Via Ferrata Loen

Shortly before the second bicycle tour from Oppstryn to Loen I found my bicycle punctured by a push-pin, and I had no mending-kit available at that time. But the very kind cabin landlord saved my sorry ass by lending me her own bicycle – as she knew I had booked a climb up the famous Loen Via Ferrata route. My panniers fitted nicely, so off I went!

Arriving Loen camp site I first put up my little tent, and decided to include a bike and hike into Bødalsbreen glacier that very same evening…. most probable because I longed for a bicycle ride along that beautiful Lovatnet again. The weather was shifting, and the last part of the road ascending up to Bødalssetra trail was tough so I had to push the bike up.

From Bødasseter it takes about 30-45 minutes to hike into the foot of Bødalsbreen glacier. Expect some snow and slush along the trail early in season, (I was here at the end of May 2017). If you want to see a beautiful photo of how far down this glacier arm once reached (among green grass and flowery meadows) many years ago – then do pay a visit to Loenvatn Feriesenter 

 

 

Via ferrata Loen. Next morning I woke up in a hot sunbathing tent! Luckily in weather again! I biked down to the Loen Active center to join the fully booked groups, as first time on this route I didn’t want to climb it alone. We would actually climb up to Hoven (1011 masl) and take the Loen Skylift down again. Everything is located in central Loen and easily accessible, we just choose to take the long way up ..ha..ha.

A magic bicycling ride along the Lovatnet lake once again – the sun is shining and life is good!Lovatnet bike trip Lodalen bødalen

 

It turned out to be an absolutely spectacular day with fun and awesome people in my climb group, a super hot and sweaty rock face to force… and breathtaking views!  The only bad thing was my GoPro who decided to die right before the climb (battery),  oh so annoying – but in my group we used each other’s phones to still get some photos of a memorable day.

 

 

Gjølmunnebrua suspension bridge (below) wasn’t that scary actually, a bit shaky perhaps… my lil’ group decided to skip the wire bridge further up as it was clogging/queuing with people that day, instead we continued straight to the top and grabbed an ice-cold beer before the bar closed at HovenLoen skylift took us all the way down again in just minutes. 

 

Travel information:

Finally, just personal via ferrata-advice from me: in the peak season it is smart rent the necessary equipment and climb the route without a guide (if you know how to climb via ferrata of course) – to avoid waiting a long time every time a crux is clogging with less experienced climbers.  But I don’t regret joining that guided group first time here as it was extra fun and social, and not so “desolated” as it felt when I later climbed the via ferrata Skuleberget on my own.

 

Map from Loen to Bødalsseter mountain pasture and Bødalsbreen glacier

Having a break with an awesome view towards Lovatnet.Loen via ferrata norway climb

 

 

Erdalsetra – Vetledalseter hike and lodge

Well, who the heck can resist a quick refreshing dip in crystal clear glacial river after a hot hike? Only Strynekåpa was watching.. I think 😀

Oppstryn. This pearl of a hike through glacial valleys and precipitous mountain sides is as long or as short as you want it to be, do a morning speed hike, a day trip with your family or stay overnight. I did one of the “longer” versions since I had to bicycle upwards the part most people drive up, and as my “roommate” had her boyfriend coming for visit – it was a win/win opportunity to spend a night in one of DNT’s* mountain cabins. (you can too! – se more information at the end of this post).

Along this trail you will here and there have a glimpse of Jostedalsbreen parts among the mountain peaks, wich is the largest glacier on the European mainland.

Having a break from bicycling upwards.. the view is awesome..down there is Oppstrynsvatnet, but this time I will take you away from the lake for a day and into glacial valleyserdalen bicycle oppstrynsvatnet oppstryn stryn hiking vandring fjelltur nature landscape view travel blogger

It was a wonderful morning with the very best weather to wish for.. after biking a while on the main road 15 to the end of the lake, I took off upwards and into Erdalen.. it was an absolute thrill bicycling along this mountain road while the mist was still covering the mountain peaks..

