We got a one way train ticket from Trondheim to Bodo and had 10 days together to explore the area; while our main goal was to check out the Lofoten Islands, we weren't sure where else we would go and also, how Kim would return home. The problem was that the train doesn't go further North than Bodo so we either had to return there, or take a flight from another destination. My intention was to continue riding the Kystriksveien (coastal route) from Bodo back down to Trondheim.
We took a ferry over to the Lofotens to a place called Moskenes and were immediately floored with just how amazing this place was shaping up to be.
For someone to claim that the Lofotens and, in particular, the Moskensoya and Flaskstadoya Islands are the most beautiful places on the entire planet, I don't think that I would argue with them. On a nice day, this rugged coastal terrain with steep, nearly vertical mountains pointing out of the ocean toward the sky is simply magical.
Kim and I made a last minute decision to bring two small Salomon backpacks in case a light backpacking trip was in order. It was a great decision as on the second day of our trip, we decided to head up to a cabin called 'Munkebu'.
We then decided that we might as well hike up to the highest peak in the Lofotens. It was completely spontaneous and so worth it as we were having steller weather and could just not pass up the opportunity. The hike did not disappoint.
The midnight sun at Monkebu cabin!
After finishing the hike, we came back down to the sea and continued our bike journey northeastward toward Tromso. Kim ended up finding a cheap flight from there so that is where we would head, and that is where my journey southward would start.
The beaches here were tropical with white sand, deep blue-green water and even better vistas. The water, however, was not so warm!
The hole all the way THROUGH Torgotten Mountain
I've learned a lot of things from this trip. One of which is that weather or not you are going for 5 days or 20 days, you don't need any more gear. Thus, we both kept it simple and light carrying everything in two Ortleib panniers with the tent and a pair of hikers bungied onto the rack. Without food, my setup was probably around 22-25 kilos (including the bike) which, as we later found out, was probably the lightest of any of the many many bike tourers we encountered. The full Ortleib setup seemed to be standard (front rack panniers, rear rack panniers, handlebar bag, tent and gear bungied to the rear rack and yes, even a backpack with stuff. I didn't see any kitchen sinks on the rack but it seemed like everyone tried to bring at least everything else. Not sure what you need with 50kg of stuff but if you want to be slow and bring it, be my guest.
This was truly an amazing experience that I will never ever forget. Norway is truly a world class cycle tourer's dream come true. During 21 days of cycling, I paid for two nights of accommodation; one at a mountain cabin, and one at a campground that had laundry facilities. You can camp anywhere as long as you're not close to private residences and if you're fine with cold water bathing in the ocean, rivers or lakes (warm), you can stay clean and comfortable.