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! 🙂

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!

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)

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…

Enchanted forest

Everything has its charm. Even the moist, slushy and gray days. We just had a period with this weather, and, even if it can crash your mood, it can also result in some cool nature experiences when the sun is trying to break through it all..

As usual me and puppy are out discovering new trails, and this day we ended up in an older forest near a little half-frozen tarn. The fog made it all a bit elf-struck, and my mobile phone managed to snap some nice moments from the hike.

My supermodel dog princess – posing so naturally by the little beautiful tarn. We discovered this place by following a tiny trail the wild animals use. Misty fog enchanted nature landscape old forest tarn finsk lapphund dog

 

Fresh traces of moose and deer was gossiping about their ramble along the forest road ( sometimes we also get a glimpse of them). Here and there game birds took a sudden flight when we where passing,  so we where absolutely not alone in the forest.

Misty fog enchanted nature landscape old forest tarn finsk lapphund dog

 

I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of walking on swampy ground, especially not on a wet day, but so glad me and puppy decided to do just that this day.

 

The sun is trying hard to break through the thick fog…  a beautiful battle… trollsk natur tjärn tjern lake forest skogstur mist tåke dimma

 

Now we are waiting for the frost to come… please… 😀

Offersøykammen hike in Lofoten

I still have a few more hikes and excursions to post from an awesome summer season in Lofoten, saving the very best ones for last. But first, for hikers that are looking for another quick, easy and thrilling hike up to a 360° panoramic view – today I give you the magnificent Offersøykammen.

Quick and nice trail up to Offersøykammen peak directly from the main road (E10). No steep sections before you get up to the top area – where it is very steep here, there and almost everywhere.. 😀Offersøykammen turjenter travelfinsk lapphund hiking

Getting there: 

As usual me and puppy took the bus from the very end of Lofoten (Å) – and jumped off at the bus stop before reaching the bridge over towards Leknes. We continued to walk about 10 minutes on the old road Offersøyveien until we reached some newer rorbu-cabins where the trail starts (there is a parking area in the other direction).

First we had to cross the main road (E10), and then we continued upwards on a nice and dusty dry trail that sunny day. There are some other trails to get up, but this is probable the quickest one. Take a look at my map below for further details.

Holding my GoPro-camera steady and keeping my curious puppy from going to near the steep edges – now that can (at times) sure be a tricky one alrightl!..ha..hatravel offersøykammen hiking fjelltur view point Lofoten

The beautiful views up there is of course stunning no matter where you choose to aim your eyes or camera. And as usual, me and puppy met other nice and curious mountains lovers from around the world on our hike, but it was thankfully not too crowded at the top that day.

One of my super nice colleagues had also made me an absolutely fantastic big nutritious sandwich of the super-tasty woodfire-baked bread from our work to enjoy at the top – that was really “icing the cake” that day.turmat sandwich Lofoten

 

Just sit down and grab your tasty sandwich – and enjoy a first class live show of nature for free! 😉
offersøykammen lofoten landscape topptur travel Norway

 

My dog really loves to hike…  here she have spotted some teasing birds in the air, better hold her well so she don’t jump over an edge to get them…offersøykammen finsk lapphund dognature landscape panoramic Lofoten

 

 

My map between the bus stops and Offersøykammen peak – click on the map to open a detailed map view 

map kart hike offersøykammen lofoten

 

So, if you have any questions regarding this hike, let me know.

Helvetestinden ridge hike in Lofoten

So, here I am back home in Norway again to work through the summer, but this time I choose to work in Lofoten to enjoy the magic landscape together with my puppy Jenta. 10 days biking and hiking in Lofoten two years ago only worked as a teaser for me, as there is soooo much more to see and do here …when the weather is ok alright.

After reaching Bunes Beach we continued turned to the right on the trail leading us up to Helvetestind, as you can see a part of on the photoBunes beach bunesstranda reine

So my dear readers, we have already done several easy hikes, and last week the sun actually showed up between cloudy stormy days, and I and puppy was one of many eagerly waiting for the second extra-trip with the line boat out to the little village Vinstad from Reine. I met some wonderful people while waiting at the pier and we became a nice little group on this excursion.

Hiking Helvetestinden ridge between Kirkefjord and Reinefjorden/Vinstad. This hike reminds me quite a bit about the awesome ridge hike over Romsdalseggen a few years ago.Helvetestinden Hells peak ridge Reine Kirkefjorden Vinstad Moskenes Lofoten Reinefjorden

So, after enjoying the spectacular 15 min boat trip onReinefjorden surrounded by looming mountain peaks, we disembarked the boat and hiked through a very small and cosy little village. A nice and easy trail lead us over to the beautiful Bunes beach (45-60 min) with its white sands and turquoise water.

