Draisine along Numedalsbanen railway

Everyone that has read Jack London’s book The Road in younger days will for sure understand why some of us still have a fascination for goods trains. Every time I happen to drive or bicycle parallel to a goods train I smile big like a happy child and get set back to Jack London’s adventurous stories for a little moment.

Numedalsbanen railway bicycle numedal line

Imagine my happiness when I discovered that there is a draisine railway in moderate driving distance from the cabin I as often as possible spend time at. So, recently me and puppy drove up the serpentine mountain road over to the next valley and hoped for some available drop in hours to finally try a draisine.

Varied landscapes along the railway – in the beginning I kind of worried a bit about trains coming around every corner, but soon forgot about that and enjoyed the tour with my dog.

The rental guy at Veggli Vertshus was very helpful. I brought my own bicycle helmet and headlight for tunnels, and we decided to fasten a big green bread basket to the passenger area with a pillow in for my dog to sit on. He also instructed me about necessary things like how to handle a railroad switch, how to brake, to lift up the draisine for turning etc. Then finally – we where set to go!

Numedalsbanen Numedal Line rail

I would lie if I said we had a “flying start” into Jack London’s adventurous hobo world. My dog Jenta did not agree to sit on that suspicious bread basket, and I was shit scared she would get her paws or tail squeezed by the heavy iron wheel. But with a little bit of “patience” and many bits of candy, she finally understood she had to sit down when we moved.. and we could finally roll veeery slooowly out of the first train station…

Numedalsbanen draisine rental Veggli landscape views

It really is as lovely as it looks like.. so awesome with that familiar and rhythmic sound from the wheels hitting the rail joints. We followed the river Numedalslågen along beautiful landscapes, old buildings, equipment, signs and a dam.

Near Kjerre train station you can take a break and enjoy this view, jump into the water or put something on the grill.

On a Sunday trip in nice weather you will probable not be alone on the rail tracks. We met a nice group of people that used their draisines to get around for mushroom hunting, cool. And we usually helped each other lifting off a draisine when a meeting or passing occurred.

Our return point Fossebrekke-next time we will hopefully go further for sureNumedalsbanen finsk lapphund railway draisine rail biking fossebrekke

So, I would love to rail all the way to Rødberg end station, but I think it would be too long for my dog to handle that this first time. Instead we turned at Fossebrekke and headed back for Veggli station again. Numedalsbanen dog trip railway Veggli Norway

I could also have let my dog run aside the draisine, it is a nice idea where the ground is “paw friendly”, but I discovered a poisonous vipera berus besides the rail on our trip, so no way this day, but it will probable be a solution for colder days. On our way back over the Veggli mountain road we instead went for a evening hike so my Jenta got some good exercise too.

 

INFO

  • If you would like to rent a draisine for a ride on the railway Numedalsbanen from Veggli to Rødberg, visit the homepage dresin.net for further details, contact information and map.
  • Wikipedia have some further historical information about Numedal Line/Numedalsbanen 

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

Lofoten – third edition

Yes, you probable guessed correctly. Me and puppy are finally back in Lofoten again, for the 3 time, it is just something magic about Lofoten, and most people that have been her would most probable agree to that.

We already had a very busy day where everything seems to happen at once. A couple of photos from our very first sunny day here is naturally included.

Morning glory when the fog is still fluffing the landscape Lofoten landscape bridge morning fog mountains fjords beautiful norway

A favorite view along the roadLofoten landscape farm mountains fjords beautiful norway

We drove to the closest village to have a mechanic’s check my car, while waiting we did a lovely stroll passing a beautiful swan lake and some magnificent views. We where also invited home to a friendly dog owner and had a look at he’s cool Harley Davidson bicycles. Turned out we also had a mutual friend where I grew up. I just adore how friendly and curious inhabitants are up here in the north.

The swan lake with a magnificent view on the morning dog walk. Maybe you recognize that peak too?swan lake landscape views svanesjøen Lofoten

Later me and puppy also did a dedour to stroll along a shoreline where the spectacular and windless views made me stop a lot.. make sure you do that too, cuz these magnetic views can cause tricky situations while driving. the very same day I almost got squeezed off a narrow road by another fascinated tourist in his rental car.. but I kind of do understand him too 😀

During our seashore stroll here I remembered that I also biked through here a couple of years ago. Road 815 is a very nice alternative to the more trafficked E10 road indeed!Lofoten rorbu landscape fjords steep mountains fjords beautiful norway

I do drive like a priest, but on our way back home I got a darn speeding ticket, driving a lil’ bit too fast not paying attention to the speedometer at that moment, it really sucks!

You know, it’s already expensive here in Lofoten, and that goes for the the speeding tickets too, so pay attention here so you don’t end up using your travel budget on unnecessary and costly “experiences” like that. If you end up behind a slow driver around here, it is probable just me, please be understanding..ha..ha

Last stop for the day on our way back. It sure did wonders for the mood to walk along this beach to let the sound of waves wash away any worries.Lofoten landscape white beaches lapphund mountains fjords beautiful norway

Me and puppy will for sure be back with more very soon, alright. In mean time: Drive safe dear readers! 🙂

Roadtrip to Northern Norway

We started in Tinn, Telemark. I had some extra days before work startup, and decided to finally visit my family on the west coast of Norway, so me an puppy drove E134 across Haukelifjell, through beautiful steep landscapes of mountains, fjords and waterfalls.

We drove through a really beautiful area in the municipality of Vinje in Telemark, here you see the lake Totak, among one of the deepest in Norway.Totak lake Telemark Vinje roadtrip

It mostly takes longer time for me to get somewhere, almost like a curse, cuz in Norway I just have to stop a lot to capture awesome travel moments..pretty often. Haukelifjell was looking at it’s best this very day as you can seehaukelifjell roadtrip Norway

It was so lovely to visit my dear mother in Hordaland for a couple of days, but then me and puppy had to hit the road again to once again cross the mountains and head northwards. We zigzagged on narrow serpentine roads, in long dark tunnels and over the impressive Hardanger bridge.

Driving through Lærdalstunellen (Lærdal tunnel) which I believe still is the longest road tunnel in the world. The spacious, brighter and colorful “breathing holes” at some spots in the tunnel is certainly a cool idea!Laerdalstunnellen Lærdal tunnel roadtrip Norway

We finally arrived to Vang in Valdres where I decided to get a tiny cabin for the night – at a friendly camping site based at Vangsmjøse. And of course me and puppy went for a evening hike up to Skakadalen. Next morning we woke up to stiff breeze outside, what do you think that resulted in?

Dog meets sheep- They came running up to us thiose cute and curious little “Shawn-the-sheep’s”- and puppy behaved pretty wellSkakadalen Vang Valdres sheeps roadtrip hike lapphund Norway

Windy, sunny, rainy hike/walk upwards the gravel road to Skakadalen-awesome!Skakadalen Vang Valdres roadtrip hike lapphund Norway

So the very next morning we drove up to Beitostølen, only to discover that the mountain pass Valdresflya had been closed due to bad weather. Also the next road pass was closed, so I had to drive all the way to Bagn and Dokka to reach Lillehammer instead…duh..

Finally reaching Oppdal me and puppy got a wonderful cabin with TV, my own shower/WC and kitchen for a super-nice (single)price – and dogs welcome! It was settled for a nice TV/sofa/chinese food-evening.

Next evening we stopped at Namsskogan and got a cheap hut by the riverNamsskogan cabin Namsen river roadtrip lapphund travel Norway

In Namsskogan we did a nice evening walk on a trail along the Namsen fishing (salmon) river, with several wind sheds and info signs. Here you see the Sandåmofossan. A fisherman’s paradise.Namsskogan Sandamofossan river roadtrip lapphund Namsen travel Norway Namsskogan Sandamofossan gapahuk trail river roadtrip lapphund Namsen travel Norway 

Next day we cross the beautiful sun-drenched mountain area Saltfjellet (Saltoduottar). At the polar/arctic circle puppy is posing like a supermodel as usual, I think she know what she is doing 😀Polarsirkelen Saltfjellet lapphund polar circle arctic circle Nordland Nordnorge

Our last night before we reached our main goal for the summer, we slept at a place not to brag about outside Bodø, but the evening walk we did in Geitvågen area was just awesome, and I realized that I have really been missing the scent of the sea…mmmmm.

Rosenrot, happy lapphund and the scent of the sea –  life is good!Nordland geitvaagen Landegode rosenrot lapphund Norway

From Geitvågen we are looking at Landegode (inhabited) in VestfjordenLandegode Geitvaagen Nordnorge landscapenature ocean lapphund bodo

Now me and puppy was only a boat-trip away from our place to stay for the summer (can’t be too hard to guess right?) – we are ready for summer work and adventures! 

Our roadtrip map – plenty of things to see and to along the route, but make sure you have plenty of time for it too 😉 

Nordlandsbanen railway journey in North Norway

I love travel by train in Norway, especially long distance railway where you are guaranteed an overdose of scenic landscapes both under, over, in between and straight through the Norwegian mountain world.

I have often travelled by the beautiful Bergensbanen and Raumabanen, and last summer I finally got the chance to travel both ways with the lengthy Nordlandsbanen (Nordland Railway) together with my dear puppy dog.

After finishing my work season in Lofoten I and puppy took a rolling and stormy ride with the ferry from Moskenes to Bodø where the night train along Nordlandsbanen was waiting us.

This railway train are solid, comfortable and always on time departing twice a day all year round. The train crew are very helpful and friendly – it’s not expensive either, from Trondheim to Bodø ((10 hours/729km)) for me and puppy on the morning train costs 45 EURO, and if you are lucky the free wifi Internet works too 😀

nordlandsbanen train trip norther norway railway travel dog

On the night train back I slept in my train chair (the sleepers don’t allow pets) and puppy slept on her plaid on the floor. You can collect a freesleeping package” from the train’s NSB Kafé which includes a nice fleece blanket, ear plugs and a blindfold – and we both fell asleep for most of that night after passing the Polar circle …again.

My sleeping beauty – I asked the train crew when the longest train stops occurred to let her out for a peenordlandsbanen night train trip norther norway railway travel lapphund dog

 

Please find seasonal/minute by minute inspiration in this beautiful NRK/NSB video of Nordlandsbanen:

10 hours later: Next morning we wake up in Trondheim where a couple of hours with the corresponding morning train to Otta is waiting. A spontanious dog meeting was on that morning, so very nice to meet other traveling pets and their superfriendly owners.

 

The helpful bus driver took us from Otta station and up the serpentine roads I biked up last year, and this time it was pretty luxurious to just sit there and enjoy the awesome views without any effort.. for once. We got off at Mususæter and breathed in that fresh mountain air.

 

The two last kilometers towards my little paradise me and puppy walked while I rolled my bags and large suitcase on my kickbike (I used it to get to/from work in Lofoten), as small suitcase wheels are simply not made for gravel. I guess we where an odd, colorful and noisy procession along that peaceful mountain road.

Then finally we arrived to our goal – that very same mountain pasture in Rondane I had last year.. now I was really looking forward to spend 4 nights here, this time together with my happy puppy.

So wonderful to finally be back here, settle down by the fireplace and plan for an absolutely breathtaking mountain climb the very next day!Mysusaeter seterhytte by the fire relax Norwegian socks mountain cabin

Will be continued……

For more information and travel video of the Nordlandsbanen – visit this link at NSB (in English)

Ryten hike in Lofoten

This hike includes spectacular views to the beautiful Kvalvika beach, with a possibility to make a roundtrip to walk along that tempting beach on a very hot day. But don’t expect to be alone up her in high season.

