Norway: Tromtinden

Date walked: 03/08/2018

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 7km

Ascent: 600m

With rain forecast in the afternoon, a short objective seemed sensible for today! We picked Tromtinden, a superb little hill right on the end of the central "arm" of Kvaløya. It has a good path all the way up and is a fine reward for not much effort! The drive to Tromvik is pretty dramatic in itself, passing under massive cliffs around the head of Grøtfjorden. The walk starts a bit over a km up the road from Tromvik to Rekvik by a bridge, where there is ample parking.

The route starts along a track from the north side of the bridge and heads towards the lake of Rekvikvatnet. Here the path disappears into a boggy section around a small stream, but it is easy to pick up again as it starts climbing towards some birch trees. Soon we reached a small lake under Mellomtinden, a beautiful spot. The path continues to the col behind, and then starts climbing across the hillside on the right. Very suddenly it arrives at the ridge, with a dramatic 450m drop straight down into the sea. Turning uphill soon brought us to the lower top of Aksla. A gentle descent led to the col, and then a final climb through some rocks up to the main summit. What a place for such a small hill! The views out to the islands, and back to the higher peaks of Kvaløya are stunning: you really feel like being on the edge of the world. We took our time here over lunch, and then headed back down - thankfully despite the heavy overcast skies the rain stayed off until after we reached the car.


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Rekvikvatnet and the Rekvik road



... of Hollendaren and Storstolpan on the skyline

Mellomtinden and Sessøya

A myriad of islands and skerries

The main summit from Aksla



Storvatnet with Hollendaren at its head

Sørtinden and Mellomtinden

A Kvaløya panorama

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