Photo: Bunes beach from Helvetestind, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. August 15, 2013. 11:54
Helvetestind is one of those mountains I got to know from the ground before the summit. A massive, solid piece of granite, it rises nearly vertical from the vast sands of Bunes beach to a narrow summit some 600 meters above. From sea of summit, the mountain is something to look at, or from. But now having stood on top, the view from up here is much better!
My journey to the summit was a long one, have been traveling non-stop since I walk out my door in California some 38-40 hours before. In my usual style for heading to Lofoten, I like to leave my schedule as open as possible once I arrive on the islands as you never know what the weather will do. Rain usually means I go and hide in Stamsund, while sun means sleep might still be some hours away as I journey strait into the mountains.
For some strange reason, the islands greeted me with sun. And not just normal sun, but a day with some fantastic puffy white clouds gently floating against a background of blue. I shot a few time-lapse sequences this day, which may or may not ever be put to use (I need a new computer first).
I set up camp lower down on the ridge, thinking the summit would be a bit too exposed if the weather turned, though maybe I will try it out next time. Though I did hike back towards the summit at dusk, it was somewhat dull and uneventful, so I didn’t miss too much being lower down.
Nikon 16-35mm f/4