Location: North 67:24.540, East 014:58.636 (GPS at the summit)
Near Bodøø, Nordland, Norway
Difficulty: YDS class 2
Climbed November 12, 2005
How to get there:
From the city of Bodø, drive Hwy. 80 east (direction Fauske) about 16 kilometer
to Hopen. (The road makes a distinct right curve around the end of a small bay here.)
Turn left on the road that heads inland to Heggemoen. Drive along lake Vatnvatnet (on your
right), then lake Innervatnet (on your left) before climbing a small hill ending with a right
bend on the road and then a parking area on your right side. You have driven about 6 kilometer from
the turnoff near Hopen.
This is the trailhead, park here.
This location is N67:21.406, E014:49.603, elevation 60 meter.
(The road continues across Stormyra to Heggemoen.) Route description:
Cross the road and locate a small trail that heads north, then northwest.
There are several trails, the best route is likely to stay fairly high on
the north-east side of the small knoll named Hatten (106m). Then descend to lake
Klubbvatnet near its outlet where a wooden walkway has been constructed around
some steep cliffs leading to a small bridge across the creek. Continue on meadows along
the west side of Klubbvatnet, then across a new bridge where Klubbvatnet connects with
The trail now climbs gently across a hill, then steeply (wooden stairway!) down to lake
Bladtjørnet. Continue along the trail as it heads north, then northeast towards
the south end of the fjord Sørfjorden. As you enter a large meadow near Sørfjorden,
keep right and aim for the inlet called Tømmervika. Here, the cliffs on your right side
are near vertical, however, a distinct ramp with vegetation connects from the bottom, traversing
left to reach the top. Climb this ramp in order to reach easier terrain on the top. Continue east
above Storvika until you locate a natural way to descend to the beach. Thus, after hiking for
about 1.5 hours, the trail runs on the very beach among seaweeds, elevation 0 meter! Continue
along the beach until it is blocked by new cliffs running straight into the sea. Climb east and
enter the valley Storelvdalen, initially away from the river, but your route will bring you
closer to this river higher up. You will notice a waterfall, the river is easily crossed about
50 meter below this fall. Continue up the valley, but now on the left (north) side of the river.
This is a nice area with meadows, contour around left and connect with the river just where
it comes steeply down a narrow canyon, a few big rocks slightly submerged, provide an easy crossing
to the east side. Climb along the river to lake Storejuvvatnet, elevation 335 meter. Your location
is now N67:23.180, E014:54.967, and you have hiked about 8.5 kilometer.
Continue along the north side of the lake, then easily up into Breidvikskardet, a nice saddle splitting
the mountains in this area into two groups. There are some small ponds in the saddle, after passing
the second of these, start climbing gently on your right side (to the east) while traversing left.
The bowl above you is quite distinct, we found a good route up among boulders on the left side of
the bowl (just below the steep ridge), then traversing right above the lower cliffs onto easier
terrain. This route is never steep and quite easy. Continue upwards towards the broad saddle south
of the summit, then climb more left and reach the main southwest ridge from Breidviktinden.
The northwest side is very steep, but the ridge is wide
and gentle on the opposite side.
Follow this ridge the last few minutes to the summit cairn.
This hike is about 25 kilometer roundtrip with about 1400 meter vertical gain, hikers should be
well equipped and in reasonable shape. Comments:
I did this hike together with Dag and Therese, we were all signed up for a ski climb of the
big mountain Suliskongen (1908m) organized by the Bodø
mountaineering group (BOT), however unseasonal mild weather melted all the snow and this
trip was cancelled. I had already bought my (nonrefundable) plane tickets from Bergen to
Bodø and decided that a couple of high prominence peaks in the area should do fine
as a substitute. However, when the organizer asked me what I might prefer, I forgot that
Breidviktinden (1154m) had its 1000 meter prominence "stolen" by
Sjunkhatten (1185 m). A map I had used stated a lower elevation for Sjunkhatten.
I therefore suggested Breidviktinden and added that I would do the easier
Eidetinden (1020m) on Sunday before flying home.
In order to have maximum flexibility I booked a rental car at the Bodø airport and learned about
the ferry schedule to Kjerringøy, observing the fact that an early Sunday morning ferry
would need to be prebooked before 2150 on Saturday. However, when talking to Dag on the phone it
became clear that he wanted to join me for the Eidetinden climb in addition to Breidviktind. He had
a car and it was agreed that I could cancel my rental car. By now I had realized that Breidviktinden
was not on my primary list of hiking goals, however with a prominence of 764 meter, still a very
interesting objective in an area of Norway where I had never climbed any mountains before.
I arrived late Friday afternoon and booked into hotel Skagen in downtown Bodø. This
hotel can be highly recommended, friendly people, great service and reasonable rates.
