Do you feel like you should do a hiking trip in the area to get a real glimpse of north-norwegian nature? That sounds like a good plan! What drags most people to this part of the world is definitely not the summer weather or the shopping possibilities, but very often the possibility to experience pristine nature – so get started. We want to suggest a trip close to Tromsø.
Text: Christine Butz
Our first suggestion is a mountain trip to the weather station on Kjølen (790m) on Kvaløya, which gives great view over Tromsøya and the north side of Kvaløya. It’s easily accessible since you can start off from the first bus stop after the bridge, called Kvaløysletta terminal. The track starts on the right behind the school: First it is a road that turns into a gravel road after a gate and it eventually becomes a trail that winds to the top. One way is about 7 km and the inclination is quite steady the whole way, which makes it easy to walk for most people. We tried this trip with a cosy gang from Utropia and walked 3 hours up and 2 hours down, taking time to talk, to observe reindeer and hawks, pick berries and enjoy the constant changing views. So you can definitely make it the Norwegian way – faster: The DNT (The Norwegian Trekking Association) estimates 3,5 hours for an average male adult for this trip.
At the top there is a little, open cabin waiting next to the weather station to offer a nice place to have a sheltered lunch, where you can warm up when the wind is roaring outside. The path is quite trodden and marked up to the top, but there are different path options, e.g. past lake Amundvatnet or lake Mellomvatnet. It’s always good to have a map and a compass, which gives you more security, when the weather is changing fast or when you would like to go off track. There are plenty of streams providing drinking water on the way.
This trip is something for you, who don’t have too much hiking experience and want to experience a top tour that is close to the city center with streams and lakes, rough mountain walls and a 360 degree view on top. If you are out to have a wilderness trip in solitude, you might get disappointed. There might be other people out to enjoy that route as well and you see clear signs of civilisation, like damns and transmission lines on the way.
It is worth checking out the homepage ut.no, where there is a description of the tour and maps available for this trip and for others all over the country. Remember to always pack warm and waterproof clothes. God tur!