The coolest peak below 250m?
In April 2010, Anne and I did 7-fjellsturen on Sandsøya island. For some reason, Dollsteinen is not part of this popular 7-top challenge, and I had been waiting for an occasion to take Anne to this top. IMHO (In my humble opinion), Dollsteinen is the coolest peak below 250m that I know of.
We drove to Larsnes, parked the car, grabbed our bicycles and took the ferry to Voksa island.
From Voksa, we biked 6,3km to Skare on Sandsøya island.
We missed the start of the marked path and parked our bikes down by the westernmost house at Skare. After a short off-trail hike, we found the marked route and headed towards Dollsteinen.
The first stop was at Storegjøtten – a cool cave inside the cliff.
The next stop was Sandgjøtten – another cave, but not so deep as Storegjøtten.
Afterwards, we continued towards Dollsteinen – a mighty impressive coastal peak!
First, we had to ascend up to the Rinden – Dollsteinen ridge. From here, the peak doesn’t look so steep anymore.
We followed the ridge up to Dollsteinen and now Anne had been to *every* top on Sandsøya island.
Soon, we were joined by two ladies who had ascended along a different route. One of them recognized me (and even my name) from my website (!) and thus she also knew Anne’s name. She was also well familiar with Anne’s books.
We descended the same way, but turned right down by the shore and headed for tourist attraction #1 on Sandsøya island – Dollsteinhola. See my page on westcoastpeaks.com for a route description.
Those who are not familiar with this cave should NOT attempt to get to the innermost part. This is a guided trip, for a reason. And as we were nowhere familiar, we stopped when the scrambling begun. Karma found it very, very, very awkward to descend into this cave, but accepted that I led her down.
At least, Anne had been inside the cave (I had been here before, albeit not in the innermost part), so it was time to head back to civilization.
On the way back, we stopped by the Lisjegjøtten cave.
Interestingly enough, the bike trip back to Voksa measured 6,0km on my GPS. Where did the additional 0,3km from earlier in the day go?
I hope these pictures will inspire those who still haven’t been to Sandsøya, to take the trip. So much to see!