Our favourite hike in the Lofoten Islands

It was a perfect day for an 8 hour hike in the mountains – the sky was blue, the birds were tweeting and a gentle breeze rustled through the trees. We were going to hike up Veinestinden, and with an elevation of 730m it made it the highest mountain we’ve climbed in the Lofoten Islands….

Highlights from our two months volunteering in Vesterålen | Norway

From day one In Vesterålen it’s been go go go. I was expecting lots of free time while volunteering here but we’ve been kept busy in a very good way, doing plenty of outdoor activities and also hanging out with the other volunteers so I’ve become very far behind on my blog posts! It’s now…

Exploring Vesterålen’s beautiful coastline | Norway

The coastline around Vesterålen is home to some incredible white sand beaches with turquoise water gently lapping the shores. To access them though, we needed a car so one day we borrowed our hosts and went for a little roadtrip around Bø. We received a fair amount of snow earlier in the week and the…

Two hikes up Mount Vetten | Norway

Mount Vetten stands at 467m and is one of the most popular hikes in Vesterålen so we were keen to check it out. Unfortunately when we went up we had pretty shit weather with clouds engulfing us, so it was hard to envision what the ‘magnificent view’ actually looked like. Occasionally a patch would open…

A rough canoe trip to the frozen Hellfjord | Northern Norway

It was our first full day at Guvåg’s wilderness cabin and after a night of heavy snowfall we woke to a calm morning and decided to take our chances and go for a canoe trip. As soon as we sat in the canoe and began shuffling down the ramp into the sea, the wind picked…

Snow storms and wild aurora shows at a wilderness cabin in Norway

We parked at the end of a snow covered road, slung our rucksacks on our backs, grabbed plastic sacks filled with duvets and set off on an extremely snowy trail. We had a 700m walk through deep snow to the Guvåghytta, a remote wilderness cabin in Vesterålen. Our hosts were holidaying abroad so without any…

A perfect kayak trip in the Norwegian Arctic

We had an action packed day waking up at 5:30am for a photography roadtrip and then returning three hours later to such perfect weather that we decided to go sea kayaking. We put on lots of layers and then climbed into our drysuits. It’s important to take the air out of these suits in case…

Our first snowshoeing trip in Norway

After two very cold but dry months in Norway, the winter truly came when we had our first big snowfall. It snowed all night and continued the next day so with over a foot of fresh powder it seemed like a good idea to go snowshoeing. We’ve never been before so I was excited but…

Hiking along the Vesterålen coast | Norway

It was a beautiful, crisp day and no work on the schedule, so we joined the four other volunteers for a roadtrip around Bø. A ring-road loops around this area of Vesterålen, winding its way around the beautiful fjords. Our first stop was ‘The Man From The Sea’ which is a bizarre statue of a…

Eagle Safari in Vesterålen, Norway

One of the volunteers here told me that an eagles eyesight is so good that it’s the equivalent of a human standing on the roof of a ten story building and seeing an ant on the ground floor!! I didn’t know how true that was, but I was about to get an idea of their…