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)

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! 🙂

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.

Yttersandheia hike in Lofoten

As much as I love reaching mountain tops for a magnificent 360 degrees views – hiking along mountain edges or ridges simply makes the magnificent views and experience last soooo much longer! And this hike is one of them – I’ll give you beautiful  Yttersandheia and LitlbergetRyten’s lil’bro!

Along the road to trail start you will see nice old buildings and houses, some still in use, some used as an unmistakable “road mark” only 😀

After you pass Yttersandheia beach you reach the end of the roadway and the parking area – that is where the trail starts nicely and slowly upwards to where I took this photoYttersandheia Lofoten Fredvang beach landscape photography moore landscape

So once again me and puppy take the bus to Fredvang crossroad, walk over the two bridges and all the way to the parking area at the end of the roadway in Yttersand- adding 9,2 km extra  (roundtrip) to the hike itself.

I noticed that the parking area to Ryten was pretty packed with cars and hikers, so I was happy to just pass by this time and continue to a – hopefully – less crowded hike this day.

Finally up  – can’t wait to hike that trail along the edge, the views is absolutely smashing – all the way!

The hike up is pretty easy, but oh so sweaty without any sign of wind in that  (yes, we enjoyed another glorious day in the sun), until we reached up to the heathland where we could feel the nice wind making our life so much easier. An absolutely perfect and mild summer hike breeze.

Along the Yttersandheia trails – choose the “close to the edge”-trails or “not so close to the edge”- trailsYttersandheia Lofoten Fredvang beach landscape photography trail hike mountain landscape lapphund friluftsliv

Yes, there ARE a bunch of people down at that beach, but just not visible on the photos

Yttersandheia Lofoten hike andscape photography ramberg volandstind view

I did not meet so many hikers here – but some of course. One guy I met told me he got some extra adrenaline pumping when he did a steep shortcut, he suddenly got a pair of claws he said, another hiking women I met told me she wanted to get away from a very crowded Ryten that day by taking a shortcut towards Yttersandheia – it almost ended very bad, so be smart and stick to the paths/trails here too!

Even if this is a easy and mostly a not so steep hike, there are always room for unexpected surprises in this kind of nature. What looks easy in a distance may be anything but easy!

My puppy had a moment alone when we reached Litlberget – maybe she saw something at Mulstøtinden down there to the left. That adorable little beauty surrounded by such great beauty. Here we rested for a while, took in the environment and had our late lunch.lapphund litleberget yttersandheia

I will let the pictures speak for them selves when it comes to the magnificent views hiking along the edges. It was an absolutely lovely day, and when reaching Litleberget we had plenty of time to just sit there and enjoy the views, the peacefulness and some food – precious moments that energize one’s mind... and also the dog’s I believe.

Starting descending from Ytterheia, wondering if there is time to take a chilled dip at the beach before catching the bus, I really did not want this awesome day to end…Yttersandheia Lofoten Fredvang beach landscape photography hike landscape lapphund

 

On our way back to the bus from Fredvang crossroad we walk over these 2 bridges (with sidewalk) that includes a great view towards Volandstindfredvang bruene bridge

 

Click on the map photo to open a detailed interactive map at http://www.Norgeskart.no

Ryten hike in Lofoten

This hike includes spectacular views to the beautiful Kvalvika beach, with a possibility to make a roundtrip to walk along that tempting beach on a very hot day. But don’t expect to be alone up her in high season.

On our way up to Ryten we did a “lil detour” to visit Fredvangshytta cabin, it’s tiny shed and the transport zipline. What a view towards Yttersand beach and the majestic mountains in the background!Ryten fredvang Yttersand beach cabin hiking lofoten

Not only humans are interested in great views, also sheep like to be up here for a “good chew with a view”. Here we all enjoy a great view over Torsfjorden and Selfjordenfredvang ramberg ryten hike fjords sheep view trail lofoten

To get here I and Jenta first had to take the bus and then walk across 2 high bridges to get to the hike’s starting point near Fredvang. This added about 6,5 km (roundtrip) extra to our hike, but that is just how it is if you don’t have a car around here.

