This relatively short hike explores the Lille Raipas trig point, which forms part of the fascinating Struve Geodetic Arc. A series of over 200 trig stations established between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, this project helped establish the exact size and shape of the planet. The Little Raipas hike starts on Stranddalen in Alta (Norway), and ascends along a service trail through the forest. It’s a nice and easy walk, with the forest a blaze of autumn colour.
The trail – called the Alta 10-toppers – passes a small (unnamed) lake and a small summer hut.
As the path ascends there’s a muddy section along another small lake – but a long and narrow boardwalk means our feet stay dry!
There’s some nice views as the track reaches some rocky outcrops, with Alta and the Alta Fjord in the distance.
At the highest-most point is the Lille Raipas trig point, and beyond it sweeping views over the surrounding area. I’ve seen the height of Lille Raipas recorded as both 275, 285m and 286m in elevation.
Near the trig point is a UNESCO, marking this historically significant site.
There’s also a log book a the summit, which we fill in before returning down the hill.