Hiking to Tønsåsheia
- Type of hike : Go back, Loop
- Visibility of the route : Good to medium if first route, poor to non existant if second route
- Start/Finish : Park in Nusfjord, the trailhead start at the endof the dirt road (on the other side of the village).
- GPS Point : Start/finish: N68 02.096 E13 20.945
Trailhead: N68 01.750 E13 20.935
Turn rightat this point: N68 01.741 E13 20.635
Turn rightat this point: N68 01.560 E13 18.618
Tønsåsheia summit: N68 01.865 E13 17.499
View point: N68 02.053 E13 17.233
- Extensions : itinéraire 2, moyenne+, 5h, 7,8km, +/-870m, '769m
The peak of Tønsåsheia rises up between the village of Nusfjord and the fjord of Skjelfjord. It is the starting-point of an impressive chain of peaks that are difficult to climb and which run as far as the village of Ramberg to the north of the island of Flakstad. From the top there is a magnificent panorama of the turquoise waters of Skjelfjord, the Vestfjord and Stjerntinden (934 m), the highest peak on the island. What’s more, despite the steep slope it is easy to get to the top and the path is clearly visible all along the route.
People usually tackle this hike as a return journey starting at the village of Nusfjord but it is possible, once you have reached the summit, to go down southwards along the ridges to reach Neslandheia and the little settlement of Nesland below. The only problem with this route is that no path is marked. You can then return via the coastal path linking Nesland and Nusfjord (Warning! this version is long and difficult). We would advise you, however, to take the return journey starting from Nusfjord. After the village of Nusfjord, continue along the track that runs around the fjord heading south before arriving at the end of the track which ends at a little beach.
Take the right-hand path (west) heading for the mountain and aim for point 311, going round it on the left-hand side. The path then heads for point 438. Shortly before you arrive at this point take the path to the right (north-west) that climbs up a steep slope until you reach a beautiful plateau with uninterrupted views. From here the path continues north-west to the summit which is a splendid viewing point. We advise you to return via the same route.