When we woke up this morning it was raining 😮 nevertheless it was less windy than yesterday. Therefore we decided to try and go venture. We headed to mount Røren. When we got to the parking lot it was raining 🙂 half way up the first mountain it eventually stopped so we could hike for about half an hour without getting wet. After we passed mount Røren we headed to mount Litlberget to not having to return the same way. The hike itself is not too hard a little steep at some points and very slippery when wet, especially getting down again was pretty difficult without falling.
When we drove towards Hamnøya the light was great, so we stopped a couple of times to take pictures.
Today we left Leknes and headed further down to Reine. On the way to Reine, eventhough the weather was not ideal, we stopped in Fredvang, a small village. Here the hike to the Ryten summit as well as to Kvalvika Beach starts. When the weather is good its advisable to combine the two tracks, as the first half of the treck is the same. Both tracks together come up to 4:30h and about 11km. Due to the weather we did not descend down to the Beach and only went up to the summit (543m). It basically rained the entire time, and there was wind, a lot of wind. Fortunately we were wearing rain gear, nevertheless its not too much fun hiking up a mountain in the pouring rain. I guess despite of the weather we got some good shots.
Today we left Svolvaer and headed towards Leknes, which is in the middle of the Lofoten. The drive took about one hour. As our hike today we had picked out Offersøykammen, a mountain close to Leknes, which we believed a manageble evalation change. After around one hour steeply climbing 436 meters we reached the top and were able to enjoy a beautiful view. 433 meters elevation change on 1,3km is ca. 33% elevation increase!
Today we wanted to take it a little bit easy. We slept in a bit and enjoyed the very good breakfast of the hotel. At around 10:30am we decided to tackle Tjeldbergtinden a 367m summit next to Svolvær. The hike is around 5km but its very steep so not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. In total it took us around 3hours cause we hiked a loop instead of going back and forth the same way.
Check in/ bag drop with Norwegian literally took 2 minutes. As usual we were way too early. The shuttle from the hotel (Holiday inn Berlin Airport) was on time and only took 8 min to the airport. Berlin Schönefeld is a small airport compared to Frankfurt and it is busy! So plan some time for the security check.
Ready to go!!!
Norwegian Air from Berlin to Oslo
View of the baltic sea between Germany and Sweden
Update from Oslo Lufthavn
This airport is awesome. Its all new and shiny, lots of great places to eat and enough seating! We had a great lunch and will now proceed to our flight to Tromsø.
fresh shrimp baguette for lunch
Cinnamon Roll @ Oslo Airport
We arrived in time at 4:30pm. LUnfortunately only one of our bags made it, the other one was not traceable…we filed a claim and went to the hotel in our cool new Toyota Auris Hybrid. The hotel (Smarthotel Tromsø) is right in the center and it takes about 2min to reach shops and everything else. We went for a walk and the lighting was beautiful! After we didnt hear anything from Norwegian we decided to go to the airport to check the lost luggage situation and luckily our bag was there. Now after an exciting day off to bed. Below some impressions of Tromsø, the capital of the arctic.
Today we went to Berlin. We visited the Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor and the DDR Museum. Our timing with the museum was perfect because it started to rain, it was basically pouring. Its a cool place with a lot of interesting stuff to see. Later we visited my cousin in her beatiful new flat and then checked in into our Park, Sleep and Fly Hotel close to Berlin Schönfeld Airport where our car will wait for our us until we are back from Norway…
When we were walking along the North Rim Trail of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, somewhere between Lookout and Inspiration Point, we came across this small waterfall that came to life after it had been snowing and raining the entire day and the day before.
If anyone is interested, I took the picture handheld without a ND filter, with my Olymus OMD E-M10 (30mm,F/18, 1,6s, ISO 200). I was able to do so because in the afternoon the southrim is in the shade and pretty dark.
Small waterfall on the south rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone