Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Strengen, 890m  
Syltnebba, 667m (Gråora)

Fylke/Kommune : Møre og Romsdal/Surnadal
Maps : 1420-IV Stangvik (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : 747m
Hiked : July 2008
See also :
Saksa Reinsfjellet
Tustnastabbene Bølia
See also : Other Halsa and Surnadal mountains

Strengen seen from Hjelmen

Strengen seen from Hjelmen
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Strengen is located just southwest of the place Surnadalsøra, and it is a fairly large mountain, stretching 14km between highway RV670 and Stangvikfjorden. There are also some lower independent tops on this mountain; Syltnebba (667m) and Vindnebba (598m). There are numerous routes on this mountain. This web-page will describe a long route from Surnadalsøra, passing Syltnebba along the way, and it is definitely not the shortest route to Strengen. 

To get an impression of the views, study pictures from Saksa, located 18km to the northwest. Strengen offers nice hiking terrain as well as superb skiing terrain.

Strengen seen from Skåla

Strengen seen from Skåla
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Primary factor:

Strengen (Norge 1:50,000: 890m, Økonomisk Kartverk (ØK): 890,02m,  UTM 32 V 477232 6977440) has a primary factor of 747m towards the higher parent mountain Honnstadknyken (1071m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 485223 6979607) is found further 8,3km to the east/northeast, near Austeråsen. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 140-145m, interpolated to 143m.

GPS measurement on the summit read 899m, averaged over a 10-minute period (error margin not recorded).

Syltnebba (Norge 1:50,000: 667m, Økonomisk Kartverk (ØK): 667,14m,  UTM 32 V 481301 6980440) has a primary factor of 139m towards the higher parent mountain Strengen (890m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 480753 6979442) is found between the two tops, SE of Sjøsetervatnet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 525-530m, interpolated to 528m.

GPS measurement on the summit read 666m, averaged over a 10-minute period (error margin not recorded). The Syltnebba cairn point is found 100m west of the trigonometric point. The cairn point is probably slightly higher than the trig. point, but there is no reference to this point on any maps.

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Trail descriptions

These route descriptions were valid per July 2008. All distances are approx. distances.

Route 1: Surnadal - Syltnebba - Strengen (summer)

Difficulty : Class 1 (YDS)
Exposure : No
Distance : Approx. 10km to Strengen (2D distance)
Time : Approx. 3,5-4 hours to Strengen
Starting Elev.: Approx. 110m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 1200m (total for hike)
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(all distances are approx. distances)

From the centre of Surnadalsøra, drive west on the Øravegen road (towards Torvikneset). After approx. 1,7km, turn left onto Grytavegen road (signed "Alpinsenter"). Drive 1,2km on the Grytavegen road and turn right (signed "Surnadal Alpinsenter"). Drive 400m and find parking.

If you want to get to a higher trailhead, drive 1,4km on Grytavegen road and turn right. Then turn right after 400m, and once more after 200m. This is the mountain service road to the top of the ski-trek. You should be able to get to 390m elevation, and find parking on the left-hand side of the road. Depending on recent rain, the rest of the road may be challenging for even 4WD vehicles.

The route

Surnadalsøra seen from top of the ski trek

Surnadalsøra seen from top of the ski trek
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From the skiing centre, follow a forest road upwards. After 300m, this forest road joins the mountain service road described above. Follow this road 1,5km to the top of the ski trek. Locate the path towards Syltnebba to your left. Follow this path up to Syltnebba. Syltnebba summit is marked by a pile of rocks and a trigonometric point, 100m apart.

From Syltnebba, follow the path 200m to the southwest. Turn left, leave the path and head off-trail across the meadows in the direction of Haugastrengen. You might just stumble upon a faint track.

Ascend the Haugastrengen ridge, on which you will find a path. Follow this path all the way to Strengen. An antenna tower dominates the summit.

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