Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Storefjelltinden, 964m (Kvanndalshornet)
|Fylke/Kommune :||Møre og Romsdal/Volda|
|Maps :||1119-II Volda (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)|
|Primary factor :||256m|
|Hiked :||June 2009|
|See also :||
|See also :||Other Volda mountains|
Storefjelltinden (Big mountain peak (!!)) is part of the mountain range west of Dalsfjorden, and is Blæjeskartinden's closest neighbour to the northeast. The mountain is easy to reach, and the most popular routes run from Innselset by Dalsfjorden and Norddalen - a valley that descends into Syvdsfjorden. This mountain is called Kvanndalshornet¹ on the Syvden side - as it rises high above Lake Kvanndalsvatnet. The characteristic mountain Tenna (990) is Storefjelltinden's neighbour to the north, so you have the option to collect two fine peaks on the same trip.
This page will (for now) describe the route from Dalsfjorden. The path starts at Innselset and runs diagonally up the mountainside east of Tenna and up to Lake Keipedalsvatnet (521m). The slope is fairly gentle, and this could be a potentially nice ski-trip in winter. From Keipedalsvatnet, the path towards Storefjelltinden is less pronounced, but as you're now above the forest, the terrain is quite easy and the direction is obvious.
On the Norge 1:50,000 map, Storefjelltinden's height is 963m and the mountain appears to be shared between the municipalities of Vanylven and Volda. For now, this site will assume this is the case. However, GPS tracks, waypoints and personal observations point to a theory that the highest point is 100 or 140 meters north of the 963m trigonometric point (there are three cairns in total on this mountain). This means Vanylven can claim the high point on this mountain. For more information, refer to the "Primary factor" section below.
The views from Storefjelltinden are superb - with the beautiful Dalsfjorden below and mountains such as Trollvasstinden and Felden just across the fjord.
Storefjelltinden (Norge 1:50,000: 963m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 963,52m ~964m, UTM 32 V 335328 6883550) has a primary factor of 256m towards the higher parent Blæjeskardtinden (1131m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 335202 6882843) is found between these two peaks. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 705-710m, interpolated to 708m.
Storefjelltinden has 3 cairns. GPS measurement on the northern cairn (on the ground) read 971m (error margin +/- 0,9m). GPS measurement on the middle cairn (on top of the cairn, 1,5-2m) read 969m (error margin +/- 1,4m), while GPS measurement on the trigonometric point (on the ground) read 968m. These readings are not conclusive enough to warrant establishing a new height for this mountain, especially because Økonomisk Kartverk does not suggest that the northern points are higher, but they still serve as inspiration to do further measurements on this mountain.
Google's interactive map. You can zoom, pan and click on the markers.
Route 1: Innselset - Storefjelltinden (summer/autumn)
(all distances are approx. distances)
The nearest bigger city is Ålesund. From Ålesund, follow highway E39 towards Bergen/Volda to the ferry at Solavågen. Take the Solavågen - Festøya ferry, turn right at Festøy and follow highway E39 towards Ørsta (38,3Km). At the highway RV655/E39 junction in Ørsta, follow E39 (Volda) for 9Km until you have the ferry harbor in Volda on your right-hand side. Turn right here and enter the Lauvstad lane. There are two ferry departures from here. The other ferry runs between Volda and Folkestad.
On the Lauvstad side, drive up to the main road, turn left and head south along Dalsfjorden approx. 12,2km to Innselset. Find parking on the right-hand side of the road.
Follow a forest road upwards. Turn left at a junction shortly after leaving the trailhead. Pass a ruin and go through a gate and then follow the forest path that runs diagonally up to Lake Keipedalsvatnet (521m). From Keipedalsvatnet, aim for the main ridge leading to Storefjelltinden. You'll see three cairns on the summit. The trigonometric point is found next to the southern cairn. The northern and middle cairn may possibly mark points that are higher than the trigonometric point. Visit all three to be on the safe side...
Upon descent, consider heading (off-trail) down to the edge that gives a better view towards Dalsfjorden. A vague path runs along the edge.
¹ Thanks to Bjørn Skoge who informed me about the Kvanndalshornet name.