Now and then I could hear or see the rumble and roar when spring avalanches came sliding downwards along the mountain side..Erdalen Jostedalsbreen mountain hike view

Finally I reached the parking area Loppeset where also the trail starts, and left my bicycle lashed to a tree. The first part of the trail into Erdalsetra/Storesætra is nice and easy. still slightly covered with a little bit soft snow here and there in the spring.

Arriving at Erdalsetra a cute dog came running to welcome me. I started to talk to a woman who was cleaning and preparing her old mountain hut for the summer, and she invited me in to see the old hut inside. Oh so very cosy and charming. Nnd now and then mountain teams sleep over in the cabins before they start crossing the Jostedalsbreen glacier.

A very welcoming sight indeed, a happy welcoming dog, scenic views and gorgeous old mountain farm huts – I am in heaven for a while…Erdalsetra ERdalen hiking seter mountain farm Strynekåpa

While we sat there talking at that old awesome carved wood table she showed, me we heard that rumble again, she shouted that it was a big part of Skadefonna (avalanche) that was coming down the mountain side, so we ran out to see it.. and got it on tape too.. wohaa what a sight! .. it can be a bit scary if you don’t know what is happening, but as long as you are in a safe distance it is a really cool experience, and happens most often during spring time…

After saying goodbye I continued on the last part to Vetledalssetra, with a bit more snow along the trail, but fully possible to handle. I had the DNT-key* to access the cabin (in case it was locket), and packet up my stuff indoor and took an extra afternoon hike uphill and could not resist a quick wash in the crystal clear glacial river. You can also continue to the right of Strynekåpa for a shorter hike up to the emergency hut Infimus to get a closer view of the glacier. 

Strynekåpa is for sure a guiding monument through this hike, and the peak are looming about 1530 m.a.s.l. over the valleys.. trails both to the right and left side of it leads up to enter the glacier itself.. where you will need a guide if you are not experienced!hiking strynekåpa stryn erdalen vetledalen trail vandrin turg

I can tell you right away that nothing extraordinary or too exiting stuff happened on this hike, I was just enjoying the peaceful solitude with no internet connections..(yeas I tried alright), and taking care of the need to reload after being super-social… give my head a rest and fill up with energy.

Surroundings like this is of a very healing nature, and it is absolutely wonderful that doctors finally have started to prescribe it as medicine for mental health!

At Vetledalssetra there are a few but very beautiful and well maintained huts still in use… this one is my favourite!Vetledalsseter hytte cabin traditional Strynekåpa mountain Jos

The only “happenings” here was me getting the wood-burning stove going (the gas stove was empty) to cook a simple supper and a gigantic cup of coffee on it, enjoying the beautiful sunset outdoor, accompanied by rumbling glacier avalanches now and then …and a glass of white wine on top of it all (someone left it in the cabin for someone like me..ha..ha). A lovely day and just what I needed to reset and reload.

Who needs TV or Internet here? Nobody!!vetledalsetra DNT hytte cabin fjelltur cosy lodging firewood nature mountains natural jostedalsbreen vandring vetledalen hiking trail stryn oppstryn travel blog

Since no other hikers came along that evening, I decided to  stay in the living room near the wooden stove and sleep on a old wooden sofa  – oh it was so nice to just lie there looking out on the snow-covered mountain peaks and listen to the crackling fire-place…. guess who slept like a stone!

A wonderful day is turning into night, and even if I am alone I feel so safe up here and wish everyone in this world could feel the same… the old gneiss hut to the right is almost as beautiful and steady as the mountain itself, built to last… more of that please..Vetledalsetra sunset mountain farm glacial valley

 

Map and information:

This route is an old road/cattle track used to get up on and crossing the glacier (the glacier reached further into the valley those days) to the other side, bringing their livestock all the way over the glacier to provide people on the eastern side of Norway with fresh meat. Just imagine the sight of this procession – wow!

