Tortenlirunden

There’s not been much opportunity for skiing so far this year, so when we got a window of nice weather and a couple of hours free, it was off on Tortenlirunden, a circular ski trail on Senja, about 8 km / 5 miles. The name is cunningly derived from the name of the hill (Tortenli, which we walked up last autumn) which the trail goes around (runden)! I cheat a bit and take the popular ‘short cut’ across the frozen lake, which is guaranteed flat! This map comes from a useful website which shows ski trails, which are colour coded to show the last time the snowmobile went round to maintain them.

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The first 1/3 of the trail runs roughly east – west. These are views looking backward, to Kisterfjellet, and the mainland

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Further on, the view opens up towards Bardu and Dyrøy kommunes, south(ish) across Gisundet, the sound which seperates Senja from the mainland:

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Whilst the days are rapidly lengthening, the sun is still quite low in the sky, giving long shadows:

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The trail begins to head back ‘inland’ (north east) and we say goodbye to the sea for the next portion.

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The views are now towards the north of Senja, and further in the distance, the mountains of Balsfjord and furthest of all, those near Tromsø:Tortenlirunden_017

The last two in the previous block were Kisterfjell and Kvitfjell. The final picture, below, is the mountains in Balsfjord, looking north:

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