Route: Tjeldbergtinden

Area: Norway, Lofoten Islands

Date of walk:  27th July 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.8 miles

Ascent: 1,400 feet

Weather: Sun and blue skies, very warm

Tjeldbergtinden is a table shaped mountain, about 1,200 feet high, which we can see from Svinøya Rorbuer, where we are staying for 2 nights. This would be our first walk in the Arctic Circle, so it felt odd to be applying sun tan lotion before setting off in T-shirts in temperatures of over 20c. We crossed the bridge into Svolvær and walked beside the main road for a while until we reached the village of Osan. It was a relief to leave the road here and to start the climb up the mountain, initially along a wide and easy track

We left the track to climb uphill through woodland, and as we did so the path became steeper and rockier but there were no difficulties. We eventually emerged onto the summit ridge and made our way across to the lower east summit. The views were out of this world – a sweeping panorama for miles around, including the distant west coast of Norway

Having savoured the views for a while we walked back along the ridge, continuing to the higher west summit. This looks to be out of bounds to ordinary pedestrians, but a path round the side permits access via the back door and after a short steep rocky climb we were at the top, enjoying more sensational views. A swarm of mosquitos had us scurrying back down sooner than we’d have wished

Having regained the summit ridge we took a different route down through woodland – this was quite steep at times, and it brought us back to the track at a point near Osan. From here we retraced our steps back to the start of a memorable walk. For anyone following this walk, it’s worth considering a shorter version by starting at Osan, as much of the initial section out of Svolvær is beside the main road

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