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

 

Værøy hiking in Lofoten

Finally me and puppy was on on our way with the ferry to wonderful Værøy island again. I did the longer hike to Måstad and Måhornet last year in a not so nice weather (yes, it happens to us all) and wanted to do it again … but both Håen, Hornet and Nupen hikes was very tempting today, so me and puppy went for them all – with no regrets!I

HÅEN & HÅHEIA

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On our way out to the view point at Håen – with a spectacular view towards Måstad and Måhornet at Sørland.
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Below us is one of Norway’s most beautiful beaches named Pundsanden
View from Håheia Lofoten Håheia lapphund
View from Håen – No my dear, we will not follow the trail that continues downwards over there
My dog Jenta like views like this too – wondering if those tiny moving spots down there is huntable

I usually have some kind of plan, but keeps it open for changes depending on circumstances. This day it was the sun, it’s position and the heat. I need to take care about my furry dog’s health in the heat, so I chose to first hike up to Håen, hike along Håheia and the scenic ridge with the sun in our back, and then ascend Hornet before a descent to the parking place. All with that lovely breeze in our fur.

HORNET

It was necessary to be up in the height to get some comfortable breeze from the ocean, to rest whenever we found a shadow and drink a lot of water.
Scenic views alright… it was a true pleasure to hike along this ridge from Håen to Hornet (in the middle)
The peak of Hornet is waiting…we will hike up along the trail that follows the edge
Holding my dog, some times she is just too curious for my faint of heart for hights, but I have to deal with it
Looking down on the trail and Nato-veien road up towards Håen and Håheia
Awesome views from Hornet towards Gjerdheia and Hamrane.
And a steep view down to Nordlandshagen and the old air port

Once again we met lovely hiking fellows that make our day just a bit brighter than expected, I am always thankful for those meetings, to continue hiking with a big smile in our face.

BREIVIKNUPEN

Back in the car me and puppy had lunch, rested in the shadows and drove to Breivika to hike up to Nupen in the comfortable afternoon shadow. The fog came in while we ascended along the ridge, but fortunately it was just temporary, so we continued up to Breiviknuten, the last narrow meters to Nordlandsnupen was not so tempting to do with my dog, but I was more than satisfied with the amazing views from Breiviknupen.

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Don’t forget to actually relax and enjoy the moment with whoever you are together with
Down there is Nordlandshagen, we would visit the area again after this last hike
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On our way down from Breiviknupen
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Yeeees, life is good…
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Best of all… my dear dog reminded me once again of why I actually love hiking,.. to relax, enjoy and take in the moment you are in.

NORDLANDSHAGEN

After the last hike we had some extra time for disposal (before we had to queue up for the evening ferry back). We drove along the absolutely adorable Nordlandshagen just to take in the idyllically and peaceful surroundings here in the afternoon sun.. a little peaceful paradise at the end of Lofoten indeed.

Mosken Nordlandshagen Lofoten Værøya
That peaceful and tranquil atmosphere along the Nordlandsveien in the afternoon sun was good for the mind… I really didn’t wanna leave this place…
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Breviknupen and Nordlandsnupen up there in the afternoon sun
Værøy light house fishing boat
Fishing boat and Værøy light house in the last beams of the sunset
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And of course I got a shot of the light house when the ferry passed it …ho..ho.. I never stop seeing pictures 😀

This amazing and magic day on Værøy together with my dog will always be safely stored in my very best of memories

I have made you a rough map of where me and puppy hiked, click on it to open the IRL map with more details at http://www.Norgeskart.no

GOD TUR!

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

Tindstinden hike in Lofoten Norway

Don’t wanna risk your or other hikers lives just to get a selfie on the glorified Reinebringen? Then Tindstinden for sure is a brilliant alternative. From this mountain top you can, in fair weather that is, gaze towards the mainland or the open ocean with Værøy and Røst islands, towards the wild landscape behind the very end of Lofoten road…  out there where the famous Mosktraumen maelstrom is ravaging between two oceans.

View towards Ågvatnet and the wild landscape at the very end of Lofoten  hiking Lofoten tindstinden view point

Early in season I did hike up almost to the top, and puppy Jenta really liked to work upwards the steep trails. But after hauling me and puppy up a rope I decided to go down again. Turned out my puppy have no fear whatsoever of steep sections, and I still did early in season.

The weather was rather wet and grey, the trail very soggy some places, and the mosquitos almost made me loco – just one of those days I’m glad we turned. (can you believe that somebody actually claimed that Lofoten is free of mosquitos!).

Curious…veeeery curious lil’ puppylapphund dog hiking norway lofoten landscape

My lil’ cabin was based at the very foot of Tindstinden, so this peak was the first thing I saw every morning from my tiny bathroom window, where it towered through the morning mist.

