Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
|Fylke/Kommune :||Møre og Romsdal/Volda|
|Maps :||1119-II Volda (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)|
|Primary factor :||290m|
|Hiked :||May 2009|
|See also :||
|See also :||Other Volda mountains|
This mountain top is called Blåfjellet on the Folkestad side, and Sandhornet on the Dalsdalen side. The main summit cairn (which is located 100m east of the high point..) is signposted Blåfjellet. Hence, it is tempting to assume that the high point cairn was built by people from the Dalsdalen side...
Sandhornet/Blåfjellet stretches almost right across the peninsula between Dalsfjorden and Voldsfjorden, and several routes lead to the summit. This page will describe a route from the Folkestad side, and a route description from the Dalsdalen side will be added later. Sandhornet/Blåfjellet is a popular mountain - summer as well as winter. The views are very good, albeit the Trollvasstinden massif blocks most of the view towards the south.
The mountain consists of two distinct tops. The west top is the higher (1065m), whereas the east top seems to be just a few meters lower and does not have an official map height.
Sandhornet/Blåfjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 1065m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 1064,76m, UTM 32 V 342246 6886280) has a primary factor of 290m towards the higher parent Trollvasstinden (1285m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 343632 6883497) is found in Kilsskardet between Grøthornet and Trollvasstinden. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours) AND Norge 1:50,000 (20m), the saddle defined as a fixed point - 775m.
GPS measurement read 1069m (on the summit cairn, approx 1,5m high), averaged over a 9-minute period (error margin +/- 2,6m).
The east top has a a 1040m contour, but no map height. GPS measurement read 1065m (on the ground), averaged over a 3-minute period (error margin +/- 2,8m). If one was to honour the map contours, the height should be set to 1059m.
Google's interactive map. You can zoom, pan and click on the markers.
Route 1: Folkestad - Sandhornet/Blåfjellet (summer)
(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 right again. Drive 230m, then turn left. You should have a grocery store on your right-hand side (Coop - per May 2009). Follow the main road upwards, around a bend, then to the north. After 1,2km, you see a toll road (gravel) on your left-hand side. Turn onto this road and pay toll (NOK 10,- for passenger cars per May 2009).
Follow this road approx. 3km up to Folkestadvatnet. Park alongside the road when you find an opening to the meadows on your right-hand side.
The route is straightfoward; head up the meadows between Kyrshovudet and Sandhornet/Blåfjellet. There is a path that runs up the Gjøttene ridge. Per May 2009, there was a small area (a few square meters) that was fenced in. The path passes this point. Aim for Litle-Blåfjellet, a small hump at approx. 845m. Then aim for the west ridge and follow a vague path up to the summit.
The main cairn is found 100m to the east, and the east top is found 700m to the .. southeast (It is referred to as the east top for simplicity). If you want to descend your ascent route from the east top, then go back to the high point first. The south side is full of boulder.