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

 

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

Tinn in Telemark

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

Tinnsjå lake view

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Storronden hike in Rondane National Park of Norway

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

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

Rondane national park hiking dog lapphund photography norsk landskap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

bicycle rent Spranget Rondane

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

Norways’ National Day – Gratulerer med dagen

What a beautiful sunny day to celebrate the Norwegian National Day, I really wish I was home to celebrate with friends and family, but not this year. I will of course miss my mothers delicious sour cream porridge, but I will make something tasty traditional food when my son comes home this evening.

From last years celebration I have lovely memories when I was home working at Jostedalsbreen National Park center on May 17th, the visitors really appreciated that my boss and I decided to dress up in our national costumes at work, we had to pose on photos all day! 😀 That same evening I wanted to have my own photos from our National Day – and the very best place around was to hike up to beautiful Segestad to get them ❤

🇧🇻️ Gratulerer med dagen Norge!  🇧🇻

17 mai nasjonaldag national day Norway costume bunad festdrakt segestad

 

Hiking Sunndalen mountain valley

At first I thought this mountain valley hike would become the most dull and grey one, but it turned out absolutely magnificent! It would also be my very last hike in the spectacular Jostedalsbreen National Park and Stryn area before I leaving for next work and new outdoor adventures . I only met 2 hikers on this trail, so it’s a perfect hike for those who want to feel nearness to nature in peaceful, beautiful environments.

The weather started out grey with some rain drops now and then, and I admit – it was bit tempting to stay in the cosy cabin to do some extra work on my laptop, but it was a day off so I wanted to just get out..and up!

It started as usual with a bicycle trip from the farm cabin in Oppstryn and around the end of Oppstrynsvatnet lake towards Hjelledalen, where I at Folva took off to Sunndalen mountain valley on a gravel road leading through a goat farm..

 

After a couple of km I parked my bicycle by a tree to hike the rest of the road and then on the marked trail. The goal was the mountain pasture Sunndalssætra, and all the way up I would be accompanied by the beautiful river Sunndøla all the way up to the magnificent waterfall Tverrelvfossen.

Tverrelvfossen it a very photogenic waterfall, especially during the melting period – looks like a bridal veil fluttering in the wind. Tverrelvfossen waterfall foss stryn sunndalssetra sunndalen landscape turjenter hike

It is mostly an easy trail, so this is a nice hike for families too. You will pass a bit of history (PineGuri-steinen), beautiful lush nature, the magnificent waterfall Tverrelvfossen …and of course enjoy your packed lunch at the old mountain pasture Sunndalssetra (depopulated due to frequent rock slides in the older days). There is an available outhouse there too, and also an abandoned lodge house.

Travel info:

  • If you are up to longer and tougher hikes for days this old (but restored) trail continues and will take you over the mountain passing Kamperhamrane, Skridulaupbu to Skjåk or Grotli on the other side, old routes often used by drovers, shepherdess and traders back in the old days. (See this link for more information).
  • I found this informative pdf-file online at Turbok.no including guiding trail photos: Map, info and trail photos for hiking Sunndalen and Sunndalssætra (pdf-file)

Map ( Opens up in http://www.ut.no)map kart sunndalen sunndalssetra hike trail tur stryn

Any questions about this hike? Just ask 🙂

 

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

kart map oppstryn erdalsetra storesæter vetledalsetra trail sti jostedalsbreen

 

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 ! 🙂

Visit Stryn of Norway

So, there I was once again for the 3. summer, lashing my heavy packed bicycle in the car cargo room on Hurtigruten from Bergen. This time I spent only 1 night at MS NordNorge, and early next morning (devastated to miss that delicious breakfast-buffè onboard though) I disembarked at Måløy with my packed bicyckle and continued to Stryn and Oppstryn where I would live and work for about a month.

Oppstryn: The awesome view from the cosy cabin I shared with a colleague for a month. Pretty close to work, and only about 10 km to nearest grocery shop around the lake. Yez, it was always a panoramic pleasure to grab the bicycle and go shopping some food 😉Oppstrynsvatnet Oppstryn Stryn

It was very exciting to start at my new job at Jostedalsbreen National Park Center. Let me tell you, it was a very hectic month with so much new stuff to learn about the national park itself (fauna, flora, glaciers, history etc), work routines and other tasks at the center. But oh so interesting and varied, never a dull moment!

The center was undergoing a massive revamp, and one of the new things I really like is that they wanted to focus more on and offer local produced products to visitors –  like apple jelly made of apples from Flo village right across the lake, beer from the microbrewery Olden Bryggeri, locally hunted venison and cured meat from Stryn, delicious chocolate from Geiranger and Norwegian-made knit wear, and no more “made in Taiwan” – I fully believe this is the right way to go and a huge step up in travel business.

