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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Mount Skåla summit hike

A fjord to summit hike doesn’t get better than this – here you will hike (or run) the longest uphill in Norway! From a sunny, hot and blue-green fjord landscape up to ice-cold wind, deep snow, fog and spectacular views over peaks and glaciers.

Hiking up to 1 848 meters altitude early in June sure is both varied and a challenge in deep soft snow and wind! Just be well prepared and don’t underestimate this hike – and you will do fine!

And such a lovely reward to stay over in the new and modern Skålabu top cabin spaceship, gathering together with other hikers by that warming wood burning stove, play Yatzy and have a cup of hot chocolate ..or two.. or three.. while the wind howling outside the cabin walls…

This would also be my last bicycle trip into Loen from Oppstryn. After a night in my tiny tent I packet my backpack next morning and left the tent and bicycle at the camp site to hike up to Skåla for an overnight stop in the top hut. This famous mountain hike has been on my really-want-to-do list for a while, so I was now looking forward to a steeper hike this time.

NOTE! I knew it would be a steep and tough hike in snow further up as it was still early in June., but not everyone had checked the weather conditions and summit in sneakers and thin clothing! …soaked, frozen feet and a somehow spoiled hike for somebody that is! So do your self a favour and check the conditions before you go!  

Having a moment. I could see a little glimpse of Lovatnet down there between the mountains, and that very evening I would go fishing trouts for supper in it.skåla summit hike randonne fjelltur skålatårnet

Up to about 1 000 meters the trail was pretty easy to hike along Fosdøla river, it was hot and the bugs was biting.. but after crossing the bridge the snow cover gradually increased. I passed two resting women when I started on the snow part, and from here I looked upwards at the steep snow-covered mountain sides and could sense that ice-cold wind, and I just knew that I if I wanted to get up all the way I had to just continue without any sit-down breaks,  if else I would quickly go from sweating to start freezing as the chilly wind came straight down the mountain sides further up.

The view is super – I have absolutely no complaint! 😀

So, I found some tracks from a big guy’s hiking shoes that I tried to step into and use as “stairs” as I really didn’t want to sink in that deep soft snow, that would make the ascent so much harder.

About half way up in the snow hills I only stopped to eat a cinnamon-lefse while standing, and continued the last part over a couple of “luretopper” (when you think you are almost there, but oh so far away) ..ha..ha.

The old and fashionable Skålatårnet built in 1891 (Kloumanstårnet), still in use, and still surrounded by some snow as you can see … in this two-storey tower hut you will sleep in a semicircular bed system, well protected from mountain blizzards inside a more than 1 meter thick brick wallskålatårnet kloumanstårnet hiking randonee topptur summit hike DNT skålafjellet

Finally I reached the top plateau. The fog was starting to thicken so it was a welcoming sight to finally see the old and beautiful Skålatårnet and DNT’s brand new mountain cabin spaceship Skålabu (see link further down for info). Both the cabins offer self-service, and you can pay later for both lodge and supplies. (As a DNT-member you pay less.)

At the edge outside Skålatårnet cabin tower.. .don’t go to close to the edge here, the hanging snowdrifts are melting and not at all to be trusted. Beneath them there is a vertical rock face faaaaar down.topptur summit hike skala stryn skålatårnet fjord mountain norway travel landscape view on the edge

The new top cabin Skålabu is comfortable and modern with “inhouse toilets” (you don’t have to go outdoor in shitty weather) but still very cosy with large panoramic windows towards magnificent views, but just not this evening when the weather turned in to grey, foggy and windy blur. But guess what, that very next morning the wind was silent and the sun shining!

 

I met som very nice people in the cabin, we fired up the wood burning stove so we could hang up our wet’n sweaty stuff to dry, and the assorted supplies room was visited frequent that cosy evening – more hot chocolate for me please!

We where only 6 people sleeping over that night, so I got that whole upper floor to myself!  Oh how I just looove to just lie there in the dark listening to the whining wind outside. Didn’t want to fall asleep, but sure did.

