Tinn in Telemark

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

Tinnsjå lake view

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Storronden hike in Rondane National Park of Norway

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

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

Rondane national park hiking dog lapphund photography norsk landskap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

bicycle rent Spranget Rondane

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nordlandsbanen railway journey in North Norway

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

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

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

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

nordlandsbanen train trip norther norway railway travel dog

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Will be continued……

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

New paths of life

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

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

 

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

pinnekjøtt sau Norwegian traditional food Christmas

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

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

 

See you soon with more hiking adventures my dear readers!

Tindstinden hike in Lofoten Norway

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

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

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

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

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

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

A walk on the ridge towards the top area

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

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

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

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

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

Ok, another angle then…ha..hatopptur Tindstinden

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Any qestions about this ? Just ask! 🙂

Solar illuminated bird feeder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More pip’s to come.. 😉

White frost river

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Crochet merino beanie with star and waistcoat stitch

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

rôdvattensjön lake hike sweden

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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.

Stockholmsgata canyon hike

The name may bewilder you to think about city streets in Stockholm packed with cars, shops and people. But no – Stockholmsgata nature reserve are so far away from anything like that I can promise you.

About a week ago I did a impulsive trip to have my first look at this area. It took more than an hour to drive from my home, and the last 20 kilometers was on more or less bumpy gravel roads in the “middle of nowhere” (the car really looked like shit when I got home that evening), but well worth the “effort” indeed!

Stockholmsgata nature reserve icicles frozen flowers trail

By the parking area there are wind sheds, fireplaces including wood, a toilet and also a cabin nearby, so you will probable survive the excursion in any weather conditions 😀

Me and puppy went straight ahead along the marked trail, and after about 30 minutes slowly ascending along the canyon we reached the view-point on a cliff. We only met a friendly couple during this hike, so the silence in this area was absolutely wonderful, but I am sure the place are more frequently visited during summer time.

Easy trail to hike, but keep in mind there will be some steep sections here and there along the canyon. 

On our way back we fortunately took the time to follow the trail at the very bottom of the canyon, here I found lots of beauty made by nature, long cool icicles, lush moss and lichen, ice formations popping up and frozen plants in the pond – very nice colours and contrasts against the snow – even if the sun did not reach down here anymore that day.

Next time I take the trip to Stockholmsgata I will for sure spend some more time here exploring  what I find interesting  here – and hopefully be able to show you some more photos from this area.. stay tuned alright…

Very nice views from the view-point at the end of the canyon – but if you bring your puppy dog up here I suggest you keep it leashed when you get higher up – it is too easy to slip!Stockholmsgata naturreservat kanjon lap

It was just a couple of minus degrees up there that day, so not very cold at all, but some hot tea from my thermos sure did taste good well back in the car again. The drive home was absolutely beautiful while the sun was going down… love moments like that – and I probable love driving too! 😀Stockholmsgata nature reserve road tripjpg

 

MAPS & FURTHER INFORMATION

Licence to sweep

Last year I got my licence to chimney sweep/soot and clean my own wood-fired heating boiler.  Feels really nice to be able to do this job myself, as I learn more how my house’s heating system works – and surely I also save some bucks by doing it myself.
sotarverktyg viska chimney sweeper lod viska feier skorstein
After measuring the chimney’s diameter I could order this chimney sweeping equipment (including a soft whisk (thankfully)) from a professional company,  suitable for my chimney’s inside material (this can vary, be sure to check it).
I attended a packed course (I was the only woman there) at the fire station where we for the most part focused on fire safety. Very interesting and informative, and a bit scary (and sometimes funnily) to hear storys about what happened when fire safety was ignored. How to actually sweep the chimney and clean the heating boiler was mostly up to myself to find out, but it is not that difficult at all, it is actually pretty easy when you have done it once and developed a routine for it. So the easiest and fun part was to get up on my old roof, find a safe position and do the chimney sweep.  The dirty part was to afterwords go down to my basement and clean the whole heating boiler and channels inside by scraping, brushing and vacuum clean it all.
egensotning sotarverktyg viska chimney sweep lod viska feier skorstein doityourself
It’s a dirty job alright, but what a good feeling when the whole heating system is cleaned and ready to be filled with dry wood to warm up my house on chilly days… yess indeed, it’s a priceless feeling when you have experienced how grisly and uncomfortable a cold house really is.
The winter is coming and I need our house to be warm and cosy like this again. At every startup with good fire wood some smoke will come out the chimney as you can see, but when it gets hot enough you will hardly see any smoke up there. Hopefully the old heating boiler will survive this winter too 🙂 

Crochet sweater

Finally I have made my very first crochet sweater.! It is an easy and cropped one with long arms.. and sooo soft! But of course not at all perfect – I can see several things to do better next time. But it is a learning process where I’m getting ready to create my dream crochet sweater from a beautiful yarn already waiting in my yarn closet for a while. Warm and cosy autumn evenings for crocheting are very welcome.

crochet sweater handmade yarn rib marble hook

Through all summer I have not touched a crochet hook at all, but the fingers have been itching for it alright, that’s for sure. Working and hiking in Lofoten took up all time  – and when I came home again after a great summer in Norway, a lot of big and small things had to be finished before “continuing as normal” again. So dear readers, I have not forgotten my blog, it just comes last when I have to prioritize.

 

So, this weekend I and puppy did a windy and chilly walk along Långnäset headland (near Östalbodarna in Myckelgensjö) in beautiful autumn colours, and shot some photos of my “very late summer sweater”, while puppy freely could run around like a craze.

Perhaps a bit too cold for an exposed boat neck line and cropped waist these days, but still a thick warming sweater where it covers. Looking so much forward to make another one, maybe with a bit longer waistline next time.. and more suitable for use in autumn/winter.

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