Dog hiking backpack

Remember our hike along Yttersandheia last year? This year we started our summer in Lofoten with a hike parallel to it along the seashore, an easy and family friendly hike to Mulstøa in Fredvang.

Nice, easy and well visible trail.

Puppy has finally got her very first dog backpack. I choose a light version for her as a novice that will be perfect for day hikes. Ruffwear’s singeltrack has 2 included water sacks (0,6 L each), room for her candy/meal and some other smaller stuff to. Her own pink water bowl in rubber are attached on it too with a carabiner. It is probable possible to attache more if necessary.

A light pack version for my lappjenta dog that works well for day hikes with the 2 water-bags included. We have also tried it out in rough shrubland/bush, where it seems to be pretty scratch resistant too.Ruffwear singletrack dog wear ryggsekk klov lapphund

After doing a couple of smaller “saltomorales” with the packpack on, she accepted it pretty quick. Maybe she understand that she carries her own stuff in it. She is also of a dog race that likes to work, so I believe it is also healthy for her mind to be contributing.

Do you see the white-taled eagle flying away? (you can zoom a bit) We came pretty close to ithiking Lofoten lappjenta lapphund eagle bird ruffwear Mulstoa Fredvang

On our hike we came close to a white-taled eagle (havørn). It popped up at several places in front of us, didn’t seem to be too scared of the dog either, we came about 8 meters at the closest. This are the moments you regret not doing the effort to carrying the heavier camera with zoom, but hopefully we will get another chance this summer.

Arriving Mulstøa

There is a lot of sheeps along this trail. The mommies are looking well after their lambs and usually step aside, but one of the sheep mom’s came forward to puppy and they saluted each other with a “nose kiss”, sooo adorable and cool. It will probable also contribute to make my puppy Jenta “sheep-safe”. 

Sheep mom’s are tough but peacekeeping ladies

3 quick ones

  • You can park your car at the parking area close to trail start.
  • Take a nice stroll along the beautiful Sandbotnen beach nearby
  • You will find the scenic Fredvang campsite placed close to the beach

MAP/KART 

Lofoten – third edition

Yes, you probable guessed correctly. Me and puppy are finally back in Lofoten again, for the 3 time, it is just something magic about Lofoten, and most people that have been her would most probable agree to that.

We already had a very busy day where everything seems to happen at once. A couple of photos from our very first sunny day here is naturally included.

Morning glory when the fog is still fluffing the landscape Lofoten landscape bridge morning fog mountains fjords beautiful norway

A favorite view along the roadLofoten landscape farm mountains fjords beautiful norway

We drove to the closest village to have a mechanic’s check my car, while waiting we did a lovely stroll passing a beautiful swan lake and some magnificent views. We where also invited home to a friendly dog owner and had a look at he’s cool Harley Davidson bicycles. Turned out we also had a mutual friend where I grew up. I just adore how friendly and curious inhabitants are up here in the north.

The swan lake with a magnificent view on the morning dog walk. Maybe you recognize that peak too?swan lake landscape views svanesjøen Lofoten

Later me and puppy also did a dedour to stroll along a shoreline where the spectacular and windless views made me stop a lot.. make sure you do that too, cuz these magnetic views can cause tricky situations while driving. the very same day I almost got squeezed off a narrow road by another fascinated tourist in his rental car.. but I kind of do understand him too 😀

During our seashore stroll here I remembered that I also biked through here a couple of years ago. Road 815 is a very nice alternative to the more trafficked E10 road indeed!Lofoten rorbu landscape fjords steep mountains fjords beautiful norway

I do drive like a priest, but on our way back home I got a darn speeding ticket, driving a lil’ bit too fast not paying attention to the speedometer at that moment, it really sucks!

You know, it’s already expensive here in Lofoten, and that goes for the the speeding tickets too, so pay attention here so you don’t end up using your travel budget on unnecessary and costly “experiences” like that. If you end up behind a slow driver around here, it is probable just me, please be understanding..ha..ha

Last stop for the day on our way back. It sure did wonders for the mood to walk along this beach to let the sound of waves wash away any worries.Lofoten landscape white beaches lapphund mountains fjords beautiful norway

Me and puppy will for sure be back with more very soon, alright. In mean time: Drive safe dear readers! 🙂

Roadtrip to Northern Norway

We started in Tinn, Telemark. I had some extra days before work startup, and decided to finally visit my family on the west coast of Norway, so me an puppy drove E134 across Haukelifjell, through beautiful steep landscapes of mountains, fjords and waterfalls.

