Scuba diving in the Arctic and an amusing hitchhiking trip

We never thought about scuba diving in the arctic sea, but an opportunity came up in our final week which we couldn’t turn down. We were heading out with the lovely team from Lofoten Diving who are based in the fishing village of Ballstad, not far from Leknes. We managed to get a ride with…

Best hikes in the Lofoten Islands

As far as we’re concerned, nowhere else in the world can truly compare to the dramatic scenery of the Lofoten Islands, and to really appreciate the beauty its best to explore on foot. The mountains rise up 400 – 1000m so it makes the summits very manageable in one day. The air doesn’t feel thin…

Kayaking under the midnight sun in the Norwegian Arctic

While we’re in the Lofoten Islands we’re helping our hosts set up their kayak business. Craig’s been doing lots of carpentry work while I’ve been painting and chipping in with logo ideas. Before things kick off with the busy summer season though, we’ve been taken out on a few kayak trips. On our first trip,…

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…