First summer hike from Grøndalsstølen
Sunday: On this Sunday, I decided to visit Eidskyrkja from Grøndalsstølen. I had done this route once before – in April 2016 (video included), but then I was following the normal skiing route. The hiking route is not following the winter route.
The road to Grøndalsstølen is a toll road, but I couldn’t find any envelope to put money in, and so I drove on – hoping to meet someone who knows how this works. I met a guy – out walking – and he said I shouldn’t worry about it. So, I didn’t and drove all the way up to the cabins.
The path through the forest was easy to find and easy to follow.
It was a hot day, and Karma made use of every water source we came across…
My first goal was to get up Bygdeskaret and to lake Fantekrålvatnet.
When we arrived at lake Fantekrålvatnet, I didn’t know where the summer route was. But I figured it *had* to be straight up from the lake. And sure enough, after crossing the drain from the lake I found a path.
We had an easy climb from the lake and up to the ridge above.
On the ridge above, it was clear that we still had a bit of distance to cover…
But with snow and water, life’s good anyway…
There wasn’t a lot of snow left, but still we had to plod our way up to the upper basin.
And then we had the summit in view!
I decided to avoid the snow (as much as we could) going up and followed the edge.
The views were pretty good from the edge!
Eventually, we sat course for the top!
So good to be back!
What you don’t see from up here isn’t worth seeing! That said, some fjords on the picture would have been nice…
After a nice stay, we took the snowy route down from the top.
Karma doesn’t have a whole lot of body language, but from what I could tell – she was happy!
After returning to Grøndalsstølen, Karma was really hot. Sunscreen and lots of water helped, but I figured she had earned a swim in lake Grøndalsvatnet. Of course, telling her to jump in won’t work, but if I throw something – she’s programmed to retrieve it.
She didn’t mind going for seconds…
A great hike!
Trip statistics: 10,8km, 1030 vertical meters, 3h:11m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike: