• Nordskarfjellet
  • 890 m
  • Primary factor 100 m
  • Location: North 67.43307, East 015.28332
  • Sjunkhatten national Park, Norway
  • Difficulty, YDS class 2
  • Climbed on March 24. 2017


How to get there:
From Bodø, drive E-80 towards Fauske. Note when you arrive at the small fjord Valnesfjord with the big lake Valnesfjordvatnet inland on your left hand side. Cross the bridge and turn left onto Hwy. 530. Drive this road until you pass the the location where Hwy. 531 enters from your left (this is an alternative route), then about 4 kilometer until an intersection where a smaller road runs left, signed with Jordbrua. Turn left here and continue to Lillevatnet/Litivatnet, then find parking below a couple of houses at location N67.41006, E015.31953, elevation about 114 meter.
Route description:
From the parking, proceed up towards the first house. Pass this on the right and continue passing a second house, before entering the forest. The terrain/vegetation is a bit awkward here, you cross a creek and continue north-west. You should pick up a vague trail marked with red markers attached to the trees. Follow this steeply uphill to gain access to more open terrain on the upper side of a cliffband (that you have passed on its left (west) side.
Continue north in more open terrain towards the SW end of lake Nordskarvatnet, Ascend the first, main ridge, less steep if you move further right (north). The terrain is nice and easy, cross below point 551m, and head (slight descent) north in order to ascend close to some birch trees near the lower end of the first of the Nordskar lakes, elevation near 500 meter.
From here, ascend up the east ridge to reach the main crest of this mountain. The remaaining distance to the summit cairn is short and easy.
The idea was to climb Midtiskartinden. In order to get there, our route passed across the summit of this mountain. We first crossed near the cairn in reasonable weather. After visiting Midtiskartinden, we crossed back, this time paying a visit to the summit cairn. By now, the weather was pretty bad, wind and whiteout conditions. We left the cairn around 1515 and returned to the car at the trailhead parking by 1700.
Many thanks to Stig Anton Hordvik for good company. Photo credit: Stig Anton Hordvik.