Hallingskarvet National Park hike

Stairway to heaven – or stairway to Hallingskarvet? Both real awesome choices, but the 2000 steps that lead us directly up to the mountain massif Hallingskarvet National Park was this weekend’s winner for sure.

I chose the trail Prestholtrunden , which is a nice hike suitable for dogs and the whole family. This hike includes some very nice views, so me and puppy shot some selfies up there of courseHallingskarvet view point turblogg turjenter

So, once again me and puppy packed our backpack and headed for a sunny Sunday adventure.  From Geilo we continued on a toll road (40 NOK/have some coins ready!) upwards all the way to Prestholtseter, where we parked and started our hike.

My curious little dog Jenta, she really likes working her way uphills. Probable lots of interesting scents to sniff along the trail too, as you never walk alone here on a Sunday like this Hallingskarvet Prestholtrunden sherpa stairs geilo trail view

Jenta is dancing upwards like a ballerina, and not necessarily on the sherpa stepsHallingskarvet Prestholtrunden sherpa stairs geiloWe are soon reaching the “plateau”. We had no plan here, just “let’s see what trail to choose”  Hallingskarvet Prestholtrunden sherpa stairs geilo trapper

Here we are at Skarvsenden – this hike’s highest point 1 705 meters above sea level. Yes, it’s yet another big pile of rocks/steinrøys we are balancing, and we do love it. The word “Skarv” actually means bare mountain or rock.Hallingskarvet national park views Geilo turblogg

A little lunch break at a view point up there. Here me and puppy where alone, most hikers that day just followed the main trail – today we didn’t. If I see a tiny detour trail, I’m usually too curious too curious to ignore it 😀Hallingskarvet mountain massif

Just one of those beautiful fall views on our way down. According to the map we must be passing Perstølen hereHallingskarvet Prestholtrunden mountain massif geilo

On our way down part of the trail was pretty soggy and muddy after a rainy night, thankfully we could walk on these planks, and puppy could wade in the small rivers to clean here paws. Hallingskarvet Prestholtrunden lapphund geilo

The last part, after coming down from the mountain trail, is on the gravel road towards Prestholtseter. Autumn is for sure a favorite hiking season.  Lots of hiking people this day,so me and puppy drove down to a gas station to get a cheap and tasty cafe latte:DHallingskarvet prestholtseter landscape autumn hike Geilo outdoor friluftsliv Norway

Ok, we will for sure be back as there are other hikes to discover in this area, but first thing first, until then – tada dear readers 😉

Map and some further readings about the hike in Hallingskarvet National Park:

 

Gaustatoppen hike in Telemark

I stopped the car and looked up towards the peak of Gaustatoppen. The clouds where blowing so fast over the top, windy indeed, but it was now ..or ever? Alrighty! I stepped on the gas pedal upwards the serpentine road towards the hike’s starting point Stavsro.

Yes, we are on our way up and the weather is still looking good

Finally me and puppy would visit this looming beauty (1883 masl) that many claim to be the most beautiful mountain in Norway. And oh my what a wonderful hike me and puppy was heading for this day, for once I really took a darn good decision 😀

Looking back for a moment on our way up, the view is already stunning among all these rocks

And don’t you worry about getting lost, it is a very clear and well signed trail all the way. Here you can see exactly where we are, and how far it is left to the top..or if you feel a bit lazy at this point, hike down to Gaustabanen and take the funicular inside the mountain all the way up to the very topGaustatoppen Gaustabanen sign post trail skilt market

On a clear day you can see one sixth (1/6) of Norway! The circular information plates will show you in which direction to look for other known attractions far away around Southern Norway. Gaustatoppen information plate

Not so warm up here any longer, the winter is just around the corner..Gaustatoppen gaustabanen hike topptur fjelltur frozen freezing scenic views telemark Norway – Kopi

Gaustatoppen hike ridge hike Telemark

Out on the ridge we mostly had sun, but also some rain, wind and rock hard hail that really hurts when hitting the face.. but who cares when the view is so awesome!Gaustatoppen ridge hike rjukan telemark travel blogMe and puppy followed the ridge continued behind the mast for some really awesome views – it leads you to the highest point of Telemark and Southern Norwayvisitnorway rjukan gaustatoppen fjell

From scenic views like this I often spot my next hikes. Just a couple of days later we hiked along the lake puppy is looking towards down thereGaustatoppen dog hike ridgegaustatoppen mast lapphund tur

These lovely views followed us for a while on our way down again. I think my dog loves it tooGaustatoppen topptur hike landscape photo fjelltur lapphund dog scenic views telemark Norway

INFO

Parking: There is a parking area at Stavsro where the main trail starts from. It cost 150 NOK for 24h parking. There is also a free toilet here. During summer season the Stavsrohytta café is open.

