I´ve just returned from the unbelievably beautiful Lofoten islands in Northern Norway. I was blessed with a lot of great light and not much rain at all. I didn´t sleep very much and was extremely active, climbed 8 mountains on 8 days and nearly saw every part of the islands (Værøy and Røst are missing).
For those of you who´d like to know the exact route I travelled, here are the stations I´ve been to and some more facts about the trip:
Arrived at Harstad/Narvik Airport, took the rented car and drove onto Austvågøy, close to Vatnfjorden. Climbed the mountain Matmora (788 m) in the night. Drove to Kalle close to Hopen below the massive peak of Vågakallen afterwards and stayed there, trying to sleep a bit (which didn´t work very well).
Went to the Lofoten capital "city" of Svolvær to do some sightseeing and climbed the Tjeldbergtinden (367 m) afterwards, Svolvær´s backyard mountain. Drove westwards after that and climbed the mountain Glomtinden (419 m) in the night. Placed my tent close to the parking spot.
Went to Henningsvær to see that nice town from the inside. Drove to Gimsøy island to stay at a fantastic beach for some time. After that drove to Unstad beach on Vestvågøy island, as well as to Haugland beach some miles away to park the car there. Climbed Himmeltindan mountain (931 m) in the night.
Tried to sleep a bit at a very beautiful and lonely beach close to Myrland on Flakstadøya island. Didn´t work very well of course, since the midnight sun was just too strong to be able to sleep a lot. Did a small coast hike close to Mærvoll. Fantastic rock inside the ocean there, perfect for having a bath when it´s warm enough. After that drove to a youth hostel in Stamsund and had the first night with some hours of real sleep
Climbed Skottinden mountain (671 m), a fantastic peak, looks sort of like the Matterhorn of Lofoten. Drove to Nusfjord town afterwards, back onto Flakstadøya island. Went to the wonderful, but pretty crowded and dirty (shame on all the people who leave their garbage here) Kvalvika beach and climbed the mountain Ryten at night. Camped at the beach and slept some hours.
Went to Reine (Moskenesøya), together with Hamnøy the most scenic, beautiful and unbelievable town on the Lofoten. Rested there for some hours and enjoyed the views, afterwards climbed the mountain Reinebringen (448 m) in the night, which is a must-do hike for every Lofoten trip during summer, but pretty demanding. Tried to sleep on the top, but that was a bad idea. Went down the terribly steep path at around 4 am and finally slept a bit on a parking place close to the mountain.
Drove to Å at the end of the main road E10 and looked around a bit. Did the last bigger hike afterwards, went westwards and climbed a pre-peak of Mengelsdalstinden (826 m), 743 m high. Mengelsdalstinden itself was just too far away. And I had to reach Storfjord camping site on the same day, which I managed to do. Slept there the second to last night and caught the only "bigger" rainstorm the next day.
Drove to my favourite beach again, the one close to Myrland, and stayed there until the late evening. Then drove eastwards back into the airport direction again. Stopped at Utakleiv beach and drove some roads I didn´t drive before. Slept one or two hours close to Vatnfjorden (the same place where I stayed the first night) and drove back to Harstad/Narvik Airport. Enjoyed the views out of the plane and fell asleep, although the little kid next to me was very loud all the time
Some facts about the trip:
- net 8 days stay
- climbed 8 mountains
- had real rain only once
- drove nearly every road on Lofoten, altogether it was around 800 km on the car´s speedometer
- Took around 800 pictures
It will take some time to process them however. Stay tuned, since I had some epic views mostly from the mountains. The midnight sun is a bit anticlimactic, as Cody Duncan already said on his very helpful Lofoten information page. But it still is a great experience of course and these islands are beautiful all the time. I also did some shorter time lapses, might upload them here as well. It just will take some time for me
I will come again for sure!
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bin schon auf bilder gespannt! nachdem du ja jetzt eine halbwegs professionelle kamera hast gibts keine ausreden mehr
Ne, hab schon ordentlich schönes Material mitgebracht. Und mit der NEX lässt sich definitiv mehr machen als mit der Lumix
Looking forward for your shots.
Und der Winter würde mich schon auch sehr interessieren War definitiv nicht mein letztes Mal dort oben^^