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Petter S wrote a review Feb 2018
Prague, Czech Republic34 contributions15 helpful votes
You may get there by taking a bus or train from Bodø (eastbound) or Fauske (westbound) to Valnesfjord, a village below the national park. Then you may be lucky to catch a bus up to a tiny village called Bringsli and from there, you may follow the road up to a rehabilitation centre called Valnesfjord Helsesportssenter and a bit further, where the road ends. Then follow the hiking trails up to the many lakes higher up. Alternatively, you may get of the bus from Bodø to Fauske or vise versa at a scarsely populated place called Kistrand and walk up the steep hills. The park is area full of 1000-metres high mountains on all three sides, the highest of which is reminding of a hat - therefore the name Sjunkhatten. Climb it if you dare, it's arguably Norway's 8th toughest. There are no roads in the national park, so few organized groups make it all the way here. Even locals don't come here very often, so you're likely to be hiking alone for hours without spotting anyone. It's not just another spot of absolute wildernes in Northern Norway, it's more than that. You may see reindeer and have a chat with the herders, have a closer look at the few sheep farms that aren't abandoned yet. A fascinating area of magical wilderness, alongside with parts of Helgeland, Lofoten, Vesterålen, Senja, Lyngen and many other areas in Northern Norway, close to my heart.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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