Mile-High Skala


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The annual Skala Opp race from Loen to the summit of 6,062ft (1,848m) Skala regularly draws over 1,500 participants, and the record for reaching the top is 1 hour and 7 minutes. After a hike of just under four hours, we were pretty tired and couldn’t imagine running up. Whatever pace you choose, the views are spectacular and the record for us of reaching a mile in the sky will likely stand for some time.

Below are trip highlights from September 7th, 2018 on the hike up Skala in Nordfjorden, Norway. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps

9/7/2018
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Alexandra Marina

The tender tied off at Alexandra Marina at 6:20am as we get an early start for the hike to 6,062ft (1,848m) Skala.
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Dirona

View back to the anchorage at the head of Nordfjorden on our way to the Skala trailhead.
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Goal

Our goal for the day is 6,062ft (1,848m) Skala, the flat-topped mountain left of center.
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Trailhead

A 2km walk from Loen brought us to the Skala trailhead.
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Nordfjorden

View to Nordfjorden at 1143 ft (348 m).
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Glacier Glimpse

Our first glimpse south to Jostedalsbreen icecap at 1451 ft (442 m). This is the same icecap we saw from the south in May when we were in Fjaerland.
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Bridge

Jennifer crossing a bridge across the river Fosdola with the tip of Skala visible behind.
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Skylift

At 3065 ft (934 m) up, we’re just about at the same level as the Loen Skylift.
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3478 ft

Taking a break at 3478 ft (1060 m). We’re over halfway now—’only’ 2584ft (788m) to go.
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Steps

The trail to Skala is beautifully built and maintained by the Norwegian Trekking Association, with stone steps like these ones through much of the steeper sections.
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Lake

Taking a break at 4265 ft (1300 m). The sun is just starting to hit the small lake at the right of the picture.
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5889ft

Enjoying the view south at 5889 ft (1795 m).
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Mile High

The spectacular mile-high view south to Jostedalsbreen icecap from the 6,062 (1848m) summit. Skala is considered Norway’s highest mountain peak that has a foot in a fjord.
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Lunch

Lunch with the cloister tower Skalatartnet in the background and the mountains of Jostedalsbreen glacier in the distance. The tower was built in 1891 to encourage hiking in the area and now is a Norwegian Trekking Association mountain cabin with 20 beds in three floors.
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Skalatartnet

Warming up inside Skalatartnet.
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Skalabu

The modern Skalabu mountain hut was completed in 2016 and can sleep 20 people. Despite the effort of the climb, or perhaps because of it, the hike up Skala is incredibly popular with over 10,000 people visiting annually. We saw perhaps sixty people on the trail and at the summit and expect a majority will spend the night.
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Relaxing

Relaxing and enjoying the view south in the beautiful Skalabu mountain cabin before heading returning back down. We’d reached the summit in just under four hours and were pretty tired. We found it hard to imagine running to the top in the annual Skala Opp race from Loen to the summit, which regularly draws over 1,500 participants. The record for reaching the top is 1 hour and 7 minutes. We’ll stick to walking.
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Nordfjorden

The view to Nordfjorden from 2930 ft (893 m) as we descend.
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Skala

Looking back to 6,062ft (1,848m) Skala (left) from the road. It’s hard to believe we were actually up there just a few hours earlier.
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Mt. Hoven

The Loen Skylift and Gjolmunne Suspension Bridge viewed from the road back to Loen.
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Skala Hike Profile

Our hike profile (blue is speed, green is altitude) to 6,062ft (1,848m) Skala isn’t as steep as for 5,131 ft (1564m) Slogen, but is a lot higher and longer.

Show locations on map Click the travel log icon on the left to see these locations on a map, with the complete log of our cruise.

On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps.

 
 


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2 comments on “Mile-High Skala
  1. Stewart Kelly says:

    Wow, some views and lots of rugged terrain to climb. Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos James. It was especially nice to see you and Jennifer still had good weather, and visibility, at the summit as conditions really can change in a hurry at high elevations.

    • We’ve been very lucky on the weather for the big hikes but now that we’re starting to watch for some good weather for passage south to Denmark, you can definitely tell that winter is descending on the North Atlantic. Lots of weather systems out there.

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