We drove through a really beautiful area in the municipality of Vinje in Telemark, here you see the lake Totak, among one of the deepest in Norway.Totak lake Telemark Vinje roadtrip

It mostly takes longer time for me to get somewhere, almost like a curse, cuz in Norway I just have to stop a lot to capture awesome travel moments..pretty often. Haukelifjell was looking at it’s best this very day as you can seehaukelifjell roadtrip Norway

It was so lovely to visit my dear mother in Hordaland for a couple of days, but then me and puppy had to hit the road again to once again cross the mountains and head northwards. We zigzagged on narrow serpentine roads, in long dark tunnels and over the impressive Hardanger bridge.

Driving through Lærdalstunellen (Lærdal tunnel) which I believe still is the longest road tunnel in the world. The spacious, brighter and colorful “breathing holes” at some spots in the tunnel is certainly a cool idea!Laerdalstunnellen Lærdal tunnel roadtrip Norway

We finally arrived to Vang in Valdres where I decided to get a tiny cabin for the night – at a friendly camping site based at Vangsmjøse. And of course me and puppy went for a evening hike up to Skakadalen. Next morning we woke up to stiff breeze outside, what do you think that resulted in?

Dog meets sheep- They came running up to us thiose cute and curious little “Shawn-the-sheep’s”- and puppy behaved pretty wellSkakadalen Vang Valdres sheeps roadtrip hike lapphund Norway

Windy, sunny, rainy hike/walk upwards the gravel road to Skakadalen-awesome!Skakadalen Vang Valdres roadtrip hike lapphund Norway

So the very next morning we drove up to Beitostølen, only to discover that the mountain pass Valdresflya had been closed due to bad weather. Also the next road pass was closed, so I had to drive all the way to Bagn and Dokka to reach Lillehammer instead…duh..

Finally reaching Oppdal me and puppy got a wonderful cabin with TV, my own shower/WC and kitchen for a super-nice (single)price – and dogs welcome! It was settled for a nice TV/sofa/chinese food-evening.

Next evening we stopped at Namsskogan and got a cheap hut by the riverNamsskogan cabin Namsen river roadtrip lapphund travel Norway

In Namsskogan we did a nice evening walk on a trail along the Namsen fishing (salmon) river, with several wind sheds and info signs. Here you see the Sandåmofossan. A fisherman’s paradise.Namsskogan Sandamofossan river roadtrip lapphund Namsen travel Norway Namsskogan Sandamofossan gapahuk trail river roadtrip lapphund Namsen travel Norway 

Next day we cross the beautiful sun-drenched mountain area Saltfjellet (Saltoduottar). At the polar/arctic circle puppy is posing like a supermodel as usual, I think she know what she is doing 😀Polarsirkelen Saltfjellet lapphund polar circle arctic circle Nordland Nordnorge

Our last night before we reached our main goal for the summer, we slept at a place not to brag about outside Bodø, but the evening walk we did in Geitvågen area was just awesome, and I realized that I have really been missing the scent of the sea…mmmmm.

Rosenrot, happy lapphund and the scent of the sea –  life is good!Nordland geitvaagen Landegode rosenrot lapphund Norway

From Geitvågen we are looking at Landegode (inhabited) in VestfjordenLandegode Geitvaagen Nordnorge landscapenature ocean lapphund bodo

Now me and puppy was only a boat-trip away from our place to stay for the summer (can’t be too hard to guess right?) – we are ready for summer work and adventures! 

Our roadtrip map – plenty of things to see and to along the route, but make sure you have plenty of time for it too 😉 

Tinnsjøen lake

Many of us see beautiful landscape pictures along the road while driving, but we rarely stop to shoot it due to traffic etc. Well, I finally decided to make that stop just to catch that perfect moment, a simple boathouse with a green roof mirroring in the stock-still lake Tinnsjøen (Tinnsjå).

