Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Mannen, 347m

Fylke/Kommune : Møre og Romsdal/Haram
Maps : xxx
(Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : 347m
Visited : June 2006
See also : Skulen
See also : Goaldet

Goaldet, Mannen and Skulen

Goaldet, Mannen and Skulen


Nordøyane (The northern islands) is a group of islands located northwest of the place Brattvåg in Haram kommune. The island group span Løvsøya (Lepsøya), Haramsøya, Skuløya (Flemsøya), Fjørtofta and Harøya. Mannen (347m) on Haramsøya is the third highest top on these island, preceeded by Skulen (493m) and Goaldet (490m).

A road that crosses over the Haramsøya mountain plateau makes access very easy (and a bit boring). You can actually drive almost to the top of Mannen (The man), after paying a toll fee (currently NOK 20,- per June 2006). Steep cliffs surround the mountain, which gives you off-trail alternatives, should you be looking for those. There may also be paths up to the mountain, if you ask around. This page describes the route from Ulla (north side), but also mentions where the road begins on the south side.

In order to get to Haramsøya, you have to take a ferry from Skjeltane between Søvik and Brattvåg. Depending on the ferry, you may have to stop by Løvsøya/Lepsøya before it continues towards Haramsøya. Passenger vessels can also help you go "island hopping" using your bike. Visit for schedules and options.

Primary factor:

Mannen (M711: 347m, Ø.K.: 347,45, 32 V 362402 6952345) has a primary factor of 347m, being the island high point.

My GPS reported 352m (on the ground) as average over a 10-minute period. On the GPS map, the actual summit is 44m SW of the map summit point. The summit is also *slightly* outside the 340m contour.

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.

Ulla - Mannen (summer/autumn)

Difficulty : Class 1 (YDS)
Exposure : No
Comments : On road all the way
Distance : Approx. 4,1Km to the top
Time : Approx. 1 hour to the top
Starting Elev.: Approx. 10m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 350 (total)

Map of the area
Map of the area
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Detailed map
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Mannen seen from Skulen

Mannen seen from Skulen


From Ålesund, follow highway E136->E39 towards Åndalsnes. From the E136/E39/Olsvika roundabout near Breivka, follow E39 approx. 13,3Km. Turn left onto highway RV661 (Skodje/Brattvåg/Vatne). After 1,5Km, pay toll at an unmanned toll booth (coins + credit cards + AutoPass). Approx. 9,7Km after you left E39, you reach the RV659 (Brattvåg)/661(Vatne) junction. Turn left here.

You have two options; a) either drive to Skjeltene via Brattvåg (23,3Km) or b) via Søvik (24,1Km). Take the Skjeltene - Haramsøya ferry (which may run via Løvsøya).

On Haramøya, drive up to the road junction, turn right and drive 6.1Km. You have the bridge to Skuløya/Flemsøya approx. 750m ahead of you. You will see a gravel road to your left, and a traffic sign (toll info) a little up the road. Park here.

The route

Follow the road across the plateau until you reach another road, coming down to your right just after you've passed a pond. Turn right onto this road and follow up to the first fence. Turn right and follow the fence all the way to the summit, marked by a standing rock and a mailbox holding the summit logbook.

Access from Holda

From the ferry, drive up to the road junction, turn left and drive 4,5Km. Turn right onto the mountain road next to this house. Follow the road upwards and turn left onto the side-road that leads up to the summit.

Nordøyane seen from Synnalandshornet

Nordøyane seen from Synnalandshornet

Trip report, June 4 2006

I had just visited Skulen, and Mannen was the only independent (height >= 300m, primary factor >= 100m) mountain in Haram kommune that I hadn't been to. It was obvious that since I first had taken the long trip to the islands, I had to visit Mannen too.

My dog "Troll" had done a good job, walking up and down Skulen. Would he walk up to Mannen too? I decided to hike from Ulla, on the way back home from Skuløya/Flemsøya. We left the car 15:50PM, and Troll was very hesitant about the gravel road. I started to walk and hoped he would follow. And so he did, although not overwhelmingly happy. He had just found himself the "good position" in the car, and it all came to a sudden end 10 minutes later.

The walk up the mountain plateau was all about keeping my mouth and eyes clothes. The road was a mosquito breeding farm from sea level and up to 300m elevation. I found the walk incredible boring. A long, annoying walk on an unpleasant gravel road. It felt slightly better when we reached the mountain plateau and gained some views. The only upside was that the weather was only getting better. At least compared to the wet and rainy trip across the fjord earlier in the day.

We reached the top of Mannen 16:50PM, and it was not a minute too soon. I seriously considered taking a steep shortcut down the mountain and follow the main road back to the car. But I remembered that the mountainside was steep, and decided not end up losing time on the island. After 10 minutes on top, we turned around and were back at the car 17:45PM.

This message is to all in Haram kommune; visiting the 20 tops on my list (in my first 5 months living in Ålesund) has been a GREAT pleasure.

Pictures from the June 4 2006 hike

To Mannen

1. Ulla trailhead (221KB) 2. Ullahornet cliffs (313KB) 3. Ullasundet (402KB) 4. The mountain road (222KB) 5. Hestevollane above (208KB) 6. Goaldet seen from Haramsøya (269KB) 7. Mannen ahead (209KB) 8. Haramsneset (211KB) 9. Skulen seen from Haramsøya (357KB) 10. View from below Mannen (380KB) 11. Mannen summit (193KB)

Wide-angle panorama from Mannen

12. Wide-angle panorama from Mannen (948KB)

Other pictures from Mannen

13. View down from Mannen (402KB) 14. Troll, tired and utterly bored (185KB) 15. Ullahornet (655KB) 16. 50mm view from Mannen (769KB) 17. Quarrelling geese (172KB) 18. Quarrelling geese (34KB) 19. Ocean light (379KB)

On the south side of the mountain

20. Mannen seen from the south side (189KB) 21. The mountain road begins here (220KB) 22. Goaldet seen from Haramsøya (145KB)

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Other pictures:

1. Haramsøya and Løvsøya (505KB) 2. Wide-angle view from Gamlemsveten (565KB) 3. Nordøyane seen from Skalten (530KB) 4. 50mm view from Byrkjevollhornet, part 3/3 (1276KB) 5. Haramsøya (163KB) 6. Medium zoom panorama from Skjerdingen (805KB) 7. 50mm view from Hestehaudet (519KB) 8. Wide-angle view from Blåskjerdingen 9. Haramsøya

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