Rotsethornet Hiking Trail

Hike with a view of Volda

  • View from Rotsethornet towards Volda.

    View from Rotsethornet towards Volda. Photo: Krister Bjerke Haddal

  • A spot to eat and relax. Located in the end of the forest road.

    A spot to eat and relax. Located in the end of the forest road. Photo: Krister Bjerke Haddal

  • Scrambling in the steep parts of the hike.

    Scrambling in the steep parts of the hike. Photo: Krister Bjerke Haddal

  • Heading up into the forest.

    Heading up into the forest. Photo: Krister Bjerke Haddal

Essential info

  • Destination: Sunnmøre
  • Season: March-October
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 3.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 570 meters
  • Duration: 2.5-3.5 hours

About Rotsethornet

Rotsethornet is a mountain that dominates the southern view in Volda. It's a popular hike for both the locals and others in the area and probably the hike where you get the best view of Volda itself. 

The mountain might look easy enough from a distance, but it's actually quite steep. In the lower areas chains, handrails and ropes are installed, so you will have some fun parts with scrambling. Combined with the views this is a varied and memorable hike. 

Getting there

From Volda drive towards Bergen on road E39, and stay on the road for 2 kilometers. 

Just before you enter the Rotsethorntunnel, you will find a long parking lane on the left of the road. 

Trail description

Due to some fatal accidents and several rescue operations, it's highly recommended that you only stay on the trail when you're hiking on this mountain.  

The hike starts at the end of the long parking lane, in the direction of the tunnel. 

After the first short hill, turn right onto the forest road. Keep to the left in the next road junction and continue along the mountain. 

When you reach the end of the forest road, you will the see sign towards Rotsethornet. The steepest part of the hike will begin here and the trail heads up through the forest. This is also where you will need to do some scrambling. 

After you pass the forest, you will reach a natural viewing point called Aksla, before the trail leads you all the way up. 

Facts

  • Make sure to bring enough to drink for the entire hike. 

Amenities

  • Free parking

Map

Questions or comments? Let us know.

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By Krister Bjerke Haddal

Krister loves to hike and experience the wonder of nature, in Norway and other countries. 

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