• Seljebottstinden
  • 1531 m
  • Primary factor 641 meter
  • Location: North 62.35004, East 007.28353 (GPS on the summit)
  • Sunnmøre, Norway
  • Difficulty: (YDS) class 2
  • Attempted March 18. 2018.
  • Climbed July 17. 2020.


How to get there:
The normal approach on skis is from Seljebotnen. To get there, locate the town Stranda in Møre og Romsdal. There is a ferry connecting across the fjord. On the other side, drive towards Ålesund, that is, first towards the small community called Stordal. About 5 km before Stordal, another valley forks right and the road going that way has signs for a ski area called Øverøyane.. Follow this sign, however, before getting there, as the main road curves left, take a signed road (Seljebotnen) that forks left. There is parking just before the last farm at location N62.38271, E007.22918, elevation about 410 meter.
Alternatively, this peak may be climbed from the east side. The starting point is then near some athletic fields next to the road in Valldalen. This location is where the river Myklebustelva joins the main river in Valldalen. The river drains the small valley Valldalsbotn to the north. Note, however, that this approach can be problematic in winter as the access to the south-east ridge near Firskorne may be difficult. In summer, there is a toll road serving Valldalssætra that runs up on the west (left) side of the river. In winter, groomed ski tracks start at the athletic field on the opposite side of the river.
Route description:
Note: This description is incomplete, it details the approach from the east side.
Ski up along the farmers (summer) road on the west side of the river. At location N62.35096, E007.34524, elevation about 340 meter, leave the road going left and follow open terrain into the lower part of the large bowl above. Ascend the bowl, one can stay at slopes that do not exceed 30 degrees. With good snow, this is a very nice area for skiing. Higher up, traverse left and approach the obvious area between the peak and the somewhat higher bump on the ridge named Firskorne.
The question is now how to gain the ridge from here. In summer, late spring, a pretty obvious notch may be used, however (at least in 2018), this access was blocked by a huge cornice in March. Slightly left of this, a ramp offers an alternative, however, again in March 2018, this route involved crossing a steep chute with unstable snow. A third alternative may be to ascend steeper terrain well to the right of the notch, then traverse left to the ridge. With stable snow, this may be quite doable.
Summer 2020 route.
Follow the tractor road that runs further into the valley, starting from the farm. You pass 2 gates, make sure to close them after you. Continue along the edge of the meadow and parallel to the river, then curve right. Do not cross the big river, but you need to cross the smaller rivers coming from Tverrbotnen. This may be hard without getting your boots wet. Higher up, there is a nice trail climbing the small ridge quite close to the river. This gets you into the upper valley, called Uriskarbotn. Hike past the lake while slowly gaining elevation. There is a small trail marked by cairns, that follows a nice route up to near the 1200 meter elevation level. The best route continues along a pretty natural formation that will top out a bit north of the summit. Turn more right and gain the summit. The summit is a big snow cap with no signs of any cairn. However, I did find one cairn on the south side of the snown cap.
Arnt had arrived the evening before, thus we would be 3 attempting this peak. Eric and I had already skied two nice mountains on Friday and Saturday. We needed to drive to Bergen, thus an early start was planned. We were so fortunate to stay in Børre's house, skiing could therefore start and end at the house.
We got going at 0730, the terrain was quite nice and we skied to about 1360 meter of elevation where we left our skis in order to complete the climb on foot. The ski ascent had taken us 3 hours.
Unfortunately, the access to the ridge was more difficult than we had hoped. A big cornice blocked the natural chute and the snow ramp ended up in very unstable snow. The weather was gradually getting worse as it started to snow. Overall, the decision was easy, let us enjoy the fine skiing back down and return to this peak another day.
Summer ascent in 2020:
I started at 0830 from my car parked just before the farm Seljebotn. Easy walking until I needed to cross a pretty big river coming down from Tverrbotn. I managed to get across on under water rocks without gettin water into my (new) boots, but this was close. Next, I did not find the good trail that ascends on a small ridge pretty close to the river. Proceeding up the steep hill involved some bushwack among very wet birch trees. Near the top of this hill, I ran into the proper trail. Since it was very wet and raining, I decided to be patient and try the approach ascending from the west, almost all the way into this upper valley called Uriskarbotnen.
The ascent went better than feared, the rocks were mainly both stable and mostly easy to walk. The summit was engulfed in clouds and consisted of a big snow cap. No signs of a summit marker or cairn. In made a brief stop next to a small cairn that was located on the south side of the snow. I was at the summit around 1215 and started descending by 1230. Back at the car at 1520, so all in all a 6:50 hour trip.