In May 2007, the citizens of Kristiansund and Frei kommuner decided to merge the two kommuner into one. The effective date of this union is Jan 1 2008. Freikollen will (by far) still be the highest top in the new kommune.
Freikollen is the highest top on Frei island, also known as Freiøya. Because of the short distance to Kristiansund, the mountain is tremendously popular. The well worn trails carry the proof. Freikollen and Mekknøken on Averøya have roughly the same field of view, although Mekknøken is slightly higher - 751m.
Various routes lead to the top. This page will describe the route from the ski centre south of Lake Bolgvatnet. The grade is generally steep all the way to the top, and in the upper region, there are several variations to the route. On the easiest variations, there should be no need to use your hands for balance. There are *many* hiking trails in this area, so ask fellow hikers for recommended roundtrips.
Freikollen (Norge 1:50,000: 629m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 628,79m, UTM 32 V 437311 6991904) has a primary factor of 629m, being the highest mountain on Frei island.
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Notes: Class ratings are in reference to YDS. Click here for more information.
The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Prestmyra - Freikollen (summer/autumn)
(all distances are approx. distances)
From the RV70/RV680 (Smøla) junction near Kvernberget, outside Kristiansund (E39/RV662 junction), follow RV70 8,7Km southbound. You are now just south of Lake Bolgvatnet, and you have a large parking area on your right-hand side. Park here.
If you come from the south, this trailhead is 9,9Km from the toll booth at Gjemsundbrua bridge.
Follow the road up to a building and follow a path that runs up the ski hill, on the right-hand side. Near the top of the hill, the path heads (to your right) into the forest and then straight up to Freikollen.
The route from the top of the ski hill is steep throughout (nothing dangerous) and above 450m elevation, there are several variations to choose between. The easternmost variations may seem easier than the rest. The "hardest" of these routes will require that you use your hands for support and balance, but there is no climbing and no exposure. Freikollen is a family hike.
The summit is marked by a proper cairn, with a canister that may hold a visitor register. Descend your ascent route, or try a route that descends westbound at first, then southeast along Flatsetelva. Near a crossing power line, turn east and descend to the road, 500m south of the trailhead. The description of the alternative descent route was given based on what one can read out of the map.
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