Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
|Fylke/Kommune :||Møre og Romsdal/Volda|
|Maps :||1119-II Volda (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)|
|Primary factor :||369m|
|Hiked :||Feb 2010|
|See also :||
|See also :||Other Volda mountains|
Skåla is located on the north side of the peninsula defined by Syvdsfjorden, Rovdefjorden, Voldsfjorden and Dalsfjorden. The mountain is known by several names - all depending on which side of the mountain you are, but Skåla refers to the bowl on the north side of the massif. Skåla and its neighbours Skoratinden, Storhornet and Sandegga/Trollkoppehornet are also known as Rovdefjella - the peaks south of Rovdefjorden.
Compared to the surrounding mountains, Skåla is huge. As such, there are several routes to the top. One popular route in summer/autumn runs via Ulvestadsætra, Botnaskardet and Sandfjellhaugen. This page will describe a skiing route from Løndalsvegen - a route that perhaps is a little cumbersome in places...
The view from the top is superb. The 360 degree panorama includes most of the Ytre Søre Sunnmøre region, as well as the majority of the Sunnmørsalpane mountain range that belong to Ørsta and Volda. This is a view you will never forget!
Skåla (Norge 1:50,000: 1008m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 1007,97m, UTM 32 V 335995 6896302) has a primary factor of 369m towards the higher parent mountain Snøhornet (1024m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 335921 6894864) is found between Sandfjellhaugen and Kjerringa. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is defined through a fixed point - 639m.
GPS measurement read 1011m (on the cairn - 1m high), averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin +/- 1,1m).
Google's interactive map. You can zoom, pan and click on the markers.
The route descriptions are valid per Feb
Route 1: Løndalen - Skåla (west ridge - summer/autumn)
(all distances are approx. distances)
The starting point for this route description is Volda. Take the ferry to Lauvstad, then turn right at the first junction. Drive 600 meters up a hill, then turn left. Drive 500 meters up to Gjerdet, then turn right onto Løndalsvegen. After 350 meters, turn right again. Drive 400 meters up to the beginning of the toll road to Ulvestadsætra. Turn left and ask for permission to park near the houses (N62.15609 E5.91840). This is the same trailhead as described for Snøhornet.
There is also a forest road on the north side of Ulvestadelva, but the distance to the mountain is shorter from the trailhead described above.
From the parking, follow the toll road to Ulvestadsætra for approx. 400 meters. Turn right, cross the meadow, then Ulvestadelva (may be a bit cumbersome), then the road on the north side of the river before you climb the forest east of Fonnelva. Follow a route that is convenient and aim for the saddle between Skåla and Dyna. From this saddle, follow the ridge upwards, past Litlenipa, then up a broad ridge to the summit cairn (N62.16279 E5.85107).
Note that the Skåla - Dyna ridge can be dangerous if the snow is hard. Avalanche danger must be considered in the forest below the saddle point. It is also possible to follow a (steep) route below the ridge, on the south side.