Map and some further information at UT.NO

kart map oppstryn erdalsetra storesæter vetledalsetra trail sti jostedalsbreen

 

DNT: As a member of DNT (The Norwegian Trekking Association) you will also get a discount on lodging and food/supplies at most of DNT’s huts and cabins all over Norway, and also access to a key that will work on most cabin locks. It sure is lovely when you don’t need to carry a too heavy backpack when hiking in the Norwegian mountains. Read more at DNT’s homepage.

If you have any questions regarding this post, please ask, I am sure there are plenty of stuff I forgot to write about ! 🙂

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

Travel highlights and hidden gems of Norway

Are you already planning and ponder where to go this summer in Norway? Oh yes, there is SO MUCH to choose from – I know! So keep on reading and have a look to be inspired!

Talking about hidden gems. If you pay attention (and hopefully don’t just speed hike only to brag “Been there, Done that”) – then you will find small pearls like this.fugleegg i Loen birds nest eggs Nordfjord

Last summer I was going back home to work at my usual job at the Power and Avalanche Center in Norway for the summer, when I unexpectedly was offered a 2. job I really could not resist, so the first month would be at a new place in absolutely awesome surroundings – I’m sooo excited to show you!

I had also brought my laptop to work and be available for my usual clients – so no wonder I cherished every minute I had a couple of hours or a day off, I was out there hiking and bicycling to explore well-known and unknown gems and treasures in the area I was living, including several traditional mountain pastures that I absolutely adore to read the history of and to visit. You can too!

So, after packing my bicycle panniers and traveling to south of Sweden by train to leave my son at his father’s house and my two cats at a friend’s house for the summer (the puppy came to us later) – I finally found myself on the plain from Stockholm on my way home to Norway.

I often miss my family, especially during hard times – and it was a true pleasure, with tearful eyes, to fly over the beautiful mountains surrounding the city of Bergen and the island I grew up on. HOME!Norwegian flight Bergen view Norway travel

I only got 2 hectic days together with my family, we had to get stuff and a reasonable trek bike my mother wanted to give my son in Sweden, so I would use it in Norway to get around and bicycle it back to Sweden after my work season (my own trek bike I had to leave in Lofoten) – so this would be the 3rd summer I would do a solo bicycle tour – wich also would be my vacation and time for peace of mind. 

2 days off duty and I was on my bike that very morning on my way up to spend a night in the mountains. Let me show you more of this beautiful gem and where to stay ..soon to follow…

Now, if you would like my personal advice, photos and experiences of where to go for both well-known and hidden gems in spectacular Stryn, Loen, Rondane National park, Valldalen, Åndalsnes, Dovre bikeway, Røros .. etc ..(and only God knows where else I was at certain moments) – including where to bicycle, hike, go fishing, climb Via Ferrata or stay for a night in cabin or tent – then don’t miss out my upcoming post’s!

Here I am exactly where I wanted to be for a “reset” in between two jobs. On this panoramic and peaceful evening hike I’m looking towards Rondane mountain massif where I would bike and climb up the very next day… Rondane National Park mountains

Now, only a small delightful problem awaits, the decision agony when choosing among all the awesome photos I want to show you… can’t post them all can I ..ha..ha … but I have added some samples preview here for you – I hope you will stay tuned for more!

Looking towards my first place of work for the summer on the other side of the lake. I discovered some awesome gems to visit in this area, and here I am up at one of them. I will tell you guys more soon..Norway nature lake hiking mountain pastures Nordfjord panorama mountains

Warning! Now and then the Norway-posts will probable be interrupted with my newbie crochet creations (just cant’ resist) – and of course our every day life up here in Northern Sweden – but I’m pretty sure you can handle that too 😀

Finnish Lapphund puppy

Finally, after years of evaluating, longing and waiting, I got our new family member home last week after travelling 2000 km during 3 days. I absolutely adore this lil’ girl’s wonderful temper – she is calm and composed when introduced to new and unexpected situations (except with the cats ..ho..ho..action!), alternated with a frisky and playful mood.. and some times I am sure I spotted a glimpse of a wild boar in her too :D.

The weather is pretty gray these days, but my new hiking friend turns it into a colorful and lively outdoor day.

