Norwegian Mountains, Nordland
Straumsfjellet, 742m (Strømsfjellet)
1825-I Tosbotn (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
1825-IV Velfjord (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
|Primary factor :||292m|
|Hiked :||July 2009|
|See also :||
|See also :||Other Nordland mountains on westcoastpeaks.com|
Straumsfjellet (aka Strømsfjellet) is one of the many mountains that surround Tosenfjorden. There are no established trails to this mountain, and few people come here for a hike. But if one is prepared for a slightly cumbersome route up the forest, Straumsfjellet is not that difficult to reach. The normal starting point is Nordfjellmark (map name Nordfjellmarka), and you can choose between two ascent routes; a) up Storlitinden's north ridge and b) up Storlitinden's northwest ridge. Storlitinden is a viewpoint just above Nordfjellmark. This page will describe a round trip that covers both of these routes.
Straumsfjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 742m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 741,62m, UTM 33 W 394090 7241490) has a primary factor of 292m towards the higher parent Søre Snøfjellet (885m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 33 W 397753 7245272) is found between lakes Forsvatnet and Dagslåttvatnet. Ref. Norge 1:50,000 (20m contours), the saddle is within the range 440-460m, interpolated to 450m.
GPS measurement read 729m (!!) (on the cairn, 1,5m high), averaged over a 5-minute period (error margin not recorded). This was an unexpectedly low reading. But the track log showed 741,8m as the highest elevation (on the cairn) so there is no immediate reason to not trust the height on the official maps. However, it is extremely seldom that averaged waypoints from this GPS differ this much from the official map height.
Google's interactive map. You can zoom, pan and click on the markers.
Route 1: Nordfjellmark - Straumsfjellet round trip (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 40,5km and turn left towards Nordfjellmark (signposted). Drive 2,8km to the innermost of the Nordfjellmark farms and ask for permission to park here.
From this farm, follow a road down to the river from Markavatnet. After heavy rain, you may need to ford this river. But under normal circumstances, you can step on rocks. Proceed southwest 100m, then head up Storlitinden's northwest ridge. If you traverse this ridge, you may come across a deer track. But the main aim is to just make it above the tree line as soon as possible. This is not the fun part of the hike!
The ridge becomes steeper as you get closer to Storlitinden, but it never becomes difficult (seek to the right for less steep terrain). Continue up to Storlitinden summit, which is marked by a proper cairn. Straumsfjellet summit is 1,8km to the southeast, and the high mountain terrain is easy to follow. Straumsfjellet summit is marked by a proper cairn.
Head back to Storlitinden, descend your ascent route, or continue down the north ridge. At 400m, the ridge makes a sudden drop, so aim for easier terrain to your right and then for the continuation of the ridge further down. This is also cumbersome terrain. Proceed towards the forest road between Markavatnet and Nordfjellmark. When you get to the creek that drains from Straumsfjellet, you can head west until you get to this road. Back at Nordfjellmark, you need to cross the river one more time.
Note; In case of fog, lack of distinct features makes it difficult to orientate on the mountain plateau.