Norway Winter - Day 3 : Keikut
I again spent 16 hours in my sleeping bag. The advantage of winter hiking is that you don't have to worry about getting enough rest. Packing was again freezingly cold, but I was getting used to it. The landscape was nice and the route easy to follow. After a few hours I reached the Kikut restaurant, there was a small room with flowing water.
After a short break and lunch it was time to start climbing. It was -9 degrees. There were many people mountain biking through the snow, which must be really cold, especially if you get a punctured tire. Climbing went reasonably well, the road was covered in ice and after a while I lost track of it all together. Instead, I just walked straight up. It wasn't an easy climb but I reached the summit. Just before arriving I sank through some ice and into a stream so my socks got wet. Fortunately I brought several pairs. The view from the summit was nice, but mostly hidden by trees.
The descend sucked, I kept on slipping. Back down I saw the temperature had dropped to -11C and it started to get dark. After walking passed a lake for a while it was time to go to sleep. I saw a fox along the way.
Pitching my bivy bag without freezing went better every time. It also helped a lot if I cooked from my sleeping bag. I checked if I could see the northern lights but they weren't visible.