It’s however a nice “warmup-walk”, but narrow roads makes it a bit scary sometimes as some few drivers don’t care at all that hikers and animals walks along these roads. But we survived (again) and could start this classic, easy and popular hike up to Ryten mountain peak.

We did not care to join the line to the famous spot where hikers often do an “arranged picture shot” that looks more dangerous than it is – I think we got our nice views and shots anyway… or what!Ryten hiking kvalvika beach lofoten

We met a swiss student at the start of this hike and immediately liked each others company, so this time I would enjoy a pretty social hike in good company, and also met people (lapphund dog owners) along the trail from my own hometown area – so a fun and super-social hike that was indeed.

On our way down we took another short detour to this lake, it was so hot this day that both people and dogs jumped into this chilling lake to cool downlake ryten flakstad

The view on our way back down from the Ryten peak. The few clouds passing by was very welcoming this super hot day… we where dreaming about ice cream all the way down to the café

Thank’s to the nice weather the trail itself was very comfortable to hike on, but we hiked a bit slower due to a very hot day under the broiling sun. Fill up your water bottles before you go, or also (as we did) rely on that the cafe (placed along the main road) are open to save your dehydrated ass with heavenly shadows, ice-cold coca cola and ice cream 🙂

Map from bus stop to Ryten peak. Dark blue line from Bus stop to trail start (car park) – and red line from car park to Ryten peak. Including blue dotted trail lines for short detours to Fredvanghytta cabin and Forsvatnet lake for chilling.map ryten carte fredvang lofoten

 

Travel info:

  • Bus to Fredvang kryss > Walk across the two bridges and continue towards Yttersand 
  • After the bridges you will pass a rest stop with a toilet and waters tap
  • After the crossroad you will pass a cafe, very nice to stop by here after a hike
  • Go home happy 🙂

If you prefer a less visited hiking gem in this are that includes spectacular views and beaches, then stay tuned my friends …I will soon tell you about Rytens lil’ brother

Munkebu hike in Lofoten

Glorious Munkebu. 2 years after hiking to the scenic and popular Munkebu, I was finally back again.  The views are as lovely as ever, and this time I shared this beautiful hike together with my dear puppy. This summer we live pretty close to the trail’s starting point, so it was a natural thing to trek it again.

On our way upwards passing the drinking water lake Studalsvatnet, a very nice trail most of the time (except that mucky “mud bath” area I knew we would have to pass further up…Munkebu hiking trail Lofoten Moskenes lapphund

On our way up we came close up to a grouse momma running around protecting her little kids, so I am really glad I kept my puppy on a leash during the hike, keeping in mind that in certain periods lots of birds are hatching. The only time I let puppy free was up at the Munkebu cabins, where we met a supercute Husky puppy my Jenta was running around and playing with by the pond.

View over lake Studalsvatnet. We can almost see our tiny lil’ cabin down there not far from the starting point of Munkebu trailmunkebu trail studalsvatnet sørvågen

Hike for whoAll in all this is a great hike with really nice views where you pass the lakes at various stages upwards. Perhaps a bit long for some depending on fitness (2-2,5 hours one way), but still an easy/moderate dog- and family-friendly trail most people can do, don’t let the chained section scare you as it is safe and not too steep – the chains are there to make it easier for you.

Alternatives: From Munkebu you can also continue up to Munken mountain peak nearby for extra views. You can also pitch your tent around Munkebu (or around Sørvågen lake) and do the hike to Hermandalstinden ….or why not pay Merraflestinden a visit on the return, (my favorite as you can hike along the steep edge upwards (offers a more gentle descend joining the main trail again).