Puppy found something more interesting than the viewTinn Telemark lake boat house tinnsjo Tinnlandscape nature finsk lapphund dog

 

Tinnsjøen lake is the third deepest lake in Norway with it’s 460 meters at the deepest, surrounded by lot’s of steep mountain walls. This is the lake to catch arctic char for supper!

I only got my mobile phone, but it turns out pretty alright as this landscape don’t need advanced stuff to look good 😉Tinn Telemark lake boat house tinnsjo Tinnlandscape nature

If you, like me, would like to know more about life and nature around this large lake, I will absolutely explore more when I get back next time. I actually already have something special to show you in connection with this lake ..so stay tuned as always dear fellows 😉

 

Tinn in Telemark

A lot has happened since last blog post, it sure is time for a quick update. Me and puppy are currently living a nomad-ish life alternating between Norway and Sweden. I also have access to a cosy mountain cabin (about 750 m.a.s.l) in Telemark, Norway based at the very foot of Hardangervidda, so me and puppy naturally tries to be here as often as possible.

Tinnsjå lake view

Hopefully I will be able to show you more of these wonderful landscapes, interesting places and exciting war history and heroes a bit later, but before all ice has melted and revealed the myriad of hikes and nature’s beauty, me and puppy will soon be travelling far north in Norway for the summer’s seasonal work.

The closest city is Rjukan, about 50 km drive from the cabin. I sure admire the beautiful building of Såheim water power station near the Måna river  ..yes, we do like the power of water ..remember?

Gjuvhovd quickly became a favorite hike, it’s a short and easy accessible trail to get a superb view over the big lake Tinnsjå and towards the beautiful Gaustatoppen on the other side.

Ryes vei is a very nice serpentine trail hike with 21 “tornanti’s” and reveals some great views – starting from Rjukan city, you will end up at Gvepseborg at the very foot of Hardangervidda. Alternative you can take Krossobanen sky tram up and mountain bike down. (More about these places later my friends).

Happy winter days indeed we had – this awesome cross country skiing track starts just down the road from our cabin.. kind of ski in-/out-ish…makes it so easy to just go for a cardio, no car transport needed to get on track

Up here we admire deer, foxes, badges, hares,  weasels and birds right outside our cabin windows, think we both adore the silence up here too, only “interrupted” by a sweet lullaby from the two melting mountain streams near the cabin, and of course, the wind in the high treetops – this is so good for the soul!

At the cabin me and puppy are waiting for the snow to melt so we can show you some of the best hikes and interesting places in the area – grab a hot cup of tea and have some patience please… it will take some time to melt and dry up… in meantime puppy loves to sit out in the snow for a frozen ass …

Looking forward to show you more beautiful landscapes and exiting places and activities from this area ..so drink that cup of hot tea and don’t go to far away dear readers 😀

In the mountain area above Tessungdalen vally, the wild reindeers occurres from time to time. Would love to see them one day. What I do see is that the mountain grouse population here are really boiling.. they pop up from everywhere!

Storronden hike in Rondane National Park of Norway

Last summer visit in Rondane I biked and hiked up to this awesome National Park and to the very peak of Veslesmeden (2015 masl).. some truly gobsmacked days to remember.

Now, this summer me and puppy woke up early in our little mountain cottage with a new challenge, to hike up yet another 2000-peaks in the area – we where aiming for Storronden (2138 masl), the second highest peak in Rondane National Park.

Rondane national park hiking dog lapphund photography norsk landskap

My hiking buddy Jenta was still a puppy, so I would carefully keep an eye on her in case this hike/climb would become too much for her. She had been hiking around Lofoten with me all summer without any problem, but this hike would be different, much looonger, hiiiigher and full of scree – and yes, yet another super-hot hike under the sun!

If you are really lucky you might spot wild reindeer in Rondane, but if not, just bear in mind to respect their fragile environments and food source – so beautiful isn’t it?

So, we did not know it yet, but sensed we where heading for a really wonderful day, starting with a sunny 2 km walk to the mountain bus departing from Mysusæter. 