On our way up to Ryten we did a “lil detour” to visit Fredvangshytta cabin, it’s tiny shed and the transport zipline. What a view towards Yttersand beach and the majestic mountains in the background!Ryten fredvang Yttersand beach cabin hiking lofoten

Not only humans are interested in great views, also sheep like to be up here for a “good chew with a view”. Here we all enjoy a great view over Torsfjorden and Selfjordenfredvang ramberg ryten hike fjords sheep view trail lofoten

To get here I and Jenta first had to take the bus and then walk across 2 high bridges to get to the hike’s starting point near Fredvang. This added about 6,5 km (roundtrip) extra to our hike, but that is just how it is if you don’t have a car around here.

It’s however a nice “warmup-walk”, but narrow roads makes it a bit scary sometimes as some few drivers don’t care at all that hikers and animals walks along these roads. But we survived (again) and could start this classic, easy and popular hike up to Ryten mountain peak.

We did not care to join the line to the famous spot where hikers often do an “arranged picture shot” that looks more dangerous than it is – I think we got our nice views and shots anyway… or what!Ryten hiking kvalvika beach lofoten

We met a swiss student at the start of this hike and immediately liked each others company, so this time I would enjoy a pretty social hike in good company, and also met people (lapphund dog owners) along the trail from my own hometown area – so a fun and super-social hike that was indeed.

On our way down we took another short detour to this lake, it was so hot this day that both people and dogs jumped into this chilling lake to cool downlake ryten flakstad

The view on our way back down from the Ryten peak. The few clouds passing by was very welcoming this super hot day… we where dreaming about ice cream all the way down to the café

Thank’s to the nice weather the trail itself was very comfortable to hike on, but we hiked a bit slower due to a very hot day under the broiling sun. Fill up your water bottles before you go, or also (as we did) rely on that the cafe (placed along the main road) are open to save your dehydrated ass with heavenly shadows, ice-cold coca cola and ice cream 🙂

Map from bus stop to Ryten peak. Dark blue line from Bus stop to trail start (car park) – and red line from car park to Ryten peak. Including blue dotted trail lines for short detours to Fredvanghytta cabin and Forsvatnet lake for chilling.map ryten carte fredvang lofoten

 

Travel info:

  • Bus to Fredvang kryss > Walk across the two bridges and continue towards Yttersand 
  • After the bridges you will pass a rest stop with a toilet and waters tap
  • After the crossroad you will pass a cafe, very nice to stop by here after a hike
  • Go home happy 🙂

If you prefer a less visited hiking gem in this are that includes spectacular views and beaches, then stay tuned my friends …I will soon tell you about Rytens lil’ brother

Biking, Hiking and Fishing Tour from Norway to Sweden

For the third time I was ready to start my lil’ solo bicycle tour after finishing my seasonal summer work in Tafjord, Norway. This year I planned to bicycle from Tafjord to Östersund in Sweden. I had a final date to keep to be home, but to avoid stressing  (after all this was my little vacation this year) I started wheeling with an open mind and no rigid plan to follow.

On the road I think my personal highlights was once again to be back in lovely Åndalsnes (where my father came from), downhill Trollstigen and climbing the new Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata , I also had the pleasure to try the new Dovre bicycle route over Dovre mountain range (someone later called it Tour De Dovre ), tested out my good fortune in fishing in Vålåsjøen lake and hiking Mehøe. An evening in beautiful Røros museum area and then somehow ended up in a very nice fish-camp in Storsjön, Sweden. 

I met a lot of nice people, got lots of good memories, and would like to share my map and photos for travel inspiration to others who want to do a similar route. And, don’t be afraid to ask if you have a question regarding this.

I have created this map on Google including my travel photos and some travel information/advice:

 

You can view all the map photos above in a collection right here:

 

 

Top 5 outdoor activities along Tafjorden, Norway

The list could be so much longer of course, but I have shortened it down to my 5 favourite adventures from last summer while working at the power- and avalanche center.  There are still stuff I want to do here, but time will tell. Let’s take a look at some relatively easy/moderate activities  – all of them situated along the beautiful Tafjorden.

