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.


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


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


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


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


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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