Official information for Åndalsnes and Romsdalen since 1930

Great mountain for skiing, and it’s mostly visited during spring time and when the snow conditions are favourable.

Fantastic alpine view. From the book Ski touring in Romsdal by Halvor Hagen

The top can be reached from several directions, however the most gentle ascent is up the northern side of the mountain, starting from Rabben in Grøvdalen.

On the ridge before the glacier between Sjøvdøla and Nyheitind. Photo from Romsdal.com
On the ridge before the glacier between Sjøvdøla and Nyheitind. Photo from Romsdal.com
Fantastic alpine view. From the book Ski touring in Romsdal by Halvor Hagen
Fantastic alpine view. From the book Ski touring in Romsdal by Halvor Hagen

This is a toll road, where you pay coins in an envelope and post it in the box. Note that if there has been a snowy winter, with some heavy snowfall, the road to Rabben might not be open. Then you have to drive as far as you get in Grøvdalen and park the car where the road stops.

If you are late in spring there is a chance you must carry your skies for a while in the beginning. Follow the marked trail up through the woods, and when you pass the tree line the terrain flattens a bit and you move on gently up through the valley. Just before Svartevatnet cross the ridge to Røndølsskaret, a short steep section. From Røndølskaret and Svartvassbu cross the river and continue on the right side of the valley upwards. You head eastwards to the next lake, at 1014 metres. The safest route is along the ridge on the west side of the lake. When you reach the glacier, aim for the lowest point on the ridge between Sjøvdøla and Nyheitind.

From the glacier to the North of Nyheitind. Photo from the book Ski touring in Romsdal by Halvor Hagen.
From the glacier to the North of Nyheitind. Photo from the book Ski touring in Romsdal by Halvor Hagen.

From here you take the north-east flank to the summit. The final 50 metres to the top are quite steep and airy, and an ice ax is recommended. You should take off your skies before this final part.

Down again, it is usual to follow flow down to the lake under the glacier, then the same road back to the starting point.

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