Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions

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Norway 2019

Mid-September 2019: I travel north for the third time this year, in pursuit of late season packrafting and hiking opportunities.

My first travel up north this year was a road trip to Iceland in April with the family, and the second a 2-week solo hiking / packrafting trip, which mainly took place in Sweden. For the September trip, I originally have 2 river descents in mind in Norway, i.e. Mistra in Rendalen and Grimsa in Rondane. However, thanks to inviting weather, I ultimately trade in the second river descent for some rather intense mountain hiking in the fjells of western Norway, with interesting early winter conditions at higher elevations. In the end, I travel a total of 235 km on foot and by packraft, in the scope of 11 days.

Here’s a short overview of what I did:

  • Rendalen (78 km; 3.5 days)
    • Descent of the Mistra river from Nordre Mistsjøen to Søre Mistsjøen by packraft
    • Return hike via Sandbu and Sølenskardet to Fiskevollen
  • Gutulia (11 km; 1 day)
    • Exploration on foot of the old farmhouses and nature in Norway’s smallest national park
  • Dovrefjell (63 km; 3 days)
    • Hiking amidst autumn foliage, musk oxen and early snow
    • Grønbakken – Reinheim – Åmotdalshytta – Snøheim – Grønbakken
  • Trollheimen (58 km; 2.5 days)
    • Hiking amidst autumn foliage, alpine scenery and early snow
    • Gjevilvasshytta – Trollheimshytta – Vassendsetra – Gjevilvasshytta
  • Innerdalen (25 km; 1 day)
    • More hiking amidst autumn foliage and alpine scenery
    • Renndølssetra – Snekkardalen – Bjøråskaret – Renndølssetra

Overall, an absolutely amazing trip, with cold but fine weather, including 7 straight days of sunshine! Full-blown reports with pictures will follow in due time. Below are just some pictures of the places where I spent the night.