Skålabu views – like a spaceship has landed on the summit :)We all steamed out the get some sunny picture that morning – just in case the weather gods changed their minds – oh such a beautiful refreshing morning on snow crust! I had a looong cosy breakfast with great views before leaving the cabin, no hurry!

Going down – fun and easy! Bring your randonee skis or sledding board for more speed… but I was happy with a running descend instead…skåla summit hike fjelltur topptur randonee fjord skålabu skålatårnet vandring hiking

The hike downwards again became fun indeed. I discovered that it was easier for me to just run down the mountain side in that deep snow, so I tightened my backpack a bit more and ran from about 1 800 to 1 000 meters in no time ..only interrupted by a quick chat with som happy randonee-guys on their way up for a ride down

I still had the evening disposal before bicycling back to Oppstryn next morning, so I grabbed my  lil’  simple telescope fishing rod and went fishing in the Lovatnet lake. It is free to fish in this lake, with lots of fish in it (lots of small ones too), . so you don’t need to buy any fishing licence at all for this lake. This is possible thank’s to a “Dutch treat” by the local accommodation providers in the are.

I got a little trout for supper, and lost one.. .. but the tenting-guy further away from me didn’t get anything at all with his advanced fishing equipment .. me – veryvery – bad – smiling 😉

Travel info:

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Erdalsetra – Vetledalseter hike and lodge

Well, who the heck can resist a quick refreshing dip in crystal clear glacial river after a hot hike? Only Strynekåpa was watching.. I think 😀

Oppstryn. This pearl of a hike through glacial valleys and precipitous mountain sides is as long or as short as you want it to be, do a morning speed hike, a day trip with your family or stay overnight. I did one of the “longer” versions since I had to bicycle upwards the part most people drive up, and as my “roommate” had her boyfriend coming for visit – it was a win/win opportunity to spend a night in one of DNT’s* mountain cabins. (you can too! – se more information at the end of this post).

Along this trail you will here and there have a glimpse of Jostedalsbreen parts among the mountain peaks, wich is the largest glacier on the European mainland.

Having a break from bicycling upwards.. the view is awesome..down there is Oppstrynsvatnet, but this time I will take you away from the lake for a day and into glacial valleyserdalen bicycle oppstrynsvatnet oppstryn stryn hiking vandring fjelltur nature landscape view travel blogger

It was a wonderful morning with the very best weather to wish for.. after biking a while on the main road 15 to the end of the lake, I took off upwards and into Erdalen.. it was an absolute thrill bicycling along this mountain road while the mist was still covering the mountain peaks..

Now and then I could hear or see the rumble and roar when spring avalanches came sliding downwards along the mountain side..Erdalen Jostedalsbreen mountain hike view

Finally I reached the parking area Loppeset where also the trail starts, and left my bicycle lashed to a tree. The first part of the trail into Erdalsetra/Storesætra is nice and easy. still slightly covered with a little bit soft snow here and there in the spring.

Arriving at Erdalsetra a cute dog came running to welcome me. I started to talk to a woman who was cleaning and preparing her old mountain hut for the summer, and she invited me in to see the old hut inside. Oh so very cosy and charming. Nnd now and then mountain teams sleep over in the cabins before they start crossing the Jostedalsbreen glacier.

A very welcoming sight indeed, a happy welcoming dog, scenic views and gorgeous old mountain farm huts – I am in heaven for a while…Erdalsetra ERdalen hiking seter mountain farm Strynekåpa

While we sat there talking at that old awesome carved wood table she showed, me we heard that rumble again, she shouted that it was a big part of Skadefonna (avalanche) that was coming down the mountain side, so we ran out to see it.. and got it on tape too.. wohaa what a sight! .. it can be a bit scary if you don’t know what is happening, but as long as you are in a safe distance it is a really cool experience, and happens most often during spring time…

After saying goodbye I continued on the last part to Vetledalssetra, with a bit more snow along the trail, but fully possible to handle. I had the DNT-key* to access the cabin (in case it was locket), and packet up my stuff indoor and took an extra afternoon hike uphill and could not resist a quick wash in the crystal clear glacial river. You can also continue to the right of Strynekåpa for a shorter hike up to the emergency hut Infimus to get a closer view of the glacier. 

