Has anyone noticed the women out there?

2600 kilometres into my Te Araroa hike I arrived in Queenstown. From there, my companions and I decided to detour from the trail and include the famous Routeburn Track. At the Routeburn Flats shelter we encountered a young German, who with many gestures was explaining an admiring girl that he had walked up to Mount Luxmore, a … Continue reading Has anyone noticed the women out there?

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Packrafting the fjords

Going out on paddling trips in the deep blue waters of the Aurlands- and Nærøyfjords was a dream I'd cherished since first coming here two years ago. Because kayak rental is, however, expensive, and sometimes not allowed without proper certification, nothing ever came of it. Maybe one day, I figured, I'd have friends with a … Continue reading Packrafting the fjords

Peaks of the Aurlandsfjord, part II

The best way to appreciate the Norwegian scenery is undoubtedly, from above. My favourite means of travel is thus on foot, as unlike in other mountain areas such as the Alps, there is very little infrastructure in place to reach the tops. Besides of a few viewpoints along mountain roads you need to walk if … Continue reading Peaks of the Aurlandsfjord, part II

Geirangerfjord & Sunnmørsalpene

Though not far in distance, it is a good 5 hour drive from Flåm to the Geirangerfjord, and therefore we had not made it there the last time we lived here. This summer we aim to explore as much as possible in our own fjord and the Nærøyfjord, but this was the one trip we … Continue reading Geirangerfjord & Sunnmørsalpene

The road through Norway, part III: could this be the place?

During the past few years I have been pondering about where I would like to settle in, for a while at least. PJ coming into play brought in the option of Norway. So far we have been commuting between Belgium, Norway and Sweden, bringing in the best of what beer, fish and fika have to … Continue reading The road through Norway, part III: could this be the place?

The Road through Norway, part II: Lofoten

Our arrival on the Lofoten Islands was not as glamorous as the one in Lyngen had been: instead of brilliant sunshine we were met with threatening dark skies. Long had we believed that we would make it all the way down to Oslo without a single drop of rain, and long had we not checked … Continue reading The Road through Norway, part II: Lofoten

The Road through Norway, Part I: Lyngen Alps & Tromsø

PJ and I had planned to leave Kiruna after the first week of April, after which we would take the road through Norway to Oslo over the course of a week. However, due to unforeseen circumstances we had to leave earlier, as our situation at work was no longer sustainable and we decided to leave. … Continue reading The Road through Norway, Part I: Lyngen Alps & Tromsø

Peaks of Aurlands- and Nærøyfjorden

The mountains surrounding these fjords count as some of the most dramatic in Norway. From the fjord, they rise up to 1800m high, creating some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. Therefore several hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the region every year. Luckily these mountains provide and easy escape from the crowds … Continue reading Peaks of Aurlands- and Nærøyfjorden

Training for the Long Pathway: Jostedalen and Folgefonna National Parks

To get ready for the 3060 kilometres we try to hike as much as we can. 3060 is not a small number, so when we are off from work we explore the wider region of southwest Norway. The mountain, glacier and fjord landscape around us provides excellent opportunities for some hard but very beautiful mountain … Continue reading Training for the Long Pathway: Jostedalen and Folgefonna National Parks