The weatherforecast called for a chance of reasonable conditions (it was stormy when I arrived) on
Saturday morning, then more rain, snow and wind later in the day and on Sunday.
We agreed to meet at the trailhead at 0800, as it turned out 0700 would have been better.
At 0800, daylight was coming and we did not need to use our headlamps as we started hiking.
We walked at a pretty good pace in terrain dominated by lakes and meadows with somewhat steep
cliffs blocking easy passage between them.
It is late fall in arctic Norway. The meadows are soaked with water. Every step sinks into a mix
of old grass and water, lots of water everywhere. The trees are without leaves, dropped months ago.
There should have been snow by now, but the climate stays milder longer than normal. Signs of
a global warming trend? The mountains rise steeply into the clouds. They are white near the
summits, they look steep and alpine extending their slopes from sea to the sky. There are no signs
of life, the birds are gone, the few mammals that live here stay out of sight. Only three small
humans, dressed for harsh conditions, walking into the wilderness. Our goal Breidviktinden is
higher than the hostile looking mountains ahead. It will not come into view until we are much
further ahead. It is completely overcast, but no rain and almost no wind.
The terrain got more serious as we left the
trail near Tømmervika and made it across to the Storvika beach. Here, we start out to
climb a more than 1150 meter tall mountain and after hiking for about 1.5 hours we walk along
a beach at elevation 0 meter! Welcome to mountain climbing in Nordland. The terrain was now quite
good and we made our first short stop at the outlet of lake Storejuvvatnet, elevation 335 meter,
at 1100, 3 hours of steady walking. Here, a light snowshower started as we entered Breidvikskardet
and noticed an extremely nice echo across this narrow valley.
Unfortunately, Therese started getting cramps in her legs and decided to turn around at about 760
meter. We had noticed slower progress and I realized that a substantial part of our return
hike would be after dark. Therese most likely kept an eye on her watch as well and may have
decided that by turning around here, she would help us make the summit.
She had her own GPS with tracks and was used to hiking in the mountains so she
wished us well and started the long hike back. Strong and experienced, we realized that she would
do fine on her solo return hike. Many thanks to Therese for good company and for her
From this point, the snow got considerably deeper and the rocks deep under the snow had a thin layer
of ice. This set the stage for a continuous struggle. First, into the snow to your knees, then
slip and slide on the hidden rocks below. We took turns breaking trail, a pretty exhausting occupation.
Finally, I made the main ridge and realized that the summit was within sight. We reached the cairn
at 1330, 5.5 hours from the car.
It is still snowing, too bad we have absolutely no views. The views from up here
must be phenomenal on a clear day. The slope to the north-west looks overhanging, all we can see
is a jagged line of rock, then white air. The cairn stays close to the void, however, a rocky point
about 5 meter further along the ridge looks like it may be marginaly higher. I walk over and
take a picture back to the cairn.
A brief stop, then start the descent. We wanted to at least be off
the steeper part before it got dark. The descent went well and we made it back to the
outlet of lake Storejuvvatnet before it got so dark that walking became difficult.
I was very unhappy with myself having brought along a small headlamp instead of the big one that
I left behind in my hotel room in Bodø, thinking that night hiking would at most be a short
return hike along a reasonable trail. No such thing, 3 full hours of night hiking, first completely
off-trail including the downclimb along "the ramp" to Tømmervika, then still quite rugged
terrain. My light was a joke, suitable for reading and perhaps looking at a map, but useless for the
purpose to avoid walking straight into deep waterholes or stepping on slippery rocks.
Fortunately, Dag had a heavy duty halogen lamp and enough patience to make me take advantage of
his light as well. Thanks to him progress was not too bad, but the extra effort needed to avoid
trouble while largely placing my boots in complete darkness made me more tired towards the end
of this hike than I have been in quite a while. We arrived back at the car at 1900, precisely
5.5 hours also on the return. The uphill struggle in deep snow was in this sense equivalent to
the extra time spent wandering in darkness for 3 hours.
Unfortunately, Dag told me that his knees were "totally gone" and probably would look pretty
bad as soon as he got home. There was no way he could even contemplate another hike to
Eidetinden on Sunday.
I finished off the day with a gourmet dinner at "Svendgård's" a restaurant with
excellent food, another strong recommendation for anyone visiting Bodø. I started to
accept that there would be no Sunday hike as I would not be able to organize transportation
including an early ferry reservation the next morning. The fact that the weatherforcast for
Sunday was really bad served as an additional excuse.
The next morning, however, I looked out at the best weather since my arrival. There were even
patches of blue sky. The weather stayed nice until about 1300, long enough for me to have
completed Eidetinden if planning had been different.
Thanks again to Therese and Dag for a most memorable hike to a remote peak that receives few
visits. In fact, climbing it in November may be highly unusual since full winter would be
the normal situation at this time of year.