The valley Innerdalen, a nature preserve with the reputation of being one of the most beautiful in Norway, lies north of and runs parallel to Sunndalen. Drive to Ålvundeid and then the local road up Virumdalen to Nerdal where there is a parking lot. Past the parking lot there is no motorized traffic, but you can walk or ride your bike up a carriage path, four kilometers to Renndølsetra, awarded the St. Olav’s Rose for preserving Norwegian Heritage. At this seter, or mountain farmstead, you can have a traditional Norwegian meal. Walking further you will find Innerdalshytta. This area is an ancient farmstead, and many of the old buildings and stone fences still stand, giving visitors a glance back in time. The first part of the road is quite steep, but it’s a lovely and worthwhile walk up to the lake. Looming in the distance is the prominent Innerdalstårnet, also called the Tower by climbers. This is a well-known rock climbing destination, but it is also possible to hike up the backside. There are many marked trails to choose from for all levels of ability, where you will be hiking through the Caledonian mountain system, created through the collision of Scandinavia and Greenland 400 million years ago and further carved by glaciers. In fact, the glacier at Vinnufjellet is the largest in central Norway, and can be reached from Innerdalen. The most popular route in Trollheimen’s well marked network of paths is called Trekanten (the triangle) and covers an area between three tourist cabins: Trollheimshytta, Jøldalshytta and Gjevilvasshytta. Climbing the granite in the Innerdalen valley is on everyone's tick list. It is just into the next valley, easily accessible, and a great idea for a day trip.
CLIMBS 55 routes.
CHARACTER Scattered granite trad, 1-15 pitches.
Above tree-line alpine south and east walls on Skarfjell, 8-12 pitches grade 5-7. Scrambling up the Innertalstårnet tower. Klettergarten above the hut. First ascent of Innerdalstårnet tower in 1820, Vinnufjell by Slingsby in 1906.
APPROACH Ascending grass slopes for several hours. One hour hike ascending 300 meters from Innerdalen valley to Giklingdalen valley Skarfjell south and east walls. You will be able to purchase all of your climbing equipment at the well-stocked shop at Kårvatn. The staff are also knowledgeable about the climbing in the area.
TIME OF YEAR June offers relatively less rain and wind, and 22 daylight hours. In summer, when its not raining there might be mosquitos and tiny knott. It's a good idea to prepare for a quick take-off in Sunndalsøra, rather than hanging around by the parking lot, for this reason.
GETTING THERE: Innerdalen valley, parallell to Sunndalen in Nordmøre, south of Trondheim, north of Ålesund and Romsdal valley (with Trollveggen north face), Norway .
By car E6 from Oslo through Gudbrandsdalen valley towards Trondheim. Hamar, Dombås (where Romsdal valley ends), over Dovre mountains to Oppdal. Take off down Sunndalen valley on the scenic route 70 to Sunndalsøra.
Litledalen valley with Tågbekken water fall begins here. Continue north for 10 km, take off east towards Innerdalen in Ålvundeid. There is a large free parking where the road ends.
A closed dirt road continues on the north side of the valley 4 km past Innerdalsvatnet lake to the huts. Maps: Romfo (1420 II) and Sunndalsöra (1420 III), 1:50 000. Cappelens kart #3 "Møre og Trøndelag" 1:335 000, 100 NOK.