Strynekåpa is for sure a guiding monument through this hike, and the peak are looming about 1530 m.a.s.l. over the valleys.. trails both to the right and left side of it leads up to enter the glacier itself.. where you will need a guide if you are not experienced!hiking strynekåpa stryn erdalen vetledalen trail vandrin turg

I can tell you right away that nothing extraordinary or too exiting stuff happened on this hike, I was just enjoying the peaceful solitude with no internet connections..(yeas I tried alright), and taking care of the need to reload after being super-social… give my head a rest and fill up with energy.

Surroundings like this is of a very healing nature, and it is absolutely wonderful that doctors finally have started to prescribe it as medicine for mental health!

At Vetledalssetra there are a few but very beautiful and well maintained huts still in use… this one is my favourite!Vetledalsseter hytte cabin traditional Strynekåpa mountain Jos

The only “happenings” here was me getting the wood-burning stove going (the gas stove was empty) to cook a simple supper and a gigantic cup of coffee on it, enjoying the beautiful sunset outdoor, accompanied by rumbling glacier avalanches now and then …and a glass of white wine on top of it all (someone left it in the cabin for someone like me..ha..ha). A lovely day and just what I needed to reset and reload.

Who needs TV or Internet here? Nobody!!vetledalsetra DNT hytte cabin fjelltur cosy lodging firewood nature mountains natural jostedalsbreen vandring vetledalen hiking trail stryn oppstryn travel blog

Since no other hikers came along that evening, I decided to  stay in the living room near the wooden stove and sleep on a old wooden sofa  – oh it was so nice to just lie there looking out on the snow-covered mountain peaks and listen to the crackling fire-place…. guess who slept like a stone!

A wonderful day is turning into night, and even if I am alone I feel so safe up here and wish everyone in this world could feel the same… the old gneiss hut to the right is almost as beautiful and steady as the mountain itself, built to last… more of that please..Vetledalsetra sunset mountain farm glacial valley

 

Map and information:

This route is an old road/cattle track used to get up on and crossing the glacier (the glacier reached further into the valley those days) to the other side, bringing their livestock all the way over the glacier to provide people on the eastern side of Norway with fresh meat. Just imagine the sight of this procession – wow!

Map and some further information at UT.NO

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DNT: As a member of DNT (The Norwegian Trekking Association) you will also get a discount on lodging and food/supplies at most of DNT’s huts and cabins all over Norway, and also access to a key that will work on most cabin locks. It sure is lovely when you don’t need to carry a too heavy backpack when hiking in the Norwegian mountains. Read more at DNT’s homepage.

If you have any questions regarding this post, please ask, I am sure there are plenty of stuff I forgot to write about ! 🙂

Salina volcano hike

What Stromboli offered in terms of godsmacking and brutal live volcanic beauty, the tranquil, laid back and lush Aeolian archipelago island Salina matched elegantly with her silent volcanos looming towards the sky. I spent a night at Isola Salina both the first and last day of my short trip – and the last evening became absolutely magic!

The amphitheatre-shaped “crater-town” Pollara, where half of the crater dropped below sea level after an eruption a very loooong time ago – the island is actually formed by six collapsed craters. ( If you take a boat trip by sea-side here you will see some awesome rock formations). 

Hiking the trail on Monte dei Porri in the first afternoon with a view towards the abandoned lighthouse Semaforo di Pollara – afterwards I walked back to the village Malfa again for a tasty italian meal and the last bus back to my stay in Santa Marina.

A starry night view towards beautiful Lipari island from Salina in the evening – I got a perfect spot to practice some night photo shooting

Hiking Monte Fossa delle Felci:

From Santa di Marina I could see the volcano peaks were covered with fog and rainy clouds where threatening. But this was the last chance to climb the volcano, so I packed my backpack and went up to the main road and jumped on the bus, which by the way is a pretty spectacular drive itself 😉

Your hotel will most likely give you an easy-to-read bus schedule and the driver will inform you the best he can in italian). After a bus change in Malfa, I jumped off at Santuario Santa Maria del Terzito (the driver will probably give you a hint) near the beautiful ValdiChiesa church in the valley that splits the Felci and Porri volcanos. (Take a look at the map link further below to localise the place and route).