Trail: The trail is mostly on a rocky trail, but mostly we walked on rounded rocks so my dogs paws was just fine with it. The trail is easy to follow (clear and sign posts/T-marked). I met some friendly sherpas who was working on the trail to make it more accessible and family friendly.

Time & length: Ca 4,3 km one way from Stavsro. Approximately 90-120 minutes up.

Gaustatoppen tourist cabin:  Warm and cosy stone cabin. It is possible to book a stay over night, or buy something to eat and drink in here. I could also leave my dog in the hall while I was eating a thick tasty waffle and hot chocolate. The fresh and clean toilet cost 20 NOK.

Click on the MAP for further information and alternative trailsgaustatoppen kart map info utno

 

Justadtinden hike in Lofoten

If you crave for a longer and solid day hike in Lofoten with amazing views, very nice (and mtb-bike friendly) trails, than I can recommend Justadtinden (738 masl) in Vestevågøya.

One of several smaller lakes along the trail Justadtinden hike topptur scenic views mountain landscape lakes Vestvågoy Justadheia Lofoten Norway

This day the weather forecast promised gale at some peaks on the outer (north) side, so instead I chose to go to Justadtinden located on the inner (south) side hoping for some less strong winds. It turned out to be a good choice

No much wind at certain places.. longing for a slight breeze further ahead.Justadtinden hike scenic views mountain landscape lakes Vestvågoy Justadheia Lofoten Norway

The trail has several “up- and downhills” until the final ascend where you probable will use your hands to light scramble the last few meters – not so airy or exposed – until you go near the edges on the top area of course.

I can see the highest peak Himmeltinden over there.. such good memories from last week’s awesome hike there

Some open places during ascend the wind really was working it, but reaching the peak, where you kind of expect the wind to howl, it was close to total calm, almost to hot for my dear furry friend.

I met a local guy there that told me he sometimes experienced this, that the wind blows much harder around the mountain “passes” here, but barely on the top .. our lucky day!

I could see the trail actually continued along a ridge, I might want to find out more about that later 😉

From Justadtinden it is also possible to get a glimpse of Henningsvær. The Kartfjorden is faar down there

Absolutely magnificent views from the top of Justadtinden. There are several nice places her to enjoy a packed lunch or just to sit and enjoy the scenic views.  Justadtinden Lofoten hike

Out on a limb..Justadtinden Lofoten hiking topptur scenic views finsk lapphund steep mountain landscape Norway

On our way back again…Justadtinden turjenter

Lenght: Approximately 12 km round trip

Route marking: Cairns

Parking: Hagskaret

Bus: Leknes – Stamsund

Map: Click to open a detailed map with some further infoMiniatyrkart

 

Himmeltindan hike in Lofoten

A late evening hike to Himmeltindan is well worth it in nice weather. If you are normal fit and healthy you will have a very pleasant hike.

Himmeltindan

Our opinion is that this hike is not as strenuous and steep as written on the Internet (that must probable be from another side than from Haukland beach parking where we started from).

I actually left my dog back home because of that info, but my puppy would have loved to hike this mountain too without any problems. We met several smaller dogs, and it is only airy if you actively seek it along the edges. But the other hike we did the day before is another story alright, but more about that later 😉

Can you see the rainbow?Himmeltindan hike Lofoten

We look over the fjord towards a ridge we hiked the day before, but more about that later dear hiking readers.Lofoten landscape photography

So, this time I was in good company with a dear colleague from work, and we really had a fun and happy hike together when Himmeltindan finally loomed towards the sky without being totally covered in fog. Just some cotton fluff here and there, which makes the views more interesting.

Life is good…Himmeltindan scenic landscape Lofoten climb

Himmeltindan is the tallest peak on Vestvågøy, so the ascent took us about 2 hours upwards on a nice and clear trail. We first reached the south peak, and then decided to visit the north peak used by the military with radars and stuff, but oh sooo very nice views from here, and hopefully worth the risk of not being able to reproduce our self any longer.