We decided to hike up to Helvetestind and see how far we would walk out on the ridge, and I can promise you we all was really thankful for that decision when we reached the mountain pass. Oh my God such stunning views!   

 One side of the ridge offer spectacular views over Kirkefjord.. I know you fully understand why we blissfully walked around smiling on the ridgeHelvetestinden ridge Reine Moskenes Lofoten hells peak ridge kirkefjorden hiking vandring fjelltur

 

I think we all agreed that hike from Bunes beach up to the mountain pass was a relatively quick and easy hike up and not so steep, if you stick to the trails of course (someone got a bit stuck on some slippery slabs). You will have wonderful views already reaching the pass, and many are satisfied with this and have their lunch with a view there.

Helvetestinden fjellrygg Hells peak ridge Reine Lofoten

Some of us went curiously further out on the ridge (the trail actually goes in both ridge directions) to have a look, here and there it is pretty narrow, but the last peak (summit) we desisted from as the fog was already covering parts of the peaks.

On the other side of the ridge where you hike up you will look down on Reinefjororden and Vinstad where the boat arrives – and on your way up tha trail you will probable understand what I mean by a “tiny cosy cemetery”.Helvetestinden ridge Reine Moskenes Lofoten hells peak ridge kirkefjorden hiking vandring fjelltur

The boat company did an extra trip just to get us all back to Reine again, so we didn’t have to wait for hours on the next scheduled boat, so creds to them for that, but be sure to your bring warm/water- and wind resistent clothes just in case .. it can be cold to wait. In high season lots of people want to visit this beautiful area, so be prepared to line up early or wait for an extra boat trip across the fjord… but it will be SO WORTH IT!  😀

The boat can also disembark you in Kjerkfjorden (Kirkefjord) where you can hike to Horseid beach
Helvetestinden Kirkefjorden finsk lapphund hiking vandring fjelltur lofoten Reine Moskenes

 

It is so easy to forget the smaller details when surrounded by such scenic views, like these small little beauties that are strong enough to survive in this tough environments: Alpine Azalea (Kalmia procumbens).Alpine Azalea trailing azalea greplyng fjellblomst

Lofoten is fairly famous for it’s absolutely spectacular mountains,  but this archipelago have much more to offer, and I will try to show you some of this too, so you just stay calm and behaved until next incoming post  😉

My puppy Jenta did really good on this hike, she is learning to cooperate with me while hiking, and so am I?? ..this adorable “little” Finnish lapphund-girl charmes about everyone she meets…Helvetestind mountain ridge panoramic view Kirkefjord Reine

 

How to get here – Travel information:

Boat schedule from Reine to Vinstad / Kirkefjord: Reinefjorden.com

Bus timetable between Å, Reine, Moskenes ferry harbour and Leknes

Bus timetable between Å, Reine, Moskenes, Svolvær and Narvik

 

Map for boat and hike: Reine > Reinefjorden > Vinstad > Bunes beach > Helvetestindenmap kart Reine Moskenes Vinstad Bunes beach Helvetestinden

[Click to view detailed map at http://www.ut.no]

Rondvassbu to Veslesmeden climb (2015 masl)

After an early wakeup call from the passing baryton sheep at 5 o’clock in the morning, I enjoyed a sunny outdoor breakfast and prepared a daypack for a hike. The day before I had discovered a bicycle that belonged to the mountain pasture, and decided to borrow it since it had tires that was more fitted than my bike for the pebbled gravel road I would follow in to Rondane National Park.

Such a welcoming and promising view…Rondane rondvassbu bike tour trip travel landscape rondvatnet

The goal was Rondvassbu, and from there I would decide where to hike. From Mysusæter the road went upwards (of course) in the beginning, but then it mostly flattens out – and wow what a gorgeous painting  to bike in all the way (10 km) to Rondvassbu. 

During the summer season you can rent a bicycle at Spranget situated 6 km from Rondvassbu (it is not allowed to drive further in) to reach Rondvassbu a bit faster . It’s also possible to choose from several other hiking routes back again. (Open the detailed Rondvassbu-map further below).

