Photo: Hiking into the arctic sun, Lofoten Islands, Norway. August 2013
My last days to enjoy the California sunshine are over and I’m once again on my way north of the arctic circle; which is really my favorite place to be anyhow. I don’t think I will miss the sun too much!
This journey will be a couple firsts for me. To begin with, I’m testing out the new LA – Oslo route operated by Norwegian Airlines. With a direct flight to Oslo, as well as the cheapest price to get to Oslo overall, It seems like a good deal overall and saves a lot of layover time in Germany or the US east coast. Though I do have to drive to LAX on a Sunday afternoon, not something I’m expecting to be an enjoyable experience. If only America could catch up with Europe, and I could take a train. Only a dream I’m afraid…
Unlike my normal continued journey to Bodø, the gateway to Lofoten, I’m flying further north to Tromsø; both a city and northern latitude I’ve never been to before. I think my main reason for never visiting Tromsø is the lack of a hostel or any other cheap accommodation. Quite strange for a city of its size, and even more rare for most Norwegian destination, a summer as well as winter tourist appeal. Luckily, I have been kindly offered a couch to sleep on, should it so be required by inclement weather.
Otherwise, I think I will walk from airport to mountains in my typical fashion. Though no doubt I’ll be tired, so a nice place to sleep before any big adventures will likely be my first priority.
I was thinking of maybe heading into the Lyngen Alps, of which I have heard so much about, but I think I would like a bit more time for such a trip, and so will likely save for sometime in the future. (It’s always good to keep a long list of plans and dreams…)
Overall I will have 5 mights in/around Tromsø before I need to meet up with my sailboat for the next part of the journey: A two week sailing expedition down the Norwegian coast to the Lofoten Islands operated by Vertical Shot Expeditions.
I wont be posting much from the trip until I’m off the road, but you can keep up with my journey over on FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM, where I’ll do my best too keep things updated whenever I find a wifi connection.