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Norway: Vasstinden

Norway: Vasstinden


Postby jmarkb » Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:38 pm

Date walked: 13/07/2012

Time taken: 5

Distance: 5.5 km

Ascent: 900m

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Last day of our holiday in Tromsø. Vasastinden is an attractive hill on the island of Kvaløya, and rises steeply overlooking the waters of Kattfjorden. From Lauklines there is a signposted (hooray!) and easy to follow (hooray again!) path, though is pretty steep up to about half height. Here the path traverses right to meet the south-east ridge and follows this more easily to the summit.

The large summit cairn was still easily overtopped by a massive cornice over the north-east face, and the slightly lower top to the north-west actually has the slightly better view. But what a view it is! Sea, snow-capped mountains, the little beaches at Sommarøya, lots of islands....

We took an alternative descent from the col between the two summit, though at first this is just a line of cairns marking an awkward traverse line across very stony terrain. Eventually it becomes grassier, develops traces of a path and passes a tiny lake somehow clinging to the steep hillside. A little further on the upward path is met again, and we stopped to chat to a local lady on her way up. A steep but straightforward descent took us back to Lauklines.

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Climbing steeply above Lauklines
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Mittagstinden and Skitntinden
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Approaching the summit
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Looking north from the summit
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The summit from the NW top
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Sommerøya and Senja
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Storstolpan and Store Hollendaren
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Mjelkskartinden (far left) and Bentsjordtinden
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Re: Norway: Vasstinden

Postby HighlandSC » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:57 pm

Another fine instalment from your Norway trip. What a belter to finish on. I'm a sucker for mountains with sea views and this doesn't disappoint 8)
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Re: Norway: Vasstinden

Postby ChrisW » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:15 pm

shame these are coming to an end jmarkb, I've really enjoyed seeing Northern Norway, beautiful :clap: I love the 'North from the summit' pano, absolute cracker :D
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Re: Norway: Vasstinden

Postby Mountainlove » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:53 pm

Wow such beautiful scenery...amazing!! Just reading my way through your other reports ....all really great and it makes me with Norway would not be so expensive!
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Re: Norway: Vasstinden

Postby jmarkb » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:49 pm

Mountainlove wrote:Just reading my way through your other reports ....all really great


Thanks! Glad you are enjoying them......
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