Rock climbing in Nikolai Astrup country
It's probably no coincidence that one of Norway's greatest artists comes from Sunnfjord.
Astruptunet, home of the painter, drawer and graphic artist Nikolai Astrup (1880–1928), is beautifully situated on the south side of Jølstravatnet lake. Living in such a beautiful place, it’s easy to see where his inspiration came from.
Perhaps the artist could already see the potential for a climbing route in 1906 in his famous painting Kollen. That’s at least something to contemplate as you climb up the route called Astrupegga – Astrup ridge.
The hike starts at Kjøsnes, at the outermost part of the majestic Kjøsnesfjord, and the view quickly opens up towards Jølstravatnet lake.
The climb itself comprises seven pitches, covers a total of 280 metres, and the hardest point is rated 4- on a scale of 1 to 9. Most of the climbing is easy and this climb is all about mastering the mountain and experiencing the breathtaking scenery.
However, the real reward awaits you at the top, where you get to see one of the most magnificent views in Jølster.