Route: Justadtind

Area: Norway, Lofoten Islands

Date of walk:  29th July 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance:  8.2 miles

Ascent: 2,600 feet

Weather: Sunny and very hot

For the third day running we were greeted by sun and blue skies and, tempted by the prospect of more big views, we decided to climb Justadtind. The mountain stands at approximately 2,500 feet and is one of the highest points on Vestvågøy, affording panoramic views around the island

We parked our rented car in the car park ‘Hagstua’ on the 815 road to Stamsund. After following a stony track for a short distance we started the long climb up the mountain. The retrospective views were fabulous, even during the early stages of the ascent, and there was a thrilling moment about half way up when a white-tailed eagle flew overhead (needless to say I’d left the telephoto lens behind)

The climb was mostly at a gentle gradient, although the higher we climbed the steeper and rockier it became – and there was one short scramble up a rock chimney, but this was very easy. The main difficulty on this walk was the extreme heat, very surprising considering that we were in the Arctic Circle. The temperature was around 22c, and even though we’d brought as much water as we could comfortably carry it wasn’t enough

So it was that we emerged huffing and puffing on the summit of Justadtind – and what a special moment this was as we were greeted by a magnificent panorama of countless mountains, lakes, islands and the sea. We could even see mainland Norway in the far distance. It was a privilege to be up here in such conditions. All good things must come to an end and reluctantly we started the long descent and retraced our steps back to the start of a tiring but wonderful walk

Click on the icon below for the route map

Scroll down – or click on any photo to enlarge it and you can then view as a slideshow

Previous walk: « | Next walk: »