The bus took us to Spranget where we walked/hiked 6 beautiful km into Rondvassbu mountain lodge – where the trail up to Storronden starts.

My curious, cheerful and outdoor loving puppy is the best hiking buddy I could ever wish for

Spranget is the stopping point where the mountain bus arrives/departs a couple of times per day. From here you will have to walk/hike 6 km one way to Rondvassbu.

You can also rent a bicycle from Spranget (also trailers) to shorten down some time, and leave the bike at Rondvassbu and walk back, or rent a bike from Rondvassbu back to Spranget again. Take a look at the photo below for prices and alternatives.

bicycle rent Spranget Rondane

After a short break above Rondvassbu we started our ascent … the trail up to Storronden sure looks easy from a distance ..but I can tell you right now – it ain’t!

Getting closer to Rondvassbu and trail start, Storronden is the big long “bump” to the right rondane mountain landscape storronden rondvatnet rondvassbu topptur turjenter natur hiking trail norway

 

The first person we met was on our way up was a man that had decided to quit and turn back, it was too hot, he was exhausted from his Per Gynt-hike the day before, and this trail just didn’t seem to end.

But me and puppy continued and finally got over the first big “bump”.… if you ask me the second big bump is the very worst, but know that if you manage that one – you will probable be rewarded by chilling stream water (if you can listen & locate it), and will only have the steepest bump left to force, then you are practically up! 😀

Finally we reached the frozen cairn! And we are here alone with this awesome view!

Most of the trail is on scree and rocks, it is red-marked ok, but allows for some creative “short cuts”. On our way up we only met a couple of others descending, and finally up at the very top peak we where totally alone – for an hour!

It was probable due to the exceptionally hot/dry summer the snake was up here to “chill” that very day.

Somewhere on the trail looking down on Rondvatnet, Jutulhogget and Fremre IllmantjønneStorronden Rondvassbu hike climb lapphund Rondane

We enjoyed our lunch with a spectacular 360 degrees view, jumped curiously around on the very plateau, just remember be careful near the vertical drop area, there are cracks and loose slabs of rock here. We also did a tiny detour to the right wing of the top to see a bit more of Langbotn far down there somewhere.

Looking down on Langbotn near the vertical drop area- be careful when you move among the slabs here, it sure is far down….storronden topptur varde cairn 2000m peak panoramic rondane nasjonalpark norway

So far so god with Jenta, she is really a true mountain dog, walking and jumping elegantly on the rocks like a prima ballerina, and she looked a lil’ bit proud too, sitting there at here very first 2000m-peak gazing over that magnificent landscape... ❤

View towards the vertical drop area and Langbotn down there from the “right wing”storronden topptur varde cairn 2000m peak panoramic rondane nasjonalpark norway

The descend was a little bit easier, I did not know before the day after from the newspapers, but the very same day someone encountered a huggorm (vipera berus) snake not farm from the frozen cairn up on Storronden..

The newspaper wrote this was a national record for how high a snake like this has been observed in Norway ever... me and puppy probable passed it totally unaware of it’s existense (well, at least I was, I’m sure puppy knew more)…

torronden topptur varde cairn 2000m peak panoramic scenic rondane nasjonalpark norway

After descending Storronden mountain we dropped by Rondvassbu lodge to enjoy an outdoor meal in the sun… we rested for a while (puppy in the shadows) since I knew we had to walk all the way back to our mountain pasture – so, additional 13 km walk was waiting us in the beautiful sunset!

Not so far from the glittering Rondvatnet ..and a chilled Pepsi outside Rondvassbu lodge is waitingnorway rondane hiking dog rondane dnt rondvassbu travel

It was so beautiful to walk back on the parallel side trail, but oh so exhausting… in total me and puppy hiked 27 km that day (including Storronden hike)… well back in the cabin I made up the fire, cooked some food, anointing puppy’s paws (they where fine actually)… then we just snuggled through the evening still with stars in our eyes from that very awesome hike.

Heading for a nice break at Rondvassbu before we start our 13-km walk/hike back to our cottagerondvassbu rondane rondvatnet lake dnt cabin landscape beauty norwegian landscape

I am really grateful to have this dog by my side, she loves to be out and hike with me, she is full of love, affection, curiosity and beauty, so fun to be with, playful…and at times tough as a nail… If you are looking for a dog like this, I can warmly recommend the breed Finnish Lapphund.