Then I followed the signs upwards from the church. (It is possible to hike/climb up (and down) from several other places on the island if desired, but I think this one is the “main trail”).

I was so lucky with the weather, after clouds and rain it switched into a hot afternoon sun, but thankfully there are trees and bushes here and there along the trail up to hide behind from the sun – preferably when taking a sip from the water bottle. The trail is varied, but not so hard to hike, but it depends on your fitness. I think it took me about 90 minutes including photographing here and there. Closer to the summit you can follow a nice comfortable forest road for… a while – this is for sure not a small volcano crater.

The only people I met up there at the summit was a nice french couple, and they told me they climbed to the summit of Monte dei Porri-peak the day before, but the view from here was far better than from Porri. After photoshooting they rushed down to catch the bus, but I decided to not rush this and take the last bus – and had the whole panoramic view completely to myself …wow… this is not a view you want to leave!   

Totally alone up there for a whole magic hour with this incredible view from the Aeolian archipelagos highest point– the summit of Monte Fossa delle Felci  (962m) towards the regular cone of Monte dei Porri (860 m) .

View from my stay on Salina towards Isola di Panarea the first afternoon – so thankful that I once again found a good stay for a reasonable price – with a sea view and a wonderful helpful host. Italians = great hospitality!

Other travel posts with information and photos from my trips to the spectacular Aeolian Islands and Sicily:

I found the site below useful with some information about transport, hiking trails and an interactive map of Salina:

http://www.trasportisalina.it/index.php/en/mappa

Madeira travel and hike

Yet another solo budget travel is recently done! Spectacular landscapes are affordable for all to joint if you use your head just a lil’ bit before booking your travel. I will very soon get back to you with some of my own advice for inspiration when you want to save money when travelling… cuz most of us want to go – but think we can’t afford!

I had a relatively impulsive visit to beautiful Madeira in Portugal, and of course it was the spectacular nature and outdoor activities that allured me to choose this green, mountainous and steep island… but in the end I think that also all the people you meet on your travels sum up at least half of the total travel experiencesolo that is.

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Hike/vereda from Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo (Madeira’s highest point at 1862 masl.) and back. I often read the advice to start early, but if you want this awesome sunset above the clouds, have the whole hiking trail return from Pico Ruivo for yourself (didn’t meet a single soul on my way back) and enjoy the marvellous afternoon light – I can suggest you start a lil’ bit later! This hike is absolutely awesome!!

Have a look at magic moments in my Madeira shortie:

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The magnificent hike around Ponta de São Lourenço  – I did twice – it was so beautiful and powerful to both feel and see the nature forces and cool geological formations. Make sure you have a chat with one of the park rangers if you want interesting information about this area.

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Ponta de São Lourenço – the hike that will seduce you to come back several times during your stay

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There are plenty of awesome and scenic hiking trails/levadas, mtb/downhill/road biking and other outdoor activities to do here… so for me just 1 week was not enough to carry out all I wanted to do… it is easy to forget that you WILL need a resting day or two if you hike/bike/move a lot around on this  island – the steep hills are not for the faint of heart!  ..  or am I just looking for another reasons to go back?! ;D

When you hike around the island observing all the peculiar formations and weird plants – you probably can’t avoid thinking (if you are of the curious type like me) how all of this came into being. Tick off a day/half day, and take the bus (takes several hours one way) to visit São Vicente with it’s volcanic Caves and Volcanism Center to learn more about the island. And also enjoy breathtaking views when the bus are zigzagging up/down the roads passing Encumeda.

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Volcanic caves in São Vicente –  I just love this shit!

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When leaving this island I was filled with new energy, got my inner strength back again…and best of all – happy as a lark! Much thank’s to the wonderful nature experiences – but also all the wonderful people I met – you really made my travel awesome! Obrigado(a)!

If you want to see more of my photos from this wonderful trip (and lots of other hikes, bicycle tours, climbs, expeditions and travels I do..  then don’t be shy – follow me on Instagram!

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