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 everything was again freezingly cold, but I was slowly getting used to it. The landscape was nice and the route easy to follow. After a few hours I reached Keikut 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 due to the deep snow. I decided to just walked straight uphill. It wasn't an easy climb but I reached the summit. Just before the top I sank through some ice and into a stream, so my socks got wet. Fortunately I brought multiple 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 and seeing a fox it time to go to sleep.
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 didn't seem there that night.