Veten (Hemnesfjellet)

  • Veten (Hemnesfjellet)
  • 702 m
  • Primary factor 664 m
  • Osterøy, Norway
  • Location: North 66.20836, East 013.73976 (GPS on the summit)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 1
  • Climbed November 17, 2012.


How to get there:
This mountain is located south of Mo i Rana. From the south end of Mo i Rana (with a number of traffic circles), drive E-6 south approximately 22 kilometer. As you pass through 2 tunnels, make a right exit before you enter a 3rd. tunnel. The sign here says Finneidfjord. Measure from this exit. Drive 0.9 kilometers along the main road (ignore side roads). This takes you down to Hwy. 808. Turn right onto Hwy. 808 and continue to kilometer 12.8, where you fork right, the sign says Juvik. After only 100 meter, at kilometer 12.9, make another right, the sign now says Geitvik (Juvik continues left). Continue along the fjord until kilometer 15.7. At this point a small farm road runs uphill to your right. Take this road, however, after only 100 meter you arrive at a gate. The sign says that only authorized vehicles may proceed. This is the trailhead, location N66.23722, E013.68966, elevation about 30 meter.
Ask the locals about permission to park on the side of the road, or consider parking 100 meter below, near the last turn-off.
Route description:
The route follows the service road all the way to the summit. The summit has a big telecommunication tower. The road may be plowed in winter, depending on the need to access the tower. The local guy that plowed the road when I visited said that the road was 7 kilometer long from the gate to the summit. The summit is marked by a small cairn, located on a small hilltop just south (right) of the tower.
The weather was bad and my friend Åke had left with the night train the previous evening/night. I had breakfast at my hotel (Meyergården), then drove to the trailhead. I parked around 1000, then looked around for some local advice. A young man came in his truck and told me that the road was closed to unauthorized traffic, confirming what the sign said. He informed me that he had recently plowed the road and that I most likely could walk to the summit.
I left at 1015 and had a nice walk up the road. The last kilometer was more heavy due to snow on the road. I arrived at 1205, observing signs (foot prints) indicating that some technicians most likely were present in the tower. I scaled the small hill to the cairn and took some pictures. Without seeing anybody, I started back down around 1215. The hike was nice, easier going downhill, and I was back at my car by 1320.
I now headed for the DNT hut located next to Lønsdal railroad station. It turned out that a nice guy named Lars (age 54) was already there. He was staying there a couple of days hunting ptarmigans. We had a nice evening, the next morning, the weather was still bad and I decided to travel back to Bodø, thus concluding my climbs on this trip.