Location: N:61.54.447, E:006.22.368 (GPS at the summit)
Between Nordfjord and Hornindalsvatnet
Climbed January 4, 2003.
How to get there:
A good starting point is the small town of Stryn. Stryn is located
at the end of the fjord Nordfjord on Norway's west coast.
Stryn can be accessed across Strynefjellet from the east or from
Bergen (approximately 5 hours drive) from the south.
From Stryn, drive west on the north side of Nordfjord towards Nordfjordeid, after
about 10 km there is a road going left, the sign reads Hopland.
Take this road and follow it more than 20 km to the small farm
community Randabygda. There is a sign at a road turning right for
"Sportsanlegg" (sports facility). This road also serves the farm Åland.
Follow this road, first across the creek, then sharply right and steeper
uphill at the farm
to the beginning of a lighted, groomed cross country track. There is
parking to the left near a building associated with the sports facility.
My GPS showed an elevation of 397 meter, consistent with a map reading
of about 400 meter. Route description:
This mountain can be climbed along several alternative routes, this
description works well in winter under good as well as less favorable
conditions. From the parking area, you will se the mountain right
uphill, while two easily identifiable tracks (since the trees have
been cleared away) leads from the parking area further to the right.
Take the right one (the one which is the most level) and that has a groomed,
lighted cross country ski track in winter. The other route is a gentle uphill,
while this one actually starts with a very small downhill. See the picture
below that clearly shows this area and the two routes. Before heading
out, look at the terrain from the parking area. Following the direction of the
cross country track,
you will see some lower mountains in the distance, your
route will head over in that direction and climb a gentle valley between the
big mountain Glitregga and those lower hills.
Head out the cross country track and follow it as it crosses a creek (distinct,
short downhill followed by a small uphill). Soon thereafter, the track turns
right and heads downhill. Do not follow it any longer, but continue straight
ahead across some meadows and through some minor vegetation. Your route will
cross another small creek and should stay at approximately the same elevation.
Soon, you will hit the summer road marked on the M711 map that services the
summer farm (sæter) called Randastøylen. Follow this road to the huts and
small farm buildings and continue uphill in the same general direction into
the small valley called Fagredalen between the summit and the smaller peak to your right
called Høgefjellet (867 m). This valley continues upward, there
is a small lake and a cabin on your right as you gain a rather flat saddle area near the top.
From this area, you have Blåegga (1055 m) right ahead,
while there is a narrow but distinct valley, named Holmøyskardet climbing up
between Glitregga and Blåegga.
Climb this valley until the terrain starts leveling out after about 50 vertical
meters near a first small lake and consider the area around you.
In front, the terrain is almost flat to the saddle between Blåegga (on your right)
and Glitregga up to your left. Directly to your left, there is a gentle access to
Glitregga, while the terrain further ahead looks more complicated. Turn left and
climb this tiny valley until reaching a flat plateau with a few cairns on it. Ascend
further in an arc turning right, then more left as you gain the general east main
south-east ridge of Glitregga. This ridge is not distinct, but a general slope heading NW.
Follow the general main ridge, possibly a bit on the north side
the rest of the way to the summit. Descend your ascent route. Under good conditions
and clear visibility there are several more direct routes that may be used for
a shorter and steeper ski descent back to the parking area. Comments:
This mountain is between the lake Hornindalsvatnet (north) and the fjord
Nordfjord (south). Hornindalsvatnet is Europe's deepest lake,
514 meter deep. Since this lake is about 50 meter above sea level and since the fjord
is also more than 500 meter deep, Glitregga rises almost 1800 vertical meter
from its base on two opposite sides.
I did this climb with Arnt Flatmo. We started out at 0900, made the
summit around 1300 and returned to the car at 1500.
We were visitors number 17 and 18 in a new guestbook at the summit, the previous
visit being in the first half of October 2002.
We had pretty bad conditions
with extremely limited visibility higher on the mountain. Flat light where the
snow surface and the air cannot be separated. I skied straight off a small cornice
while decsending, safe here, but such conditions are potentially very
dangerous in more complicated terrain.
Glitregga, as seen from Eidskyrkja (in front, the view is south).
Glitregga, (left) as seen from the west end of lake Hornindalsvatnet.
Glitregga, as seen from the east end of lake Hornindalsvatnet.
The trailhead. We started out along the groomed track
to the right. The route contours left into the valley just
in front of the mountain that is visible in the background.