Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
|Fylke/Kommune :||Møre og Romsdal/Volda|
|Maps :||1119-II Volda (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)|
|Primary factor :||239m|
|Hiked :||Apr 2009 (North top only)|
|See also :||
|See also :||Other Volda mountains|
Storetuva is located above Folkestad by Voldsfjorden. The mountain has two distinct tops; the north top (823m) is located 590m north of the high point (826m). This page will describe a route from Folkestad via Flotehamrane, and later on (upon the next visit) a route from Folkestaddalen. A third route runs from Årvia via Straumsætra, and there are several other interesting (off-trail) round trip routes to choose from.
Storetuva offers nice terrain for skiing. The only exception might be the Bjønnastien trail between Flotehamrane and the meadows above Folkestad. Skis might have to come off here, unless you try your luck in the forest north of Flotehamrane.
Storetuva (Norge 1:50,000: 826m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 826m, UTM 32 V 344975 6887112) has a primary factor of 239m towards the higher parent Sandhornet (1065m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 344373 6886026) is found above Straumsvatnet, northeast of map point 672m. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 585-590m, interpolated to 587m.
GPS measurement on the north top (823m) read 828m (on the ground), averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin +/- 2m).
Google's interactive map. You can zoom, pan and click on the markers.
Route 1: Flotane - Storetuva (spring)
(all distances are approx. distances)
The nearest bigger city is Ålesund. From Ålesund, follow highway E39 towards Bergen/Volda to the ferry at Solavågen. Take the Solavågen - Festøya ferry, turn right at Festøy and follow highway E39 towards Ørsta (38,3Km). At the highway RV655/E39 junction in Ørsta, follow E39 (Volda) for 9Km until you have the ferry harbor in Volda on your right-hand side. Turn right here and enter the Folkestad lane. There are two ferry departures from here. The other ferry runs between Volda and Lauvstad.
At Folkestad, take the first road to your right. Drive 300m up to a junction, then turn left. Drive 400m, then turn right. Drive 500m and turn left. Drive 700m and you should see the road to Folkestaddalen to your right. This is a toll road. Either find parking here, or pay the the toll fee, and drive 900m up the valley.
The route from Flotane to Storetuva
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From Flotane, follow the Folkestaddalen road 900m up to a gun range (ignore the Bjønnastien signpost after 500m). Turn left and follow a path southeast towards Flotehamrane. The path runs steeply up the forest and tops out on Flotehamrane at 370-380m elevation. Head upwards and pass a slab area on the left-hand side. Then follow the ridge up to Storetuva. You'll pass a cairn at 792m. This is not the high point. Continue to the north top (823m, 650m to the south), then descend to approx. 790m before the route climbs up to the 826m high point.
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