Splendid Scandinavia

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Chapter 8 – Lofoten, Vesterålen & Senja 

The next morning when I wake up the clouds are still there. They seem to not have moved at all during the night. Shivering I break up camp and decide to descend mt. Ryten on the opposite side from the one I had climbed two days earlier. I have high hopes of finding a...

Chapter 7 – Kvalvika beach & Mt. Ryten

I walk further out of Reine after an initial 2km lift with a French couple who dropped me off at the Coop supermarket. On one of the typical bridges connecting two small islets around Reine I take a picture of one of Lofoten's most well known sights: an enormous mass...

Chapter 6 – Mesmerizing Lofoten

Since a picture says more than a thousand words I will stop typing right here and let the photo's of my first 24 hours on Lofoten convince you that this should be somewhere at the top of your list of destinations to visit in the near future. Never before have I seen...

Chapter 5 – Road to Lofoten

I'm in the back of a camper van reminiscing about a camping trip with my family which must be more than 15 years ago now. We rented a motor home just like this one, with a sleeping compartment for two people above the front seats where my sisters and I slept sideways...

Chapter 4 – Kungsleden part II

In my opinion, the people that are hiking Kungsleden can be roughly subdivided in 4 big categories. The 'lone rangers', like me, are people that are hiking by themselves, although quite a few haul a dog along for company. They are mostly friendly, adventurous and...

Chapter 3 – Kungsleden, part I

Different from what you would expect, hitchhiking seems to get easier the emptier the roads and the more remote the places you are trying to get to. A Finnish couple on their way to visit grandma left me at a random junction only to pick me up again after their visit....

Chapter 2 – Karhunkierros

It was already after 7 PM when I walked into Juuma, a little sleepy village along the Karhunkierros trail. A few decrepit houses, scattered around the end of a lonely road leading deep into the forest being the only reason to even call it a village. The day had...

Chapter 1 – The start of an adventure

Juha throws a few more spoonfuls of water on the hot sauna stove. Steam rises and another heat wave reverberates through the small wooden room and hits our bodies. It's 1.30am but the tiny square window of the sauna provides plenty of natural light. "Lake time!" Juha...

Intro

It's 11.30am when I get out of Hugo's car. My mind is racing. Excited to finally make it out of the city. Hugo understands. "You don't come to Finland for its cities," he says. "You're right," I answer. "I want to go north. The real, distant north, above the arctic...