Lofoten – day 2
Summer vacation 2016 continued…
This turned out to be a busy day. 3 peaks were visited and 2 of them are described on this blog post.
I was eager to get myself one more Lofoten peak and reckoned I could pay Tjeldbergtinden a visit before breakfast. Anne, Anne-May and Jan were still sound asleep in our rented “rorbu” in Kabelvåg when I drove away. I drove in the direction of Svolvær and turned left from E10 when I saw the “Osen” signpost. After 250 meters, I turned left again and followed a smaller road 70 meters until I saw the gravel road up Dalen valley and to Tjeldbergaksla. There was a small parking place here and the time was 7:10am when Karma and I headed up the gravel road. One thing was clear; this would be a hike in the fog…
After 1,1km, we left the road and followed the forest path upwards. This exit was signposted “Tjeldbergtinden” – next to a big rock. The forest path was easy to follow and the distance to the top was 1km. There was a light scrambling section just below the summit, but at the time I didn’t know that this section could be bypassed by staying left in a small fork a bit earlier.
We reached the top 7:48am and as there was absolutely nothing to see, there was no reason to spend time there. We took the easier route down from the summit point and after 0,5km I chose to take a different route down. This route followed the northeast ridge down and joined the gravel road in Dalen valley at 70m elev. We were back at the car 08:14am and drove back to the cabin where the others were preparing breakfast. Excellent timing!
Pictures from the Tjeldbergtinden hike:
After breakfast, the four of us looked at the map to find a nice and easy top that we could all go to. We agreed to drove to Gimsøy island and hike Hoven. The path starts by the golf course near Arvikvatnet (or is it Arvidvatnet – which Økonomisk Kartverk states?) and runs up the northeast ridge.
The morning fog was gradually lifting and it at least Hoven would be free of the thing. Superb views from the summit would be a different matter. Time would show. We left the car 11:12am and looked forward to a nice hike up the mountain, enjoying the company.
It was an easy hike up the mountain and we arrived on the summit 12:12pm – exactly one hour after heading out. With a vertical gain of 360 meters, we didn’t exactly rush up the mountain…
We met several other hikers on our way down, and I guessed that Hoven is a popular hike. We returned to the car 1:14pm and next on the agenda was to drive to Henningsvær and be tourists!
Back in Kabelvåg, Jan and I took an afternoon hike to Fløya – separate post…
Pictures from the Hoven hike:
Pictures from Henningsvær: