Norwegian Mountains, Sogn og Fjordane
Tarvaldsegga, 645m (Tarvaldseggja)
Tarvaldsegga is the highest mountain on the Stadlandet peninsula, and belongs to the municipality of Selje. Several routes lead up the mountain, and the easiest route begins in the Sandvikeidet mountain pass between Selje and Sandvika. The route is marked all the way to the top, and you can also visit the Orren spur (approx. 426m). The vertical gain is only 360-370m (not incl. Orren), the distance to the top is only 2km, and as such, Tarvaldsegga should be considered to be a quite accessible top.
The view from Tarvaldsegga is quite extensive, and within a closer distance, you'll see characteristic tops such as Hornelen, Kvamfjellet, Veten (Måløy), Hanekammen, the vast mountain region north of Nordfjorden, all of the prominent Vanylven tops, the Volda mountains west of Dalsfjorden, and various tops on Gurskøya, Hareidlandet and in the Ålesund region.
Selja island seen from Tarvaldsegga
Also consider visiting Selje, walk the sandy beach, visit the St. Sunniva monastery on Selja island and other attractions that Selje has to offer. Visit Selje Turistinformasjon (in Selje or on the internet) for more information.
Nausane is located on the other side of Sandvikeidet, and is a fairly short hike along a marked path. On this hike, you can also visit Søreggja through a short (off-trail) hike.
Tarvaldsegga (Norge 1:50,000: 645m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 645m, UTM 32 V 310634 6886455) has a primary factor of 392m towards the higher parent Kvamfjellet (774m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 314365 6880791) is found in Skumdalen, which (probably) defines the Stadlandet peninsula. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 250-255m, interpolated to 253m.
Orren (Norge 1:50,000: highest contour is 400m, Økonomisk Kartverk: highest contour is 430m, UTM 32 V 311050 6885870) has a primary factor of 38m towards the higher parent Tarvaldsegga (645m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 311005 6885902) is found 60m northwest of Orren. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 385-390m, interpolated to 388m.
Nausane (Norge 1:50,000: 448m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 447,86m, UTM 32 V 312274 6884503) has a primary factor of 160m towards the higher parent Eidshornet (520m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 312558 6883458) is found between Lestohornet and Nausane. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 285-290m, interpolated to 288m.
Søreggja (Norge 1:50,000: 397m, Økonomisk Kartverk: highest contour is 400m, UTM 32 V 311271 6884927) has a primary factor of 52m towards the higher parent Nausane. The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 311906 6884941) is found in the lowest pass between these two tops. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 345-350m, interpolated to 348m.
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Route 1: Kopevatnet - Tarvaldsegga (summer/autumn)
(all distances are approx. distances)
The nearest larger city is Ålesund. From Ålesund, follow highway E39 towards Bergen, and then RV61 towards Hareid. Take the Sulesund - Hareid ferry, and from Hareid, follow RV61 (roughly) 42Km to Årvika, 5,1km from Larsnes.
Take the Årvika - Koparneset ferry, and follow RV61 past Eidså, Fiskå, Sylte and Åheim (32km). At Åheim, turn right towards Stadlandet/Vestkapp. Follow RV620 7,8km. Just after Kjødspollen, turn right towards Stadlandet/Vestkapp. Follow RV620 past Årsheim and turn left towards Selje after 10,7km. Drive 4,2km up to the pass and find parking (N62.05353 E5.39253) on the left-hand side, by Lake Kopevatnet. The Tarvaldseggja signpost is found on the right-hand side of the road.
Follow the gravel road to the nearest building and locate the marked path which continues in the northwest direction. Very soon, you reach the Tarvaldseggja/Orren junction (signposted). Go left. The (well worn) path curves around Orren and continues northwest up the mountain. You'll pass another junction (the path from Orren). As you approach the summit ridge, you cross a rocky area where you'll find manmade steps. Once on the ridge, the summit is only 200m away to the east. The summit (N62.06266 E5.37578) is marked by a proper cairn.
Upon descent, consider hiking across Orren (N62.05764 E5.38435). A visible path continues from Orren back to the junction you passed early during ascent.
Route 2: Kopevatnet - Nausane (summer/autumn)
Same as for Tarvaldsegga. See above.
Locate the Nausane signpost (N62.05370 E5.39327) between Kopevatnet and Sævatnet. Follow the path which is marked by sticks with red paint. This path will take you to the top of Nausane (N62.04600 E5.40915), which is marked by a medium-sized cairn and a signpost.
Upon descent, Søreggja (N62.04929 E5.38957) is just a short hike (5-10 minutes) away.
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