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. Map to use: Hjørundfjorden 1:50000.
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.
Visit Ålesund is the official destination company for the Sunnmøre, Geirangerfjord, Hjørundfjord and Ålesund area.
About season and other important information
SEASON: July to Mid September, depending on temperature and snow.
NOTE – This hike is not suitable for children! This is a long and demanding hike, you should be an experienced hiker to do this hike. There are several steep, narrow and exposed sections on this hike.
NOTE – We recommend to use a map and compass on this hike since parts of the hike go in areas where there is no trail. It also often happens that Mt Saksa is shrouded in fog.
Urke – The start of the hike to Mt Saksa
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.
Bentebu – Great view towards Øye and Mt Slogen
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.
Mt Saksa – THE VIEW!
The upper part is exposed, 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 almost all the way to Ålesund. 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.
The innermost part of the 35-kilometer-long Hjørundfjord is surrounded by steep mountains, narrow valleys, waterfalls and glaciers. In between all this, there are small idyllic villages down by the fjord, all of which are great starting points for adventures in beautiful nature. Try the world’s most famous swing at Christian Gaard Bygdetun in Trandal. The mountains surrounding the Hjørundfjord are great for hikes and skiing with fjord view. Mt Slogen, Saksa and Urkeegga are the most popular mountains for hiking. Join a fjord cruise or a kayak trip on the Hjørundfjord. Experience beautiful Norangsdalen valley and dive into the ruins of an old mountain pasture in Lake Lyngstøylvatnet. Drink beer at Fjordpuben in Urke. Fish salmon in Bjørkeelva River at Bjørke. The fjord villages Øye and Sæbø are great starting points for exploring the wild and beautiful Hjørundfjord area. Maybe you get to meet the beautiful ghost Linda if you stay overnight in “The Blue Room” at Hotel Union Øye?
Accommodation by the Hjørundfjord
FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway
Sunnmøre and Hjørundfjord Tourist Information: Visit Ålesund
The Hjørundfjord – Map Overview