View from the north peak Himmeltinden view utsik turjenter

It’s on your own risk entering the north peak according to a warning sign, but we could just not help our self of curiosityHimmeltindan north peak

We had our late evening meal above the cotton fluff between the two peaks. And had a magnificent view towards Uttakleiv, Veggen and Mannen bathing in the warm and beautiful sunset on our way down againHimmeltindan sunset hike visit Norway

Mannen Uttakleiv Veggen Lofoten

 

Hight: 962 masl. (north peak)

Hiking time: Approximately 2 hours (one way)

Car parking: Haukland beach

By bus: Visit Hauklandsbeach.no

 

I made a rough map – klick on it to see an enlarged interactive mapHimmeltindan map kart

More to come soon dear readers 😀

Himmeltindan peak hike Lofoten Vestvaagoy scenic landscape lunch with a view Lofoten

Hornneset seaside hike in Lofoten

From the peak Møntinden I got a nice view over the seashore below us. I got a glimpse of a tempting trail along the shore far down there and decided to pay it a visit at the very next opportunity. So we did. And as usual I shot some photos along the hike for you to view.

When you want an easy hike without crowded “Mount Everest queues” – chose this hikeHornneset beach fnsk lapphund Vikten sandstrand Lofoten

The trail starts (sign post) at the end of the road in the little village Vikten (see map) where I parked the car. Approximately 3 km one way hike. We chose to start the trail that goes along the beautiful sand beach (it is also possible to start the hike right behind the very last farm).

The local fog gives the mountains a slight touch of mystiqueHornneset beach fnsk lapphund Vikten sandstrand Lofoten hiking

The beach trail eventually turns into rocks and boulders, then it joins the nice and clear trail that will lead you all the way to the solar driven light house at the very tip of Hornneset headland. Bear in mind that sheeps will pop up here and there along the trail.

We can see the first headland Mjåneset to pass…Hornneset headland hiking seaside seashore vandring turglad outdoor easy Lofoten

 

The peak Hornet is appearing… our goal is the headland below it embraced by the fog.
Hornneset beach fnsk lapphund Vikten sandstrand Lofoten strandhugg

Once again I regret leaving my zoom lens in the car – of pure laziness. This white tailed eagle was just sitting there posing gracious on a rock, totally ignoring the mocking sea gull. Nice bird area for bird lovers.havørn birds fugler beach Lofoten seaside shore hike

Hornneset is enveloped in fog and we will go straight into it eventually You can see Hornet above the fog and Møntinden peak with it’s telemast far up to the rightHornet Hornneset Montinden seaside seashore hike vandring tur easy turjenter Lofoten

Reaching the light house in the fog – so now scenic views out here here today. Jenta is beautifully matching the rock colors

The solar driven light house at Hornneset. The cold wind is howling and the waves are smashing into the rocks… so let’s go back to the warming sunshine while it’s still there..Hornneset lighthouse fyrlykt headland finsk lapphund dog hike Lofoten Norway

On our way back..the view is wonderful all the way

A weathered wind shed with a view – if you want a place to rest

Daisy flowers likes it here too

My map – you can klick on it to open a detailed and interactive view

 

Møntinden hike in Lofoten

I discovered this beautiful area while me and puppy went for a evening stroll along the landslide-exposed gravel road by the sea. At the end of this road you will find the very peaceful, authentic tiny little village Myrland surrounded by mountains, heathland and a little white beach overlooking the open sea.

You will see and hear lots of cool birds while you go though the first part of the trail in Myrland..great place for bird watchers…

I quickly found out that there was several hiking trails in the area among the heaths and towering spears, so at the very next visit here me and puppy went for the peak of Møntinden (the one with a telemast on top). I will post more from this area soon.

First we went straight forward from the car…

And then we turned right to nicely round the small lakes (Hornvatnet and Litlvatnet) and headed through the heaths up to the edge to the left in picture…

It is possible to hike straight upwards too the peak of Møntinden (if that is your only goal), but me and puppy did a little “detour”, yes, why go directly up if you will miss the best part of this hike…a walk along the edge!

When you reach the edge from Krykkjedalen you will see a trail along the edge towards and up to Møntinden – some places the “outer” trail looked a bit insecure, but it will always be possible to choose the safe inner trail where necessary.Montinden Lofoten hike scenic landscape nature beach mountains fjords Norwegen

The trail: After parking the car (blue spot on my map) I followed the trail(s) that seemed to take us towards my eyeballed goal, the trails are mostly of nice quality, not at all muddy after a rainy night, but perhaps a bit soaked here and there.