A fairy tale view when the sun is setting on our return ..the colours are really stunning… don’t you want to hike here one day?storronden topptur varde cairn 2000m peak panoramic rondane nasjonalpark norway

Now.. wich peak should we choose for next year? 😀

Click on my map photo to view more facts for a hike to Storronden at UT.NO

 

Nordlandsbanen railway journey in North Norway

I love travel by train in Norway, especially long distance railway where you are guaranteed an overdose of scenic landscapes both under, over, in between and straight through the Norwegian mountain world.

I have often travelled by the beautiful Bergensbanen and Raumabanen, and last summer I finally got the chance to travel both ways with the lengthy Nordlandsbanen (Nordland Railway) together with my dear puppy dog.

After finishing my work season in Lofoten I and puppy took a rolling and stormy ride with the ferry from Moskenes to Bodø where the night train along Nordlandsbanen was waiting us.

This railway train are solid, comfortable and always on time departing twice a day all year round. The train crew are very helpful and friendly – it’s not expensive either, from Trondheim to Bodø ((10 hours/729km)) for me and puppy on the morning train costs 45 EURO, and if you are lucky the free wifi Internet works too 😀

nordlandsbanen train trip norther norway railway travel dog

On the night train back I slept in my train chair (the sleepers don’t allow pets) and puppy slept on her plaid on the floor. You can collect a freesleeping package” from the train’s NSB Kafé which includes a nice fleece blanket, ear plugs and a blindfold – and we both fell asleep for most of that night after passing the Polar circle …again.

My sleeping beauty – I asked the train crew when the longest train stops occurred to let her out for a peenordlandsbanen night train trip norther norway railway travel lapphund dog

 

Please find seasonal/minute by minute inspiration in this beautiful NRK/NSB video of Nordlandsbanen:

10 hours later: Next morning we wake up in Trondheim where a couple of hours with the corresponding morning train to Otta is waiting. A spontanious dog meeting was on that morning, so very nice to meet other traveling pets and their superfriendly owners.

 

The helpful bus driver took us from Otta station and up the serpentine roads I biked up last year, and this time it was pretty luxurious to just sit there and enjoy the awesome views without any effort.. for once. We got off at Mususæter and breathed in that fresh mountain air.

 

The two last kilometers towards my little paradise me and puppy walked while I rolled my bags and large suitcase on my kickbike (I used it to get to/from work in Lofoten), as small suitcase wheels are simply not made for gravel. I guess we where an odd, colorful and noisy procession along that peaceful mountain road.

Then finally we arrived to our goal – that very same mountain pasture in Rondane I had last year.. now I was really looking forward to spend 4 nights here, this time together with my happy puppy.

So wonderful to finally be back here, settle down by the fireplace and plan for an absolutely breathtaking mountain climb the very next day!Mysusaeter seterhytte by the fire relax Norwegian socks mountain cabin

Will be continued……

For more information and travel video of the Nordlandsbanen – visit this link at NSB (in English)

New paths of life

A new year is here, and new challenges are waiting. Planning and preparing has occupied my mind and doings during the last couple of months, as new and unknown directions are waiting for both me and my son soon. It will not be easy for any of us, but necessary. Hopefully we will be able to see 2019 as a fun, exciting and developing year of adventures… to share with you!

Now, I just wanted to make a quick post to say I’m still here and to wish you all a Happy New Year and show some photos of what me and puppy are doing outdoors these lovely winter days.skitur cross country skiing winter track lapphund

 

We really enjoyed a cosy, calm and white Christmas – with a Christmas mix dinner of Norwegian and Swedish traditional food on the table. My mom sent me some local Norwegian pinnekjøtt, so I first had to soak it for 24 hours, git’out in the forest to cut down and prepare some birch sticks to steam the meat for 4 hours on – a lot of work, but oh my so T-A-S-T-Y!

pinnekjøtt sau Norwegian traditional food Christmas

And we are of course enjoying cross-country skiing as often as possible as long as there are a fairly cover of snow on the ski tracks. Not so much snow here this year as last winter..
(thank God for that…)

The favourite place of view along our local ski track..ski track crossu country river winter wonderland lapphund

 

See you soon with more hiking adventures my dear readers!

