World Ocean Day

It is World Ocean Day today. I have selected two very old pictures for the occasion. Both are from the Lofoten islands in the north of Norway. One is from 1974, the other from 1983. These are old color slides that I have digitalized. Click the picture to see a larger version.

From Lofoten 1974 (photo: Jan Nergård)
From Lofoten 1974 (photo: Jan Nergård)
From Lofoten 1983 (photo: Jan Nergård)
From Lofoten 1983 (photo: Jan Nergård)
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A short but lovely vacation – part six: Back to Høvringen

After a coffee and a delicious waffle at Smuksjøseter we were set for the last part of our hike. We would be following the gravel road back to our “base” at Høvringen. Not as good as hiking in the terrain, but great anyway. A minibus passed us a couple of times with passengers who had had enough of walking for the day, but else there was no traffic. Back at Høvringen we had a shower and a rest, and a lovely dinner to end a perfect day.

View back at Smuksjøseter from the northern shore of the lake Høvringvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)
View back at Smuksjøseter from the northern shore of the lake Høvringvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)

Hiking from Smuksjøseter back to Høvringen (photo: Jan Nergård)
Hiking from Smuksjøseter back to Høvringen (photo: Jan Nergård)

Hiking from Smuksjøseter back to Høvringen, looking back (photo: Jan Nergård)
Hiking from Smuksjøseter back to Høvringen, looking back (photo: Jan Nergård)

A short but lovely vacation – part five: From the Peer Gynt hut to Smuksjøseter

Not far from the Peer Gynt hut we have a magnificent view of the north side of the mountain range “Smiubelgjen”. The name means “the blacksmith’s bellows”. I am filled with gratitude towards the people who worked hard in the 1950’s and -60’s to make this area a national park.

The path between the Peer Gynt hut and Smuksjøseter is well-used, and it follows the valley floor and is easy to walk. The name Smuksjøseter can be translated to something like “a mountain dairy farm situated by a beautiful lake”. It is not used as a dairy farm anymore, it has like many of the old mountain farms been transformed to a place where tourists can stay while enjoying hiking in this beautiful area. (I should also add that they make the most wonderful waffles here, crisp and warm with strawberry jam and sour cream. I should have taken a picture of it, but then it was already gone..)

Smiubelgjen (photo: Jan Nergård)
Smiubelgjen (photo: Jan Nergård)
Hiking from the Peer Gynt hut to Smuksjøseter (photo: Jan Nergård)
Hiking from the Peer Gynt hut to Smuksjøseter (photo: Jan Nergård)
Smuksjøseter by the lake Høvringvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)
Smuksjøseter by the lake Høvringvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)

A short but lovely vacation – part four: Hiking to the Peer Gynt hut

Tuesday is our big day, we have planned to hike from Høvringen to the Peer Gynt hut. That means we will be walking 20 kilometers, most of it inside Rondane national park. We enjoy a delicious breakfast at our base and prepare some food and coffee to carry in our backpacks for a meal at the hut when we get there. Luckily we have a little chat with the hostess at Høvringen Fjellstue before we start. She knows the area well, and suggests a round trip which will give us some fine views of the wonderful scenery. We follow her advice, which turns out to be very good.

The weather is still fine, with glimpses of sun and blue sky and almost no wind, and we quickly find the footpath to follow. It is easy going, slowly ascending from around 1000 up to 1180 meters at the highest. We are passing the foot of the mountain Formokampen, which is another popular destination because of its great view, but today its peak at 1428 meters is covered by low clouds.

After a couple of hours we can see down into the valley where our destination lies. To the north, we can see the lake Høvringvatn, with Smuksjøseter at its eastern shore, and to the south we can see the smaller and rounder lake Søndre Høvringsvatn, with the Peer Gynt hut a little south of its southern end. We descend into the valley at around 1000 meters, and have a good rest and a meal at the hut.

Footpath from Høvringen towards Formokampen (photo: Jan Nergård)
Footpath from Høvringen towards Formokampen (photo: Jan Nergård)
View towards lake Høvringvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)
View towards lake Høvringvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)
Lake Søndre Høvringsvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)
Lake Søndre Høvringsvatnet (photo: Jan Nergård)
Our destination - the Peer Gynt hut (photo: Jan Nergård)
Our destination – the Peer Gynt hut (photo: Jan Nergård)
The Peer Gynt hut (photo: Jan Nergård)
The Peer Gynt hut (photo: Jan Nergård)
A happy man and his wife, resting and eating and having a good time (photo: Jan Nergård)
A happy man and his wife, resting and eating and having a good time (photo: Jan Nergård)

A short but lovely vacation – part three: Høvringen, day one

After crossing Valdresflya we arrived at the small town Vågåmo in the Gudbrandsdalen valley. We had a short stop in Vågåmo before we continued to Sel and from there we drove up the steep and winding road to our destination, Høvringen. We would be staying at Høvringen Fjellstue, which would be our base for hiking in the Rondane national park. After having checked into our room and had a look around, we decided we had enough time for a short hike before dinner, which would be served at 6:30 pm. The weather was incredibly nice, we read 16 degrees celsius and almost no wind at all. So we ended up at a small mountain top called Haukberget, about 3 kilometers from our “base”. Here are some pictures, hope you enjoy.

The Bookshop Cafe at Vågåmo (photo: Jan Nergård)
The Bookshop Cafe at Vågåmo (photo: Jan Nergård)

Høvringen  Fjellstue (photo: Jan Nergård)
Høvringen Fjellstue (photo: Jan Nergård)

Hiking to Haukberget, view of Høvringen (photo: Jan Nergård)
Hiking to Haukberget, view of Høvringen (photo: Jan Nergård)

A short but lovely vacation – part two: Valdresflya

After a quick meal and a coffee at Beitostølen, we continued north across Valdresflya. We were going slowly, with frequent stops to enjoy the weather, the fresh air, and the beautiful scenery. The road is 1389 meters above sea level at its highest point. It is about 90 kilometers from Beitostølen across to Vågåmo in the beautiful Gudbrandsdalen valley.

Across Valdresflya, looking north (photo: Jan Nergård)
Across Valdresflya, looking north (photo: Jan Nergård)
Across Valdresflya looking south (photo: Jan Nergård)
Across Valdresflya looking back south (photo: Jan Nergård)
Mountains in Jotunheimen (photo: Jan Nergård)
Mountains in Jotunheimen (photo: Jan Nergård)
Lake Øvre Sjodalsvatn (photo: Jan Nergård)
Lake Øvre Sjodalsvatn (photo: Jan Nergård)
Old farm houses at Lemonsjøen (photo: Jan Nergård)
Old farm houses at Lemonsjøen (photo: Jan Nergård)

A short but lovely vacation – part one: To Beitostølen

Last Monday my wife and I left home at 7:45 in the morning. We drove north for a couple of hours, and arrived at Beitostølen, where we had a stop. As the cafe didn’t open until 10 am, we did a little sightseeing and photographing while waiting. At Beitostølen the morning fog was thick, but only a couple of kilometers further up, the sun was shining. It was also surprisingly warm and still for the season, at 1000 meters above sea level.

Morning fog hiding the mountain (photo: Jan Nergård)
Morning fog hiding the mountain (photo: Jan Nergård)
The moring sun is unveiling the mountain Bitihorn (photo: Jan Nergård)
The morning sun is unveiling the mountain Bitihorn (photo: Jan Nergård)
Almost like being above the clouds (photo: Jan Nergård)
Almost like being above the clouds (photo: Jan Nergård)
A stop to admire the view (photo: Jan Nergård)
A stop to admire the view (photo: Jan Nergård)