Rondvassbu – the starting point for lots of great hikes and 2000-meter-peak climbs. Every morning during the summer season the boat -MS Rondejenta -will transport you to the other end of lake Rondvatnet( 1168 masl).rondvassbu dnt cabin dnt mountain hike

 

First part of the trail leading up to Veslesmeden, here you have a spectacular view towards Rondvassbu and Rondvatnet…Rondvassbu DNT hytte cabin norway rondane nasjonalpark hik trails

The beautiful situated DNT-hut Rondvassbu was yet not open for visitors this day (it opened the day after I was there ..alrighty), but I could borrow the lady’s room and had a lefse-meal by the crystal clear lake Rondvatnet.

Rondvassbu is a great starting point for many of the 2000-meter peaks surrounding the place … so I picked Veslesmeden (2015 masl) as a possible “topptur” target that day, and followed the well-marked trail upwards.

Yes, I DO like the thought that I got myself up here at 2 015 meters above sea level all the way from Otta just by biking and hiking up … no motor driven = no carbon dioxide emissions to get up here. (Most people drive all the way up to Spranget and park there) before hiking.  veslesmeden rondane

No, I didn’t fall asleep alright… I guess I’m just a StoneHugger 😀Veslesmeden topptur hike climb Rondane landscape Najonalpark Park Norge mountains panoramic Norway

It was still early in the season, so I didn’t meet many hikers that day. A nice chat with a german couple returning from another trail.. and a guy far ahead of me with the same peak in mind was all. Higher up it was still soft snow layers here and there to pass, but not a problem really.

I finally reached a “plateau” (1871 masl), and from here I could see the wide “ridge” to follow and the final steeper ascend to the very top.  Just watch your steps the last part, and you will be fine.

Peaceful moment..just sitting there to take it all in.. no sounds..just the wind.. 

Some seconds of peaceful live-view from Veslesmeden

 

 

USEFUL TRAVEL INFO LINKS

 

Trail map from Mysusæter to Rondvassbu (click to se large interactive map with info)map kart rondvassbu veslesmeden topptur

 

Trail map from Rondvassbu to Veslesmeden (click to se large interactive map with info)

map kart rondvassbu Veslesmeden

Kjenndalsbreen glacier of Norway

One of my favourite alternative suggestions for visitors when I worked at the Jostedalsbreen Visitor Center was to visit Kjenndalsbreen glacier instead of Briksdalsbreen glacier. Briksdalsbreen is the most well-known and easy accessible glacier in the area, but Kjenndalsbreen is far more beautiful and much less crowded than Briksdalsbreen… and the narrow pictorial road along lake Lovatnet – leading you into the Kjenndalen glacier – will give you a godsmacking experience for sure!

The magnificent Kjenndalsbreen is a glacier spur of the main glacier Jostedalsbreen – I didn’t have a zoom lens, so this is one of the closest photo I could getKjenndalsbreen glacier

And I would not claim this if I hadn’t visited them both, Briksdalsbreen many years ago when I was attending tourism and travel-school has retreated a lot, and Kjenndalsbreen last spring/summer have retreated again too, but are still looking good – it was an absolutely breathtaking moment when the weather gods finally let the sun break through that magic evening – simply a “bellissimo viaggio”.

This was the first of 3 bicycle trips I did to Loen area when I was working in Oppstryn for a month. The weather was a bit dull & grey when I decided to pack my stuff and bicycle 35 km into the beginning of Lovatnet and stay over night.

Steep and narrow roads with great views – it is not boring I can promise you. And wow what a job to build these roads in the old days! Steep Norwegian roads Lovatnet

I intended to sleep in my tent, but when I had a “dinner-break” at Loenvatn Feriesenter I ended up getting a discount on a cabin since it was early season and I was solo. The friendly chef had a lot of knowledge about the glaciers in the area and also about the tragic history regarding the accidents at Ramnefjellet.

He also lended me a book about this, so if you want first hand information regarding these subjects, make a stop at this place! Combined with great food (their traditional “kjøttkakemiddag” is delicious – try it!), smiling faces and awesome views I had a very very nice and informative stay.

Back at the lodge that evening I went down to this little pier right below my cabin – and managed to take this nice photo of Lovatnet before the sun disappeared and the wind and rain took over during the night. Lovatn Feriesenter view

So, when I had packed up I decided to bike the remaining 17 km into Kjendalsbreen that same evening, as the weather seemed to lighten up even more. The bike trip into the glacier was a real thrill, and before the last km of gravel road starts you will have to move along some narrow steep road hammered in the mountain side…with a first class view to the rock slide wounds of the famous Ramnefjellet – wow what a magic evening!

