Norwegian Mountains, Nordland
1825-IV Velfjord (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
1725-I Brønnøysund (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
|Primary factor :||229m|
|Hiked :||Aug 1995, July 2009|
|See also :||
|See also :||Other Nordland mountains on westcoastpeaks.com|
There is a vast mountain region east of highway E6 between Svenningdal and Mosjøen. Storfinnkneet, Visttindan, Storklumpen (Blåfjellet), Breidvasstinden, Snøfjelltinden, Anddalshatten and Høyholmstindane are among the more prominent mountains here. Part of this area can be considered wilderness, and the Lomsdalen valley is renowned for its beauty.
Øyrtinden is found southeast in the region, rising tall above Langfjorden - one of the Velfjorden arms. The mountain is frequently on the Fjelltrimmen list of mountains (annual list of 10 mountains that people are encouraged to visit), and has - subsequently - been properly marked. Langfjorden is also the normal starting point.
Øyrtinden offers absolutely no difficulties or challenges on the normal route. On a day-hike, you can also reach Tettingsfjellet, Nordre & Søre Snøfjellet, and possibly also Breidvasstinden from its summit. You can also head north towards Dalaunfjellet, Engelvikfjellet and Råkfjellet. The coastal view is superb, and the inland view covers all of the tops mentioned in the introduction - as well as Heilhornet in Bindal.
Thanks to the easy terrain and the marked route, Øyrtinden has become a very popular mountain. Most hikers will come a long way up the mountain within 90 minutes. And most people will descend their ascent route, but there are a couple of interesting variations; one towards Svartvatnet and west to the power station by Langfjordøyra.
Øyrtinden (Norge 1:50,000: 759m, Økonomisk Kartverk: -, UTM 33 W 395236 7251110) has a primary factor of 229m towards the higher parent Nordre Snøfjellet (1007m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 33 W 397101 7249245) is found just easy of Toshølaksla. Ref. Norge 1:50,000 (20m contours), the saddle is within the range 520-540m, interpolated to 530m.
GPS measurement read 759m (on the ground), averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin +/- 0,9m). The summit cairn is found 22m southwest of the high point.
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Route 1: Langfjorden - Øyrtinden (summer/autumn)
This route description is valid per July 2009
(all distances are approx. distances)
The starting point is Brønnøysund. Follow highway RV17 towards Vennesund. At Skillvika (10 minutes outside Brønnøysund), turn left onto highway RV76. Drive 29,9km (passing Hommelstø along the way) and turn left towards Langfjord (signposted).
Follow this road 3,3km to Langfjord, then turn right at a junction. 300m later, turn right again. Continue 2,1km to the bridge across Tarmaunbotnet. Once across, drive 300m and locate the path on your right-hand side. Find parking 100m up the road.
Follow the path upwards. In summer, the grass is high, and if it's wet - you'll be wet. You reach a meadow after approx. 300 metres. Turn left gradually and follow the path that runs between the forest ridge to your left and the power line. This path leads you up to the pass between this ridge (Øyrhatten) and Øyrtinden's west ridge.