Molladalen Hiking Trail

Hike to one of Sunnmøres most beautiful valleys

  • Molladalen with Storevatnet lake. To the left in the picture is the steep trail to Jønshornet, going up on the side of the chute.

    Molladalen with Storevatnet lake. To the left in the picture is the steep trail to Jønshornet, going up on the side of the chute. Photo: Krister Bjerke Haddal

  • This is the wow-place where the rugged peaks starts to appear.

    This is the wow-place where the rugged peaks starts to appear. Photo: Krister Bjerke Haddal

  • The trail to Molladalen, which is behind the mountains to the left.

    The trail to Molladalen, which is behind the mountains to the left. Photo: Krister Bjerke Haddal

  • A wooden bridge in the start of the hike.

    A wooden bridge in the start of the hike. Photo: Krister Bjerke Haddal

  • View from Molladalen in the opposite direction, from where you came.

    View from Molladalen in the opposite direction, from where you came. Photo: Krister Bjerke Haddal

Essential info

  • Destination: Sunnmøre
  • Season: May-October
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 6.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 590 meters
  • Duration: 3-4 hours

About Molladalen

Molladalen is one of the most beautiful places in Sunnmøre. It's a small valley with several lakes surrounded by rugged peaks. 

It's a climbers paradise, with many known peaks such as Bladet, Mohns Topp and Randers Topp. The highest peak in Molladalen is Jønshornet/Ramoen, and together they are called Molladalstindane. 

Many hikers bring their tents to stay the night, so in the summer you will probably not be alone. You can hike to Jønshornet from Molladalen without any climbing, just some scrambling.

This route from Barstadvika is the most used route, but you can also hike from Ytre-Standal

Getting there

Car
From Ålesund drive towards of Bergen on road E39. Take the ferry from Solavågen to Festøy. 

After docking at Festøya drive for 4 kilometers, and turn left towards Erdalen. Stay on this road further into the valley all the way until the road makes a U-turn and starts going back to the main road. Continue on the gravel road going past the red barn on your left-hand side. 

Follow this gravel road to the end, where you will find the parking lot. Parking is free but you will pass a toll booth (20 NOK) on the way. 

Public transport
You can travel by Fram Ekspress bus route 100/101 between Ålesund and Volda. The bus ride takes about 1 hour from either location. The nearest bus stop Romestrand is located along the main E39 road, and it is 5 kilometers to walk to the trailhead. Check the timetables at Entur for traveling by bus from Ålesund or from Volda

Trail description

From the parking lot, you can see the sign towards Molladalen. In the beginning, you will hike through the forest, before the terrain opens up. Hike a bit further and you get to a smaller forested area where it becomes steeper and some scrambling is required. The rugged peaks around Molladalen will appear shortly this.

When walking into the valley itself, you will be high above and to the left of the river. You must scramble sideways a short stretch where a chain is fixed to the rocks. It makes it easier. 

Inside Molladalen it's easy to follow the trail to the Storevatnet lake. 

Facts

  • You can fill up your water bottle with water from the river or the lake. 

Amenities

  • Free parking
  • Bring coins to pay the toll fee of NOK 20,- 


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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