Going to Lofoten islands again! Part 2

Hennigsvær

I’m getting more and more excited about my upcoming Lofoten trip. I mentioned before how special the islands became to me, and now looking at the photos, I somehow know why I want to go back… My trip starts on Monday, I travel to the hotel near Gatwick airport to stay the night and on Tuesday after two flights and one ferry ride I will be on Lofoten!

Fire place in Stamsund hostel

Fire place in Stamsund hostel

My first stop will be definitely Stamsund, especially that I have been promised a fishing trip! I think it is the best part of traveling, when you go back to far-away places and someone is happy to see you again. Quoting one of the ads, meeting people who make me feel better and hopeful again about the future of this world – priceless. There is a very small village near Stamsund called Steine, which I really love. It is a place you usually just drive through but as I was there on my first day on Lofoten, I like going there, looking at the fishing boats and remembering my first encounter with the islands.

Steine, Lofoten islands

Steine, Lofoten islands

Henningsvær, one of the Lofoten fishing villages, is called “Venice of the North” and although it is a bit exaggerated (especially if you visit the place in not such a great weather), it has a really nice feel to it. Nice enough to maybe think about getting a house… It is a place worth going to in any season, it has an artistic vibe and there is plenty of climbing, skiing or just bumming around opportunities.

Henningsvær, Venice of the North, Lofoten

Henningsvær, Venice of the North, Lofoten

Henningsvær, the only house I could afford...

Henningsvær, the only house I could afford…

One of the highlights of being on Lofoten are the beaches, beautiful, amazing and magical. The sand is so white, the water is so blue that you could almost forget that it is actually cold. Not for some surfer freaks though, who gather especially at Unstad to chase the waves. 2 years ago I looked at them with a mixture of surprise and pity, not getting why they would choose to immerse their bodies in cold water to spend seconds on top of the wave. And an idea of peeing into your wetsuit to get warm… But I understand that it is the passion which carries you through your life.

Ramberg beach, Lofoten

Ramberg beach, Lofoten

And then I became drawn to ice-climbing. Before I had tried it, I was adamant that it was obviously too stupid to be climbing in the cold weather surrounded by snow and ice. But I agreed to give it a go in the indoor gym in Glencoe just to show that I was open-minded. And I absolutely loved it, the idea of hitting and kicking the ice to climb up made me feel really good. All on top rope though, my skills (or lack of skills) don’t allow leading on ice. When we were on Lofoten in February, we found a good ice-climbing spot just at the tunnel wall on the road leading to the Unstad beach. On that day it would be surfers looking at me with pity in their eyes…

Having a go at ice climbing

Having a go at ice climbing

I just need to say a few words about the weather, it often rains and might be really windy (very strong wind when I can hardly stand upright is called in Norwegian “frisk bris” – “fresh breeze…). So if you are like me and your feet get cold almost all the time, make sure you bring the right clothing, windproof and waterproof. As we often do some hikes, I tend to choose lightweight stuff. One of these days I will write a post listing my favourite gear and brands. This time I will also take a medieval dress and nice shoes as we are going to the medieval music festival in Selb, Germany after Lofoten. It will all have to fit together with my sleeping bag, sleeping mat, hiking poles and toiletries miniatures into my favourite Osprey Talon 44 backpack. I will see how it goes, especially that I will be traveling only with my hand luggage and the weight can’t go over 10kg… Will I fit any chocolate?

Keeping warm

Keeping warm

For more information about Lofoten click here.

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