Ersfjordtraversen

Already a couple of weeks ago (time flies), two guests joined us on the adventure that is Ersfjordtraversen. The traverse climbs along the entire Ersfjord on Kvaløya, starting in the west by the sea and follows narrow ridges, pinnacles and summits along the fjord to the highest mountain on the island, Blåmann. It is one of the longest ridgeclimbs in Norway, covering 16 km and 2800 m of vertical climbing. Although Kilian Jornet did it in 4:49 most people uses 2 days to complete it.

We started in the fog at Rekvik, and didn’t see a thing until we reached the first summit Skamtind, once there we were rewarded with a fantastic view: only the highest summits were visible above the clouds, sticking up like small islands. The sea, the fjord, and the rest of the world was just one fluffy white mass.

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Almost the whole traverse seen from Skamtind, with Storstolpan to the left and Hollenderen to the right.
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Skamtind, and the mountains on the other side of Ersfjord. The famous Storsteinnes, Skittentind and Middagstind

We rappelled down Skamtind and started the narrow ridge towards Storstolpan, dooming in the background. The terrain is then quite complex and exposed and we used the rope for quite a way.

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Coming down from the first summit… and we see the backside of Skamtind
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The skies clear and we finally see the fjord
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One of the smaller summits
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Sky, sun, fjord and mountains… We were so lucky with the weather!
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Hollenderen in the background, and faaaar away Tromsø and Tromsdalstind!
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The Ersfjordtraverse… it is a giant!!! up and down and up and down…
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The day is coming to an end…
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We spent the night at the base of Storstolpan, on the little height just in front of us.
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Midnightsun….
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Goodnight! Sun was shining all night, and we slept at the most beautiful hotel in the world!
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Getting started in the morning….
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Finally Storstolpan, Hollenderen clearly seen in the background
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Getting ready to start the climbing of day 2
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Belaying the second pitch on Storstolpan
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The view from Storstolpan, Skamtind all the way back there!
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The view of the rest of the traverse, Blåmann in the middle.

We had two fantastic days in the mountains, climbing, rappelling and scrambling, as well as a truly unique dinner+bivvy under the midnight sun. The guests pushed their limits and learned new skills, and we all had a blast. The rest of the traverse waits for a later venue, the ultimate adventure to complete!

Thank you Katrine and Lasse for these two days, it was a summer memory never to forget!

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Piggtind

Yesterday we finally went to visit Piggtind.

Piggtind is a beautiful and iconic mountain located in the south of Lyngen, and separates the boarders of Storfjord, Balsfjord and Tromsø kommune. It is 1505 meters above sea level and we startet the trip on about 120 meters above sea level at the east side, and parked by Fjellås.

Peter Wessel Zapffe, a well known Norwegian mountaineer has written about the mountain in his book “Barske Glæder” under the chapter “fire korstog til Piggtind”.

It is a fantastic trip in beautiful surroundings, with an iconic peak, were you need to use rope and climbing techniques to summit.

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The morning fog disapears and Piggtind is visible straight ahead 
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The top
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Scrambling before the final climbing to the top.
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Great view from the top!

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