Hiking in the Lofoten Islands

As soon as we arrived with the ferry in Moskenes we set off towards the village of “Å” in our rental car. It wasn’t more than a fifteen minute drive until we arrived at what was quite a small village, which could be seen in just a few minutes walking around. Driving up through the islands we soon realized that all of Lofoten was all villages (like Reine from the picture above) laying in beautiful mountain landscapes.

Lofoten was also a great place for hiking and camping. If you are a serious hiker you could do 3 or 4 hikes a day easily as there are so many hilltops and viewpoints close to each other. We did two a day, the first one being probably the most famous to “Mannen” (the Man) which was just over half an hour each way up to 400 meters altitude where we got a good view of Haukland Beach, known for its good surfing conditions.

Second up was the Devils Bridge which was a much longer and tougher hike, taking close to two hours each way. The path went past the famous Svolvær Goats to a rock that was wedged between two mountains.

From the top we could from the top was nice, but not as nice as the hike in Kvalvika where we got a view of Ryten Beach. We were at 68 degrees North looking down at a crystal white beach with turquise clear water – just as if we were in the Carrribean!

Last stop on our trip was the Lofotr viking museum in Bøstad which was a huge, interactive, open air museum where we got to row a viking ship, try on viking outfits and watch the guides pretending to live their “everyday viking life” and telling us facts and stories from this place which had the largest house ever found from the Viking era.

Nordkapp at the End of the World

As me and my colleague Malene had been traveling around Northern Norway, holding travel speeches in Mo i Rana, Bodø, Tromsø and Alta, we decided to use the oportunity to do a bit of exploring.

We drove up the road E39 just like all the other tourists anf stopped at Nordkapp, which is known to be the Northernmost point of Norway, but all it is is a monument on a cliff and a huge souvenier shop. All the people walking there thought they were at Europes Northernmost point, but they were wrong. Knivskjellodden, which is a 18km hike from the mainroad goes over a mountain called Vestfjordfjellet and leads to a point called Knivsjelodden, which is located 1450meter further North than the North Cape.

We did the hike in six hours, not stopping for more than a quick bite and a photoshoot by the monument, which was not as impressive as the one at Nordkapp. The hike was not very steep and went mainly through a landscape covered in moss with lots of reindeer and cloudberries.

The road back was smooth and empty stretching over the Finmark Plateu. On the way we found an abandoned school which was being used as a film location for the movie “Lengsel etter Nåtid”was played where everything inside was smashed to pieces- other than that there was not much to see except the city of Honningsvåg. The city calles itself the summer city and claims to be the northernmost in the world, although the title is disputed between Borrow, Alaska and Hammerfest in Norway.

Hiking the Worlds Biggest Crater in Mitzpe Ramon

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Driving through the desert from Eilat to Mitzpe Ramon, there was little to see except some lonely farms and lots of military bases. At the end of the ride we drove down into the Ramon Crater and then up from it again into the town of Mitzpe Ramon.
Well settled into my hostel, the Green Backpackers I found a map and planned my next three days of hiking through the crater. The owners and the people at the hostel quickly felt like a family after we all celebrated Hannukah with songs and candles- I love those kind of small and personal hostels.
The first day of hiking I did a short green trail that lead me down to a viewpoint where you could see the borders of the different sand colors. After the short hike I still had time to have a shower, check out the Monday market and then go up to the Camel Mountain for a small sunset picnic.
For my second day of trekking I had planned to walk almost 30 kilometers, so I started right after sunrise around six o clock in the morning. The first part was the same green track as before, then I crossed into a red path leading all across the crater before I went up again to walk along the crater edge. The scenery changed quite a bit along the way, going from red sandstone to brown, green and even sand filled with tiny white crystals.
On the third day I was absolutely too sore and tired to be hiking again, so I hitchhiked my way northwards to Jerusalem.

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Trekking the Tongoriro Crossing

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New Zealand is known for its nature and good hiking possibilities. The most famous of the day hikes being the Tongoriro Crossing that starts and ends outside a small town simply called National Park in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand.
At first I thought I would be okay with my simple traveling clothes, but when I got there I was told that they would not let me go without proper clothes so I ended up renting all clothes possible from top to toe for fourty dollars and then paid another 35 dollars for the shuttle to and from the mountain.
The trek was 20kilometers and was supposed to take anything from five to eight hours, climbing up and down in varied terrain. When we did the crossing it was cloudy, windy and a couple of minusdegrees on the top so we wanted to finish the trek as early as possible without taking much stops on the way. We finished in less than five hours and rewarded ourselves with a a cold beer in the jacuzzi afterwards.
Had it been a clear day we would have been able to see colorful lakes, Mordor and Mount Doom from the Lord of The Rings movies but we did not see any of that. It was still good as an exercise and to get to know the other travelers from my Stray bus that I would talk to throughout the hike.
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Day Trip From Stavanger to Kjerag

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Kjeragbolten is a bouder that is wedged between a mountain crevice in the en of Lysefjorden in Forsand Municipality. The trip to Kjeragbolten is easily doable as a day trip from Stavanger either with bus, with boat or by self drive. I decided to go for the latter.

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