Back down at the lake again after an afternoon hiking up to a mountain pasture after work. This lovely view is only about 200 meters from my work place Jostedalsbreen National Park Center by the lake Oppstrynsvatnet 

And again I discovered how I really loved to meet and talk with the visitors, and to help and inform them about more or less hidden treasures to visit in the area, especially when I had been there myself and therefore able to give them good advice and details about the place.

Oppstrynsvatnet – just another glorious morning on my way to work – who wouldn’t like to go for a little rowboating right there? Oppstrynsvatnet Oppstryn Stryn

Stryn and Oppstryn do have a very central location – with famous attractions like Geiranger, Gamle Strynefjellsvegen, summer ski center, Loen, Lom, Jostedalsbreen and Olden as some of the super hot neighbours “just around the corner.”

NB! If you stay in Stryn area you will have access to a lot, but please check IF the mountain roads to Geiranger and Gamle Strynefjellsvegen are open at vegvesen.no – see the map or call them just to avoid the long way around or any disappointments as sometimes certain mountain pass will have to open late, and it is not done on purpose I can assure you 😉

So the sun don’t always shine – and we all know that. But unless it is pouring rain, I’m out there on my way to adventures, here somewhere along Oppstrynsvatnet on my bicycle heading for a weekend in Loen..magic..

I’m sure you understand why I was very determined to explore the area every second I was “off duty”. With no car and rear/no bus connections I instead trusted my bicycle to get around as I usually do in summer, it makes the hikes a bit heavier alright, but it was so much worth it! I think about everything I see and meet that most people just drive by!

And.. I still can’t believe how I managed to visit and experience all those places I did in this area despite the sorry weather sometimes, all the work for my clients in the evenings and of course my job at the center… that’s pure will and a huge bunch of curiosity right there!  😀

Passing by a boat house before I arrive the center of Stryn – I don’t think an ordinary mirror is necessary in Stryn, just go down to the lake and do your hair or make-up    Boat house lake naust Norway

Just you stay tuned, and I will show you a lot more of what I saw, did and hearted! ❤

 

Travel highlights and hidden gems of Norway

Are you already planning and ponder where to go this summer in Norway? Oh yes, there is SO MUCH to choose from – I know! So keep on reading and have a look to be inspired!

Talking about hidden gems. If you pay attention (and hopefully don’t just speed hike only to brag “Been there, Done that”) – then you will find small pearls like this.fugleegg i Loen birds nest eggs Nordfjord

Last summer I was going back home to work at my usual job at the Power and Avalanche Center in Norway for the summer, when I unexpectedly was offered a 2. job I really could not resist, so the first month would be at a new place in absolutely awesome surroundings – I’m sooo excited to show you!

I had also brought my laptop to work and be available for my usual clients – so no wonder I cherished every minute I had a couple of hours or a day off, I was out there hiking and bicycling to explore well-known and unknown gems and treasures in the area I was living, including several traditional mountain pastures that I absolutely adore to read the history of and to visit. You can too!

So, after packing my bicycle panniers and traveling to south of Sweden by train to leave my son at his father’s house and my two cats at a friend’s house for the summer (the puppy came to us later) – I finally found myself on the plain from Stockholm on my way home to Norway.

I often miss my family, especially during hard times – and it was a true pleasure, with tearful eyes, to fly over the beautiful mountains surrounding the city of Bergen and the island I grew up on. HOME!Norwegian flight Bergen view Norway travel

I only got 2 hectic days together with my family, we had to get stuff and a reasonable trek bike my mother wanted to give my son in Sweden, so I would use it in Norway to get around and bicycle it back to Sweden after my work season (my own trek bike I had to leave in Lofoten) – so this would be the 3rd summer I would do a solo bicycle tour – wich also would be my vacation and time for peace of mind. 

2 days off duty and I was on my bike that very morning on my way up to spend a night in the mountains. Let me show you more of this beautiful gem and where to stay ..soon to follow…

Now, if you would like my personal advice, photos and experiences of where to go for both well-known and hidden gems in spectacular Stryn, Loen, Rondane National park, Valldalen, Åndalsnes, Dovre bikeway, Røros .. etc ..(and only God knows where else I was at certain moments) – including where to bicycle, hike, go fishing, climb Via Ferrata or stay for a night in cabin or tent – then don’t miss out my upcoming post’s!

Here I am exactly where I wanted to be for a “reset” in between two jobs. On this panoramic and peaceful evening hike I’m looking towards Rondane mountain massif where I would bike and climb up the very next day… Rondane National Park mountains

Now, only a small delightful problem awaits, the decision agony when choosing among all the awesome photos I want to show you… can’t post them all can I ..ha..ha … but I have added some samples preview here for you – I hope you will stay tuned for more!

