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Postby litljortindan » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:33 pm

Date walked: 07/06/2001

Time taken: 1.5

Distance: 1 km

Ascent: 400m

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The fifth day of my ten day trip to the Lofoten Islands in 2001 and the weather changed from winter to summer. I hired a bicycle from the A hostel and cycled the five miles to Reine with not much intention other than enjoying the change after four days in wintry and/or non summery weather.
Reine has been described as Norway's most beautiful village. Not sure about that but it certainly has a dramatic backdrop of the Kirkefjord or Kjerk Fjorden mountains (arguably Lofoten's most dramatic).
I looked up at the pinnacle above the village, Hammarskaftet, and thought it would make a good, short walk with a good view down Kirkefjord. I trusted to the bicycle not being stolen but did trail it off the road for a fair distance as I had no lock. The way up was on a grassy ramp lined with boulders that had clearly fallen from the sheer adjoining wall to the south. So a straight forward and steep slog got me to the narrowing ridge that I could try to follow up to Navaren. I thought about this briefly before discounting as too exposed and settled for enjoying the breathtaking enough views north west into the fjord and south over Reinevatnet and the Norwegian Sea.
I did venture out towards the pinnacle, heart racing as usual because of the exposure and I also went a little way further up the narrowing ridge to Navaren but both way to exposed for my liking so didn't last long! Still a very fine and rewarding short walk.

looking north west over Kirkefjord and its surrounding mountains

looking east over Reine and the Hammarskaftet pinnacle

another of Kirkefjord

Reine and its dramatic backdrop of the Kirkefjord mountains -Hammarskaftet is the pinnacle on the left

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