On my way back to the cabin with the base of Ramnefjellet mountain in the background. Along this narrow road you will find information and a memorial tablet for the 74 people who died (41 never found) due to the 2 rock slides/flood waves caused by RamnefjelletLovatnet bicyel trip kjenndalen

There is a little parking lot and a outhouse at the end of the gravel road leading to Kjenndalsbreen glacier. You can fill your water bottle in the glacial river with clear conscience, just don’t fall into it. You have to walk 10-15 minutes on a trail if you want to get closer. There will be warning signs to stop you from going to close, mostly because of the falling rocks you will hear now and then from the mountain sides. It is a steep valley alright.

I found a big rock to sit on and just try to take in the magnificent views of the glacier and it’s surroundings – the glacier looks like ice candy and sugar fluff (I guess I was a lil’ bit hungry) 

At first I was totally alone there, but as the evening sun gradually broke through, 4 or 5 other persons popped up here and there to view this magnificent sight. The glacier has retired quite a bit alright, but is still an impressive sight up there with its white and blue ice. This valley will surround you with its many never-ending waterfalls, some greenery and the river flowing from the glacier in the middle – it is just one of the steepest and most beautiful valleys i have ever been to – ice-cold paradise! 

Back in the cabin for a meal and an evening sofa relax – with a view towards Lovatnet and Kjenndalsbreen at the far end of the lake. Well, good night then!loen lodge cabin view lovatnet feriesenter

Travel information/advice:

  • Stay in a cabin with great view, restaurant and bar, or hire a kayak at Loenvatn Feriesenter 
  • At the camping site Sande Camping nearby you can also rent a fishing rod
  • Before the last km gravel road you can take a break at Kjenndalstova café
  • You can also get to the cafe with the cruise boat MS Kjenndal
  • Bring a warm jacket and cap – the wind in the glacier valley can be rough

Click on the map to view it in detail live on Google MapMap Oppstryn Stryn Loen Kjenndalsbreen bicycle trip

Segestad mountain farm of Norway

Segestad (Sigdestad) mountain farm (ca 314 masl) was the first place I really wanted to visit in Oppstryn, wich ended up as a favourite place to go thank’s to it’s close availability. On our national day (May 17) I was dressed as most Norwegians would dress, first at work and then up at the mountain farm in the evening.

On my way biking around Oppstryn lake to visit Segestad – a bit to the left in the picture you see a tiny glimpse of Glomnesfossen and a farm you will pass before hiking up to the mountain farmstrynevatn oppstrynsvatnet segestad nordfjord

For my first visit I asked a work colleague to come along, and we bicycled about 10 km around the lake, passed the little cosy village Hjelle, before hitting the gravel road. There is a parking lot here (parking fee), but just make sure you don’t go up at the very first trail as you could end up hiking upwards on the wrong side of the river and waterfall (then you will have to hike much longer to cross the river). We discovered this far up and had to go down again ony to get up at the correct side, so we sure got a lil’ extra workout right there 🙂

Walk around on the farm outdoor and indoor and just take in all that beauty you will be surrounded bySegestad mountain farm oppstrynsvatnet

So just make sure you have the river on your right hand side going upwards the trail. You can also take a quick detour (signpost) to view the awesome waterfall Glomnesfossen, don’t miss it! It only takes about 30-60 minutes to hike up to the farm, all depending on your speed and fitness… and camera use!

The trail is a bit steep here and there, so just keep to the trail for safety and enjoy the views on your way up. Until 1723 they had to use a stepladder to get up to the farm!

You are welcome to go in and have a look around and eat your packed lunch in the old kitchen if the weather is bad – I have seen lots of photos of Segestad outdoor, but here you have some indoor photos too.. 

segestad window view oppstrynsvatnet

Finally up there you will have a spectacular view over Oppstryn lake, mountains and the areas around. I really loved to go up here just to sit and have a silent moment by myself after work. It is a popular summer place, but not crowded. I rarely met anyone up here, maybe because I was a bit early out that season.

Living room: I absolutely adore old and original furnishing – and yeah, I think my travel mascot adores the chair too! 😀Segestad furnishing cultural treasure indoor old fashion design

You are welcome inside and overnight!  The farm-house is abandoned but open to visitors, so you are welcome to go inside and have a look around, here and there you will also find information text for interesting facts and history about this cultural treasure.

