Location: North 68:44.952, East 019:29.278 (GPS at the summit)
Difficulty: (YDS) class 2.
Climbed May 5. 2012.
How to get there:
From Tromsø, drive E-8 to Nordkjosbotn and continue to Øverbygd or via Øvergård, to
Hwy. 173 running south in Dividalen. To proceed south beyond the farm Frihetsli requires a self serve payment
of toll (NOK 50 in 2012). Drive approximately 5.5 kilometer, there is a small turnout on the right hand side of
the road, just before the road crosses a small bridge. This is the trailhead, location N68:43.826, E019:45.192, elevation
approximately 305 meter.
From the trailhead/parking locate the trail that runs downhill or just proceed downhill
until you find the trail and/or the first small bridge. Continue across the river using
3-4 small bridges that span narrow, but very deep gorges. The river runs far below and has
carved several deep channels inthis area.
Continue slightly left then directly up the hillside on the opposite side. There is some
vague ridge line coming down slope that is pretty good to follow. That is, there is enough space
between the trees to make skiing quite adequate. We crossed the treeline at location
N68:43.537, E019:42.707, elevation about 600 meter.
From here, continue uphill to about 950 meter of elevation, then start a long traverse south of
Dreggfjellet. Contine across the creek that runs from the lake between Dreggfjellet and the south summit
of Njunis (1606m), and enter the very distinct and narrow valley just east of point 1343. Proceed up this
valley and continue up the higher valley that turns a bit east of north (more right). Alternatively, as a safer
route wrt. avalanche danger, continue up the ridge on the west side (left) of this valley. This ridge broadens
higher up and turns into the main (south) ridge connecting to the summit of Njunis.
The top part is flat, but beware of the steep side to the east. There is a (rotating) radar on the very
top, near the cliff. This radar can be lowered into the mountain. In fact, there is a tunnel from the
farm Frihetsli serving this defense installation. (Must have cost a fortune to build!)
I came to Tromsø Friday evening with the sun
hitting Tromsdalstinden. Sondre had arranged a place
that I could rent for the weekend near Olsberg. It was a nice evening drive, near midnight with a little bit
of darkness, just enough to get the moonlight illuminating
the many white mountain slopes.
The forecast for Saturday was nice and I had agreed with Sondre that Njunis would be our goal for the day.
I did this climb with Sondre Kvambekk, age 21. He has been very active in mountaineering since early teenage years.
Currently, he is doing his military service in Troms, and this was a nice opportunity to meet. We had a late start
since the military only starts breakfast around 1000 in weekends. Thus, the time was already 1220 when we headed
down towards the river.
The forecast had been promising sunshine, however clouds dominated and it became pretty obvious that this
would be a grey day. As we skied south of Dreggfjellet, the clouds got thicker and gusty wind started to push
around. We skied up into the clouds at around 1200 meter. From here, no visibility until we cautiously approached
Sindre II, the radar located on top of Njunis.
(Sindre is an acronym for Silo based radar that can be lowered into the mountain and
We arrived around 1820, so 6 hours up. There was no reason to hang around, in fact, radiation from the radar provided
an extra incentive to leave this hostile place without further delay. We were back at the car around 2200. Bad weather,
but good company!
The summit of Njunis, here
is Sindre II, SIlobasert Nedsenkbar, Dekkbar RadarEnhet. That is, a second generation 3-D radar
that can be proteced.