Lots of sheep poo here too, so If you have a dog that like munching on that (unfortunately my dog think this is M&Ms) this is probable like walking in chocolate-wondertrail for them) puh…

You can follow the trail both on the inside or outside of the tiny lake Krykkjevatnet – we did a little round-trip to do them both in each direction..(picture from our way back)

Here and there the trail turn into a sheep trail that will dissolve here and there. Just keep your direction through Krykkjedalen towards the beginning of the edge below Bjørntinden – eventually you will find the trail again.

Along the edge we could look faaaar down at the pebble beach down there, with views towards Fredheim and out towards the open ocean while following the nice trail along the edge towards Møntinden. Absolutely awesome!

After Krykkjevatnet me and puppy followed a trail along the mountain side that eventually dissolved in the middle of the mountains side – we just went back a bit and found a tiny trail that took us the last part up to Møntinden.

Fab views from Møntinden towards Ramberg, Fredheim and YttersandheiaMøntinden Lofoten hiking

Looking down at Hornet peak, Myrland village and towards Vestvågøya

On our way back along the edge Lofoten Myrlandsheia edge ocean view scenic hike lapphund landscape Fredheim Ramberg

Take a look at Møntinden seen from below in my post:

 

I made you a rough map of my and puppy’s hiking trail to Møntindennother 

I will soon be back with our second hike in this area.. from another view 😉

Volandstinden hike in Lofoten

From a far distance I could see that the peak was covered with fog, and the risk was to see absolutely nothing when reaching the top. But still me and puppy decided to chance it. And we where rewarded plentiful.

The last ascend up to the peak of Volandstind is waiting, and is the most beautiful and scenic too

 

Depending on your fitness it is a relatively easy hike up, approximately an hour one way, at the upper ridge there will be steep edges here and there, but the trail is very nice quality and safe to follow.

At first we could see absolutely zip nada nothing in the fog reaching the top, but when the curtains went up it was absolutely magic. I truly think that photos also becomes more interesting when some fog or clouds appears on a blue sky, makes it more “alive-ish”.

Map and information about the trail if you start from Skjelfjorden

Svartvatnet Lake hike in Lofoten

I wanted to avoid windy and fog covered peaks this day, so a hike up to Svartvatnet lake turned out to be a very good choice when the wind comes from southwest… but don’t forget that no wind means more damn mosquito’s 😮

We took the same way as we did last year hiking up to Solbjørnvatnet lake. Arriving at the lake me and puppy followed the trail to the left (instead of to the right) this time.Svartvatnet lake hike Lofoten landscape easy hiking lapphund

 

Looking towards Solbjørnvatnet lakeSvartvatnet lake solbjornvatnet hike Lofoten landscape easy hiking lapphund

 

It is possible to follow a trail along one side of Svartvatnet lake – where we also spotted some nice potential camp spots. We turned when reaching a little river, but the trail seems to be continued.  Svartvatnet lake Lofoten solbjornvatnet landscape easy trail hiking lapphund

 

Still ice on the lake, so a very refreshing dip is possible. But I was very satisfied with this mirroring lake view – in between these mountains we where well protected from the wind, but not from the mosquito’s 😀Svartvatnet lake Lofoten solbjornvatnet landscape easy hiking lapphund

 

I have created a simple map to show you where to go. (Klick on it to enlarge)  

If you have any questions regarding this hike – let me know 🙂

Dog hiking backpack

Remember our hike along Yttersandheia last year? This year we started our summer in Lofoten with a hike parallel to it along the seashore, an easy and family friendly hike to Mulstøa in Fredvang.

Nice, easy and well visible trail.

Puppy has finally got her very first dog backpack. I choose a light version for her as a novice that will be perfect for day hikes. Ruffwear’s singeltrack has 2 included water sacks (0,6 L each), room for her candy/meal and some other smaller stuff to. Her own pink water bowl in rubber are attached on it too with a carabiner. It is probable possible to attache more if necessary.

A light pack version for my lappjenta dog that works well for day hikes with the 2 water-bags included. We have also tried it out in rough shrubland/bush, where it seems to be pretty scratch resistant too.Ruffwear singletrack dog wear ryggsekk klov lapphund

After doing a couple of smaller “saltomorales” with the packpack on, she accepted it pretty quick. Maybe she understand that she carries her own stuff in it. She is also of a dog race that likes to work, so I believe it is also healthy for her mind to be contributing.

Do you see the white-taled eagle flying away? (you can zoom a bit) We came pretty close to ithiking Lofoten lappjenta lapphund eagle bird ruffwear Mulstoa Fredvang

On our hike we came close to a white-taled eagle (havørn). It popped up at several places in front of us, didn’t seem to be too scared of the dog either, we came about 8 meters at the closest. This are the moments you regret not doing the effort to carrying the heavier camera with zoom, but hopefully we will get another chance this summer.

