Hovden Hiking Trail

Easy walk to views of the Stad ocean

Essential info

  • Destination: Nordfjord
  • Season: January-December
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 2.3 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 150 meters
  • Duration: 1-1.5 hours

About Hovden

This adventure is an easy option to get some great views of the ocean around Stad. The trail follows a road build in the 1930's. This area has seen various military activity throughout the years. During WW2 the Germans built a fortress up here with tunnels going through the mountain. 

The tunnels are restored to how they were originally built and you can climb through the tunnels to reach the viewpoint. Alternatively, you can walk the road all the way up. 

Getting there

This adventure is situated between Ålesund and Måløy in the area called Nordfjord. Road 620 takes you out to the trailhead from Åsheim

Park your car for free by Erviksanden Camping. Make sure you don't park in the circular area at the end of the street where the buses usually turn and go back. 

Trail description

The trailhead is right by Erviksanden Camping. This hike is usually done as a loop and starts by heading up the gravel road that goes through the houses up the hill from the trailhead. 

After passing the houses follow the road now turning west towards the sea. Follow the road up towards the hill with great views of the beach and the sea. Just before you reach the end of the road you can optionally go through one of the tunnels and climb up a ladder up to the viewpoint. 

When going back follow the road back and then head down the trail to the houses by the coastline. Then follow the gravel road back to the trailhead. 


  • Animals are grazing in this area so make sure to close all gates. 
  • Bring a headlamp if you want to go through the tunnel. 

Where to stay


Questions or comments? Let us know.

By Bodil Dybevoll

Bodil is the writer and photographer for nytnaturen.no, a Norwegian blog for the Sunnmøre area. 

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