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Litljortindan

Litljortindan


Postby litljortindan » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:56 pm

Date walked: 08/06/2001

Time taken: 4

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 650m

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In late May / early June 2001 I spent ten days on the Lofoten Islands, the second of four visits I've made there. Towards the end of that trip I made my way onto the north ridge of a mountain called Litljortindan. I'd got a bus to the Selfjord road end and was headed for the hut at the end of path west from there. I didn't have any particular plan hill wise other than to explore what I could in the couple of days I had left. As it happened, Litljortindan was the first walkable target that presented itself so I set off for the most obvious route up, a gully leading to the ridge low point a bit north of the path I was on.
The way up was a bit rough and quite steep but I got onto the ridge fairly quickly and was taken by surprise by the near vertical drop on the other side and the standing room only nature of the crest. Views north and south were dizzying and I only ventured a short distance in either direction before encountering fear due to the precariousness of the ridge.
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looking south east across Selfjord

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slab
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on the ridge, looking north west
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Lofoten wall to the south west
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looking across to Kirkefjord mountains
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looking east along the main ridge
Last edited by litljortindan on Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:34 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Re: Litljortindan

Postby ChrisW » Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:23 am

Nice to see the place where your forum name originates, I'm glad you made the trip to the crest for those beautiful photos and didn't risk too much on the ridge :wink: Your shot of Kirkefjord mountains is stunning :D
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Re: Litljortindan

Postby Border Reiver » Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:44 pm

I like the photos very much. I've always wanted to visit the Lofoten Islands, they look spectacular. We saw them in the distance from a ship this year & really want to see more.
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We're going to do the Hurtigruten round trip in Feb/March next year, so we'll get a chance to see the islands close up and hopefully snow covered.
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Re: Litljortindan

Postby litljortindan » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:26 pm

ChrisW wrote:Nice to see the place where your forum name originates, I'm glad you made the trip to the crest for those beautiful photos and didn't risk too much on the ridge :wink: Your shot of Kirkefjord mountains is stunning :D

Cheers Chris. Yes, great place to visit, very dramatic though not quite as grand a scale as your neck of the woods. Definitely needed more concentration walking there as the proportion of steep ground is a lot greater than in Scotland. So my recollection of the walking was not much of relaxation but certainly in awe quite a lot of the time.
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Re: Litljortindan

Postby litljortindan » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:34 pm

Border Reiver wrote:I like the photos very much. I've always wanted to visit the Lofoten Islands, they look spectacular. We saw them in the distance from a ship this year & really want to see more.
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We're going to do the Hurtigruten round trip in Feb/March next year, so we'll get a chance to see the islands close up and hopefully snow covered.


Glad you like the pics. In your picture the peak that appears highest is the one immediately west of Litljortindan i.e. the one I have a picture of labelled "Lofoten wall to the west". I have plenty more to report on from Lofoten, particularly the southernmost main island Moskenesoya. The Kirkefjord mountains are particularly impressive. I have posted a report on one of them before -Hermansdalstinden. The one that really took my breath away though was Munkan. The view from there is incredible.
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Re: Litljortindan

Postby colgregg » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:38 pm

Stunning place, stunning pics. If only.................... one day perhaps.
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Re: Litljortindan

Postby litljortindan » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:52 pm

A few more pics:

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another from 2001
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view from Munkan taken in August 2002 -Litljortindan is the farthest away looking hazy blob on the horizon
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from Munkan looking north east to Reine and Norwegian Sea
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from Munkan looking west to the Arctic Atlantic
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Kirkefjord mountains from pinnacle above Reine
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Re: Litljortindan

Postby Border Reiver » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:42 pm

Thanks for posting the extra pics - absolutely stunning scenery. I love seeing the boilerplate slabs and walls.
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Re: Litljortindan

Postby litljortindan » Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:18 pm

colgregg wrote:Stunning place, stunning pics. If only.................... one day perhaps.


You can fly to Bodo from Scotland same day and you can get a ferry from Bodo to the Lofotens and do plenty walking from there -no need to hire a car and plenty of reasonably priced places to stay. Possibly out of date info but in 2001 mountain huts Munkebu and the one at Selfjord were open in the winter (up to May 31st), operating off an honesty box. In summer you need a key. In 2001 a key for Munkebu was available from the petrol station in Reine.
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