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The trail is signposted at various points along the ascent. From the summit (647 mas), you can enjoy a wonderful view in three directions out towards the ocean and mountains and the settlement.
Turn off from Rv 85 at the crossroad to Osvolldalen (signposted), about 5 km south of the Sortland bridge. Follow the gravel road to the lay-by on the left side a short distance before the power station. You may park in this lay-by, signposted Strandheia at the beginning of the forest road. Then follow the forest road to 260 mas, cross the stream and then follow the good, visible trail all the way to the summit. The trail is signposted at various points along the ascent. From the summit (647 mas), you can enjoy a wonderful view in three directions out towards the ocean and mountains and the settlement. Return the same way.
Distances: Strandheia approx. 8 km. Strandheia and Kvalsauktinden in a single round-trip: about 313 km.
Time: Strandheia 3-5 hours. Strandheia and Kvalsauktinden together 5-8 timer.
From Strandheia, you can continue towards Kvalsauktinden, a breezy and vigorous trip. Follow the trail eastward from Strandheia along the ridge and down towards the valley floor until you reach height 500. Here you will pass a couple of small gullies before the route becomes steeper towards the northeast; the trail is well developed all the way to the top of Kvalsauktinden (767 mas).
Return the same way, or choose this alternative: hike eastward along Kvalsauktinden’s windy ridge and descend to a height of 580 and on down along Storelvdalen. This alternative is somewhat difficult and steep but offers the possibility to enjoy Osvolldalen, with one of Veste-rålen’s best fishing and bathing lakes, adapted for wheelchair users and prams. There is also a bathing house on the sandy beach at the point where the tributary flows into the lake. You can purchase a fishing licence at the Esso station in Sigerfjord. Osvolldalen also boasts an interesting history of settlement dating from the 1800s – described in more detail in the series «Encounter with Vesterålen».