I’m sure many of you saw the pictures I posted yesterday from Glittertinden, Norway’s second tallest mountain (still debatable how tall it actually is and it’s probably the tallest if you actually count the glacier on top of it as well). I’m not going to put an actual number here, because there’s is many different numbers out there, I can’t guarantee it’s the right one. Let’s just say it’s pretty high up and it’s got an amazing (and when I say amazing, I mean amazing) view and not one picture in the world would be able to justify how beautiful it is (not even if you put them all together next to each other to make a panorama, not a chance) so the only way to see it is to actually go there on day (and choose a sunny day, will you? A foggy day will give you doughnuts) and see it for yourself.
The easiest (not saying this is easy at all by the way) way to get there is to drive to the boom gate in Veodalen and get a bike from there. Glitterheim Turisthytte (the hotel at the bottom of the mountain) supplies them so you can ride to the hotel and back for NOK 75 per trip) and ride in to the starting point. If you are lucky (we were very lucky indeed) you will bump into some reindeer on your way (we saw a few hundred of them). What a fantastic start to the day! It’s been debated how far the ride is, some say 5km others say it’s 7km, I’d say it’s very long way on a not so great bike that the seat keep falling down on (speaking from experience of course). So take it easy if you are planning on walking up straight away (you really don’t want to the wrecked before starting the climb up).
The actual starting point for the walk is at Glitterheim (yes, you can walk Glittertinden from the other direction too, but this is the one I did and refer too, up and down the same direction) and I would recommend going inside to say G’day (I know, how very Aussie by me) to Knut at reception and booking a room for the night before heading uphill. And when I say uphill I mean uphill. The walk up starts with a massive straight uphill climb. We were lucky, it was pretty dry and no mud or massive creeks anywhere, so that made it a lot easier. We also chose the best weather day in August I think, there was no clouds to be seen all day (that’s unheard of really) and it was only windy close to the top. And I (who’s usually cold ALL the time) wore a shorts the whole way up to the windy and snowy top.
The say it takes about 3 hours up to the top and 2 hours down again. We spent a little longer, mainly because we stopped for quite a few pictures, but also because we came from 0 metres above sea level and up to 24xx metres (put in random numbers here, there’s plenty to choose from, but maybe 64?) above sea level and you can really notice that in how fast you get out of breath. Felt very unfit for a while, but it got better in the end. The hike is considered to be moderately challenging, there’s plenty of rocks to walk on and you should have good shoes (50% of us didn’t, but still made it down alive). On the last bit there’s a few glaciers to get past, so again, if you get wet here, it will be a little less enjoyable to walk back down. But hey, you will still get the amazing view on the top, no matter what shoes you wear (if you make it up to the top that is).
I would highly recommend staying the night at Glitterheim Turisthytte at the bottom of the mountain, so you can enjoy a cold beer in the sunshine when you get down (it’s almost a must after a hike like that) and a warm shower and a nice dinner before you no doubt will have a good night’s sleep. You can find more information about Glitterheim here and about Glittertinden here. If you’re into hiking and are in Norway, this is definitely one to put on your list.
That was my Something Every Day for that day, a little bike ride and a massive mountain hike! Not too bad, right? I’m pretty sure I have walked off any excess cheese intake from Crete by now.
Yesterday we walked 6000 years back in time into an ice tunnel. Very fascinating, but more about that later. Today we are heading to Trondeim (or actually just outside of Trondheim) to visit a little baby girl (and the rest of the family of course) and I am pretty sure there will be a little hike or two over the weekend (and possibly a glass of wine or two). Can’t wait!
But first, I need to go for a run! What are you up to??