Ebook Update – West Lofoten Hikes – 4th Edition

West Lofoten Hikes V4
West Lofoten Hikes V4

A new update is out for West Lofoten Hikes ebook. More info.

This is a fairly minor update compared to previous ones. Now added to the fouth edition: 5 new hikes and 40 pages. Price stays the same at $16 (+ Vat for those of you in Europe). If you’ve already purchased a previous edition, they keep an eye on your email for a free download of the new version.

Spring Cleaning and Updates

Haugheia | Lofoten Hiking Guide

Photo: Last light over Haugheia, Vestvågøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.

With the midnight sun and the summer hiking season just over a month away, I’ve begun a bit of a spring cleaning of the website to get everything updated as much as possible. Truth be told, I’ve been a bit lazy over these last couple years as I didn’t see much need to follow up on things when no one was really traveling anyhow. But I guess with things getting back to normal, its time for a refresh!

It is actually a pretty difficult job to try and keep up with the changes on Lofoten. Even living here full time and reading the local newspapers and websites, there is lots of stuff which happens without me knowing unless I travel to a particular area. Most of this revolves around changes in parking – and unfortunately, an increasing amount of paid parking is required for many hiking locations. Or parking areas are closed or moved, or shuttle buses are going to run, they kinda do, then they stop – such as for Kvalvika and Ryten in the Fredvang area, where it seems like the on the ground logistics change almost monthly. I try to keep things as accurate as possible, but I do fall behind, especially these last two years.

So whats coming up?

I spent most of today separating the hikes into their own page and menu location: Hiking Lofoten, now separate from the previous, and somewhat confusingly named Outdoors. This process took a while, and hopefully I caught all the broken links, but if you come across anything I might have missed, please let me know!

I never intended for this website to be about hiking, but more just Lofoten travel in general. But as it turned out over the last 12 years, it seems to be mostly about hiking. So I guess its better to have hikes in a separate category. Additionally though, I have a series of articles mostly about being a good user of the outdoors and nature that are waiting to be added, so having all of this combined with hiking guides made things begin to feel a little crowded. So look for more informative articles coming in the future.

A large majority of the content here was published between 2014 – 2017. For the hikes in particular, I’ve probably visited most the mountains more times in the follow years, but have been slow to update new photos. So I’ll begin to add some new images to already existing hikes.

There is also a pretty large backlogs of hikes to add as well. For some locations I’m waiting until they will be published first in an ebook or elsewhere – and there are some hikes that I’ll only list in ebooks and not here on the website. But there are a fair amount of hikes I’ve done over the last couple summers that don’t really belong to any particular project I have in mind, so they’ll get published as time allows.

There’s probably some more stuff on the to do list as well…

New Mountain Hikes – Haugheia and Helligberbet

I’ve added two new hiking guides for some easy small mountains on Vestvågøy: Haugheia (145m), located near Leknes, and Helligberget (238m), located in Unstad.

Haugheia - Lofoten Hiking Guide

Haugheia hiking guide

Haugheia is an easy family (and child) friendly low, flat ridge rising to the north of Gravdal on Vestvågøy. Popular with locals for an afternoon jog or Sunday walk, the path is well worn and easy to follow. While there are more spectacular views to be found in the area, Haugheia does have a nice overview across Nappstraumen to the mountains of Flakstadøy. For the photographer, the most interesting subject might be the small grove of twisted mountain birch trees about 2km into the walk.

Helligberget | Lofoten Hiking Guide

Helligberget hiking guide

Helligberget, meaning ‘the holy mountain,’ is a small hill on the west side of Unstad bay. While not necessarily a destination itself and more often seen in the background of images taken from the beach, it is a nice short hike with scenic views if you are looking for something fairly easy or a place to watch the midnight sun after an evening surf session.

New Mountain Hikes Added to Website

I’ve added 4 new mountain hiking guides to the website today. They have all previously been available in the eBook: West Lofoten Hikes, but now they are also here on the website.

The new mountain guides are for:

Merraflestind, Moskenesøy – 537m

Kollfjellet, Flakstadøy – 512m

Blekktind, Flakstadøy – 622m

Hestræva, Flakstadøy – 485m

I will hopefully add several more hikes to the website throughout the spring, particularly for Vestvågøy and Austvågøy islands, where I spend a bit more time hiking last summer/autumn, but haven’t found the time or motivation to write the guides so far. Lately I’ve put most of my effort into eBook updates, so haven’t been paying as much attention to the website, other than the weekly Friday Photo blog posts.

But there are now quite a few mountains that I’ve photographed over the last years don’t have a place in any of my current eBooks, so I’ll (probably) add them here first, as any future eBook guides will likely be some years away, mostly due to Covid and lack of sales over the last year. Unfortunately resulting in that I can’t afford the amount of travel required to head east to Austvågøy on a regular basis. Hopefully things change for the better soon!

