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:

 

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 😉

Norway Bike Hike (Part 1): Geiranger and Norddal

The goal was neither to go highest, deepest, fastest, furthest or toughest – I would bike, hike and rest whenever and wherever I wanted – no stress – just be!  Finally the time had come for my very own “10-day-moment” and my trek bike was packed and ready to roll on a roadtrip. The Norwegian highway was waiting with its amazing mountains, fjords and solid people – once again I would curiously explore my own country.

Selfie: My very last mountain trek in Trafjordfjella before hitting the road, where I discovered this beautiful panoramic pearl that very day. Well, what a view to be leaving, but new one’s where waitingnorwegian mountain tafjordfjella fjelltur natur panorama liss myrås 

The bike trip plan had been yeasting somewhere in the back of my head all summer when I worked at the  power and avalance center in Tafjord, but it was not before I got my hands on a very cheap but solid Polish trek bike that I knew I would be biking home to visit my momma before heading back to Sweden where I live now.

A panoramic break at Eidsvatnet (Norddal) to enjoy this awesome mountain ridge named Skorene – it’s hhest point is Søre Skora wich is 1829 meters a.s.l Norway Skorene Norddal mountain ridge foto Liss Myrås

 

I collected the most essential bicycle equipment a little bit from here and there, something new, old and borrowed, and briefly planned possible bicycle routes and tent camps online … the rest would probably solve itself gradually on-the-road. I would say: Plan your trip to death = stress and disappointments! But one thing is important to plan when you bike in Norway – know where your tunnels are! (see link below)

So, what could be seen, done or enjoyd these 10 days I had for my very own disposal before going back to daily routines, duties and tasks piling in the horizon? Nature, nature and nature… and awesome wonderful people!! ♥

Looking back to Geiranger somewhere between those mountains – you will never get tired of the view!Norway bicycle ride Geiranger road landscape photo liss myrås

I did’t have a clue that my total bike luggage weighed well over 25 kilos! I had two filled waterproof sidebags, a handlebar bag and my tent roped on the handlebars, a waterproof stuff sack containing my sleeping bag on the luggage carrier, and finally a backpack containing my laptop and camera etc Not to forget new led lights, reflections in many forms… and of course my nice cool reflex pennant! 😉 It’s so goddamn important to be seen on the roads and in tunnels!

First aimed stopover was the famous Geiranger, so that day in August I finally rolled on my bike down the first hill away from my hired summer residence – a bit worried that the bike would violently puncture or collapse after a few meters, but it worked like a charm – all the way actually!

First through the scary Heggurdtunnelen for the very last time that summer …. passing Valldal and then taking the ferry across the fjord to Eidsdal and started the mild ascent up to Eagle Road (Ørnevegen).

From Ørnevegen everything went downwards the awesome serpentine roads only interrupted by a short obligatory photo shoot break at the famous Ørnesvingen. The nice thing about biking is that you also can stop on tricky places where cars can’t to get a great shot!

Shot on my way down Eagle Road (Ørnevegen) towards GeirangerNorway Geiranger Ørnevegen bike trip photo liss myrås

 

I did not feel for stopping when I passed the little town in Geiranger because it was just packed with lots of tourists, noicy aggressive buses and cars – this is not how I remember Geiranger from my younger days. I talked to a local that was pretty tired of this circus, tourists come into thei’r private garden and stare at them through the windows while they are having breakfast…  ha..ha ..so visitors, please behave! 😀

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So, I continued up the narrow and steeper sperpentine road that eventually would lead me to Djupvasshytta the day after. Halfway ascending I decided to spend the night at a cosy and peaceful camping. After a beautifulsunsetit rained all night, but my very cheap and light tent actually did not leak! Greatful for that indeed I am! The sun finally showed up at noon next day so I could dry my tent in the wind at no-time and continue up the panoramic road ascent up to Djupvasshytta where gale wind was waiting.

Welcomed by gale wind and rain when I finally reached the plateau close to Djupvasshytta (where I enjoyed a massive waffle-dinner.) From now the roads would slightly incline downwards – very nice after two ascents.  

Oppe på fjellet mot Djupvasshytta

 

The tunnel map for bikers below was indeed very helpful – in this way I could see when, where and how to prepare for every tunnel and readabout other bikers experiences. Especially useful when you bicycle along the Norwegian coast (I will find time to contribute the map with my own experience since one of the byroads was a bit dangeours):

Norwegian tunnel map

 

To be continued… 😉