Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Frøystadtua, 134m

Fylke/Kommune : Møre og Romsdal/Herøy
Maps : 1119-IV Ålesund (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
1119-IV Fosnavåg
(Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : 91 m
Hiked : Dec 2008
See also :
Hornseten Igesundshetta
Leinehornet Remøyfjellet
See also : Other Herøy  mountains


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Frøystadtua is the southernmost top on Leinøya island, and you look straight at it when you drive across the Herøybrua bridge (coming from Gurskøya). A path runs southwest-northeast across the hill. This page will describe a route from the northeast.

The view from the top isn't bad. You can see almost the entire southern side of Hareidlandet island, the north side of Gurskøya, as well as most of Bergsøya. Vardeheida blocks for a good view towards the rest of Leinøya.


Primary factor:

Frøystadtua (Norge 1:50,000: 134m, Økonomisk Kartverk (ØK): 134,46m,  UTM 32 V 329818 6915004) has a primary factor of 91m towards the higher parent mountain Vardeheida (266m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 330054 6915572) is found on the top of the hill between Frøystadvågen and Steinsvika. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 40-45m, interpolated to 43m.

GPS measurement on the top read 135m, averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin +/- 3,1m).

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Trail descriptions

Route 1: Frøystad - Frøystadtua (all seasons)

Difficulty : YDS Class 1
Exposure : No
Distance : Approx. 1,1km to the top (2D distance)
Time : Approx. 15-25 minutes to the top
Starting Elev.: Approx. 40m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 130m (total)
Map of the area
Map of the area
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Frøystadtua trailhead

Frøystadtua trailhead
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(all distances are approx. distances)

The nearest larger city is Ålesund. From Ålesund, follow highway E39 towards Bergen, and then RV61 towards Hareid. Take the Sulesund - Hareid ferry.

Entering Hareid, you go straight over a roundabout. Follow RV61 and drive 16,8Km (you pass Ulsteinvik along the way). In the RV653/RV61 junction, make a right turn towards Måløy/Fosnavåg. Cross the bridge across Dragsundet and enter Gurskøya island. Stay on RV654 towards Fosnavåg (don't follow RV61 towards Måløy). 11,5Km after the 654/61 junction, you reach the Moldtustranda/Fosnavåg junction. Turn right. Proceed 5,5Km to the Runde/Fosnavåg - Torvik junction. Turn right and drive 600m until you reach the top of the hill between Frøystadvågen and Steinsvika. Find parking on your right-hand side.

The route

Frøystadtua seen from Vardeheida

Frøystadtua seen from Vardeheida
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Head towards the nearest house, but stay to the right of the house and the (low) stone wall. Follow the stone wall down to the field, where you cross the wall and follow a vague path on the other side. Shortly after, turn left and head east (towards Storvika) for 200m until you see the path which runs up to Frøystadtua.

Frøystadtua seen from other mountains

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