It’s sunday and the sun is still shining (quite amazing because it has been the case for the 4 last days !) Of course, it’s cold, closed to -8deg but when you have a sunny day in Norway, you just enjoy it ! As the norwegians say : a sunny day makes us forget about all the rainy days ! And it’s so true : the country is so beautiful under sunny weather that it’s totally worth it to accept all the rain. As I sill don’t have a car, I have to find a mountain around here that I haven’t hiked yet : Førkandsåsen. I know that the normal way to get there starts about 5 km (by car) from my place but by walking there is another trail…let’s see how it looks like…..
From Førland, a district of Jørpeland, you have to walk until the end of the Blåfjærsvingen and just before the last house, on the left, there is a small trail which goes up in the forest. There is no sign but you can see it easily. So just take it and follow it till the top of the hill, there is a big rock there and a trail going on the right and an other one continuing straight. Go straight ! It’s a wide trail and after maybe 300meters you will find the sign to Førlandsåsen. On the right, there is a trail going down abruptly. If you follow it you will join the road which drives to the old power station (where there is other hiking trails starting from there)
After this sign, the trail starts to go up (and never stop to go up !!!) in the middle of a forest. I have the “chance” to walk this trail whereas there is lots of snow and it makes the landscape even more beautiful. Once you’re getting out of the forest, there is a small part quite flat and I take the chance to admire the view and take some pictures. You can see all Jørpeland, and the fjord til Stavanger !
After this small plateau (where it has been quite hard to walk with all the snow and the ice under the snow) I can see that the top is still far ! Honestly, I was a bit discouraged, it was a bit tougher that I thought. But it was only 1 oclock and I had plenty of time to succeed. I ate something, drank (water) and start the 2nd climb. This one has several “acrobatic” passage, harder with the ice on the rocks, but there is rope (in 2 places) very helpful.
I have gone up for an other hour before arriving on the top. The last meters were particularly hard because the snow (up to the knees) and no idea of what there is under the snow (rock? hole?). I had the chance that someone has walked there not a long time ago and I was able to put my feet in his/her step. After 2hours, I’m on the top and, once again, the view is totally worth it ! Immediately I forgot about the 2 falls in the snow, about my legs asking for rest, I just put my bagpack on a rock and enjoyed the view and fresh air for long minutes.
On the top, you can find the cairn, as everywhere but there is although this box in which you can find a notebook, pens and all the name of the people who were there before me ! With the date ! Of course, I wrote my name, proud !
I took few more pictures with my camera, but not having a wide angle lens, it doesn’t really show the beauty of the moment.
My plan was to take an other trail to go down by Selemork but I was not able to find any sign on the top, and with all the snow, no possibility to see anything. I was supposed to meet a friend by Selemork but he haven’t got the patience to wait for me so I decided to go down by the same way. The downhill has been quite challenging and slippery too, and I was happy to be back home safely, despite 3 more falls on my way back !!