Tindstinden hike in Lofoten Norway

Don’t wanna risk your or other hikers lives just to get a selfie on the glorified Reinebringen? Then Tindstinden for sure is a brilliant alternative. From this mountain top you can, in fair weather that is, gaze towards the mainland or the open ocean with Værøy and Røst islands, towards the wild landscape behind the very end of Lofoten road…  out there where the famous Mosktraumen maelstrom is ravaging between two oceans.

View towards Ågvatnet and the wild landscape at the very end of Lofoten  hiking Lofoten tindstinden view point

Early in season I did hike up almost to the top, and puppy Jenta really liked to work upwards the steep trails. But after hauling me and puppy up a rope I decided to go down again. Turned out my puppy have no fear whatsoever of steep sections, and I still did early in season.

The weather was rather wet and grey, the trail very soggy some places, and the mosquitos almost made me loco – just one of those days I’m glad we turned. (can you believe that somebody actually claimed that Lofoten is free of mosquitos!).

Curious…veeeery curious lil’ puppylapphund dog hiking norway lofoten landscape

My lil’ cabin was based at the very foot of Tindstinden, so this peak was the first thing I saw every morning from my tiny bathroom window, where it towered through the morning mist.

A walk on the ridge towards the top area

I had only one more hiking day for my disposal before I would leave for the season, and I knew I to give this quick mountain hike a new try.. but without puppy this time (the only time without here)…

Getting closer to the top with the fishing village Å down thereTindstinden hiking panoramic Lofoten Moskenes steep trail vandring steep mountains landscape

The trail’s starting point (the same as Munkebu) is easily accessible (also by bus) including a parking area and pitching possibilities along Sørvågvatnet lake. It is a relatively quick ascent (40 minutes) probable because the last part is steeper.

This time the trail was dry, the sun was shining and no darned mosquitos in sight. I am SO glad I did another hike up, it was absolutely magnetic to sit there and enjoy the spectacular surroundings and views …speechless beauty of nature…

Looking down to where I worked this summer… such a beautiful place I for sure will miss!Tindstinden hike adventure topptur Lofoten Moskenes trail view point panoramic mountains landscape photography GoPro

Ok, another angle then…ha..hatopptur Tindstinden

The front of Tindstinden seen from the main road below, but you will ascent from the back sideTindstinden lofoten fishing village

After a while at the top area I met again a very nice hiking friend up there, and he also invited me on a warm mountain dinner right below the peak. This became such a wonderful day to remember – in super nice company and a delicious meal. I almost forgot to miss my puppy …almost…Tindstinden hiking adventure Lofoten travel Moskenes trail lake view point mountains landscape photography GoPro

Well, since my supermodel dog was not there to pose, I went ego crazy with my GoPro hog camera, I guess someone had to do it..ha..ha 🙂 ..it’s a good thing I usually have my puppy Jenta on my hikes, she is a natural talent. 

A view to the other side towards Munkebu, Reinebringen, Sørvågen and Moskenes harborTindstinden hike adventures Lofoten Moskenes Munkebu trail lake vandring steep mountains landscape

But seriously…DO add this hike if you plan hiking in Lofoten... sure it has some steeper sections alright … but just you keep to the trail … and don’t’ bring a wild puppy 😀

Some small ponds here and there along the trail further downHike tindstinden lake nature landscape

 

Click on my map to open a live map Map Lofoten Tindstinden trtail hike kart

 

Any qestions about this ? Just ask! 🙂

Solar illuminated bird feeder

Feeding wild birds or backyard birds is a great way to learn more about them. They are such fascinating and adorable little creatures. To be successful at the birds dinner table I have eventually learned what to give them to keep them coming.

