Enarsvola, Svensvola, July 22 2019

Hillbagging in Røros…

At the Røros mining museum, with view towards the town church

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location
Enarsvola 885m 99m Røros, Norway
Svensvola 912m 100m Røros, Norway

Røros Sightseeing

Monday: After breakfast, we checked out from Nedalshytta, from where we had hiked Storsylen and Skardsfjella. We were now on our way to Røros, and we had booked a room at Hotel Røros the day before.

Passing reindeer on our way to Røros. For us living in the west, it’s not usual to see them on the roads. Here, it’s as normal as seeing cats…

When we arrived at Røros, it was still early in the day and so we decided to do some sightseeing first, and started by the mining museum.

Anne – studying the “organization chart” from the good old mining days…

After paying the entrance fee, we were given an audio device – which we stopped listening to after a little while. I mean, it was a real nice museum and all, and the models were excellent. But I suppose we just weren’t in the right mood for understanding the entire mining history from this district.

Superb models…

However, I enjoyed myself by looking at the fun details in the models

Oh, that’s neat…

Afterwards, we took the (mandatory) walk up to the slag heap, which I named “Mt. Slagghaug”.

The slag heap in Røros

We then enjoyed coffee and waffles in a cozy place before checking out the main streets.

One of several cozy cafes in Røros

Pictures (Canon 80D/Iphone6) from the sightseeing:

Enarsvola (885m)

Our hike across Enarsvola

It was still too early to check in to the hotel, so we decided to do a hike first. My choice fell on Enarsvola, as I saw that peakbook.org had marked this top with a prominence of 100m. Which the minimum criteria I have when I pick a top to visit.

We drove up to the start of the the mountain toll road (Erliveien) by lake Hittersjøen, but decided to hike the entire road (almost) to the top of Enarsvola.

Ready to go. Just waiting for Karma to finish marking the terrain…

It was a nice day and the walk would only be 3km or so.

On the mountain road. Enarsvola in the background

When we arrived on top, 40 minutes after heading out, we were surprised to find a church there. “Fjellkirka” (the mountain church) was consecrated in 2005.

A church on top! Anne is busy explaining the views to Karma…

At this point in time, I was pretty sure that I had one more top with a prominence of at least 100 meters “in the bag”. Which was not the case…

On top of Enarsvola

Upon descent, we chose a path that went parallel to the mountain road, but apparently went all the way to the hotel. How practical!

Heading back down

After a while, Anne and I went separate ways. She went to get the car while Karma and I continued towards the hotel.

Perfect terrain for hiking and biking…

When we arrived at the hotel, Anne had just checked in.

Hotel Røros

Post-edit: Enarsvola has a prominence of maximum 99m, not 100. Which meant that I was NOT one top closer to my annual goal of 100 new tops. The mountain height is 885m. The meadow between Enarsvola and Bersfjellet is between 790 and 785m. So it already fails on interpolation between the conturs (788m). Moreover, there is a 785,8m pond there, which means that the terrain has to be higher on one side. So, let’s say 786m – very optimistic – which gives a prominence of 99 meters. I emailed peakbook.org, and they adjusted the prominence down to 99m.

Trip statistics: 8km, 230 vertical meters, 1h:45m

Pictures (Canon 80D/Iphone6) from the trip:

Svensvola (912m)


After checking into the hotel, we took a shower and went back to town for dinner with Anne’s sister Mona and her boyfriend Terje. They were continuing north, and after dinner I found that I had time for one more hike. Again, peakbook.org indicated that Svensvola had a prominence of 100m, so that’s where I would go.

Our route up and down Svensvola

It seemed to be a very quick hike; drive to Svenslia by lake Djupsjøen, hike 1-1,5km up the forest and voila

But it turned out that the road to Svenslia was a private road, and I do respect private property. However, I don’t understand WHY they won’t allow people to drive there, I don’t understand WHY anyone would go there unless they were visiting the locals (or hike to the top) and I don’t understand WHY they couldn’t just claim a toll fee and get some money for road repair…

Bugger! (Privat vei = Private road)

But hey, it was 2,2km along the road. Nothing to it, except boredom…

Let’s get it over with…

The upside was that at Svenslia, I found an old tractor road that made the ascent up the forest easier than I had assumed it would be.

We had a fairly easy ride up the forest…

This old tractor road pretty much went all the way to the top, where I thought the antenna marked the high point.

We there?

But the high point was a little bit further to the south. But before going there, we had earned a quick rest on the bench

Let’s rest here for a little while…

And THEN we headed for the high point.

On top of Svensvola

I live close the Sunnmøre alps. I like it wild and rugged. But I also enjoy the rounded mountains in this part of Norway. I guess most Norwegians think of Trøndelag and Hedmark counties as flat country, but they have quite a number of huge mountains. It won’t be my last trip to this part of the country…

Huge mountans in the distant, everywhere you look…

We took the same route back down and returned to the hotel. As we already had dinner earlier in the day, we settled for a pizza at the hotel. I wouldn’t say I had my best sleep that night. It was hot and there was a lot of noise from … well, all around actually. And especially the parking lot just outside. But all in all the hotel was OK. I don’t mind going back, but then I will ask for a room NOT facing the parking lot. It’s a huge parking lot…

Post-edit: Svensvola has 911m as height on the main map, but 912,4m on Økonomisk Kartverk map. One tends to like heights with decimals over those without. So, the saddle towards Raudhåmmåren should be at least 812m to ensure 100m prominence. The saddle IS between 810 and 815m and normal interpolation would give 813m, and a prominence of 99m. However, the saddle COULD BE both 811 and 812m, so I decided to stick with 100m prominence as set by peakbook.org. Losing two 100m prominence tops in one day was just too hard to bear…

Trip statistics: 7,4km, 220 vertical meters, 1,5 hours

Pictures (Canon 80D/Iphone6) from the trip:

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