There is a waters tap outdoor, electricity and an outhouse in the barn for your comfort. It is also possible to stay overnight in the farm-house for a very small amount (about 10 EURO per person). remember to contact the foundation/Segestads Vener first (mail me for their phone number).

A room for creation… it would be so cool to learn using this loom, but where the heck would I store something like this in my lil’ home?weave vevstol textile segestad oppstryn cultural treasure stryn

For your information: It is also possible to continue the trail inwards the mountains to get to Glomnessætra, and return along on the other side of the river. Hopefully I will have the chance next time I’m around.

Even if the sun don’t shine and the light is sharp the lake is an amazing sight from this mountain ledge. It’s about 300 meters straight down to a bunch of sheep here … and they will not soften any fall – so watch your steps.. later I will tell you why I always urge about this..segestad oppstrynsvatnet stryn nordfjord

A detailed trail view map from UT.NO

Tips! If you like short, steep and partly unavailable hikes to mountain farms – I would suggest you go for a hike up to Skageflå in Geiranger

Handmade crochet beanie of pure wool

It’s not perfect, it’s not for all, and it’s not exactly super fashionable, but it’s my own “haute couture”- and my very own first handmade garment, so I’m a lil’ bit proud today. I made this beanie of 100 % natural unprocessed wool yarn and it brought out a very special delight to plan, create and finish a piece of handwork on my own.

A white detachable and fluffy pompom as a finishing touch on the beanie top. I bet Jenta want’s to chew on it. lapphund woolk beanie handmade felted tovning tovet

Lapphund and handmade wool beanie

In Norway we have a long tradition of making good food and clothes from sheep ... (that is probable why it sounds crazy that here in Sweden they burn/throws away over 1500 tons of wool every year, wich is not ok!). Wool can be used in several other ways than just yarn i e fillings, isolation etc), and considering the displacement of our carnivores in benefit for the sheep, I think we are obligated to at least use the whole animal, and not waste most of it. Well, that was today’s politics..  😀

So, who hasn’t admired the beautiful handmade wool cardigans (kofter) in various Norwegian patterns? I have several of them myself – and have room for more, but maybe on day I can knit my own instead? So I decided to first learn myself the art of crocheting and how to read patterns… and just take it from here..

The supplementary stitches in natural white may not perfectly made, but my very first, to my defence 🙂wool beanie handmade ullue heklet crochet stiched winter pompom

As a newbie I think it was smart to start with a chunky and feltable wool yarn like Eskimo, as the felting process would let me shape and hide beginner mistakes a bit easier. It is also a bit quicker to finish up too. Below you can se my beanie before washing, felting and blocking it…. see any difference?

Before felting: The pompom was of course detached before the washing, felting and blocking process

A selfie lying in the snow – the wool pattern looks ok now, keeps the snow, wind and chill out.. what more can you require from a beanie ..oh, that’s it..it actually smells good too... mmmm.. and by the way, my old jacket here is also of 100 % wool, still going strong…  norrland handarbete virka mössa crochet

Handmade crochet beaniePeaceful learning?? I must admit.. the first two days I was struggling and swearing a lot when learning myself this handicraft … but “suddenly” I got the hang of it and all I wanted was to find some peaceful moments to just sit down and work on my first beanie… and put up a sign with “do not disturb” ..ha..ha

It really gives a well needed inner calm and a wellness feeling to just sit down and create… a bit fascinated to see that I have created some nice patterns… or may be I’m just getting old enough to appreciate moments like this more – here in Sweden they just call it “tantvarning” 😀

It started to snow a bit as you can see …I really like this place a lot, and yesterday I took a walk with my lovely lapphund dog here while doing some beanie-shots too… wool beanie handmade ull heklet crochet pompom virkat winter landscape

 

For the beanie I used:

  • Yarn: DROPS Eskimo 100 % thick pure wool – Natural and Beige colours
  • Crochet needle: 8,0mm
  • Wool needle for stitches
  • Detachable synthetic pompom (or make your own in wool)

Felting process: With the wool yarn quality type in mind (chunky Eskimo) I washed the beanie gentle by hand in wool detergent, and felted it carefully in the tumble-drier to make it more compact and tighter. I blocked it/shaped it/stretched it with needles on a paper plate during the night. Very pleased with the result.

If you have any questions regarding my beanie, just ask. I have already started on my next li’l project, so don’t stay away too long …  🙂

garn yarn eskimo crochet pure wool beanie handmade handcrafted

I love this soft, chunky ans environmentally friendly Eskimo wool yarn (Oeko-Tex® certificated