Day 29: Snow To Sea

Sorjushytte to Sulitjelma (and a hitch to Naurstad)

Distance: 15km


A clear, cold night - a wet tent. Still, I am positively surprised that low clouds are not dominating the sky this morning.

I leave early once more. Starting my day with a climb over easy going rocks and scree and snow fields. Soon enough I reach the highest point of today. A bit over 1000 meters. The views are wonderful once more.

Slowly, I start the long descent towards Sulitjelma, which is at 200 meters. It's seems much shorter than I was expecting and by 11:00 I'm licking on a chocolate ice cream, considering all my options. 

Sulitjelma, a skiing town, is like Celerina during off-season: dead. 

There's a hotel and not much else. A campground in the middle of nowhere, too. But I don't feel like camping. 

Fauske, the nearest larger town has no suitable place to stay either. I try Bodo. Nothing that catches my intention. 

Then I try airbnb and find a reasonably priced accommodation in Naurstad. On a fjord. Looks nice. Just, how to get there? An option is public transportation but it would take ages. So I throw out my thumb and it doesn't take long I'm on my way to Fauske. I learn a lot about the mining history of Sulitjelma from the friendly driver, who drops me at the edge of town. After a 30 minutes wait two young workers take me all the way to the Naurstad intersection, from where it's am easy hitch to Anne-Lise's lovely place. A bit far away from everything but going from complete remoteness directly into into a big city might have been too much for my brain to process. 

Still, later that day, when my host decides to head to Northern Norway's largest shopping center, I use the chance and join her. She gives me a great tour around Bodo, passing the airport and the aviation museum. 

With bags full of groceries and some stuff, with which I can hopefully fix my sandals we return home. Now it's finally time relax and enjoy the comfort of a real house. 


Looking back at Sorjushytte
Looking back at Sorjushytte
Another look back
Another look back
Perfectly marked trail
Perfectly marked trail
Still lots of snow up there. But they didn't ruin my day.
Still lots of snow up there. But they didn't ruin my day.
Dramatic morning mood. A reason why I like starting early..
Dramatic morning mood. A reason why I like starting early..
Descending into Sulitjelma
Descending into Sulitjelma
Not far to go
Not far to go
Very different scenery down here
Very different scenery down here
Aviation museum with a Huey helicopter and a Spitfire (?) in the rear mirror.
Aviation museum with a Huey helicopter and a Spitfire (?) in the rear mirror.

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