13 km and 5 peaks

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“Storerunda” can be translated in to The Big Circuit, and is a trail in the mountains above the village Moltustranda in Herøy municipality. The trail is 13 km long and includes 5 summits.

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From the parking area, there is a gravel road towards “Mørkevatnet” which is the source of water for the surrounding villages.  After a while there is a sign on your right pointing the direction towards the first summit “Syrebakkane”.

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The trail goes around on the right side of “mørkevatnet” in a swamp. Waterproof shoes is an advantage in this area, mine were not so I did a lot of squat jumping.

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Mørkevatnet looked pretty this beautiful autumn day. The first summit “Syrebakkane” is on the right in this picture, summit nr 2 “Sollia” in the middle and then you have summit nr 3 “Hestefjellet”.

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Summit nr 1 is Mt Syrebakkane, 452 masl. The name translates into “acid slopes” which might sound scary but I guarantee there is no lactic acid to be found on your way there.

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The trail continues towards “Mt Sollia”, the highest mountain in Herøy municipality.

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Looking back at Mt Syrebakkane, great views!

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The summit at Mt Sollia is relatively flat, and actually there is two summits. The first one is marked at 660 masl and at the cairn on the other edge it is marked 661 masl.

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The trail continues after the 661 masl summit towards the next mountain, “Hestefjellet”.

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The third summit is “Hestefjellet” at 621 masl. “Hestefjellet” translates into “The horse mountain”. From here there is a choice between two trails headed towards the next summit. I choose the red trail which is the steepest descent down the mountain side.

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At the summit of “Selsteinen” looking back at “Hestefjellet”.

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The trail continues down towards the final summit “Storehanen”, views towards the islands surrounding the town Fosnavåg.

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The fifth and final summit “Storehanen” is at 471 mass and the name translates into “The big rooster”.

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Again presented with a choice of different trails, I followed the red marked trail down the mountain side and from there a gravel road leading back to the parking area. Pictures taken October 6th 2016.

 

 

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