Lassenipa, May 19 2019

A perfect end to our Flora weekend!

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Checking out from the cabin at Klauvene. Hard to leave!

Sunday: After leaving our rented cabin at Klauvane by Norddalsfjorden in a presentable state, we split company with our friends Anne May and Jan, whom we had spent two nice days with, including the hike to Haukånipa, the day before.

Anne and I had decided to hike Lassenipa before parting. It felt as quite a long drive from Klauvene to Sunndalen, but finally – we had Lassenipa in view.

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Lassenipa

After checking with a local, we learned that we could drive almost 1,5km on the road to Budalsvatnet and find parking at the Lassenipa trailhead. That was a bonus, as I had imagined we would hike all the way from Sunndalen.

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Trailhead parking

We followed a tractor road upwards and then got on a – vaguely marked – but visible forest path.

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Onto the forest path

It was a nice stroll up the forest, but we both looked forward to getting onto solid rock!

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Towards Lassenipa, about to cross the river on a bridge

As we rose above the forest, we still had to wait a while to get on rock, but at least the terrain was less boggy and wet.

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Everyone was thirsty…

We then reached the river from Langevatnet – one we hadn’t given a single thought to. Until we got there…

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Okay … let’s see…

We decided to take our boots off and forded the river. The water was so cold that I’m not sure I could have made many more meters. Once across, a young man came jogging down the mountain and crossed the river by jumping from rock to rock with impressive precision. We felt a bit silly, but those are the kind of prerogatives that locals should have!

Just above the river crossing, we passed a cabin and could now focus on getting on the high ridge.

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The cabin and the high ridge beyond

Getting onto the ridge wasn’t difficult at all, even if the route could be hard to see at times. And we were a bit surprised by the amount of snow.

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On the high ridge

A bit later, we met Anne-Mari and Dag Atle, coming down the mountain. We had a nice and long chat with them before moving on towards the top.

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Group photo. Picture taken by Dag Atle

I particularly enjoyed the view towards the Ålfotbreen glacier. I had never seen it this close before. One day, I’ll be skiing up there!

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The final yards, with a nice view towards Ålfotbreen!

And then we were on top of Lassenipa. Big joy!

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On top of Lassenipa

My Canon battery was almost flat, hence most of the pictures were taken with my Iphone. I hoped the battery would last so I got my panorama pictures, and the battery went flat just after the last shot. Perfect timing!

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Panorama towards Ålfotbreen

We had tremendous views in all directions. Haukåbøra was easy to recognize.

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Haukåbøra

So was Plogen (the plow) and Maratinden. We could just see the very top of Keipen from our position.

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Plogen and Maratinden

Then it was time to head back down. We took the same route down the mountain, but we crossed the river without taking our boots off. I don’t remember how it was for Anne, but my feet were quite dry afterwards.

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Crossing the river – in a more elegant way than earlier in the day…

I really enjoyed this hike. I love this region and I’ll definitely be back more times to explore the nice region around Ålfotbreen!

Trip statistics: 9,8km, 985 vertical meters, 4 hours

Pictures (Canon80D/Iphone):

 

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