Sætertinden is located on the eastern side of Hinnøya - Norway's largest mainland-connected island. It is also the highest mountain on the eastern side, as defined by highway E10 in Austerdalen between Gullsfjordbotn and Kanstadbotnen. On the western side of Hinnøya, only two mountains exceed Sætertinden's elevation - Møysalen (1262m) and Tverrelvtindan (1118m).
Sætertinden is the highest point in Harstad kommune (Troms) and Tjeldsund kommune (Nordland), and ranks as #69 on P. Bjørstad's list of 85 Norwegian mountains with a primary factor exceeding 1000m. Nordland county is divied into 5 districts, and Sætertinden belongs to the Ofoten region.
Sætertinden is a popular, and fairly easy mountain to reach, both in summer and winter. The normal starting point is the sports field at Årbogen. A path takes you high on Sætertinden's southeast ridge, before poles guide you up the boulder. The boulder isn't very difficult to walk, if you look for the easiest route. The summit features two large chimney-looking towers and two buildings.
Sætertinden (Norge 1:50,000: 1065m, Økonomisk Kartverk: - , UTM 33 W 555458 7608877) has a primary factor of 1027m, towards a higher parent mountain (Tverrelvtindan, 1118m or Møysalen, 1262m) The saddle (approx. UTM 33 W 532318 7602284) is found at Stormyra, Austerdalen, between Gullesfjordbotn and Kanstadbotnen. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), this saddle is within the range 65-70m, interpolated to 68m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Årbogen - Sætertinden (summer/autumn)
(all distances are approx. distances)
The closest larger city is Harstad. From Harstad, follow highway RV83 southbound to the roundabout just before the bridge across Tjeldsundet. Turn right in this roundabout, towards Lødingen (signed).
Follow highway E10 southbound 8Km, to Årbogen. Turn right onto a road signed Idrettsplass. After 100m, this road forks. Turn right onto a gravel road that leads to the sports field. Find parking here.
From the parking, cross the river Årbogelva and follow a forest road westbound. After 850-900m, this road forks. The lit road continues to your left. Turn right and follow the road branch until it ends, 100m ahead.
A forest path begins at road end, running up the forest in the northwest direction. After 250m, the path forks. Stay right. Continue 300m (distance, not elevation) and you're on a ridge. You'll see that another path comes up from your right. Continue upwards. 450m ahead, the path forks again. The path to the right runs to Årbogvatnet. Stay left and begin ascending Sætertinden's southeast ridge.
A bit higher up on the ridge, bamboo sticks show the way. The summer path is visible, but the sticks may be of help in winter. Per July 2007, a barrack was found at approx. 740m elevation. From here, tall poles (an old powerline?) run all the way up to the summit. A short section of the ridge is a bit steeper than the average, and slightly narrow. On the summit you will find two concrete towers and two buildings. There are two cairns, one by each building.
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