Yes, she looks like a little teddy, but in that teddylook a smart and robust dog is under development. I really look forward to learn toghether with her – to meet the winter with here and of course to take her with me into the mountain world, pretty sure she will love it as much as I do, it’s looking good so far.

During this weekend we went up on a hight I have discovered – and she really adores the uphill...so much energy..  she will for sure be a great hiking & running buddy!

 

Follow us and see how we develop together – I will of course bring her with me back home to Norway next time I leave to work and visit my family there.. her passport is already prepared for this 😉

Via Ferrata Sweden

Today I finally visited Europa’s biggest Via Ferrata centre. It is actually in my “neighbourhood” so to speak, but I have been living in the area for almost a year just “waiting for a suitable day” – well, I guess it is too easy to think that what’s in your backyard can wait. So wait no more.

Yes..there are some parts that need a lil’ bit of thinking ..well, if you want to handle it with some kind of dignity tha..ha..ha  

This spring/summer I have spent 3 months back in Norway mostly to work, but managed to do a quick family visit and also squeezed in time to hike, climb and bicycle – of course. I also visited 2 Via Ferrata centers in Norway (Via Ferrata Loen and the new Romsdalsstigen), so I will try to update my blog about that and all my outdoor adventures as soon as I am back in my daily routines again, as right now everything seems to happen at once 😉

So then my latest activity back in Sweden again is todays Via Ferrata climb at Höga Kusten (High Coast) – and the red route was far better I actually expected, nicely varied and exposed. And if you have never done via ferrata solo, you will (as I did today) have to find your own way to get pass cruxes without any encouragement from others. My fear of heights was present at times indeed, but I managed to control it pretty fine thank’s to frequent height exposures back home in Norway.

Resting point not far from the top cabin  

Don’t forget to stop now and then.. and just take in some awesome moments and views..

If you choose to do the red route I would recommend to rent Via Ferrara-shoes from the center, you would be glad you did at some parts of the route (at least I was)

 

Further information at: http://viaferrata.se/en

Salina volcano hike

What Stromboli offered in terms of godsmacking and brutal live volcanic beauty, the tranquil, laid back and lush Aeolian archipelago island Salina matched elegantly with her silent volcanos looming towards the sky. I spent a night at Isola Salina both the first and last day of my short trip – and the last evening became absolutely magic!

The amphitheatre-shaped “crater-town” Pollara, where half of the crater dropped below sea level after an eruption a very loooong time ago – the island is actually formed by six collapsed craters. ( If you take a boat trip by sea-side here you will see some awesome rock formations). 

Hiking the trail on Monte dei Porri in the first afternoon with a view towards the abandoned lighthouse Semaforo di Pollara – afterwards I walked back to the village Malfa again for a tasty italian meal and the last bus back to my stay in Santa Marina.

A starry night view towards beautiful Lipari island from Salina in the evening – I got a perfect spot to practice some night photo shooting

Hiking Monte Fossa delle Felci:

From Santa di Marina I could see the volcano peaks were covered with fog and rainy clouds where threatening. But this was the last chance to climb the volcano, so I packed my backpack and went up to the main road and jumped on the bus, which by the way is a pretty spectacular drive itself 😉

Your hotel will most likely give you an easy-to-read bus schedule and the driver will inform you the best he can in italian). After a bus change in Malfa, I jumped off at Santuario Santa Maria del Terzito (the driver will probably give you a hint) near the beautiful ValdiChiesa church in the valley that splits the Felci and Porri volcanos. (Take a look at the map link further below to localise the place and route).

Then I followed the signs upwards from the church. (It is possible to hike/climb up (and down) from several other places on the island if desired, but I think this one is the “main trail”).

I was so lucky with the weather, after clouds and rain it switched into a hot afternoon sun, but thankfully there are trees and bushes here and there along the trail up to hide behind from the sun – preferably when taking a sip from the water bottle. The trail is varied, but not so hard to hike, but it depends on your fitness. I think it took me about 90 minutes including photographing here and there. Closer to the summit you can follow a nice comfortable forest road for… a while – this is for sure not a small volcano crater.