My very first morning back in Tafjord on my way to work. My visit in Rondane had come to an end – and the return bicycle trip went by Langvatnet, Djupvasshytta, Geiranger, up Ørnevegen Eagle Road, Eidsdal,  ferry to Valldal and then the tunnels to Tafjord) …a cold, wet and windy bicycle ride, but so nice to get back to the place I feel is like a second home! Tafjord Tafjordfjella Tafjorden

 Tafjorden and Valldalen is a great outdoor area where people come to experience climbing, skiing, hiking, rafting, kayaking etc in spectacular fjord and mountain surroundings. Situated between the famous Trollstigen and Geiranger you can be sure this area will give you great adventure memories!

I ex. why not challenge yourself by rappelling down the 95 meter high dam wall Zackariasdammen, enjoy various water sports in the wild river Valldøla or just recharge your batteries with some easier and traditional hiking activities – everything with lots of fresh air and absolutely magnificent views!

SO LET’S GO – I GIVE YOU MY TOP-5 TO-DO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FROM LAST SUMMER:

Tafjordsætra and Muldalsfossen waterfall– (2 in 1 hike)

Trail to Muldalsfossen viewpointmuldalen trail sti steep bratt utsikt viewpoint muldalsfossen

 

On this hike you will see a lot if you decide to go both places in one day. Shortly after the tunnel Heggurtunnelen you will find a parking and information borders to the left. Hike up the 13 hair pin bends (30 -40 minutes?) on a nice trail from the road.

At the bridge at Muldalen farm you can choose to do a shorter detour to see Muldalsfossen waterfall from its viewpoint – it’s one of the highest single drop waterfalls in Norway. You have to cross the bridge and walk straight through the farm to find the marked path. Note! It has pretty exposed sections, mostly fenced, but just be careful. Last year a second foreign visitor tragic fell to his death at the top area of the waterfall, but if you keep to the trails you will be fine!!

Tafjordsetratafjordsetra trails muldalssetra muldalen landscape hiking seter cabins easy hike

 

From the bridge (don’t forget to sign your autograph in the visitor book in the box here) you can also continue for about 40 minutes into Tafjordsætra/Muldalsætra. A very peaceful and beautiful mountain pasture I often hike to, climb up on one of the large stone blocks there and just chill! From here it is possible to choose several marked DNT-trails into the mountain world of Tafjordfjella

 

Klovsetsætra

Picturesque views indeed….tafjordfjella fjords utsikt paniramic view mountain pasture seter klovset valldalen landscape

Drive or bicycle up the serpentine road from the center of Valldalen. From the parking lot there are a short way to walk to get to the mountain pasture. The place is still in use (there is also an outhouse along the short trail from the parking area).

Take a stroll around to enjoy the adorable fjord- and mountain views, or continue on several marked trails further upwards. I took my visiting friends up here, and I think they adore it as much as I do.

 

Mefjellet and Hegguraksla (2 in 1 hike)

Sheep with a view from Nysetranysetra nysaetra hiking fjords mountains valldal tafjorden cabins seter mountain pasture visit norway travel

Starting point from Fjøra. Drive up the serpentine road (or bicycle up, I can promise you a calm and cosy road upwards) until you get to a farm and a marked parking area. From here you will first hike up to beautiful Nysætra on a nice forest road.

If you choose the trail to Mefjellet you will have a moderate hike up to the peak (1 088 masl) with really awesome views at the top. It is possible to continue on marked trails further into the mountains if you are looking for a longer hike.

Hiking over Hegguraksla

If you choose the trail towards Heggurdalen you will mostly get an easy but interesting hike. Up here you can also hike along the edge with a vertical rock face diving straight into Tafjorden. (it is possible to avoid this exposed part by keeping to the inner trail). You will also see the control equipment monitoring the unstable massif Hegguraksla. I think this is very interesting since it’s also connected to my work place.

