Norwegian Mountains, Nordland

Øyrtinden from Langfjorden, July 12 2009

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A few years before I became I mountain guy, I found out that I wanted to visit Øyrtinden. A little girl in the (extended) family also wanted to come along. We headed out from the power station by Langfjordøyra, but in the end, the mountain turned out to be too big for her. We turned around at approx. 600m elevation, and I promised myself to come back for this mountain one day.

That was in 1995. This was 2009, and it was high time I revisited Øyrtinden. The weather was (still) beautiful and I looked forward to get to the top. I was mentally prepared for a second hike from Langfjordøyra. I couldn't remember many details from the route, other than it all was stunningly beautiful. And now I could perhaps include Dalaunfjellet (the neighbour mountain) on the hike. But when I arrived at Langfjorden, a couple of other hikers pointed out a new (and well marked) route. As this was the new route to Øyrtinden, I figured that this was the one I ought to follow. And Dalaunfjellet would have to wait until next summer.


Beautiful Langfjorden

Beautiful Langfjorden
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I headed out 10:11am, just ahead of the other hikers. I reckoned I might as well speed it up and get through the forest section before too many ticks got stuck on me. But it was a hot day, and speeding took its toll. When I reached the pass between Øyrhatten (the forest ridge) and Øyrtinden's west ridge, I looked for the path up from Langfjordøyra. I considered following this path on my way down, but I couldn't see it.

The west ridge was nice and gentle with a gradual vertical gain. I enjoyed the rocky upper section most, and took the time to reflect on the fantastic trip I just had to Bodø. Eidetinden and Store Strandåtind (a.o.) definitely made this summer an unforgettable one.

I reached the summit cairn 11:32am, approx. 1h:20m after heading out. I then moved over to the high point, marked (IIRC) by a bolt. The view that greeted me was most welcome. I was already fairly familiar with the coastal region, but less so with the mountains to the east/southeast, I could easily recognize Breidvasstinden and Søre Snøfjellet & Nordre Snøfjellet (visited 6 days later). Especially nice was the view towards Anddalshatten, which I was fortunate to hike only 2 days later;



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Once the pictures were in the bag, I headed back down. One of the other hikers was now high on Øyrtinden, while the other one was enjoying the view at 600m, along with his dog;


Getting the overview

Getting the overview
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I was back at the trailhead 12:23pm, and concluded that I had an easy hike, and that I missed the terrain I pictured from the '95 hike. But the mountain is still there, and there will always be another summer..

Next report: Skogmofjellet



The first set of pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 450D + Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM F 4-5.6.

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To Øyrtinden

0. Trip tracks 1. Strandsnipe - Actitis hypoleucos - Common Sandpiper 2. The path begins here 3. A meadow 4. Langfjorden 5. The road to Langfjorden 6. On the way to Øyrtinden 7. On the way up Øyrtinden 8. High on Øyrtinden 9. The summit cairn 10. Me on Øyrtinden

Wide-angle views from Øyrtinden

11. Wide-angle view from Øyrtinden 12. The eastern neighbours

Zoom views from Øyrtinden

13. Zoom view from Øyrtinden 14. Zoom view from Øyrtinden 15. Zoom view from Øyrtinden 16. Zoom view from Øyrtinden

Other pics from Øyrtinden + descent

17. Breidvasstinden 18. Visttindan 19. Anddalshatten 20. Hommelstø 21. Juvatnet 22. A hiker and his dog 23. Langfjord 24. The parking 25. Looking back on Øyrtinden

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