One of the top 5 hikes, that I did, took place at Ballstad on the Lofot Islands in the North of Norway above the polar circle. The islands are fabulous and become more and more famous around the world. I was lucky to spend a year close to the polar circle in Finnish Oulu, but still from here with its 950 km to Ballstad it is a 1,5 days journey by car due to its remote location.
Over a long stretch the Lofot Islands are a massive chain of mountains within the Arctic Sea and even in summer, I came here in June, the mountain tops were partly covered by snow.
The hike went along the coast around the mountain that you can see on the photo below and later up over it back to the car.
As described before in another blog of a hike onto the Preikestolen, many of the hiking trails in Norway are marked with a red ‘T’. It helps to keep the orientation, as the trail sometimes is hard to see.
From the parking at the outskirts of Ballstad we follow the coast. The trail slowly climbs a little up the mountain and once we have a good view it keeps that height.
Lofot Islands are simply a wonder of nature!
It is easy to follow the trail.
Far down a boat passed by probably looking for a good catch.
I love the colors in the North, especially with a blue sky. Later on the front of clouds arrived, but I was prepared.
What a panorama. Still snow on the mountains… in June.
Despite being so far north, the water is cristal clear and partly it looks like in the warm South of Europe.
This is the hiking trail, about 50 meter were like a labyrinth. Had to find the red ‘T’ from time to time…
… and to climb through holes under the boulders.
Also when reaching the backside of the mountain, the new views were breathtaking. But somewhere there on the right should have been the trail towards the top of the mountain. I could not find it and started to go up straight on in the hope to catch it again on the top.
Suddenly the bird was scared and looked at me while making some noises. I took the photo with my tele and left him to get him calm. I guess there was the nest somewhere.
After a strenous ascent, I reached the top of the mountain and voila, the trail! And a view!
Taking the trail, brought me on the other side of the mountain, actually back to the side I started.
Down there is the coast that we started. All the way down ther we walked before.
Walking down half the mountain, you have this view over Ballstad. It is not very large, but quite large for the Lofot.
Before going down I decided to cook some pasta. Have to say it was easy food, but a great place to eat. As usual my big request to always keep nature tidy. Bring all your garbage back from nature and put it to where it belongs!
I hope you liked the hike and landscape as much as I do. As usual, click on the maps button below to open the location on google maps in a seperate browser window.