Nakkefjellet, containing the two tops Grøtfjellet and Blåfjellet marks the north end of the string of tops that define the west side of Nakkedalen valley. From perspective, these tops stand out as lower satellite tops of the dominating Blåskjerdingen (1069m) massif.
All these tops - Litleskjerdingen, Storskjerdingen, Tverrfjellet, Blåfjellet and Grøtfjellet are easily reached from Nakkedalen, and excellent for a traverse - on skis or on foot. Leave a bike at Reset - where Nakkedalen and Vatnedalen valleys meet - and do the traverse from Grøtfjellet to Litleskjerdingen.
Nakkefjellet is easiest reached from the place Fiksdal, where a short section of open - and easy forest lies between the mountain and the tractor road from Øvre Nakken. The view towards Blåskjerdingen is excellent from Blåfjellet.
Grøtfjellet (Norge 1:50,000: -, Økonomisk Kartverk: 736,9m, UTM 32 V 386882 6945392) has a primary factor of 246m towards the higher parent Blåskjerdingen (1069m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 385978 6942830) is found between Tverrfjellet and Storskjerdingen. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is defined through a fixed point - 491m.
Personal GPS measurement read 737m as average, over a 5-minute period. The 1:50,000 map point 735m is not the actual high point.
Blåfjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 694m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 694,1m, UTM 32 V 386401 6944367) has a primary factor of 62m towards the higher parent Grøtfjellet (737m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 386659 6944717) is found between Blåfjellet and Grøtfjellet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is defined through a fixed point - 632m.
Personal GPS measurement read 695m (on top of the cairn, approx. 90cm high) as average, over a 5-minute period.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Nedre Nakkken - Grøtfjellet - Blåfjellet
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 at Eidet. Turn right here. Pass the place Vatne and stay right in the road junction there, drive up Vatnedalen, across Reset and descend into Nakkedalen.
16,3Km from Eidet (and 5,4Km from the top of Vatnedalen), just before Fiksdal, turn left onto a road next to an old garage. Drive 1Km (the road turns sharp left after 750m) and you are in the junction between the forest road and the road up to Øvre Nakken. Attempt to find parking next to the road without blocking for other traffic.
Note: This is probably not the easiest route to Grøtfjellet, but it works. On skis and on foot.
Follow the forest road 1Km and you will see a small fork to the right. This fork doesn't lead to anything, but is as good place as any to ascend the forest. Follow the open space, turn gradually to the north (in the direction of the map name Gnuen), then set course for Grøtfjellet's east ridge. Grøtfjellet's summit is marked by a proper cairn.
Proceed south/southwest towards Blåfjellet, which has a smaller cairn. Easy terrain. Descend Blåfjellet in the direction of your ascent route. A variation can be to descend a forest ridge between the two streams in Trolldalen valley, and enter the forest road at 330m elevation.
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