The hike to Mt Saksa starts from Urke down by the Hjørundfjord. The hike is three kilometers long. On these three kilometers you ascend more than 1000 meters.
Mt Saksa is located at Sunnmøre, between Norangsfjorden and the Hjørundfjord. You have a great fjord view to the two fjords all the way from the start at Urke to the summit which is located at 1073 masl.
The hike to Mt Saksa starts at the center of Urke. Drive to the bridge that crosses Urkeelva River, and continue for about 100 meters on the road that goes up along the west side of the river. There you will find two parking lots (parking fee) on the left side of the road, that is where the trail to Mt Saksa starts.
You walk a short distance through the forest before reaching some open land. Here the path turns and you walk steeply up the forest towards Bentebu. On a short distance, in the forest, you can choose to walk on a tractor road instead of the trail in the forest (see pictures). The trail in the forest is steep but well maintained with stairs made of stone on the most difficult stretches. Bentebu is a nice place to take a break and enjoy the fantastic view towards Norangsfjorden and Øye and the surrounding mountains. Mt Slogen is one of those mountains.
From Bentebu, the trail continues upwards, but it is not quite as steep as down in the forest. Soon you will come out of the forest, and here the path is more gentle. But this does not last long, because now you start on the climb up the long mountain side, and this is a long, heavy and steep hike. It is a good mix of a natural trail, stones, gravel and stairs made of stones. In the upper part, the trail is steep. You need to be careful to not release stones when walking, it can be dangerous for those who walk behind you.
The upper part is a bit airy, but the trail is nice to walk on. The summit of Saksa is at 1073 masl, and the view is formidable. From there you can see the Norangsfjord and almost the entire Hjørundfjord. You can see the fjord villages Øye, Bjørke, Sæbø and Indre Standal. And the view from Mt Saksa towards Mt Slogen is probably as nice as the view from Mt Slogen towards Mt Saksa.
I spent four hours from Urke to Mt Saksa, which is the normal time to use for this hike. There are guided tours to Mt Saksa with UTEGUIDEN, estimated time on the guided hike is five hours in total.
The inner part of the 35 kilometer long Hjørundfjord is surrounded by steep mountains, waterfalls and glaciers. Hiking with fjord view, Mt Slogen, Saksa and Urkeegga are the three most famous mountains for hiking. Join a Fjord Cruise or kayak on the Hjørundfjord. Dive in the ruins of an old mountain pasture in the Norangsdalen Valley. The mountains around the Hjørundfjord are some of the best Ski Touring Mountains in Norway, and all mountains are “delivered with fjord view“. At the innermost part of the fjord you will find the villages Sæbø and Øye. Maybe you will meet beautiful Linda, the ghost that lives in the “Blue Room” at Hotel Union Øye?
Accommodation by the Hjørundfjord
Sunnmøre and Hjørundfjord Tourist Information: Visit Ålesund
The Hjørundfjord – Map Overview