Arriving Mulstøa

There is a lot of sheeps along this trail. The mommies are looking well after their lambs and usually step aside, but one of the sheep mom’s came forward to puppy and they saluted each other with a “nose kiss”, sooo adorable and cool. It will probable also contribute to make my puppy Jenta “sheep-safe”. 

Sheep mom’s are tough but peacekeeping ladies

3 quick ones

  • You can park your car at the parking area close to trail start.
  • Take a nice stroll along the beautiful Sandbotnen beach nearby
  • You will find the scenic Fredvang campsite placed close to the beach

MAP/KART 

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

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

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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Rondane National Park area

When Plan A is down, Plan B is on. A very good Plan B I may say indeed.

Plan A was to bike from Stryn over the old and famous mountain road Gamle Strynefjellsvegen to my next job in Tafjord – but, as many travellers also wondered about early that summer; when would the old mountain road open for summer?? (Actually – not before the day after I had to leave ..ha..ha)

So, aware of this I made a Plan B: to take the bus through the mountain tunnels, continue to Otta and from there “bicycle” up to Mysusæter (a cabin and mountain farm cluster area) at the foot of Rondane National Park. And that is what I did. I only had 3 whole days for disposal before next job startup, so there was really no time to lose…

From Otta and up the serpentine road towards Mysusæter and Rondane mountain range – the weather is great and the view is getting better and better for every “tornante” upwardsotta uphill serpentine road bicycle trip travel rondane national park

Otta. I remember standing in front of that mountain wall looking up on its serpentine roads that was waiting for me and my fully packet bicycle. Oh my … I could just feel the sweat and pain already… but the weather was nice, so good to go!

My lil “carrot” was an old saeter cottage I had rented at a mountain pasture for a very nice price, so I knew I would arrive to a very cosy place to relax.. eh..did I say relax? well..yay and nay.

The road up was a sweat alrighty, I bicycled whenever I could, and pushed when needed. I met curious people to talk to and get some information about the area. After xx?? hours (who cares) upwards (and some downhills I finally reached the gravel road leading to the mountain pasture…whohaa, absolutely lovely to arrive!

My little saeter cottage to the left – how about these beautiful surroundings? Some sheep and lambs was lurching around here and made the whole area just magnificent… just watch out for sheep cake droppings, as I didn’t! rondane national park mountain pasture tradition

Oh, what a lovely place to arrive in the afternoon. When the cottage owners heard I was arriving on a bicycle, they had made the fireplace ready, filled up several water cans and made up the bed for me. That is just how wonderful people can be ❤ I parked the bike on the newly renovated porch, packed up my stuff and made a warm meal and coffee on the propane burner.

Lake Furusjøen in the eveningRondane National Park Norway mountains lake Mysusaeter Furusjoen sunset landscape fjelltur

View from my bedroom window… but the old window glass and thick lumber walls could not protect my ears against the bleating baryton sheep passing at 5 o’clock in the morning… 😀window view rondane rondablikk mysusæter rondane

I kept the dairy products chilled in the old cellar hatch in the floor. Right across the gravel road there was a big old sheep barn with an outhouse privy, and if I wanted a shower I could go down to the lake for a refreshing bath. PC and phone was recharged by a small solar cell panel.

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The evening was still young, so I decided to explore the trails in the area around my cabin… always curious where all the trail signs would take me… and oh what an amazing evening hike that was! It is fully possible to hike from this place all the way into Rondvassbu and the national park as the trails seems to be well-connected to each other (take a closer look at the map below).

This was worth every bead of sweat that day…no-one around.. only peaceful nature at it’s best with panoramic view towards Rondane National Park and it’s 10 peaks rising above 2000 meters. So which one to choose? rondane nasjonalpark national park landscape photography selfie fjelltur nysysæter

Cosy evening in the mountain pasture cottage by the open fireplace – loading for a longer and higher hike next morning. I absolutely adore this old and peaceful place ❤ hyttetur rondane koselig cosy open fireplace mountain pasture seter mysysæter

The very next day was going to be even more amazing (was that possible?)… entering the national park and hiking a bit higher up… so just stay calm and tuned my dear readers 🙂

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Klick on the map below for a larger interactive map and hiking trails information at UT.NO

Map kart Rondane National Park Mysusaeter Veslesmeden Rondablikk Furusjoen Rondvassbu Rondvatnet

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