Kiste Surprise

At 30 C / 86 f, last Friday was the warmest day so far in 2016. With pretty much pin sharp views, it afforded a great opportinuty to take my friend, “The Mountain Goat”, for a walk up Kistefjell (literally coffin mountain). It’s approximately 5.5 miles (9 km) to the summit which is 1003 m (about 3300 feet).

So, equipped with a lot of water and cameras, we set off at his usual brisk pace. I must be getting fitter, because I could keep up, and we made the top in about 2 hours. However, on the way, there were a couple of distractions. The first was to sign the visitors book at about half way, and to admire the already considerable views:

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The second was the sudden appearance of reindeer. We had seen their footprints on the track, and my freind thought it would be exciting to see them. I didn’t think it was very likely, but then they started coming down the track . . .

. . . a female and a very big male, heading straight towards us!

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My friend then decided to follow them for a closer look, only to come back rather quickly, with the male in pursuit:

The male then kept reappearing as we headed for the summit:

Here is a bit of video, shot using a wobble-cam:

The transmiter on the top is HUGE. 78 m (240′). It’s a very visible landmark!

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Having arrived at the top we were disappointed to find that the book to record visits had been removed, and the maintenance people were just leaving, so it wasn’t possible to see inside the tower.

However, our lunch was enlived with another appearance of the reindeer, first about 1000 feet below us . . .

. . . and then suddenly right at the summit:

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This is a 360 degree panorama (you can view an interactive version here):

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In this 180 degree panorama, looking north, the furthest mountains visible are at least 95 km / 60 miles away (the Lygen Alps):

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This is the panorama looking south:

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Finally it was time to head back home, making good time at 1.5 hours, with a short stop to eat some snow (carefully avoiding the yellow stuff):

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Next time we want to extend the tour to include North Kiste, which when viewed from a certain angle (in Gibostad on Senja), looks like an open coffin lid (hence the name):

All in all a good day, despite a bit of arctic sun burn!

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3 thoughts on “Kiste Surprise

  1. Looks like a great outing (and congratulations on good weather). For that next trip you could perhaps consider a sleigh ride?

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    1. I think the only sleigh that would make it would be Santas flying version. The nice gravel road doesn’t extend to the coffin lid, which apparently involves a bit of a scramble to the top!

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