Hiking with reindeer


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July 7th 2016
Published: July 7th 2016
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Lynn, Rose, Alan and I are staying at a lodge run by the Norwegian Hiking Association. The accommodation is pretty simple but the food and drink are great! Norwegians know where to put their priorities.

Today we went for a fantastic hike in the alpine area near the lodge. We took a boat up the lake for 35 minutes, then spent about six and a half hours walking back. We climbed up from the lake to a ridge that led, after more climbing, to the peak at 1754 m, a gain of 763 m. There were great views of the snow-spotted peaks around and several lakes trapped between the mountains.

I was just starting to wonder whether we'd see any wildlife (apart from gulls) when we happened upon a little herd of reindeer hanging out on a snowfield. I guess the day was too warm for them, even though it felt pretty chilly up there to us.

The descent was more gradual than the ascent, thank the gods, and we got back just in time for some relaxation before dinner.

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