Tent Camping at Unstad Beach in Lofoten

The little village Unstad quickly became a favorite place to visit this season, and I have done 4 nice hikes (incoming) from this adorable and peaceful place by the sea. Longing to spend a night here, me and puppy one day I was off work packed our tent and headed for Unstad Beach to hike and spend a night there.

Our little paradise at Unstad beachUnstad beach Lofoten telttur outdoor norsk natur lapphund tent camping sunset

After hiking 2 peaks that day we went down to the sea and found a nice grass spot among the pebbles and pitched the tent. The light rain drops we sensed up in the mountains gradually dissolved and the evening turned in to warm and beautiful sunset.

It’s getting late, but we will stay up a bit longer to just enjoy the lovely surroundingsUnstad beach camping Lofoten

Most of all I just wanted me and puppy to be here together, with no time to keep, to do nothing and just enjoy the absolutely lovely sound of the waves hitting the shore. There really is no better lullaby than that.

Our tent view: My lovely Jenta is first out to enjoying the morning sunrise, the sky promise a warm and sunny dayUnstad beach Lofoten tent view nature sky travel Norway

Early breakfast and hot coffee at 5 o’clock in the morning while the sun is warming up the mountainsUnstad beach Lofoten telttur lapphund breakfast tent camping sunrise

What I like about Unstad is that it is very peaceful and usually not so crowded in high season as other well known beach villages in Lofoten. The little white sand beach and village are also surrounded by several good hikes. It’s also a place for surfers, so you can rent equipment for surfing at Unstad Arctic Surf.

Someone is sleeping….Unstad beach Lofoten telttur lapphund cosy tent camping sunrise

We did a very easy and relaxed hike/stroll into Norddalen vally and lake Norddalsvatnet which we discovered from the peak hikes the day before.Unstad Lofoten best hiking friend moments Norddalen Norddalsvatnet-2

It is so beautiful in Norddalen valley. In here we could see about 6 or 7 white-taled eagles flying around, where one of them “smacked” another eagle in the air so it dropped a dead captured crow to the grown – nature drama IRL!Unstad Lofoten dog hike Norddalen Norddalsvatnet

On our trip back to the “civilization” next evening we first stopped and took an afternoon stroll by this beautiful little beach to play with a dog frisbeeLofoten beach sandnessanden Myrland dog play landscape

Tell me, is she by any chance laughing at my bad tent pitching style? 😀Unstad tent camping dog

Unstad map & driving distances

  • Unstad – Leknes: 25 min. (21,2 km)
  • Unstad – Svolvær: 68 min. (66,4 km)
  • Unstad – Reine:  85 min. (73,6 km)

Click on the map to open it in Google Maps to find your distanceUnstad kart map beach surfing hiking Lofoten Norge camp

 

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 😉 

Lappmarksvägen winter hike

lappmarksvägen lapphund winter forest trail hiking örnsköldsvik anundsjö

Best time of the year to hike certain trails are right now, when the ground is a bit frozen, most of the greenery are bowing down and som light beautiful snow have just fallen.. no pestering insects, no soggy grounds and no clinging bush… just a frozen nature going to sleep. (Another good example when to best hike a trail is Bruksleden in Västerås when I lived there, the summer hike was  horrible, but early winter just awesome!)

I will let my puppy Jenta show you some remaining parts of the old and “endless” Lappmarksvägen trail  – through some nice conifer and birch forest landscape. We have hiked parts of this trail right before the snow came too, then still very nice, green and beautifully mossy, but a frozen winter wonderland is hard to beat!

Running and jumping around.. so much to see and discover for a little girl

 

Walking right into a winter wonderland adventurewinter landscape forestsnow hiking trail vandringsled västernorrland

lappmarksvägen bredbyn trail hiking vandring lapphund dog winter landscape photo liss myras

 

Jenta is waiting..just as eager as I am to discover what’s around the next corner… more forest perhaps?

 

lappmarksvägen vandringsled vinterlandskap winter örnsköldsvik

 

I usually start at point 7 (Seltjärn) on the map below. Here you can park your car/bike and take a look at the maps (it is possible to enlarge the map pics below):Lappmarksvagen map karta trail vandringsled bredbyn kubbe sweden

 

HAPPY HIKE!

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 😉