The island of Skorpa has a somewhat mythical status due to its inaccessibility and to its inhabitants. Located right on the roughest stretch of sea in Northern Europe and surrounded by extremely shallow and extremely rough waters, Skorpa resembles a volcano rising steeply out of the sea. There are only two natural harbours on the … Continue reading Magical Skorpa
Finally, after weeks of cold weather, it is snowing in Western Norway. A group of friends decided to ascend the mountain Høgenibba (1191 meters) in Hornindal. Normally this is an easy ascent, as the ski lifts at Hornindal skisenter will take you halfway to the summit. Unfortunately there was not enough snow for the slopes … Continue reading Alpine ski touring: Høgenibba in Hornindal
From my home in Flø, the lighthouse at Grasøyane (the grass islands) dominates the view, as the photogenic red and white cast iron lighthouse breaks the line of the empty horizon. The sun seems to favour this small archipelago, and it appears to radiate light both day and night, beckoning me to visit. After a … Continue reading To the lighthouse
Last November I slept outside in Kvalvik, on the northernmost tip of Kvaløya, listening to the whales blowing all night. When the morning dawned slowly, I could see the humpbacks parading by, and they all seemed to be going to Musvær. Since that morning, I have wanted to go there too. Yesterday was our chance; … Continue reading Magical Musvær
Our group of 12 strong kayakers from Terra Santa Kayak Expeditions arrived late in the afternoon on November 30th. Omer and I had spent the morning and the previous day doing important research on the quality of the coffee shops and fine-tuning our plans, so when our group arrived, every factor that could be controlled, went … Continue reading Guiding whale-watchers in Tromsø
For the last four years, the fjords of Kvaløya (Whale island) off Tromsø have received some spectacular visitors: large pods of humpback whales, orcas and the occasional fin whale feed on the large schools of herring that enter the shallower waters to spawn. Last year I spent a week-end kayaking with friends in Tromsø, watching … Continue reading Kayaking with whales, a perfect day!
Senja. The word itself has an exotic kind of magic. It creates pictures in my mind of surreal peaks, green seas, a wild and exposed island, a playground for the brave. And here we are, four kayakers and skiers, on our way to brave the seas. Our plan was to camp the first night by … Continue reading Magical Senja, part 1