The only people I met up there at the summit was a nice french couple, and they told me they climbed to the summit of Monte dei Porri-peak the day before, but the view from here was far better than from Porri. After photoshooting they rushed down to catch the bus, but I decided to not rush this and take the last bus – and had the whole panoramic view completely to myself …wow… this is not a view you want to leave!   

Totally alone up there for a whole magic hour with this incredible view from the Aeolian archipelagos highest point– the summit of Monte Fossa delle Felci  (962m) towards the regular cone of Monte dei Porri (860 m) .

View from my stay on Salina towards Isola di Panarea the first afternoon – so thankful that I once again found a good stay for a reasonable price – with a sea view and a wonderful helpful host. Italians = great hospitality!

Other travel posts with information and photos from my trips to the spectacular Aeolian Islands and Sicily:

I found the site below useful with some information about transport, hiking trails and an interactive map of Salina:

http://www.trasportisalina.it/index.php/en/mappa

Grivel ice axe isyxa

SOLD!

Säljer en oanvänd isyxa jag har för isklättring / alpinism – gå in och se min annons på Blocket – Nice price! 😉

I am selling an unused ice axe I have for ice climbing / mountaineering – take a look at my ad on Blocket – or contact me here.

Lite info:

SHAFT RESISTANCE 400kg, T-rated
MATERIAL Ni-Chro-Mo Steel
BLADE Classical Positive
WEIGHT 485g – 16,15 ozs
LENGTH 48cm-53cm-58cm-66cm

 

Norway Highlights – Hiking and Biking Lofoten

I invite you to have a quick glimpse and perhaps find travel inspiration from these awesome moments extracted from hiking and bicycling in Lofoten this summer (including the Norddal area where I worked).  Later I will post more information for everyone that are interested in visiting these godsmacking areascuz, who the heck aren’t???

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As you can see…it’s not nature alone that create moments and memories when I travel – it is also in meeting people for short or longer moments during a journey…. especially when I travel solo and without any expectations whatsoever – yeah, that’s when magic moments are created! 

Have a look my dear readers:

 

Tafjordfjella hikes

The latest weeks I have enjoyed several hikes in parts of Tafjordfjella. The following three hikes are all easily reachable during a day hike, but can be continued to wherever you choose to go into “fjellheimen” for days. I have also linked to some maps and detailed information from other hikers at Ut.NoStikkut and Peakbook in case you  want maps or more detailed information.

REINDALEN

Like a painting: Reindalen is a beautiful valley, and by following the trail along Langevatnet lake you will get to Reindalseter. From here you can choose from several well marked trails and mountain cabin’s to hike. Tafjordfjella tafjord norddal reindalseter

 

As you can see Reindalen is a beautiful mountain valley where you also find DNT’s cabin Reindalseter that are manned during summer time. To get there I bicycled from Tafjord and up to Gamlevegen where I usually park the bicycle in the woods.(I use this old trail to avoid the tunnel)

Then I walked up Gamlevegen to the farm Øyna, continued up to and along Zackariasvatnet (here you can park your car if you drive) and continued on a marked trail crossing the waterfall Reindalsfossen and then steeper up to Reindalen. At the end of the lake is Reindalseter where cauliflower soup, svele and a chilled cider was on my menu.

Tip: In this valley you can visit a 1000 years old protected pine tree.

At Reindalseter I found myself in good company with other happy hikers and this adooorable doggy ..thank’s for nicely blurring my camera lens with your wet nose buddy…reindalsetra tafjordfjella turhund hiking photo liss myraas

 

FLYENE

Flyene is another great day hike, nice trail and easy ascent with an awesome view point. Again I bicycled from Tafjord up to Kaldhusseter cabin (600 masl). (You can also start the hike from the Stikkut sign post a bit earlier on the road upwards). I parked the bicycle at the cabin and hiked along a nice trail for about 90 minutes to Flyene view point.

