|Dyna from Ranten (ski)
|Estimated net time||2-3 hours|
|Drinking water||No access to drinking water during winter.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (March 2010).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park by trail head.|
|Start height||940 metres|
|Vertical metres||515 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||17.8 km|
|GPS-file||X (descent only)|
From Oslo drive west and drive road E16 north, and then fork left onto road 7 in the round-about south of Hønefoss. Follow road 7 to Nesbyen, and then turn left (west) where signed for "Tunhovd". Drive approximately 14.5 km along this road, and turn right where signed for "Ranten". Drive approximately 8 km until you get to Ranten Hotel. Park on the large car park next to the church.
Start skiing by walking 300 metres back along the road, until you see ski tracks crossing the road. There are signs on the right hand side of the road, with directions for "Dyna" and "Synstevatn". You should head left (north) here, and from here follow signs for "Dyna" all the way to the summit. The summit is marked by a big cairn and a trigonometric point.
The descent is best done by reversing the ascent route.
NOTE: There is a shorter route from Ranten by heading west/north-west to the small hill Grønhovdhøgde (at the top of the small ski-centre), which will save you some 2.5 km in total. The descent can be a little steep, depending on the conditions of the snow.
19. March 2010
After a few days in Finland for work I arrived Oslo Thursday night. Here I was picked up by my friend Håvard, and we drove to his cabin above Nesbyen.
On this Friday morning we were determined to bag Dyna, and drove across to Ranten to reduce the total distance of the hike to around 50% compared to skiing from his cabin. At Ranten we were disappointed to see that the tracks hadn't been prepared since the last snow fall, so we had to plough our way through a few centimetres of wet snow. This didn't give any difficulties, but made skiing very slow since the glide was like using skins on the skis.
When we got higher up in the mountain the wind was strong, but the temperature was probably never below zero so it never felt cold. However, it made for no wish to spend much time at the summit, which was fairly hostile except when you found shelter behind the big cairn, so after a drink of water and taking a few photos we headed back down.
The descent gave us a better glide than during the ascent thanks to ourselves having made the tracks harder during our ascent, and as usual you didn't have to descent much from the summit before the wind was much reduced. Back at the car we quickly got on our way, realizing that in order to get to Nesbyen to do the shopping and get back to Håvard's cabin before the rest of the guys arrived we'd better hurry up.