bit vague across a meadow, but you should easily be able to follow it. Above 500m elevation, the path runs on the south side of the high ridge.
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