From Flyene you have great views of Tafjorden, Onilsavatnet, Kallskaregga, Breinosa etcFlyene tafjordfjella hike panorama norway fjord landscapes photo liss myraas

 

Returning from Flyene you can choose to go down again the same way towards Kaldhusseter (as I did) – or continue on the trail towards Zakariasdammen… the views are is still awesome until you reach the forest.

flyene hiking tafjord mountains panoramic view kaldhussetra

 

KALLSKAREGGA.

Hiking up from the Tafjord side the first part of this trail is a lil’ mini-hell when the weather is damp .. wet grass and bushes, steeper slippery parts with stones, roots and boggy, and even worse going down again. But once you get out of the bush everything is forgotten and forgiven.. for a while 😉

Finally up at Kallskaret with it’s cool famous moon landscape I found several more or less visible trails leading upwards to Kallskaregga ridge. Right before ascending to the highest point I decided to return due to the thick fog coming in. Otherwise it is fully possible to find several trails in various directions from this ridge for longer hikes.

Starting ascending up to Kallskaregga and the view already is magnificent – but on my way back I could see absolutely nothing here thank’s to the fog, so take pictures while you can while hiking.DCIM100GOPROG0090407.

 

Afternoon break with a view towards the highest point (1428 masl) on the Kallskaregga ridge. I love hiking along mountain ridges – and this nice ridge is no exception with it’s great views – if only the fog didn’t start to well in and hide everything. On my returen the fog was covering everything down to about 800 meters.kallskaregga kallskaret hiking norway mountains tafjord photo liss myraas

 

Skageflå hike

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Our Norwegian Queen adores this place – and now I understand why. The hike started when I jumped off the shuttle boat at Skagehola and more than 130 tourists gathered in the front to wave me goodbye. I was the only one to disembark, and they probably wondered where the heck I was going as there’s nothing more but som greenery, rocks and a steep high mountain wall to see there.

To continue the hike you know you have to go out and round it – hold a hand on the wire, place your feet nice and calm on the trail and you will be just fine – if I can, you can too!hiking geiranger fjord skagefla knivsfla trail norway landscape photo liss myras

 

And then you see it… the trail pops out of the first greenery at the foot of the mountain and clings itself upwards the rock face. Here and there you see a glimpse of some safety wires that hints about the possibility to get up here. I was just hoping it wouldn’t start raining resulting in a too exciting and slippery adventure.

It took me 30-45 minutes to get up to first stop Skageflå fjord farm, it depends on your condition, how much you want to enjoy the view and of course photographing. The first part is steeper “rock stairs” with iron fences, higher up you will have to rely mostly on wires at the most exposed/airy parts… that’s also the parts where my “ascending style” became much less elegant, so to speak ..ha…ha.

 

A thrilling hike with thrilling views – I bet you can’t resist to try out this hike 😉steep hiking trail geiranger skagefla photo liss myraas

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Reaching the first stop Skageflå (250 masl) I still was alone up there and also dared to sit on the edge for a moment and do this selfie… thinking about the people who lived up here on this shelf with their animals (goats) and children.. tough Norwegians that is! (and a pretty smart way to avoid the tax collector in former times) skageflå mountain farm geiranger fjord view visit norway landscape photo liss myrås selfie

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Skageflå fjord farm was one of the richest goat farms back in the days, but  a rock slide destroyed much of the cultivated land in 1873. People lived here until 1916, when the farm was abandoned. skageflaa fjord farm setra geiranger photo liss myraas

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Note! This lil’ minihut is not a toilet! – it’s a water well belonging to Skageflå fjord farm! But I saw a lot of tissues and stuff floating around in there. Please use the outhouse made for visitors instead!  As a visitor it is your responsibility to respect the clean environment and not to piss down UNESCO world heritages.. capisci?!  Things like this simply pisses me off alright… just sayin’…hikeing geiranger skageflå water well tourism travel photo liss myras

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The hike continued from Skageflå (250 masl) upwards to the fjord farm Homlongsætra (544 masl) through steep trails through some greenery and some exposed/airy wired parts on the rock face. But hey…don’t forget to actually enjoy the view too… it really IS breathtaking… don’t just hurry upwards or cling to a fence or a tree ..ha..ha.. find a spot where you feel safe and take in the view.geirangerfjorden skageflaa norwegian fjords travel hike trail photo liss myraas