About 50-100m passing Munkebu cabin we sat down and enjoyed this scenery for a while – a great view towards Hermandalstinden. Far back to the right we could also catch a glimpse of Helvetestinden ridgemunkebu panoramic tennesvatnet

Trail quality: Nice, well-worn and marked. The only thing I don’t like is that darn “mud bath” area you will have to cross along the trail, especially during a moist summer … an trail-cluster over-developed by thousands of hiking shoes and moist).

It was there 2 years ago, and it is still there… my bright long haired dog turned into a dark grey mudball.. but the salvage operation was to wade with her into the chilling river after returning (note! choose the river that runs into the Sørvågvatnet lake and not the river running to the drinking water lake) and rinse here fur as clean as possible – pretty refreshing for sweaty hiking feet too 😉

View to Djupfjord. Why not do a lil’ detour along the supercool edge up to Merraflestinden (to the right). A more gentle trail lead you down again to join the main trail at Klokkafemskaret (see the green trail on my map)Merraflestinden

We also met several super nice hikers on this hike (on most hikes we do actually) that we also meet again later .. the Norwegian landscapes are for sure a natural people connector – if you are open for it.

Returning to Studalsvatnet – soon time for a cold wade in the riverMunkebu hiking trail Lofoten Moskenes Studalsvatnet lapphund

Stay overnight: If you plan to stay at Munkebu cabin (or any DNT-cabin in Lofoten) you will need to ask for a “special key“.  Personally I still don’t understand why the ordinary DNT-key is not good enough (as a paying member) – the allround-key is suppose to make hikes easier! Not all of us have our a car here to get around picking up special keyes here and there.

So most people instead pitch a tent around Sørvågvatnet lake or around the area of Munkebu. In good weather it is a blessing for sure, in bad weather a curse.

Water filling:  I usually fill my and puppys bottle in Studalsvatnet lake or by the ascent at the smaller  streams coming from the little pond Kjølavatna (further below Klokkafemskaret).

Where to park: When you have passed both the food shops in Sørvågen (coming from Reine/Moskenes ferry) you turn right at the hiking sign/mailboxes, the road will lead you to the parking area with an information board at trail start.

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Solbjornvatnet and Okstinden hike in Lofoten

Have you ever wondered how it looks at the other side of Reine‘s famous spectacular mountain views? Well, wonder no more my dear readers .. curious or not, in just a short and easy hike you can see for yourself these wonderful views hiding behind Rein’s looming front peaks.

Ever wondered what’s it looks like behind these spectacular mountains views in Reine? Olstinden Reine Lofoten travel landscape lapphund

Me and my puppy Jenta took the bus from Tind/Å at the end of Lofoten  (where I am based for the moment) via Reine – and got off the bus directly after the Fjøsdaltunnelen (ask the bus driver kindly if he/she can drop you off at the first pocket at Fjøsdalen after the tunnel (not so far from Soløya bus stop)).

The easy trail starts from the little recycling plant in Fjøsdalen. About 35 minutes later you will be up at the pass and already see parts of lake Solbjørnvatnet. If you follow the trail to the right you will shortly get on top of Okstinden with super nice views over the lakes, mountains and fjords, among this the little beautiful lake Svartvatnet to the left surrounded by steep mountain peaks.

A short and easy hike and you will find this hidden treasure behind Reine’s looming peaks  I did not meet a single soul here, so a great hiking area for those who seek some peace and quiet.behind-reine-panoramic-view-solbjornvatnet-mountains-landscape-okstind-travel.

From the top of Okstinden I could see the trails continue around both sides of Solbjørnvatnet lake, so hopefully next time will be a longer hike around here to discover more in this area, and of course – bring my fishing rod along as this lake is full of trouts!

View from Okstind towards Svartvatnet and some of the “Reine” mountains, but from the other side that is.Lofoten hike lake mountains panorama easy trail trout

 

Simple map of hiking trail to Okstinden and Solbjørnvatnethike solbjornvatnet okstinden flakstad moskenes lofoten map kart

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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
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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]