Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Heimste Synnalandsheia, 350m (Storhaugen, Heimste Heia)
Synnalandshornet, 339m

Fylke/Kommune : Møre og Romsdal/Haram
Maps : 1220-III Brattvåg
(Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : Heimste Synnalandsheia: 107m
Primary factor : Synnalandshornet: 36m
Hiked : Mar 2006
See also : Skulstadhornet
See also : Storfjellet
See also : Hildrehesten

The tops seen from Håvikhornet

The tops seen from Håvikhornet


Brattvåg in Haram is blessed with great terrain for recreation. In week-ends, you can traverse (on foot or on skis) the dominating Storfjellet and Hildrehesten mountains that define the valley, and in the afternoons you can hike up to the Synnalandshornet and Synnalandsheiane (Fremste and Heimste) tops.

I find the name "Synnalandshornet" particularly beautiful. It is not easy to translate into English, but one-to-one, it will read something like "the southern land horn". The name has a close relative in Sykkylven - Synnavindsnipa - the southern wind peak, Fine names.

On this page, you will find a description of a round trip walk that takes you up to Synnalandshornet on forest road and path, and descent via Heimste Synnalandsheia. "Heia" is Norwegian for a less distinct top, and while attempting to translate, the English word "moor" comes to mind. There are two Synnalandsheia tops - Fremste and Heimste. These are dialectic word and normally indicate which top is closest and which is furthest away from the village that has defined the names. Normally you will find "Inste" (the innermost) and "Heimste" (the closest), while "Fremste" is a variation which is more difficult to explain.

Primary factor:

Heimste Synnalandsheia (M711: 348m, Ø.K.: 350m, 32 V 367478 6943223) has a primary factor of 107m towards the higher parent mountain Hildrehesten (740m) The defining saddle (approx. 32 V 367355 6942646) is found on a ridge east of Lake Store Hestevatnet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 240-245m, interpolated to 243m.

Synnalandshornet and Fremste Synnalandsheia have a primary factor of less than 100m, and are not considered independent mountains on this website.

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.

Brattvåg - Synnalandshornet - H. Synnalandsheia round trip (all seasons)

Difficulty : Class 1 (YDS)
Exposure : No
Distance : Approx. 5Km roundtrip
Time : Approx. 1,5-2 hours roundtrip
Starting Elev.: Approx. 80m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 300m (total)

Map of the area
Map of the area
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Detailed map
Detailed map
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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 towards Brattvåg.

13,2Km later (from this junction), you are now in a junction in Brattvåg. (this is 2,4Km after you passed the "Brattvåg" village sign) You have a store to your left ("Coop" per Mar. 2006) and a road to your left. Turn left here. Drive 250m and turn left (just before a bridge) onto a road that has many signs. "Brattvåg Ungdomsskule" is one of them. Drive this road (Dalavegen) until you reach the "Vassenden" junction. Turn right and drive to the road end. You will find parking there.

The route


Cross the dam on the north side of Lake Synnalandsvatnet and cross the road (blocked by a gate further north). Follow the road upwards 160m and turn right onto a forest road that runs diagonally up the forest in the northern direction. After a while, this road turns into a forest path, still heading north. At 300m elevation, the path turns south-west and takes you up to the Synnalandshornet trig. point. Point 339m is 100m further west.

Heimste Synnalandsheia:

Follow the path across the plateau, pass the Vasskarhamrane hump on the left-hand side, and as you are about to pass Heimste Synnalandsheia (also on the left-hand side), leave the path and head up to the cairn. Descend back to the path and follow it down to 240m (almost down by the lake) where you run into an interesecting path that runs back towards the trailhead.

Trip notes, Mar 3 2005

I did this hike with my colleague Rune Dalhaug, who works at our Brattvåg office. I had been visiting the site this Friday, and we agreed to take an afternoon hike up to Synnalandshornet. My dog "Troll" was coming along. He had been diagnosed with a prolapse the day before, and I was very observant about the amount of struggle he would have in the snow. Fortunately, the path up to Synnalandshornet had been well worn, and he got up without any particular hassle.

It was a beautiful evening. This was Rune's regular hike, as he lives just below the mountain. I have grown to love the Haram mountains, and I enjoyed every minute of the hike and the scenery. We left his house in Brattvåg 16:00PM, reached Synnalandshornet 16:35PM and Heimste Synnalandsheia 16:50PM. We were back at his house 17:20PM. We moved along swiftly, but stopped for views and pictures.

I had forgotten my flash disc back home, and had to survive with two 16MB spare discs, and the camera set to medium resolution pictures. This scenery had certainly deserved better resolution. Many thanks to Rune for showing me around on this mountain. Great hike!

Pictures from the Mar 3 2006 hike

Note; Only medium-resolution images are available from this hike.

To Synnalandshornet

1. The forest road (195KB) 2. Tinden (147KB) 3. Hellandshornet (497KB) 4. Skulstadhornet and Tinden (261KB) 5. Close-up of Bergetindane (318KB) 6. View down to Brattvåg (807KB) 7. View from Synnalandshornet (547KB) 8. Otrøya (200KB) 9. Haram island mountains (167KB)

To Heimste Synnalandsheia and descent

10. View towards Hildrehesten (210KB) 11. Large, postglacial rock (284KB) 12. View back to Synnalandshornet (273KB) 13. View from Heimste Synnalandsheia (577KB) 14. Zoom from Heimste Synnalandsheia (230KB) 15. Passing Bergetindane on my way back to Ålesund (205KB)

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Other pictures:

1. 50mm view from Bløkallen (780KB) 2. Wide-angle view from Tinden (1148KB) 3. Synnalandshornet (229KB) 4. Wide-angle view from Hestehaudet (504KB) 5. View towards Store Hestevatnet (710KB)

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