At Homlongsætra fjord farm you can fill your water bottle from a fresh mountain stream and enjoy a fab view towards the Eagle Road on the other side of the fjord. From this farm a much easier and milder “forest trail” continues downwards along the edge all the way back to Homlong …and finally Geiranger.hike homlong track geiranger visit norway fjord unesco heritage landscape photo liss myraas

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Hiking down from Homlongsætra you will have a first class view towards the famous Eagle Road ( Ørnevegen). Everyon that have visited Ørnesvingen over there know it looks on this side beneath me on this picture – a sheer drop all the way down to the fjord… joodelii-hii-hoo..homlong geiranger eagle road ornevegen ørnesvingen

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One of the last peaceful and panoramic places on your way down from Homlongætra. Enjoy a rest/meal and the panoramic view of Geiranger surroundings from Homlong before you walk the last piece on the gravel road towards the hectic centre for a chilled cider. Geiranger fjord norway homlong cruise landscape photo liss myras

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The very next day I was on another awesome hike – I obviously don’t waste any time when I’m”off duty” and the weather is bearable  ….. pretty soon to come 😉

I have borrowed this overview picture from Camptocamp.org to show you the trail all the way from Skagehola to Homlong ..and Geiranger. If you choose to do the opposite way you will get a steeper and more visual exposed feeling – not recommended for those with fear of heights. It is easier to go up than down.map skageflaa homlonssaetra homlong geiranger

Hurtigruten MS Polarlys

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Yeah! Finally back in Norway again! After just 2 days at home I again packed my bags and headed for Norway. When asked to work at the power and avalanche center in Tafjord again I did not hesitate – of course I would!

First I had to fly over for a short visit/stopover at my  family’s place on the Norwegian west coast to get my bicycle along, as I would need it where I work for transport through the tunnels.  To bring the bicycle and luggage with my as smoothly as possible (without having to fly again) I this time choose to travel with Hurtigruten from Bergen as my family lives just a couple of hours from this city.

Every single soul with a camera on the ship was out shooting this beautiful sunset in the Norwegian skerrieshurtigruten sunset landscape photo liss myraas

 

So, with a student discount the price from Bergen to Geiranger (1 night w/bicycle) was actually reasonable. I also got the last (and very nice) cabin available for a good price too for a place to crash and store my stuff (thank’s mom!).

MS Polarlys is one of the more modern ships and very comfortable to sail with – and after stressful days it was absolutely lovely to just relax on deck in the most beautiful sunset, knowing my bicycle was safely secured with ropes down at the car deck where the  serviceminded crew looked after it very well.

Childish or not… pretty cool to enjoy passing landscapes even if it’s way past bed time ..ha..ha.. hurtigruten cabin view selfie

 

I guess it’s difficult to describe the beauty of gliding into Geirangerfjorden on the ship among the massive mountains, waterfalls and old mountain pastures, but you can just imagine. Disembarking the ship was done with an smaller pick-up boat that brought us to the pier.

From Geiranger I started the sweaty ascent upwards Ørnevegen (where I euphoric wheeled downwards last year) before xx hours later arriving Tafjord …and my cosy room for this summer.

Leaving the ship MS Polarlys in this pick-upboat – with a nice view to the serpentine road Ørnevegen (Eagle Road) with its 11 hairpin bends  that I soon would start ascending together with the bicycle and luggage.. sweaty…DCIM100GOPROG0300051.

Well…it’s kind of obligatory to stop at Ørnesvingen to enjoy and shoot this scenic view alrightDCIM100GOPROG0450075.

 

On the road again.. for the day.. passing this mountain ridge Skorene once again – a very impressive sight indeed…feels really good to be back!DCIM100GOPROG0700109.

 

During this summer I will certainly serve you some outdoor activities I’m planning to do this summer in this blog and my Instagram account – so don’t you go too far away 😉