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Norway: Mjeldskartinden and Synnøvjordtinden

Norway: Mjeldskartinden and Synnøvjordtinden


Postby jmarkb » Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:40 pm

Date walked: 07/07/2012

Time taken: 6

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1240m

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Day 7 of our holiday in Tromsø. This pair of hills on the island of Kvaløya gave us a lovely circuit, though we set off not quite knowing whether linking them up would be straightforward or not! To begin with we set off up the Skorelva ravine, where there is a route marked on the map. However there was no evidence of a path, so we made our own way through increasingly steep birch woods and up a little slippery gully before the angle eased off at about the 300m contour. At this point we could see an obvious path on the opposite bank of the ravine! Although it would not have helped on the ascent, since the river even above the ravine was way too dangerous to cross, we realised it could be used on the way down if we could complete the circuit.

We now headed up onto the ridge of Skorelvfjellet, much easier walking now, and along its broad ridge which ran out into gentle snow-covered slopes below Mjeldskartinden. Here we crossed some moose tracks, and reached the summit ridge at a wide col. The final section was a bit more stony, but straightforward all the way to the summit cairn.

The cloud which was earlier flirting with the tops had lifted and the sun started to break through. We convinced ourselves that the NE top was lower, so retraced our steps to the col and made our way over to point 764m. We could now see that the ridge to Synnøvjordtinden, although narrow, was uncomplicated, so we dropped steeply down to another col, which was criss-crossed by lots of little rock outcrops. We weaved our way through these and then up the ridge onto the summit. A straightforward descent took us to the path we had seen earlier, and while this was very steep it gave a quick descent back to road.

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On easier ground above the trees
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Breidtinden
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Further along the ridge
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Summit ridge of Mjeldskartinden
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Looking SW from the summit
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Synnøvjordtinden from point 764m
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Mjeldskartinden from Synnøvjordtinden
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Vasstinden
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Lappland lousewort
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Re: Norway: Mjeldskartinden and Synnøvjordtinden

Postby ChrisW » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:55 pm

Great circuit jmarkb, always nice to have an element of 'exploring' as you go, glad the circuit worked out, it's always better to see new ground all the way along :clap:
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Re: Norway: Mjeldskartinden and Synnøvjordtinden

Postby jmarkb » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:37 pm

Hi Chris,

Thanks for all the nice comments about the trip reports and photos! It was nice to make a longer circuit ion this one: in general it's not easy to do so around there without either a lot of reascent, or getting into some tricky steep/loose terrain.

However, I really couldn't recommend the area enough if you fancy somewhere a bit off the beaten track.
I felt like a kid in a sweetshop: there are literally dozens and dozens of hills within easy reach of Tromsø, and
the scenery is just amazing!

Been following your Canadian exploits too: very interesting!
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