Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Sandfjellet, 682m (Sandfjelltua, Koftehorn Ø.)

Fylke/Kommune : Møre og Romsdal/Vanylven     
Maps : 1119-III Vanylven (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : 54m
Hiked : Mar 2009
See also :
Storebøra Nystøylhornet
Laupsnipa Veten
Tunheimshornet Trollkoppehornet
Skoratinden Kyrfjellet
Vorakinna Sollihornet/Lidahornet
See also : Other Vanylven  mountains

Sandfjellet seen from Gurskøya

Sandfjellet seen from Gurskøya
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Sandfjellet/Sandfjelltua is a nice viewpoint on the mountain massif on the northeast side of the peninsula north of Syvdseidet. The prominent mountain in this region is Bjørlykkjehornet (707m), but Sandfjellet is also a super mountain top, especially due to the fine fjord views

This web page will describe the route from Koparneset and up the Koparnesaksla ridge. If you arrive at Koparneset on a ferry, you can leave the car on the other side, as the ridge route begins almost down by the Koparneset ferry harbor. You can also extend the hike to a round trip across Vardeheida, Kofthornet and Bjørlykkjehornet. Koparnesaksla is a superb route for skiing (if you don't mind one slightly steep section).     

Primary factor:

Sandfjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 682m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 681,60m, UTM 32 V 324468 6895888) has a primary factor of 54m towards the higher parent Bjørlykkjehornet (707m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 323872 6895569) is found just north of Lake Sandfjellvatnet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle point is within the range 625-630m, interpolated to 628m.

GPS measurement read 680m (on the ground), averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin +/- 2,1m).

Google map

Google's interactive map. You can zoom, pan and click on the markers.


Google maps
Google maps
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Trail descriptions

Route 1: Koparneset - Sandfjellet (summer/autumn)

Difficulty : YDS Class 2
Exposure : No
Distance : Approx. 2,4km to the top (2D distance)
Time : Approx. 2 hours to the top
Starting Elev.: Approx. 20m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 660m
Map of the area
Map of the area
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Detailed map
Detailed map
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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, and from Hareid, follow RV61 (roughly) 42Km to Årvika, 5,1km from Larsnes.

Take the Årvika - Koparneset ferry, turn immediately right at Koparneset and drive 250m. There is a farm on your left-hand side. The path begins behind this house. Park where appropriate, or ask for permission to park by the house.

The route

The route up Aksla

The route up Aksla
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Pass the house, then aim for the antenna up in the forest. From this antenna (Signalen), follow the path up the ridge. Note that this path does not run on top of the ridge until you've passed a distinct gap at approx. 225m. The small top on the north side of this gap is called Koparneshaugen.

Pass the gap on the east side and continue up Klivhammaren and the Koparnesaksla ridge. A certain point on the ridge can be a bit difficult on hard/icy snow, but otherwise it is fairly easy. The summit is marked by a few rocks.

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