Looking towards my first place of work for the summer on the other side of the lake. I discovered some awesome gems to visit in this area, and here I am up at one of them. I will tell you guys more soon..Norway nature lake hiking mountain pastures Nordfjord panorama mountains

Warning! Now and then the Norway-posts will probable be interrupted with my newbie crochet creations (just cant’ resist) – and of course our every day life up here in Northern Sweden – but I’m pretty sure you can handle that too 😀

Norway bike hike (Part 4): Sognefjord

Finally my last post from last summer’s bicycle tour in Norway. I guess it’s about time since my next coming bike hike adventure tour is just round the corner.

In the last bike-hike post I left Krossbu and was biking over Sognefjellet, and now the lovely downhill roads was waiting after the ascend upwards all the way from Lom.

 

On the way down from Sognefjellet mountain road soon to reach Turtagrø further below – here with a view towards Tindeveien.sognefjellet grotli bike tour landscape photo liss myras

 

I stopped for a substantial lunch at Turtagrø hotel, and continued downwards the narrow mountain road 55 towards Skjolden. It actually felt a bit sad to leave the mountains, but the sight of the deep blue-green fjords kind’ of made up for it 😉

After a  somewhat risky experience on an old side road that was blocked by rocks and partly collapsed (I think it was out side Ottatunnelen I had to return and went through the tunnel instead) I finally reached Luster and decided to camp here for a night by the sea.

Somewhere along Lustrafjorden (an arm of Sognefjorden) – stopping now and then to shoot photos of one of the many eyeballing-worthy views along this fjordSognefjord Norwegian fjords visit norway bicycle tour photo liss myraas

 

Alternative way: In Skjolden you can choose to follow a less trafficked road FV331 for a while, just keep in mind you will have to take the ferry from Ornes to Solvorn and join the main road again. Hopefully the main road traffic is back to normal again.

Luster: Sunny morning-glory fjord view from my lil’ tent – heading for a good breakfast & coffee at the local bakery LustrabuiLuster fjord tent camping bicycle tour visit Norway photography liss myraas

 

Traffic: Bicycling the road from Marifjøra to Sogndal was the worst part during my whole trip, and my hands was shaking when finally arriving Sogndal city. After a serious fire in the Gudvangatunellen much of the traffic was redirected my way, wich created som nervous situation due to increased heavy traffic.

A lovely morning breakfast at the local Lustrabui bakery shop in Luster – good coffee, fresh pastries and a very promising sun sognefjorden norwegen luster lustrabui bakery breakfast bicycle tour photo liss myraas

 

Boating home to mama: I spent a couple of days in Sogndal considering if I should continue and which way to choose of so. I finally decided, also due to time running out, to jump on the Sognebåten to Bergen, a 4,5 hours magnificent boat trip along Norway’s deepest and longest fjord (204 km) Sognefjorden. Recommended!

Sogndal by night – view from my camp placesogndal city by night view bicycle trip visitnorway photo liss myraas

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The kind captain of Sognebåten also invited me up to the wheelhouse for coffee and told me a lot about the nature and surroundings along this awesome fjord. Great memories indeed and a spectacular finish of last summer’s bicycle tour.

It felt luxuriously to just sit back, relax, enjoy and take in all the amazing landscapes Sognebåten are passing along Sognefjorden during 4,5 hours. Absolutely a decent ending of this trip. Don’t forget your sun lotion!sognefjord sognebåten norwegian fjords photo liss myraas

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Now a new bike hike tour is about to begin in another part of Norway – so stay tuned for more adventures my dear readers 🙂

Rowing Workout Outdoor

So how to “keep in shape” while there’s no access to a gym out here in the end of a fjord arm? I think I’m pretty happy about no gym here … these days I actually find them pretty boring!) Instead it’s hiking, uphill running, climbing and bicycling that are most interesting ..and available  … and now also varied with some rowing for the upper body too.

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Since last year I wanted to “see this fjord from the fjord” – not just from land, and a couple of days ago I invited my housemate to come along for a rowing trip… the weather was absolutely perfect, the sea was smooth as a mirror and of course, as you can see, awesome views to waterfalls and surrounding mountainsides. I just can’t think of a better outdoor training session for the upper body – we did not touch the outboard motor at all out there during our 3 hours row trip.

Views like this function like a “carrot” to lure us out for awesome and healthy rowing trips. tafjorden rowing norwegian fjords workout landscape

 

But sure… rowing workout in a row-boat dont’ activate as many muscles as a rowing machine where using your legs more can activate more than 80 % of your body muscles – but then again, would you gladly row for several hours indoor with a big smile like I did outdoor in a row-boat?

It is possible that the rowing trip gave us even more energy for the rest of the summer evening  – my happy-go-lucky roommate looks pretty pepped up alright  🙂 Tafjord andersen summer evening visit rural norway photo liss myraas