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When we told friends here in Trondheim that we were planning a trip to Helgeland, many would just smile knowingly to themselves and say something like "I hope you get the weather..."
Well, we got the weather. You can see the results at:
(uses Apple's fancy photo viewer, takes a bit to load but I hope it's worth the wait...)
We had friends visiting from VT, and wanted to do something new with them. Most of our trips have been in southern Norway, so we decided to head north. Helgeland is reputed to be one of the most beautiful parts of the Norwegian coast, which is really saying something. It's also right on Otto's doorstep, and to balance his snowy trip reports, this one will show you that summer comes to Scandinavia, too!
We only had ten days, and eight people and a dog. So we rented a 9-seater diesel van, lashed two kayaks stuffed with camping gear on the roof, stuffed more gear, kids, and the dog in the back, and set the compass north.
We had three focal points:
Torghatten, a coastal headland/mountain with a hole through it, and the site of a historic jam by four members of our party.
Lovund, an offshore island/mountain known for nesting puffins, only they didn't show up this year. But we day-hiked to the top of the island and were rewarded with stunning views of or third goal...
The Svartisen ice cap. We stayed a couple nights at a hut called Tåkeheimen -- Home of he Fog, right at the edge of Svartisen. My wife laughed out loud when I told her I'd picked that one. It lived up to its name -- a fog rose up out of the valley below and engulfed the hut for about 20 hours, but we arrived and departed in bluebird weather and had enough to spare for (in my case) late night (but this is summer north of the arctic circle...) and early morning trips up to a nearby peak, Helgelandsbukken. If I had any regrets at all, it would be that I didn't bring a pair of skis for a July tour over the ice.
Although I would normally go in for less driving and more hiking/skiing/kayaking, in terms of scenery it was one of our best trips yet!