Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Bølia, 703m  (Bølifjell)

Fylke/Kommune : Møre og Romsdal/Surnadal
Maps : 1420-IV Stangvik (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
1421-III Halsa (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : 670m
Hiked : July 2008
See also :
Saksa Hjelmen
Tustnastabbene Reinsfjellet
See also : Other Surnadal mountains

Bølia seen from Hjelmen

Bølia seen from Hjelmen
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Bølia is a mountain top on a peninsula with Halsafjorden (Trongfjorden) to the west, Hamnesfjorden to the south and Bøfjorden/Åsskardfjorden to the north. There are several routes to the top, but the most frequently used route (assumption!) runs from the Bøfjorden side, and is the route described on this page.

The summit offers great panoramic views. To get a feel for the views, look at the panoramas taken from Saksa (6,2km to the northwest). Bølia was fogged in upon visit.

Primary factor:

Bølia (Norge 1:50,000: 703m, Økonomisk Kartverk (ØK): 703,09m,  UTM 32 V 468584 6985246, has a primary factor of 670m towards the higher parent mountain Hjelmen (978m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 476047 6987023) is found further 7,6km to the east/northeast, near Sjøheim. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 30-35m, interpolated to 33m.

GPS measurement on the summit cairn (approx. 2m high) read 706m, averaged over a 10-minute period (error margin not recorded).

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Trail descriptions

These route descriptions were valid per July 2008. All distances are approx. distances.

Route 1: Bøfjorden - Bølia (summer)

Difficulty : Class 1 (YDS)
Exposure : No
Distance : Approx. 4km to the top (2D distance)
Time : Approx. 1,5-2 hours to the top
Starting Elev.: Approx. 50m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 650m
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(all distances are approx. distances)

From Molde, follow highway E39 (Kristiansund) to the northeast. Just after passing the manned toll station on Bergsøya island, turn right and continue on E39, and don't follow the road to Kristiansund through the Freifjord tunnel. At Kanestraum, take the ferry to Halsa.

From Halsa, follow E39 7,1km to Betna and then turn right towards Surnadal (signed). Continue on this road 8,5km. Turn right towards Bølandet (signed). 

Drive 3,5km and turn left towards Bølandet (signed). Continue on this road 3km (pass the bridge across Bøsundet) to Bøkleppvegen road. Follow this road up to the nearest farm and ask for permission to park. Alternatively, find parking down along the road.

The route

The forest road to the ridge

The forest road to the ridge
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From the farm, follow the field outskirts to the forest road that begins inside the forest. The forest road runs steep in the southwest direction to 250m elev. The forest road turns to the east and just before the forest road begins to descend at 320m elev., get up on the forest ridge to your right and locate a vague path. Follow this path eastbound towards Bølia summit. The route is marked with sticks near the summit area. The summit is marked by a proper cairn.

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