Day 12 Rainbows, Å, Hurtigruten and Mrs. Aurora again 

Today has been quite a busy day. We had to check out of our beautiful little holiday home on Hamnøya, which made us a little sad.

Hamnøya

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Day 8 Leknes, Unstad and chasing Mrs. Aurora again

Yesterday was a rainy day. It did not rain all the time but plenty. Unfortunately the weather forecast was right so we decided to take it slow. As it was also pretty windy with up to 11m/s we drove to Unstand Beach. Unstand Beach is supposed to be a hot spot for surfing. And indeed despite the weather there was some surfin going on.

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Surfer at Unstad Beach

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Day 7 Lofoten Islands

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!

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Day 6 Hiking up Tjeldbergtinden

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.

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Day 5 extra: Aurora Borealis

Last night the aurora forecast which I, along with the weather forecast, the supposed cloud coverage etc., studied religiously, forecasted an aurora activity of 5 out of 9.  Together with clear skies the spectacle began at around 7pm. We stepped out of the hotel in Svolvær and saw the lights immediately cause they were so strong and visible. No need for long exposures with the camera.

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Day 5 Tromsø to Lofoten

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After getting up early we left Tromsø at about 8:15 this morning as the drive to Svolvær on the Lofoten islands is 420km, which means about 6-8hours (90km max.) depending on how often you stop along the way. The drive was beautiful as you can see on the pictures below.

In Svolvær we stay at the Scandic Hotel, right at the harbor. We got lucky and also have a room looking at the harbor. After checking in and getting our stuff upstairs to the room we went out to explore the city. Its small but cute and there are a few places to grab something to eat and also to get done some shopping if needed.

Dinner was pizza with a view onto the harbor and an arriving Hurtigruten ship. As the aurora forecasts said today should be the day to get a chance to the nothern lights we went out after dinner at aroun 7pm and it was amazing the sky was already glowing eventhough it was not entirely dark at that time. I will add an extra post about this incredible evening tomorrow. Good night everyone.

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