A walk on the ridge towards the top area

I had only one more hiking day for my disposal before I would leave for the season, and I knew I to give this quick mountain hike a new try.. but without puppy this time (the only time without here)…

Getting closer to the top with the fishing village Å down thereTindstinden hiking panoramic Lofoten Moskenes steep trail vandring steep mountains landscape

The trail’s starting point (the same as Munkebu) is easily accessible (also by bus) including a parking area and pitching possibilities along Sørvågvatnet lake. It is a relatively quick ascent (40 minutes) probable because the last part is steeper.

This time the trail was dry, the sun was shining and no darned mosquitos in sight. I am SO glad I did another hike up, it was absolutely magnetic to sit there and enjoy the spectacular surroundings and views …speechless beauty of nature…

Looking down to where I worked this summer… such a beautiful place I for sure will miss!Tindstinden hike adventure topptur Lofoten Moskenes trail view point panoramic mountains landscape photography GoPro

Ok, another angle then…ha..hatopptur Tindstinden

The front of Tindstinden seen from the main road below, but you will ascent from the back sideTindstinden lofoten fishing village

After a while at the top area I met again a very nice hiking friend up there, and he also invited me on a warm mountain dinner right below the peak. This became such a wonderful day to remember – in super nice company and a delicious meal. I almost forgot to miss my puppy …almost…Tindstinden hiking adventure Lofoten travel Moskenes trail lake view point mountains landscape photography GoPro

Well, since my supermodel dog was not there to pose, I went ego crazy with my GoPro hog camera, I guess someone had to do it..ha..ha 🙂 ..it’s a good thing I usually have my puppy Jenta on my hikes, she is a natural talent. 

A view to the other side towards Munkebu, Reinebringen, Sørvågen and Moskenes harborTindstinden hike adventures Lofoten Moskenes Munkebu trail lake vandring steep mountains landscape

But seriously…DO add this hike if you plan hiking in Lofoten... sure it has some steeper sections alright … but just you keep to the trail … and don’t’ bring a wild puppy 😀

Some small ponds here and there along the trail further downHike tindstinden lake nature landscape

 

Click on my map to open a live map Map Lofoten Tindstinden trtail hike kart

 

Any qestions about this ? Just ask! 🙂

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.

Rondvassbu to Veslesmeden climb (2015 masl)

After an early wakeup call from the passing baryton sheep at 5 o’clock in the morning, I enjoyed a sunny outdoor breakfast and prepared a daypack for a hike. The day before I had discovered a bicycle that belonged to the mountain pasture, and decided to borrow it since it had tires that was more fitted than my bike for the pebbled gravel road I would follow in to Rondane National Park.

Such a welcoming and promising view…Rondane rondvassbu bike tour trip travel landscape rondvatnet

The goal was Rondvassbu, and from there I would decide where to hike. From Mysusæter the road went upwards (of course) in the beginning, but then it mostly flattens out – and wow what a gorgeous painting  to bike in all the way (10 km) to Rondvassbu. 

During the summer season you can rent a bicycle at Spranget situated 6 km from Rondvassbu (it is not allowed to drive further in) to reach Rondvassbu a bit faster . It’s also possible to choose from several other hiking routes back again. (Open the detailed Rondvassbu-map further below).

Rondvassbu – the starting point for lots of great hikes and 2000-meter-peak climbs. Every morning during the summer season the boat -MS Rondejenta -will transport you to the other end of lake Rondvatnet( 1168 masl).rondvassbu dnt cabin dnt mountain hike

 

First part of the trail leading up to Veslesmeden, here you have a spectacular view towards Rondvassbu and Rondvatnet…Rondvassbu DNT hytte cabin norway rondane nasjonalpark hik trails

The beautiful situated DNT-hut Rondvassbu was yet not open for visitors this day (it opened the day after I was there ..alrighty), but I could borrow the lady’s room and had a lefse-meal by the crystal clear lake Rondvatnet.

Rondvassbu is a great starting point for many of the 2000-meter peaks surrounding the place … so I picked Veslesmeden (2015 masl) as a possible “topptur” target that day, and followed the well-marked trail upwards.

Yes, I DO like the thought that I got myself up here at 2 015 meters above sea level all the way from Otta just by biking and hiking up … no motor driven = no carbon dioxide emissions to get up here. (Most people drive all the way up to Spranget and park there) before hiking.  veslesmeden rondane

No, I didn’t fall asleep alright… I guess I’m just a StoneHugger 😀Veslesmeden topptur hike climb Rondane landscape Najonalpark Park Norge mountains panoramic Norway

It was still early in the season, so I didn’t meet many hikers that day. A nice chat with a german couple returning from another trail.. and a guy far ahead of me with the same peak in mind was all. Higher up it was still soft snow layers here and there to pass, but not a problem really.

