Saksa

Saksa, Orsta: Address, Saksa Reviews: 4.5/5

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The views over the fjords and mountains in the Sunnmore Alps are spectacular. Season Jun-Oct. Duration 2-3 hours. Distance and total height gain: 3 km. 3,520 ft. Access Bus or car/ferry in the direction of Saebo. Take the ferry without the car to Leknes, or take the car with you to Urke. Worth noting The tour down from the southern peak and through a narrow gorge between the south peak and the middle peak may be regarded as demanding with some moderate climbing. The view is best from the southern peak in any case.
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Chris and Tami
Colorado Springs, CO226 contributions
Challenging hike for stunning views
Jul 2019 • Couples
My wife and I are from Colorado in the US, so hiking comes naturally for us. We completed Saksa Hike just under 5 hours.

We started early - 6:30, when it was cooler (the European July heat wave) and no one else was hiking. The description of the hike is straight forward - 3km one-way & over 1,000 meters in elevation. And it is up, up, up. But like previous reviews, the views are stunning well worth it. We stayed at the top over 30 minutes until the next hikers joined us. There is a toilet about half way up. And there were a lot of bugs in the middle wooded portion, perhaps due to the heat.

Advice? Again, start the hike EARLY, by 06:00. Miss the heat of the day and be back down for lunch and a ferry or drive to your next adventure!
Written 28 July 2019
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brigadoon
Edinburgh, UK292 contributions
Fantastic Views
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is our favourite hike of our trip, compared to Vinsåshornet above Geiranger and Kattenakken at the Briksdal glacier. For one thing, it's nice and short, basically going uphill straight from the ferry, but most of all, the views are simply stunning.

We were blessed with sunshine and clear blue skies, and the views of the fjords, mountains and glaciers is something that'll stay with us forever.

We were amazed how busy this hike was, passing probably 100+ people on our way. I'd say 90% stop at the first summit then go down, but that's not actually Saksa. To get to the third summit along only takes 20 minutes from the first, although it's quite steep and you have two chains to help you along. However, it's very easily done and nothing at all to worry about. The advantage is that you get a good view looking back at the ridge and better views looking up the fjord. You also avoid the masses at the first top.

If you get the opportunity and high clouds, this walk is unforgettable.
Written 16 July 2019
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Jenny6803
Los Gatos, CA36 contributions
Foggy but worth the hike
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a nice doable hike and easy to access from the ferry. It took us 2.5 hours up and we walk in pretty slow pace and enjoyed the surroundings. It was a foggy start and we spent about 1 hour at the top to wait out the fog and it was worth the wait. Stunning views.
Written 27 June 2019
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Allegra H
Springdale, AR44 contributions
Worth the Effort
Jul 2018 • Couples
This is not to be confused with the steps in Alesund. This is a hike about 2 hours away from Alesund. You'll want to go to Urke. We were in Volda so we drove to Saebo and then took a ferry over to Urke. This is not a hike for beginners or those with physical limitations. It's steep and there are several parts of the trail that are not smooth paths.

The hike is free but you do have to pay for parking. You gain a few thousand feet in elevation but because you're starting from almost sea level, you don't deal with elevation sickness at all.

Be prepared with real hiking boots, extra food and water. About 4-6 hour hike round trip. There are sections near the top where you will have to use built in rail wiring to cross a section of rock. The hike down is hard on your knees if you're not used to it. This is not a leisurely hike but it is so worth the effort!

My favorite part about this hike is that about halfway up when you reach the valley, you can already start seeing incredible views. So as you're dealing with the the last third of the hike which is a very steep up hill climb on mostly rocky surfaces, you can stop and look out over the landscape. View at the top is breathtaking.
Written 5 September 2018
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Jojanneke S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands45 contributions
worth the effort!!!
Jul 2018 • Couples
amazing hike!!!! we do hike when we are on holidays but are not superwell trained hikers. it took us 3 hours to get all the way to the top, and the last part was steep and exposed and a bit scary but still doable!! I am not a fan of heights and was worried about the way down, especially when it started to rain with strong winds during our descent, but still: just stay focussed and it’s very doable. and sooo worth it. I wanted to quit and go back at least 7 times during the last 300 meters but am so glad I did not. and the way down took us 1 hour and 40 minutes. do this hike!!! you won’t be sorry. bring enough water :)
Written 18 July 2018
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gzimm
Atlanta, GA46 contributions
One of the Best Hikes in Norway
May 2018 • Couples
There are reviews here from the stair climb in Alesund. Not sure what the deal is. But Mt. Saksa is in Urke, across the fjord from Saebo. It is about 4 to 6 hours roundtrip depending on how long you stay at the top. We took the first ferry over from Saebo and parked at the Mt. Saksa parking area. You need to pay 50 to park. The first 2/3 of the trail is climbing but steady. There is a pretty valley about 45 minutes in. After that the real climbing begins. It gets very steep and we were glad we had hiking poles. A couple of spots have some cables that you need to hold on to. It is also very exposed so bring sunscreen on a sunny day. The views get better and better as you climb. At the top you have sweeping views from Oye, Urke and across to Saebo. This is one of the prettiest hikes we have ever done. We started as early as we could and were glad. It really got busy as we were coming down. Definitely worth it.
Written 5 June 2018
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suzinvt
Middlebury, VT948 contributions
Phew! But worth the effort!
Feb 2017 • Solo
Everyone seems to know in advance that there will be 418 steps to climb to reach the top....and the view at the top is worth it! Just take your time, rest as often as needed, and use the handrails for support. No worries, it is easy for people to pass each other on the steps, and the steps are level and solid.

Once at the top the views are breathtaking. And there are other pathways and hikes to enjoy from the top. If you venture a bit, you'll come across the uniquely Norwegian artwork in the woods.....often, when a tree has fallen, someone will come by and just carve an animal or a face into the fallen log, or into the stump. Frequently it's either a serpent or a troll. See my photos! Quite endearing.

So if you are visiting the town of Alesund, just climb the steps, take your time, and enjoy the effort....you may only get to do this once!
Written 25 March 2017
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Lini_bellini
Miami, FL84 contributions
Great views!
Sep 2016 • Solo
Not an easy hike for someone completely out of shape but there's also plenty of rest stops to just enjoy the views as you head up. I think the more interesting views are not even the ones at the very top.
Written 17 October 2016
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genibre69
London, UK3,072 contributions
A good workout and decent views
Jun 2016
I separately walked and jogged up these stairs and they provide a good workout. The views keep on improving as you climb. Well-worth the free exercise!
Written 7 August 2016
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venisonking
Ontario, Canada189 contributions
worth the walk up the stairs!
Jun 2016 • Couples
From the town you can see the stairs...all 418 steps. You get to them by walking through this really nice park. It is steep if you are afraid of heights...but worth the hike up and it was very crowded. But you can take your time and stop along the way, there some seats along the way up. We noticed some took the little train which takes you to the top and can spend some time before you take the train again. But if you are able to walk up the stairs you should...its worth it!
Written 6 July 2016
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