Breitinden (Ringvassøya)

Last Tuesday I set out to climb Breitinden on Ringvassøya. This mountain is not in Ti på Topp, it was one of the mountains they lacked photos of for the new hiking book that’s coming out this autumn. Armed with a map and brief directions, I followed a pipeline up to Damnvatnet, one of the lakes that provide drinking water for Tromsø.

Following the pipeline up to the lake Patches of fog were passing below

It wasn’t far to the lake, and you can actually walk over the dam, which was fun :)

Damvatnet, one of the lakes that provide drinking water for Tromsø. You can see my destination in the background, the triangular mountain in the middle You can walk over the dam :)

From here on, there was a faint path up the ridge towards Breitinden, but I kept losing it and in the end just made my own way up. It was quite clear which direction I had to follow, but it wasn’t always easy to find the best route. I often tried to avoid climbing every little hill on the ridge, but that didn’t always work well :D It made me appreciate Ti på Topp even more, though I am slightly embarrassed to admit that ;) It’s just so much easier when there is a path and/or markers to follow!

Yay, a cairn! I thought this meant the route would be marked - but no such luck ;) It's not difficult to know where you're going though - follow the ridge to the highest point

There were nice views towards the valley that leads to Ringvassbu. Higher up, I came across some large patches of snow – and there was ice on the melt ponds!

View towards Øvre and Nedre Langvatnet. The upper one is dammed and you can only just about make out the water There was ice on the surface of this pond...

There was some steep climbing on loose rocks just before the top, but I made it :D It took me almost 4 hours to rech the top, and the view was spectacular. Unfortunately the light was very flat though, so they photos didn’t turn out that well. There was a guestbook on top: the last entry was dated August 2009… would I really be the first visitor in 3 years? I suspect this top is more popular in winter, when the book might be inaccessible due to snow.

View towards Tromsø from the top I've been seeing Tromsø from all kind of strange angles in the past week!

Most people who signed the book were on their way to Skulgamtinden along the ridge that you can see in the second panorama below. Didn’t look very inviting to me!

Panorama from the top The view in the other direction, looking towards Skulgamtinden

After a nice break, I started my way down. I took some photos of cracked rocks, and this amazing “goretex” moss that I found several places. It seemed almost watertight, with big drops lying on the surface – if you’d push the drops with your fingers, they’d just roll away like marbles! Amazing :)

There were some impressive cracked rocks near the top Watertight moss - you could push the big drops with your fingers and they'd roll away like marbles!

To my relief I found a much better route coming down, and even a faint path at times! I stopped to take some photos of this tiny reflecting lake, just above Damnvatnet. It really starts to look autumnal now…

Nice sky on the way down Reflections in a small lake - it's starting to look autumnal...

Here is the map and the height profile of my hike… Total time, including breaks, was 7 hours.

Route up Breitinden - you can see my struggle to find the best route The profile of Breitinden

4 Responses to “Breitinden (Ringvassøya)”

  1. Erin says:

    Great photos of the scenery, but that photo of the water drops is just spectacular.

  2. Martha says:

    I am totally impressed by the cracked rock. Is there some info as to the geological history or formations of Tromso in English somewhere? The cairn is fomred by a different rock type to the flat slates I have seen before.

  3. Hanneke says:

    Hi Martha,
    I love those cracked rocks, they are so impressive. Actually, on this hike I was thinking to myself that I would have liked a geologist with me on the hike, as I had so many questions – there were lots of different types of rocks there. I can’t find much information in English, I did find this fun interactive map: http://geo.ngu.no/kart/berggrunn/ but it’s all in Norwegian.