I finally reached a “plateau” (1871 masl), and from here I could see the wide “ridge” to follow and the final steeper ascend to the very top.  Just watch your steps the last part, and you will be fine.

Peaceful moment..just sitting there to take it all in.. no sounds..just the wind.. 

Some seconds of peaceful live-view from Veslesmeden

 

 

USEFUL TRAVEL INFO LINKS

 

Trail map from Mysusæter to Rondvassbu (click to se large interactive map with info)map kart rondvassbu veslesmeden topptur

 

Trail map from Rondvassbu to Veslesmeden (click to se large interactive map with info)

map kart rondvassbu Veslesmeden

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:

map kart skaala hike skalatarnet skalabu loen

Romsdalseggen

Provcyklings-tour!

I den rätt så isolerade fjordbygden jag arbetade i blev man nestan tvungen att skaffa sig något att rulla på – valet föll på en skitbillig trek-cykel som levererades på dörren. Med lite hjälp från den goa hjälpsamma lokalbefolkningen fick vi mekat ihop cykeln som jag kliade efter att få prova på “långtur”.

Innan dess hade jag “bara” cyklat enstaka turar uppåt fjällvägarna för att vandra i fjällen. Lite mindre lyxigt var det att vänja sig till en tung 26-tums trekbike när man e van med en lätt 29-tums mtb  – ungefär som att glida på en go gammal Apache-cykel annon 197-talet! – ja ja, jag har då alldrig varit fisfiin på det, man fick helt enkelt använda lite mer av sin egen styrka och uthållighet 😉

Under hela sommaren har jag cyklat upp till början på fjällstigarna och fortsatt uppstigningarna till fots – kort sagt bike-hike’s. Man har ju heller inget val när man inte har bil. Den här turen var inget undantag, bara lite längre cykelsträcka. Vad som lockar är inget att undra på – det är kombinationen av något man älskar att få göra – och den här vyn förstås… 😉 Romsdalseggen Trollveggen telt utsikt Romsdal Foto Liss Myrås

 

Let’s roll!

Morgonen för avfärd kom och jag hade packat min dagsäck med mitt älskade kamera etc, en vattentät packsäck (till 50 spänn!) rymde mina nödvandigaste grejer och spändes fast till pakethållaren. Kameraväskan surrades fast som frontkorg på cykeln med några lätt-till-hands-prylar i … och att cykla i trekkingskorna sparade ju plats också. Cykelväskorna och andra “måste-ha” var inte kommit i posten än, men det gick då att lösa förvaringen på andra sätt.

Mitt första “hinder” var att ta mig igenom värstingen Heggurdtunnelen som jag var lite skrajsen för – såå låång (5,3 km), mörk, smal, kall, tom, våt ..och utan ventilation – och med den rasövervakade Hegguraksla väntande på andra sidan. Jag svalde den stora klumpen i halsen, slog på alla lyktor, drog upp buffen över näsan och trampade ensam in i mörkret….. vågade inte ens byta växel ifall det skulle strula där inne… småchattde även lite med min döda katt ifall han kunde skicka mig några tröstande tankar där inne, småknäppt jorå ..hi..hi.. Men igenom kom man då till slut…

Väl igenom värstingen Heggurdtunnelen kunde jag lättad stoppa upp och blicka tillbacka på morgonens strålande vy – och äntligen sol! Vilken jävla tur man har ibland! 🙂

Tafjorden Heggurdtunellen sykkeltur norwegian fjords foto liss myrås

 

Uppåt mot fjällpasset

Vid Valldal tog jag till höger och in på den den nationella turistvägen som går mellan Geiranger till Åndalsnes…. gradvis börjar nu vägen stiga i lagom takt, och jag kunde njuta de maffiga turkosiga floderna Valldøla och Rauma som glider, forsar eller bullrar längs hela vägen upp mot fjällpasset… man har friskt kallt vatten tillgängligt – all the time!

Gott om skräckhistorier och varningar fick man höra innan nerturen på Trollstigen, men för mig blev det förstås en upptur neråt….  det var inte så mycket trafik just då tycker jag, så med solens strålar och vind i håret susade jag falskt sjungande neråt den slingrande stigen …som bara avbröts av små förtjusta skrik när man passerade de då välfyllda vattenfallen som stänkte iskallt vatten över mig och cykeln…

Väl uppe vid fjällpasset kunde jag äntligen skåda stågliga Kongen och Bispen till vänster (ja Dronningen finns ju där bakom – precis som en kvinna bak varje successrika man) – och där börjar också Trollstigen slingra sig neråt – man såg förstås fram till en rejäl  “opptur” neråt!!   Bike hike cykeltur Åndalsnes Rauma Romsdal foto Liss Myrås

 

Framme i Åndalsnes

Jag anlände till slut Åndalsnes Vandrerhjem där jag skulle bo i 3 nätter. Det är nog det absolut trevligaste vandrarhemmet jag någonsin bodd på, både de som jobbar där och boende som jag träffade där skapade en underbar atsmosfär den helgen… sånt ger ju extra goda minnen!

