Last weekend I went hiking again, with another friend, Geli. Our objective was Tromsdalstinden- the really big mountain in all last weeks pictures. The weather was a little bit less than ideal, there was a persistent low flying band of cloud hanging around but it looked like the top of Tromsdalstinden was above the cloud and we were slightly hopeful that the cloud would burn off, so away we went. The route sets off up the track in Tromsdalen for not quite 3 km, then a signposted footpath leads down to a bridge over the stream and up through the trees the other side. This brought us into the cloud. We emerged from the cloud at the place were the path goes over a col towards Skarvassbu with the flanks of Tromsdalstinden rising on the right.
The path soon becomes very steep, until you gain the ridge proper. From here on in the way is rocky, but less steep, and well waymarked with red paint. We were really lucky in that it stopped drizzling when we were part way up that first steep part, and remained dry until we were on the top. We were super lucky to arrive at a cloud free summit, although we could see a lot of cloud all around. Unfortunately it did start drizzling again, and the cloud rolled in, as we got our sandwiches out.
We continued along the ridge from the summit, towards the southwest, admiring more rocks & clouds. The route we took turned back on itself after reaching the col between Tromsdalstinden and the much lower Salen, traversing along a ledge above the meadow in the head of the valley. Eventually we were in the meadow, then fording the stream, and so returned on the track.
Elsewhere everything is going well. This morning I had my interview with the police & got the paper documenting that I am legally resident in Norway. Then I was able to register at the tax office, who will send me a personal number – without which you cant really do anything in Norway. I filled out the forms at the post office that will allow me to receive post. My landlady returned and we do now have a hob to cook on. Work is interesting. Oh and I have (second or third hand) furniture – massive thanks to Geli for helping me move it across town – no more sleeping on the floor. I’m still in my sleeping bag, of course, but that is nice & cosy. 🙂