Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Helsetnakken, 674m

Fylke/Kommune : Møre og Romsdal/Vestnes
Maps : xxx (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : 301
Visited : Feb 2007
See also : Trolltinden/ Svartevasstinden / Prosten
See also : Storknubben
See also : Hoemstinden
See also : Sandfjellet 1041m
See also : Øspetinden
See also : Nakken
See also : Vikenakken




Helsetnakken is a rather independent top, located above Tresfjorden in Vestnes. Via Daugstadsetra and Stavvatnet, you can follow the valley all the way to Måndalen. You will have the Trolltinden - Svartevasstinden massif up to your left, and the Sandfjellet - Storbua ridge up to your right (this ridge continues all the way to Innfjorden).

This is of academic interest only. The majority of visitors come to enjoy the fine views from the top. Towards the north and the east, you have a superb panorama that include Otterøya, the tops north of Molde, Reinsfjellet, and Romsdal peaks such as Kyrkjetaket, Klauva, Sjøvdøla, Juratind and Store Venjetind. You can even see Innerbergssalen on Stabblandet on a clear day.

To the south, you will have a fine view towards Trolltinden/Svartevasstinden, Storknubben, Rollsbotnskorka, Brudefølget, Lauparen and Kvitnyken. On the other side of the bay, you see Næremstindan/Høgsvora, Sprovstinden and Trolltinden/Ytstetinden. In-between these tops, you see Skruven and Smørskredtindane and further west - Blåbretinden on Rånahalvøya.

The normal route to Helsetnakken runs from Vikebukt, via the north ridge. A forest road takes you up to Vikesetra (320m elevation). This trailhead is documented here. A route from the south is the Villa - Brattmyra forest road (closed in winter). Another fine route - at least for skiing - runs from Åsen on the east side. See the Trolltinden page for trailhead information.

The Skjegstad route described on this page is not recommended to the public, as it runs through a field where horses are fenced in. The route is described for information only.

Helsetnakken seen from Hoemstinden

Helsetnakken seen from Hoemstinden

Primary factor:

Helsetnakken (Norge 1:50,000: 674m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 674,23m, UTM 32 V 405874 6941030) has a primary factor of 301m, towards the higher parent Trolltinden (1241m). The saddle is found between Helsetnakken and Skåla, where Villaelva drains to the west. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 370-375m, interpolated to 373m.

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Trail descriptions:

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.

Skjegstad - Helsetnakken (winter)

Difficulty : Class 2 (YDS)
Exposure : No
Comments : Easy trip
Distance : Approx. 4Km to the top
Time : Approx. 2 hours to the top
Starting Elev.: Approx. 20m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 650m
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Helsetnakken (left) seen from Nebba

Helsetnakken (left) seen from Nebba


From Ålesund, follow highway E136->E39 towards Åndalsnes. From the E136/E39/Olsvika roundabout near Breivka, follow E39 47,1Km (passing the place Sjøholt along the way). Turn right towards "Åndalsnes". Drive approx. 15Km (you pass the place Tresfjord along the way) and and locate a road that leads up to a red barn and a white house. Find parking down by the main road.

Helsetnakken (left) seen from Gjølbotntinden

Helsetnakken (left) seen from Gjølbotntinden

The route

You have to walk through the farm in order to get to the tractor road. Next, you have to cross a field where horses are fenced in. Do not open the gates! Climb across instead. Continue on the tractor road, which has several forks along the way. Stay on the "main road" all the way to Olasætra.

Proceed northeast up the forest, towards the Nonshaugen - Helsetnakken pass, and then follow the ridge up to Helsetnakken. Descend your ascent route, or aim for Brattmyra and follow the road back to Villa, only 400m south of Skjegstad (the map name Skjeggstad is spelled incorrectly).

Trip reports and pictures

Other pictures:

1. Rauma/Vestnes peaks seen from Molde (661KB) 2. Zoom view from Jendemsfjellet (646KB) 3. Zoom panorama from Molde (1740KB) 4. Wide-angle view from Smørhylla S. (1401KB) 5. Wide-angle view from Blåtindane (1120KB) 6. 50mm view from Høgsvora, part 2 of 2 (1115KB)

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