• Slettinden
  • 1115 m
  • Primary factor 919 m
  • Location: North 69:25.847, East 018:49.438 (GPS at the summit)
  • Troms, Norway
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2
  • Climbed: April 25, 2009


How to get there: This mountain is located on the big penisula that extends north from Nordkjosbotn on the west side of Balsfjorden. From the main intersection (measure from here) between Hwy. E-8 and E-6 in Nordkjosbotn, drive south (direction Narvik) along E-6 12.7 kilometer. Make a right here on Hwy. 858 (sign for Storsteinnes). At kilometer 16.9, in Storsteinnes, make a sharp right turn as you continue to follow Hwy. 858. At kilometer 22.1, Hwy.858 makes a sharp left while Hwy.859 continues straight. Make this left turn as you continue along Hwy. 858. In Mestervik, at kilometer 42.3, leave Hwy. 858 as you continue straight ahead. At kilometer 56.8, make a sharp right, this place is called Sand. This road was dirt in 2009. This road will take you north of lake Sandsvatnet (elev. 80m), then at kilometer 60.5, make a left turn, then at kilometer 60.9 go straight (a road goes left), further at kilometer 61.3 continue straight (a road goes right). Finally, at kilometer 62.0, you arrive at a possible parking just below the Rognmoen farm. In winter, park here. This is the trailhead, location N69:24.814, E018:41.686, elevation approximately 140 meter. In summer, the road continues a little further, but this is hardly worth the gain.
Route description: From the trailhead, continue across meadows and small groves of birch trees in a NE direction. Cross the river Fjellelva (in winter and early spring easy), possibly using the bridge for the short continuation of the road. Continue until you hit a power line roughly at elevation 180 meter. Contine with a very slight gain of uphill to the river Reinelva, cossing it at roughly 250 meter of elevation. From here, head more or less straight east as you climb the steady, but not very steep slope above you. At elevation 750 meter, head more south in order to gain the main north ridge at around elevation 1000 meter. Continue the last stretch along the north ridge to the fine cairn of Slettinden. The cairn is located at the very end of the ridge, in winter one should be careful, in particular, with low or no visibility.
Comments: I did this climb with my friend Geir Åke Dahlen. The weather was pretty bad with rain (wet snow higher up) and reduced visibility due to drifting fog and clouds. We left the trailhead at 1140 and arrived at the summit at 1510. We spent 25 minutes before returning back down, arriving at the car by 1700.