Merraflestinden Hiking Guide
Kollfjellet Mountain Hiking Guide
Blekktind Mountain Hiking Guide
Hestræva Lofoten Hiking Guide

New Ebook – Padjelantaleden – Hiking from Ritsem to Kvikkjokk

Padjelantaleden - Sweden: 140km from Kvikkjokk to Ritsem

I’m happy to announce the release of my 7th ebook:

Padjelantaleden – Kvikkjokk to Ritsem

The ebook is a hiking guide to Sweden’s Padjelanta trail, which runs 140 kilometers from Kvikkjokk to Ritsem, through the heart of Padjelanta national park – Sweden’s largest.

The ebook contains 5 chapters. The first include detailed planning, travel, and equipment guides. While the final chapter is a hut to hut guide covering 10 days of hiking over the 140 kilmoters of trail.

In total the ebook is 140 pages long and contains 92 images.

Available for download now for $10 (+VAT in EU)

Padjelantaleden Sweden - Hiking From Kvikkjokk to Ritsem

Ebook Update – West Lofoten Hikes – 3rd Edition

I’m happy to announce an update to the 3rd edition of West Lofoten Hikes: 38 hikes on Moskenesøy and Flakstadøy

This new edition has added 11 more hikes, over 100 additional pages and dozens of new images. If you’ve already purchased one of the previous editions, then keep an eye on your email for a free update. Otherwise, if you’re looking to pick up a copy, head over to the ebooks page.

Seasons On Lofoten – Winter 4th Edition

I’m finally happy to announce that the 4th edition of Seasons on Lofoten – Winter is now available!

Seasons on Lofoten – Winter

I originally started on the update shortly after Christmas and was hoping to have finished before my first photo workshop of the year began in mid January. However what I thought was just going to be a minor update with some new information and a couple more articles turned into a massive project taking me several months to complete.

The result is a 287 page ebook guide all about photographing Lofoten in winter. A new 33 location detailed destination guide now include clickable gps coordinates linked to google maps so you can navigate directly to the locations with ease.

The new price for the ebook is $21. For those of you that have purchased any of the previous editions, keep on eye on your email account as you will receive a free update to this 4th edition.

New 2020 Lofoten Photography Workshop Dates

I’ve just published the dates for four new photo workshops in 2020. 3 of the workshops are mountain hiking tours, occurring June, July and September.

For more info, head on over to the PHOTO TOURS PAGE

2020 Lofoten Mountain Photo Tour - Wild West
September 2020 Lofoten Mountain Photography Workshop - Exploring Autumn
Lofoten Photo Tour - Amazing Views Tours Autumn 2020
Lofoten Photo Tour – Amazing Views Tours Autumn 2020

New Image Galleries

I’ve added several new image galleries to the portfolio section of the website.

Winter 2018

Summer 2018

Autumn 2018

Winter 2019

I get a little busy with writing these days and so I sometimes forget that the origins of this website back in 2010was as a photo portfolio for my Lofoten work. But I also don’t process as many images as I used to, and so I need time to go back through the images I shot and edit some stuff which I may have missed, especially from the winters when I get too busy guiding to keep up with things.

I’m still mainly focused on writing at the moment, with some probably overly ambitious plans for two new ebooks within the next few months – though the 2nd one will likely have to wait until after my winter tour season. And hopefully some updates to already existing books. I’ll see what happens – my head only has so many words in it!

Ebook Update – Kungsleden South – Kvikkjokk to Hemavan

Kungsleden South - HIking From Kvikkjokk to Hemavan

I’m happy to announce the second edition of Kungsleden South ebook. Now covering the southern 260km of trail between Kvikkjokk and Hemavan – and the whole of the Kungsleden if combined with Kungsleden North – Abisko to Kvikkjokk.

You can find the ebook here: KUNGSLEDEN SOUTH – Kvikkjokk to Hemavan

From the first edition which only covered the final section of the trail between Ammarnäs to Hemavan, I have added the 180km section between Kvikkjokk and Ammarnäs, now completing the trail.

The ebook itself has now nearly doubled in length, coming it at 159 pages with 139 images and over 16,000 words.

If you have already purchased the first edition, then you will receive an email to download this new edition.

This has been a long overdue hole that I had planned to finish for several year. However, despite my best efforts, I was never able to find a hiking partner, which makes my trips much more productive photographically, as well as fun. But finally this year I decided it was time to head back to Sweden, even if solo. And so in September I finally completed the missing section from Kvikkjokk to Ammarnäs over 9 days.

And it wasn’t just the Kungsleden I visited this year. In July I hiked the nearby Padjelantaleden. The first English language hiking guide to that wonderful trail is already in progress and will hopefully be completed before the new year. And I’m already planning a second hike of the trail for September 2020 – Autumn is always my favourite time in Swedish Lapland! And I have to say, the mosquitos were too ferocious for me in July! I’m never going back to Sweden in summer! So keep an eye out here for updates in the near future…