Norwegian Mountains, Nordland
Eidetinden, July 9 2009
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As for most summer holidays, I looked for that something extra, that I can look forward to, and long remember. For the summer of 2009, that extra would be the Strandåtindan traverse. As I'm not psychologically capable of pulling off such a trip all by myself, I chose the guiding services offered by Nordland Turselskap. I used their services on the Stetinden climb in 2007, and the whisper on the street said that "if one can do Stetind, one can also do Strandåtindan". And that's what brought me to Kjerringøy on this fine July Thursday afternoon.
My base-camp for the summer holiday was in Brønnøysund, and once Nordland Turselskap announced that the trip was on for Friday the 10th of July, I took the 532km drive from Brønnøysund to Kjerringøy. I had planned to camp in a tent, but ended up renting a room at Kjerringøy Brygge for two nights. This was a most excellent decision, and I was happy about getting a room on such short notice in the busy tourist season.
As I arrived on Kjerringøy fairly early in the afternoon, I had ample time to visit Eidetinden - the highest peak on the peninsula. I checked into "Bryggen", received the room key and then continued immediately towards the trailhead. 5:40pm, I was on my way to Eidetinden, and the weather was a good as it can get. I reached Låtervatnet after 25 minutes along a good path, and the Strandåtindan massif (my goal for the next day) was breathtaking..
From Låtervatnet, I followed a vague path through a small birch forest, then gained a ridge where the path was harder to follow. It didn't really matter. I was above the forest and it was just a matter of moving upwards. I made an effort to stay on the rock (opposed to the grass), as I spend less energy and can keep a better pace.
7:15pm - 1h:35m after leaving the trailhead (and 1000 vertical meters), I arrived on Eidetinden summit and was met by an ocean of peaks in all directions. Holy cow!! The panoramas (below) will speak for themselves. Further adjectives are not necessary. And then I had company..
After taking pictures, I left Eidetinden 7:30pm. I now made an effort to descend on the grass. The descent went smooth. and I was back at the trailhead exactly one hour after leaving the summit.
Back on "Bryggen", I checked into my room and noticed that this was a most excellent room. Bath, bedroom, living room and also beds upstairs. And a balcony with ocean view! Holy cow!! (again!). Will the good stuff ever end? I had a nice meal down in the restaurant and chatted with the employees for quite a while. The service was impeccable. Finally, it was time to head up to the "suite" and just let the day sink in.
Strandåtinden report can be found here.
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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Wide-angle views from Eidetinden
Zoom views from Eidetinden
Other pics from Eidetinden
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