The Sunnmøre Alps – One of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Norway
The Sunnmøre Alps are one of my absolute favourite places to explore. In this region you will find spectacular mountains, climbing directly up to 1700 meters from the ocean. This means a mountain range that is at times brutal, rough and powerful. Another plus to this spectacular nature is the fact that this range sees far less people than other popular ranges. You are more than likely to feel completely by yourself in this range compared to other popular hiking spots in Norway.
I brought Kari and Espen with me on this trip. We had plans of climbing the famous Bladet, but changed our minds on our way up. It was a beautiful sunny day with blue skies, so we decided to try our luck on the tallest mountain in the same row of peaks, Jønshornet (1480 m a.s.l.). We started our hike from Barstadvika and went up the valley called Molladalen. We took the first chute up towards Jønshornet as soon as we reached the serene mountain lake at the end of the valley. From thereon up we had to go slow. It was extremely steep with multiple loose rocks challenging your every step. After having scrambled up the chute we had to cross a narrow ridge. It was a free fall on both sides, -a challenging and rewarding section of the hike. The last bit up to the peak went relatively quickly.
And there we were at the top of the peak, and
not a single breath of wind. Sweaty and content in shirtless fashion, we
enjoyed the mesmerizing view. Looking west we saw ocean as far as the eye could
see. Looking north we saw fjords and more mountain ranges. Turning east and
south we saw endless mountains upon mountains. We had a bite to eat and played
a round of chess before we started the hike down. I will most definitely be
back here in this majestic nature with more challenging peaks to conquer. If
you have more time to spare, you could bring a tent and set up basecamp by the
inner most lake in Molladalen and do daytrips. In which case you also would
want to bring your fishing pole.