Hornelen Hiking Trail

The highest sea cliff in Norway

Essential info

  • Destination: Nordfjord
  • Season: May–October
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 10.9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,050 meters
  • Duration: 3–4 hours

About Hornelen

Hornelen is well-known across southern Norway for the spectacular 860m cliff that rises steeply above the fjord. It is claimed that this is the tallest sea cliff in northern Europe. Hornelen has over the centuries also been an important landmark for ships at sea.

Hornelen is a very popular mountain, and several trails can be followed. Berle (southwest) and Hornskor (northwest) are the most popular trailheads. The north top is found 140m northeast of the summit. The big spectacular mountain wall is below the north top.

Getting there

The nearest bigger city is Måløy. From Måløy, take the ferry to Oldeide. At Oldeide, turn left at the first junction, turn left again at the second junction (500m) and drive along the fjord until the road ends at Hornskår (approx. 7,6km from Måløy). Parking can be found close to a chapel at the starting point. 

Trail description

The path is marked by "T"'s, painted on rocks in red. The path starts off in a southeast direction, but after 500-600 metres, the direction changes to the west. A couple of streams need to be crossed.

Close to Nonsnakken, the path turns south, pass a couple of lakes that offer fresh water and walk on to steeper section before reaching the pass between Slettheia (right) and Svartevassegga (left). Cross a big plateau (1km of walking) and descend into the valley between Svartevassegga and Hornelen. The path does not run directly towards Hornelen, but takes a detour to the north before it turns south - towards the summit.

A small shelter can be found on the summit. The highest point is a few meters away from the cairn. The north top is 140m northeast of the main summit.

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