Norwegian Mountains, Nordland
|County/municipality :||Nordland/Vefsn, Vevelstad, Brønnøy|
1826-II Eitrådalen (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
1926-III Trofors (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
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|Hiked :||July 2010|
|See also :||
|See also :||Other Nordland mountains|
Vistmannen, Vistkjerringa & Litlskardtinden
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The Visttindan peaks (Vistmannen, Vistkjerringa and Litlskardtinden) are located inside the Lomsdal - Visten National park (1102km²) - established in 2009. Other known peaks inside the national park are Finnknean and Breidvasstinden.
While the Lomsdal - Visten region can be considered as wilderness, the Visttindan peaks can still be reached on a (long) day-hike. Vistkjerringa - the highest of the Visttindan peaks - is only 6km west/southwest of the closest trailhead (Eiterådalen). This page will describe a 23km round trip (off-trail) across all tops - starting in Eiterådalen - with a vertical gain of almost 2000 meters. The terrain is fairly gentle (except for one river crossing), and there are no difficult or exposed sections.
From Visttindan, you can see landmarks such as Breidvasstinden, Heilhornet, Vega tops, Anddalshatten, Høyholmstindan, De Syv Søstre, Finnknean, Okstindan, Geittinden and Brurskanken, Golvertinden and Kvigtinden - to name some...
In Eiterådalen, you may see the Skjørlægda information board. This nature reserve became a part of the greater Lomsdal - Visten national park. The "Naturreservat" signposts on the mountain will gradually be replaced by national park signposts.
Vistmannen and Vistkjerringa is shared between Vevelstad and Grane municipalities, while Litlskardtinden is shared between Vevelstad, Grane and Brønnøy.
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Vistkjerringa (Norge 1:50,000: 1239m, Økonomisk Kartverk: -, UTM 33 W 409177 7271085) has a primary factor of 529m towards the higher parent mountain Langskardnasen (1244m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 33 W 409325 7263463) is found at the top of Velfjorddalen - 1,1km west/southwest of Mosskardfjellet. Ref. Norge 1:50,000 (20m contours), the saddle is within the range 700-720m, interpolated to 710m.
Vistmannen (Norge 1:50,000: 1066m, Økonomisk Kartverk: -, UTM 33 W 409382 7273477) has a primary factor of 313m towards the higher parent Vistkjerringa. The defining saddle (approx. UTM 33 W 409177 7272941) is found between these two peaks. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 750-755m, interpolated to 753m.
Litlskardtinden (Norge 1:50,000: 1182m, Økonomisk Kartverk: -, UTM 33 W 409292 7269985) has a primary factor of 132m towards the higher parent Vistkjerringa. The defining saddle (approx. UTM 33 W 409703 7271003) is found between these two peaks. Ref. Norge 1:50,000 (20m contours), the saddle is within the range 1040-1060m, interpolated to 1050m.
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Route 1: Eiterådalen - Visttindan round trip (all tops - summer/autumn)
(all distances are approx. distances)
The starting point for this route description is Eiterådalen. From highway E6, you will have to find a place to cross the river Vefsna. You can do this at Grane (N65.58515 E13.38729), Nedre Fallmoen (N65.67763 E13.25038 - narrow bridge!) and Mosjøen (N65.82841 E13.20735). Drive towards Øksendal and from the main fork near Øksendal (N65.70734 E13.21544), drive into Eiterådalen - approx. 14km to Holmen (N65.61177 E13.15390), then continue 5km to the end of the road (N65.56885 E13.15502) and park here. Don't block for larger vehicles who need to turn around here.
This trailhead (close to the river) is also a good place to put up a tent and have a cosy meal...
The first task is to get through the forest and up to the plateau and the Småtjønna lakes, from where you can see Vistmannen and Vistkjerringa; from the parking, walk a few meters along the Eiterådalen road, then turn left and proceed northwest along a forest path/old tractor road. After 350 meters, the path turns west/southwest. The path crosses a meadow and stays approx. 150 meters south of Trolldalsbekken. At N65.56957 E13.14073 (340 meters), the route gets steeper. Follow the path southwest up to the southernmost of the Småtjørna lakes (moving gradually away from Trolldalsbekken). Near the national park border (N65.56511 E13.12654 - 560 meters) the path fades away.
There should be no mistake about Vistmannen; it's the ONLY distinct peak for miles and miles. Head directly west towards lake 515m. Ford the north drain (N65.56355 E13.08271 - or find an alternative ways to the south) and continue northwest towards Vistmannen's east ridge. The initial ascent of Vistmannen is easy enough, but the upper route forces you to actively search for the best route from ledge to ledge. There are however no exposed sections here. Vistmannen summit (N65.57072 E13.03612) is marked by a medium-sized cairn.
Descend Vistmannen along your ascent route, then turn towards the Vistmannen - Vistkjerringa saddle when you see fit and find the best route up Vistkjerringa's north ridge. Vistkjerringa summit (N65.54922 E13.03330) is marked by a large cairn.
Descend Vistkjerringa along the southwest ridge. At approx. 1160m, it's time to turn south and cross over to Litlskardtinden's west ridge. Again, you will have to search for the best way to ascend this ridge. There are no difficult sections on the easiest route. Litlskardtinden summit (N65.53938 E13.03653) is marked by a few rocks.
Descend Litlskardtinden along the east ridge. Proceed northeast towards point 1122m (N65.54607 E13.05629). 180 meters west of point 1122, you'll see two distinct rock features on the ridge. The easternmost (N65.54600 E13.05237) requires scrambling. Try it on! For reference, I gave it the name "Vistknerten". Translating the point into English is harder...
Continue down the rugged Sirjordaksla ridge and join your ascent route near the national park border.
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