Rørsethornet Hiking Trail

Hike from the sea to the sky in Romsdal

Essential info

  • Destination: Romsdalen
  • Season: April-October
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 7.6 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 770 meters
  • Duration: 2-4 hours

About Rørsethornet

A bit west of the city of Molde you will find a small island called Otrøya. This island has some great options if you like to get high up with views of the ocean. Rørsethornet is one of the most prominent peaks on this island and included a hike along a spectacular ridge to the top. 

Up to Rørsethornet you will find 2200 steps laid out by Nepalese sherpas in the summer of 2017. 

Getting there

From Molde take road 662 due west and hop on the ferry from Mordalsvågen to Solholmen. When you arrive at Solholmen take a right onto road 202 and later road 668. Drive for about 13 kilometers and look for the parking lot on the right side of the road. 

Driving time from Molde is about 50 minutes including the ferry ride. 

Public Transport
It is possible to get to close to the trailhead by bus from Molde. There is however not a lot of departures so make sure you check out the timetable to see if it fits your schedule. From the bus stop Rakvåg Nord you need to head back a few hundred meters along the road to get to the trailhead

Trail description

From the trailhead follow the signs and you will quickly find the marked trail up along the ridge up to Rørsethornet. Follow the steps and you surely will not get lost. There is a steep climb all the way up to the first peak where the stairs are ending. You are now about halfway to Rørsethornet at 659 meters above sea level. Just follow the trail on the ridge to get to the peak. 

If you want to you can continue on to Ræstadhornet. This section of the trail is more challenging so make sure you are comfortable with heights before you continue along the ridge towards Ræstadhornet at 729 meters above sea level.  At first, the trail is easy to find, but as you are closing in on Ræstadhornet the trail gets smaller and less distinct. Look for the big cairn at the top of Ræstadhornet. 


  • This adventure included one of Norway's longest staircases with its 2200 steps. 


  • You can fill up you water bottle by the parking lot
  • Free parking and there is room for about 16 cars


Questions or comments? Let us know.

By Stine Moen Nilsen

Stine lives in Molde and is a very active user of the trails in the Romsdalen area. See more of Stine's great photos on Instagram

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