Holandsmelen – New Mountain Hiking Guide

There is now a hiking page for Holandsmelen up on the site.

-CLICK HERE-

Holandsmelen is a small, round peak to the north of Leknes on Vestvågøy.  The summit is reached after an easy hike where one is given fantastic views over Vik and Haukland beach.

This will probably be my last hiking update for the next few weeks.  My travels for the year are finally over and I’m heading home to California next week, where it will take me a week or two to get my life reorganized and everything back on track.  The mountains to be added are: Grytdalstind, and Kroktind.

I will also soon add a summer photo gallery, and I must say that after editing through the images, I’ll probably have one of the strongest image collect from any of my trips.  Despite an overall trend of rain for the 2nd half of August, I did manage to be in the right place, right time on several occasions.

On the other hand, I’m not too sure about an Autumn gallery.  Drowning my camera in Sweden, it took me two weeks to receive a replacement, which then left me only 6 days on Lofoten before I left.  While the weather was good and I got lots of hiking in, I’m not sure I achieved the variety of Images that I would like to show.  I’ll see how it goes once I get a bit more editing done.

My next trip to the islands should begin sometime at the end of January or beginning of February.

New Mountain Hiking Page – Hermannsdalstind – Moskenesoy

A new mountain hiking page is now online for Hermannsdalstinden, located on Moskenesoy.

– CLICK HERE –

Hermannsdalstinden is a spectacular mountain, and the only peak above 1000 meters in the western half of Lofoten.  While it is a long day hike, and overnight trip makes for a rewarding journey deep into the heart of Lofoten’s mountain landscape.  And the stunning views from the summit, Perhaps now my favorite of Lofoten.

 

Helvetestinden – New Hiking Route Page

The first new hiking route from my August Lofoten trip is for the mountain peak Helvetestind, Located on Moskenesoy.

-CLICK HERE- to checkout the hike.

This was the fist hike of my trip, traveling non stop for nearly 40 hours from California until I reached the summit on a sunny summer afternoon.  I couldn’t have asked for better weather, and despite my exhaustion, I was glad to be up there.  I hope you enjoy it.  And plenty more mountains to come over the next weeks…

Kjerkfjord from Helvetestind, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: View towards village of Kjerkfjord from near summit of Helvetestind, Moskenesoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Over to Sweden for a Minute – Kungsleden Trail

I’m going to bring you guys over to northern Sweden for a moment.  Over on my photography blog I’ve written a 4 part series about my hike on the northern section of the Kungleden trail this part September.  It was actually where I was between my two Lofoten trips last year (plus a week in Germany).  While not totally relevant to this site, northern Sweden is also an incredibly amazing and scenic area and worth a visit sometime, or in combination with a trip to Lofoten.  Enjoy…

Part 1 – Germany to Kebnekaise Fjällstation

Part 2 – Kebnekaise Fjällstation to Sälka

Part 3 – Sälka to Alesjaure

Part 4 – Alesjaure to Abisko

Hiking the Kungsleden trail in Autum – An overview for late season hiking on the northern Kungsleden trail.

Snow covered mountain rise above lake Radujavri along Kungsleden trail, Lappland, Sweden

Photo: Lake Radujavri in evening light, Kungsleden trail, Sweden. Sept 2012

New Hiking Guide for Offersoykammen

There is now a hiking route guide for Offersøykamen, an easy hike on the west side of Vestvågøya.  CLICK HERE to check it out.

Skottinden – New Hiking Page

And the first new update of 2013 goes to the mountain Skottinden –CLICK HERE

Skottinden, an imposing and steep peak located on the southwestern peninsula of of Vestvagoy is a short, but rigorous hike to high, airy summit with 360 degree views.

New Mountain Page – Ryten

New mountain hiking page for Ryten -CLICK HERE-

Second new page for the week, not too bad!  While the view from Reinebringen is perhaps Lofoten’s most iconic, if there is to be a runner up, then the view from the slopes of Ryten down to Kvalvika beach would be high on the list.  Ryten is an easy mountain walk that finished with you standing 500 meters almost directly above the sea and scenic views in every direction.

This will be my last update for the year; not that there’s many days left anyhow.  I’m pretty happy with the progress I’ve made in the last couple months, and I think the site is off to a pretty good start.  Once I’m finished adding all the info and guides here on the site, I’ll most likely begin working on some that pages more location and photography specific.  I’ll hopefully also turn these into (free) eBook downloads so you can take them with you to the islands; though the functionality I envision is somewhat beyond my technical and design abilities.  It will at least be a start to something useful.  I also get an email every once in a while about ‘the best of Lofoten.’  So I’ll probably write a suggested itinerary guide along the lines of ‘1 week on Lofoten – the best of.’  Or something along those lines.  Maybe a separate summer and winter version as well.

And the best new for me is, I’m already ticket shopping to head back to the islands in mid February…

Himmeltindan – New Hiking Guide

New hiking guide for Himmeltindan -CLICK HERE-

Himmeltindan, at 964 meters, is the highest peak on Vestvågøya and an exciting hike up a steep trail with airy view from the summit.

New Hiking Guide – Hoven

New hiking guide is online for Hoven on Gimsøya.

-CLICK HERE- to check it out!

I’m also working on the final touches for the Autumn gallery, should be online early next week…

Horseid Beach Hiking Guide

I’ve added a new hiking guide for Horseid beach -CLICK HERE-

Horseid is probably my favorite beach on the Lofoten Islands, and I highly recommend making the effort to go there and camp for a couple nights.

I’ve changed up the format a little bit.  Instead of having just some rotating images at the top, I’ve now just inserted them in the post after all the text content; in the same style as the other beach guides I’ve written.

If you actually read this, I would greatly appreciate some feedback as to which style you prefer best: Rotating images at the top of post, or all the images displayed within the body of the post.  On the one hand, the rotating images is a bit cleaner look, but if you actually want to study the image for longer than a second or two, having them within the post seems a bit better.  If you guys like it, I might update everything to this format…

Next week I should get around to adding new Summer and Autumn photo galleries.  I’ve edited and selected the images, now all I need to do is downsize and upload them.