Inte att undra på att jag känner mig hemma i Åndalsnes – jag bodde här tills jag var 2 år då min far (som inte längre lever) kom från denna lilla mysiga by. Så lite kännsloladdad blev det ju ibland, särskilt när jag ena dagen cyklade runt Isfjorden och bl a besökte stenkyrkan jag döptes i. Träffade också en rad trevliga folk som känt mina släktingar här, så man fick lite mer info. bikehike cykeltur Åndalsnes Isfjord foto liss myrås

 

Nu var man ju inte enbart ute och cyklade här – man skulle ju upp och härja i fjällheimen också. Ja äntligen skulle jag få kliva och vandra längs den berömda Romsdalseggen. Och med det strålande vädret som äntligen infunnit sig hade man en fantastisk dag framför sig!

Efter cykelturen runt Isfjorden gick jag en sväng ner till sjön precic nedanför vandrarhemmet och bara njöt av den vackra solnedgången just där floden Rauma rinner ut i Romsdalsfjorden – tillsammans med lite musik i hörlurarna och en svalkande iskall cider… life’s good…  Åndalsnes Rauma Romsdalsfjorden landskap foto Liss Myrås

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Upp på Romsdalseggen 

Morgonen startade med en tjock dimmig uppstigning från Venjesdalssetra upp till första “platået”. Därifrån började man att kliva brantare uppåt i tjock snö – och med en fabbulous vy mot Venjetindan som skar sig stolta igenom morgondimman.

Väl uppe fick jag sansa mig något och gradvis vänja mig till de stupbranta panoramavyerna (ja ni vet, min höjdrädslan spökar ju fortfarande) … man får totalt haksläpp av de galet vackra och varierade synen där uppe, en mix av den turkosa fjorden, de snötackta fjälltopparna, den mörka taggiga trollveggen och den slingrande glittrande floden där nere – toppad av lätta små molnfluff som gled runt lite här och där  – godsmacked once again!

Bergstoppar i all ära – jag stortrivs lika bra med att få gå längs långa bergsryggar – då e man ju på topp så mycket längre också …hi..hi 😉Romsdalseggen Åndalsnes Romsdalsfjorden liss myrås

 

Här och där låg det fortfarande snö längs ryggen, men inte värre än att man kunde gå över eller små omvägar – dock liite läskigt med “snötrappan“, men man tog sig då upp. Halsaskaret är välkänt med sina branta och “luftiga” partier,  så ibland fick man kliva och hålla sig i wires eller kedjor – men de flesta fixar det! (Annars finns det en mer familjvänlig stig att svänga av på tidigare vid 840 m höjd)

 

Alla tidspuckon – shut up!

Något obegripligt är väl den typiska frågan om hur många timmar man klarade att göra hela turen längs Romsdalseggen på  –  altså, var det något jag verkligen sket i denna dag så var det väl att följa klockan! Vad hände med att verkligen njuta av ögonblicken , sitta och slänga på en knaus här och där, ta en bra bild eller to eller tre, käka och prata med människor man träffar??? Det MÅSTE väl för f… inte vara prestige i varje steg man tar! I såfall får man väl anmäla sig till Romsdalseggen-løpet då huh! 😉

Vy mot trollveggen och trollska tindar – inga fagra ord gör väl egentligen den här vyen någon rättvisa, man måste nog vara där och uppleva själv….  Romsdalseggen Trollveggen Åndalsnes Romsdal Foto Liss Myrås

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Trollstigen upp i 30 värmegrader

Efter en alldeles fantastisk weekend i Åndalsnes var det dags att cykla sig tillbaka till Tafjord igen för att jobba vidare. I närmare 30 värmegrader skulle man nu upp Trollstigen igen med cykel och bagage … tack alla godingar som hejdade och peppade mig på väg upp serpentinvägarna – de där belgiska våfflorna med sylt och grädde smakade förträffligt väl uppe på toppen! 😀

Trollstigen biking norway cykeltur foto liss myrås

Upp dit igen i värmen, fast lite skugga fick man då ibland från ena bergssidan beroende på sidan man passerade svängarna på – jag roade mig mest med de spektakulära vyarna.. och med att betrakta en och annan lätt panikslagen bobilchaffis.