Veirahaldet is one of those impossibly beautiful mountains. Situated in the heart of the most alpine area of Sunnmøre, no matter where you turn your gaze, your eyes feast on iconic peaks, pinnacles, fjords and even the open ocean. The view changes as you make your ascent, new snow-clad mountains and new vistas appear, making you think you’ve never seen anything quite so spectacular before. This post is therefore mainly visual, as words fall short when beauty takes your breath away.
The ascent is relatively short and easy, but parts are quite steep and therefore prone to avalanches. Therefore it is important to take precautions and watch the avalanche-forecasts carefully. Today’s conditions were perfect: low risk of avalanches, 2 meters of packed snow with a ten cm layer of powder on top. The weather was slightly overcast, making my pictures appear a bit hazy, but the views were still fabulous, as can be appreciated from this panoramic photo featuring Irina at the summit.
Apart from the amazing views, one of the great features of Veirahaldet is the very long descent. We found some powder, but in some parts the snow was fairly patchy.