Hike through an old glacier tongue that leads to one of the most beautiful lakes of Norway, Blavatnet
The impressive blue tones of the water are the result of the sedimentation of silt particles eroded of the steep mountain in the background
Elevation Gain: 200m Distance: 9km
Time: 3h Max altitude: 190m
When to go
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Hiking to Blåvatn is one of the best things you can do if you want to get in touch with nature. At only one an a half hour from Tromso, is located the region of Lyngen Alps with the steepest mountains of Troms area. The region offers incredible views of glaciers and is an incredible place to chase the northern lights! During winter the area is visited by many skiers from all over the world thanks to the conditions and the spectacular scenery.
Approaching to Aspevatn
At the Sørlenangsbotn parking starts the path that leads to Aspevatnet and Blavatnet. The path is indicated by a hiking signal that shows the distance to both lakes. After hiking only 500m there is a signal that shows the path that reaches Aspevatn. This path crosses a bridge and is a bit narrow and takes 5 minutes to arrive at the lake. As the Blavatnet lake, Aspevatnet has incredible blue tones and the hike is suitable for everybody.
Hiking to the Blue gem, Blåvatnet
Once is explored Aspevatn on the way back will be taken the path that leads to Blavatn. It goes by the riverbed during the first km. Quickly is reached a wide old glacier tongue that was covered by ice many years ago. The trail is marked with red signs in sticks or painted at rocks. At the end of this wide extension of rocks transported by the glacier are found large boulders and the path becomes more technical. The path crosses between two big rocks and going after it a bit to the right climbing over large stones and scree. It is possible to cross to the other side of the lake and set up the tent. During the late summer and autumn is possible to pick sweet berries!
The way back is the same one that was taken to reach the lake. It takes a bit more than 1h to get back to the parking.
-Be careful with the weather conditions because it can change quickly and in an unexpected way. It can get cold quickly so is recommended to wear always with us some warm clothes.
-In case of setting up a tent be respectful with nature and locals. You can take advantage of the Norwegian law “allemansratten” to set up a tent almost wherever you want but keep on mind that nature doesn’t care about our egos. We should show as much respect and take as much caution as possible. Indrearne at BBC
-Your safety is our concern but is your responsibility. Hiking in high mountain areas requires a minimum of preparation and wearing warm clothes and proper boots always with us.