Here you can see the tiny “solar panel” I mounted on the roof – the light bulb is inside under the roof. The birds don’t seem to be bothered by it at all, and this little great tit is the first guest this frosty morning.solar cell panel bird feeder solceller talgoxe tit kjottmeis feeding frost winter birds night illumintation kjøttmeis fågelmatare fuglemater

So, this autumn I put up various bird feeders, two of them with windows. I is really so cool to spy on the various visiting bird species and see what they are up to. You can be sure that if the “table is not ready and set” they know where to find me and remind me about that 😀

It’s for sure cosy to see the decorative bird feeders all day, but at night it is completely darkness out there ..almost… so I pondered on how to best enlighten the windowed bird feeders at night. I decided to buy some super-cheap solar cell bulbs (3 EURO each), and installed them with the solar charging “panel” outside on the bird feeders roofand bulb inside. It works like a charm! 

The relatively peaceful daytime bird feeders automatically turns into extra cosy bird cabins with slighty illuminated windows in blue, red and greene at night… like somebody is at home in there ... (oh, I think I managed to include the Big Dipper/Karlsvognen in the photo too, can you see it too?)bird house solar light solcell ljus fågelmatare nigth nattlysnordic arctic polar frost

Up here in the cold north we now only have a few hours of sun this time of year, so the solar cells charging time are pretty limited right now, but a solar cell illumination after dark for some extra hours is enough, and when the reflecting snow comes it will hopefully improve the charging conditions again.

Whenever I can afford it I use solar cell illumination. Now I have put up solar cell illumination both along my barn’s stairway and on two of my bird feeders outdoor, some additional small steps in the right direction. So far this winter we had -18 °C , and the solar cell still works!solar cell illumination bird feeder

More pip’s to come.. 😉

White frost river

Winter wonderland is here! Every day is full of beautiful frozen creations of nature – where dull and grey trees, branches and bushes are getting a revamp draped in new crystallized icing suites, looking their very best ever…

I know I should have used a tripod for better focus, but hey…have you ever tried to shoot at a steeper place… with a happy super energetic puppy on a leash?winter wonderland landscape ice frost waterfall norrland trail north sweden nature

Shot some frosty photos from one of me and puppy’s most visited walking areas. Near the waterfall and river the white frost and “cake icing” was covering almost everything – it just looked so darn delicious …or maybe I was just having a serious sugar craving 😀

This is absolutely one of me and puppy’s favourite time of year – not much snow yet, and not too cold either (-12 to -18 °C  in my area), so no frozen camera fingers or toes yet 😀  But I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before it’s getting serious and winter hell is on ..oh,my…

winter wonderland landscape ice frost icy river norrland trail north sweden nature

 

Here it was a lil’ bit steep, and I didn’t want to fall in to the ice-cold water. Puppy had to wait while I climbed down by the fence to shoot… so cool effect with the brown river water against the white frost and ice…

Crochet merino beanie with star and waistcoat stitch

Today’s hike took me and puppy up to and all the way around the half-frozen lake Rödvattensjön (377 masl). It is a really beautiful and peaceful area with lots of trails to discover for us. One of the trails* from here will also take you on a longer hike to Stockholmsgata.

rôdvattensjön lake hike sweden

 

Look at this beautiful frozen star moss along the trail – natures very own “star stitches” in mossstar moss stjernemose stjärnmossa natur biologi planter plants

 

So yes, as you can see I have been busy crocheting Christmas gifts lately (yeah, soft presents for everyone!), and some of the crochet “test pilots” I keep myself, like this beanie that turned out very nice from a beautiful wool yarn (100 % superwash merino) I had no clue what to make of due to the peculiar colour nuance.

Ok, so I took on the Grinchen look again.. but it is soon Christmas anyway.. moahahaa. Just want to show you the beanie front “in use”. 😀

 

Passing by a reconstruction of the Laplander Sjul-Persson’s lap cot (lappkåta) home…  (he is probable also the founder of the little village Rödvattnet) – and my happy curious puppy along the trail around the lake

For this beanie I focused on the “waistcoat” stitch and the adorable “star stitch” – and of course I made a ribbed brim.  No pattern was followed, I was shooting from the hip again, but it is a simple beanie to crochet and the result is a tighter stitched hat that keeps the wind out. The beanie protected my head very well today against the cold wind blowing over the icy lake.. and the pompom are still hanging on 😀

 

If you have any questions about the beanie, don’t be afraid to ask 🙂