 

Fishing in Tafjorden

Fishing dinner – such a calming way to get some fresh food… love ittafjord fishing mackarel

My favourite peaceful activity after a day at work, just jump on my bicycle and bike 10 minutes to the bay (Situated below Muldalen). Sitting there on the bare rock in the afternoon sun with these wonderful views are absolutely thrilling. Sometimes the bay is just bubbling with porpoises, mackerel and herring.

I usually get a couple of mackerel, fat healthy fish totally for free!  It was a pleasure to invite my visiting friends from Sweden on fresh fish dinner directly from the sea. Several places near the road along Tafjorden are good for fishing, it is also possible to rent a rowing boat (incl outboard motor) from the camping site and float around on the fjord.

 

Sea kayaking along Tafjorden

tafjorden kayak kayaking paddling sea kajakk outdoor activity valldal

A good friend working for an outdoor company invited me on a kayak trip on Tafjorden. I have been kayaking in Sweden and Slovenia earlier, but this was just something special. In a beautiful fjord, surrounded by mountains.. for a raised islander like me I guess nothing really beats the smell of fresh seawater! Why not  do a kayak trip across the fjord and visit a mountain pasture or cabin?  If this is a bit to peaceful , you can instead join the rafting in Valldøla.

 

Missing something? Try some of my earlier outdoor activities around this area 

Any questions? You are welcome to ask 🙂

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 🙂

 

Via Ferrata Loen

Shortly before the second bicycle tour from Oppstryn to Loen I found my bicycle punctured by a push-pin, and I had no mending-kit available at that time. But the very kind cabin landlord saved my sorry ass by lending me her own bicycle – as she knew I had booked a climb up the famous Loen Via Ferrata route. My panniers fitted nicely, so off I went!

Arriving Loen camp site I first put up my little tent, and decided to include a bike and hike into Bødalsbreen glacier that very same evening…. most probable because I longed for a bicycle ride along that beautiful Lovatnet again. The weather was shifting, and the last part of the road ascending up to Bødalssetra trail was tough so I had to push the bike up.

From Bødasseter it takes about 30-45 minutes to hike into the foot of Bødalsbreen glacier. Expect some snow and slush along the trail early in season, (I was here at the end of May 2017). If you want to see a beautiful photo of how far down this glacier arm once reached (among green grass and flowery meadows) many years ago – then do pay a visit to Loenvatn Feriesenter 

 

 

Via ferrata Loen. Next morning I woke up in a hot sunbathing tent! Luckily in weather again! I biked down to the Loen Active center to join the fully booked groups, as first time on this route I didn’t want to climb it alone. We would actually climb up to Hoven (1011 masl) and take the Loen Skylift down again. Everything is located in central Loen and easily accessible, we just choose to take the long way up ..ha..ha.

A magic bicycling ride along the Lovatnet lake once again – the sun is shining and life is good!Lovatnet bike trip Lodalen bødalen

 

It turned out to be an absolutely spectacular day with fun and awesome people in my climb group, a super hot and sweaty rock face to force… and breathtaking views!  The only bad thing was my GoPro who decided to die right before the climb (battery),  oh so annoying – but in my group we used each other’s phones to still get some photos of a memorable day.

 

 

Gjølmunnebrua suspension bridge (below) wasn’t that scary actually, a bit shaky perhaps… my lil’ group decided to skip the wire bridge further up as it was clogging/queuing with people that day, instead we continued straight to the top and grabbed an ice-cold beer before the bar closed at HovenLoen skylift took us all the way down again in just minutes. 

 

Travel information:

Finally, just personal via ferrata-advice from me: in the peak season it is smart rent the necessary equipment and climb the route without a guide (if you know how to climb via ferrata of course) – to avoid waiting a long time every time a crux is clogging with less experienced climbers.  But I don’t regret joining that guided group first time here as it was extra fun and social, and not so “desolated” as it felt when I later climbed the via ferrata Skuleberget on my own.

 

Map from Loen to Bødalsseter mountain pasture and Bødalsbreen glacier

Having a break with an awesome view towards Lovatnet.Loen via ferrata norway climb

 

 

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 😀