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Norway: Durmalstinden

PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:22 pm
by jmarkb
Durmålstinden is a common hill name in Norway (though I can't work out what it means) - this one lies in the middle of the island of Kvaløya near Tromsø. We arrived in Tromsø at the start of a heatwave, the sun was welcome but the temperatures were very non-Arctic!

The route starts from a road bridge in Kattfjorddalen when there is ample parking. We failed to find the start of the path which is initially not very obvious as it crosses a boggy area, but we picked it up a few hundred metres later as it passes through some birch trees. A bit further on it drops down and crosses a small river before starting the climb up the NE shoulder of the hill. It was really quite hot - about 25C at the car and not much wind, so we took it at quite a slow pace!

The shoulder levels out at about 500m and the path starts to fade out. Some waymarks bear right and across a stream. A steeper stonier climb now followed, dodging some outcrops on the right to reach the lower N summit. A pleasant stroll across a wide col led to the main summit at 921m.

To vary the descent, we returned towards the col and then headed right down a rocky spur, marked at the top by a couple of small cairns. This soon eased into a broad ridge and led us back to the path at the top of the first steep section.

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Online map

The riduculous looking Djeveltanna on the other side of the road
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Nordfjordtinden
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At the top of the first shoulder
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The upper half of the mountain - the route goes close to the right hand skyline
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Middagstinden and Tverrfjellvatnet
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Alpine Catchfly
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Looking north-west
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Vasstinden (walk report here: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=24010)
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Main summit from the N top
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Looking south towards the Malangen peninsula. The double-topped hill on the right is Mjeldskartinden https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23919
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The way down
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Skittenskarfjellet
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Re: Norway: Durmalstinden

PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:45 pm
by jacob
Great photos jmarkb. I've never been this far up north myself, but it looks tempting. Although in Norway you can't really go wrong picking an area or making a photo ofcourse.

Re: Norway: Durmalstinden

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:30 am
by onsen
Very easy on the eyes....thanks for sharing your trip report, jmarkb.

Re: Norway: Durmalstinden

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:13 pm
by Sack the Juggler
jmarkb wrote:Durmålstinden is a common hill name in Norway (though I can't work out what it means)


Tinden means the peak.

Durmål is a meal, usually a morning meal, but the Scandinavian languages have a small vocabulary so use the same word for many meanings, and it used to mean a feast.

Re: Norway: Durmalstinden

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:23 pm
by jmarkb
Sack the Juggler wrote:Durmål is a meal, usually a morning meal, but the Scandinavian languages have a small vocabulary so use the same word for many meanings, and it used to mean a feast.


Great, many thanks for that! Online dictionaries were no help, so I guess it's an old-fashioned word.
I found a reference here https://nn.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A5ltid which says it was a "snack between breakfast and dinner in summer time when working days were at the longest."

Re: Norway: Durmalstinden

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:07 pm
by Sack the Juggler
jmarkb wrote:
Sack the Juggler wrote:Durmål is a meal, usually a morning meal, but the Scandinavian languages have a small vocabulary so use the same word for many meanings, and it used to mean a feast.


Great, many thanks for that! Online dictionaries were no help, so I guess it's an old-fashioned word.
I found a reference here https://nn.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A5ltid which says it was a "snack between breakfast and dinner in summer time when working days were at the longest."


I'm turning all sherlock (or maybe miss marple?), so having a quick look around tinternet and I found this https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/153531023.pdf which is about the naming of mountains by the Norse.

There are several different extracts of books in there, but there is one by Arne Kruse which starts at page 34 (of a total of 83 pages but indicated as page 25 in that extract - but there are other page 25's extracts in there so be careful). in the first paragraph there is a section that roughly translates as "There are names that contain, for example. nons, durmal and rismal tell you the time of day the sun stood over the mountain, seen from a certain city." so Durmalstinden is probably as simple as a sundial telling you what time to eat your durmal... maybe :D

Re: Norway: Durmalstinden

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:59 pm
by Alteknacker
Coo! For once it's not out of place to describe the pics as stunning!

Those ridges look utterly seductive!

Re: Norway: Durmalstinden

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:44 am
by jmarkb
Sack the Juggler wrote:I'm turning all sherlock (or maybe miss marple?), so having a quick look around tinternet and I found this https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/153531023.pdf which is about the naming of mountains by the Norse.


Good sleuthing skills!


Sack the Juggler wrote:"There are names that contain, for example. nons, durmal and rismal tell you the time of day the sun stood over the mountain, seen from a certain city." so Durmalstinden is probably as simple as a sundial telling you what time to eat your durmal... maybe


That make sense - same idea as Pic du Midi, I guess?

Re: Norway: Durmalstinden

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:16 am
by Sack the Juggler
Norway is impossibly beautiful, looks like you had great weather the trip, so jealous!