Sunday: This hike was so nice that it deserves its own blog post, separate from the week report.
I was on round 4 of antibiotics, and every day was like – you know – when you feel you’re about to get the big flu. In other words, I was feeling crappy all week and today was the same – except for one important thing: the combination of fresh snow and blue sky. On days like these, a hike to Saursegga & Gjøna (aka Nipa) is just what I need!
Our starting point was Haugelia at Haugsbygda. And the plan was the usual round-trip; Saursegga – Gjøna – Saursegga – Hanen – Haugshornet – Vikelva – Haugelia. All along marked paths.
The ascent up the mountain was just a transport leg. The important thing was to get on the Saursegga ridge.
And eventually, we were en route for the ridge.
There was a lot of weather going on around us, but nothing bad.
There wasn’t a lot of snow, but still I managed to step into a mud pit. I got wet but didn’t feel any discomfort thanks to good socks!
A bit later, we were ON the ridge, and I really, really enjoyed myself. This is (arguably) the finest walk on the island!
I was curious if Gjøna would offer some challenges – like ice, but today it was all good. This mountain is just steep enough to make one feel a bit uncomfortable if there is a lot of ice.
A little bit later, we stood on top of Gjøna. My 16th visit. None of them dull!
And the view – awesome like always!
It would have taken a severe health condition to NOT do this hike today…
Then it was time to turn around and – for starters – get back to Saursegga.
There is a good portion of vertical meters on this round-trip hike. Approx. 900…
After passing Saursegga, we headed up to Hanen (414m) – a quite modest hump. Then we sat course for Haugshornet.
The plan was now to follow the sticks to Vikelva and return to Haugelia via Arskotet. But, I got a bit fed up going in the wrong direction and figured an off-trail short-cut would be just fine.
Bad decision. This short-cut was truly cumbersome, and I soon regretted it. But, it wasn’t a question of heading back up and so we had to finish.
Eventually, we got on the Vikelva – Arskotet – Haugelia path and returned to the car 2h:22m after leaving. A wonderful hike and pure medicine!
Trip statistics: 10km, 900 vertical meters, 2h:22m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Prox Max) from the hike: