Hjelledalstinden

Hiking 7 - 9 h 6.3 km

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Hjelldalstinden rises up sharp like a church spire south of Morka-Koldedalen. It's an exciting peak and much less visited than Falketind. The normal route goes from the easternmost peak between the peak 1751 and Koldedalstind. You start off in scree and eventually pass a patch of snow. Up on the ridge that runs west to Koldedalstind, you get fantastic views south towards Hemsedalfjell and Valdres. You would hardly get these kinds of views from the "celebrity in the north"! A little scrambling back up to Koldedalstind. From Koldedalstind there is some loose scree down on the saddle between this and Hjelldalstind. You pass a part with a darker rock that is almost pure hornblende, and suddenly tufts of moss campion, purple saxifrage, mountain sorrel, mountain inherit, buttercup and salix haerbacea pop up. Do not go out on the snow between Koldedalstind and Hjelledalstind if you do not go in a rope team, because there is a glacier with cracks going all the way to the rock. Towards the top of Hjelledalstind there is some fun scrambling. Crampons and ice axes are good to have on this trip. From the top you can nicely see Hurrungane, Falketinden, Hjelledalen, Vettismorki, parts of Utladalen and otherwise very many of the peaks in Jotunheimen. The return trip is along the same route as the way up.

Getting there: From Tyinholmen take the car until the boom barrier where the river from Uradalsvatnet flows into Koldedalsvatnet. Continue on foot along the northern side of Koldedalsvatnet.

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