• Oksskolten
  • 1916 m
  • Primary factor 1384 m
  • Okstindene, Norway
  • Highest in Northern Norway
  • Location: North 66:00.536, East 14:20.774
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2.
  • Climbed in August 1972.


How to get there: A good starting point is the small community Mo i Rana. From here take E-12 (a road that crosses to Sweden) east. The road curves around north and east of Raudvatnet and continues south, with the smaller lake Tverrvatnet on its west (right hand) side. Subsequently, the road climbs up to a pass with another lake, Umskardtjønna, on the east (left hand side). There is another, smaller road on the east side of this lake, this road crosses the main road just south of the lake and heads south-west. Make a right turn and take this road. Stay on the main road (right) at a fork just north of Storakersvannet and continue along the north side of this large lake, then south on its west side. The road finally leaves the lake and heads south-west, then south-east and to Vestre Kjennsvatnet. Continue passed the Kjennsvasshytta (tourist hut) and to the south of Austre Kjennsvatnet. A trail heads south up the mountain between the two creeks that cross the road running into Austre Kjennsvatnet. This is a good starting point.
Route description: The trail heads up the mountain and ends near the end of a glacier, Okstindbreen. From here we hiked east avoiding the glacier to a couple of small lakes, Bretjørna, crossing Oksfjellelva just east of the lakes. This river which drains the main glacier, was quite cold to cross and required care. The easiest and glacier-free climb would now be to head back west on the south side of the small lakes, then climb the slope just east of the glacier, south up near a small creek towards point 1353. From this point one continues the north ridge of Oksskolten to the summmit. There are no difficulties long this ridge.
Comments: I did this climb with my friend Ivar. The peak is quite nice and the view from the summit breathtaking. There are a number of slightly lower peaks belonging to the same group, and a significant glacier in the basin formed between the peaks. We descended west from the peak and crossed the glacier on our way back, making a tour the Okstindan. However, hikers should have experience and equipment for glacier travel in order to do this.