Along the sherpa trail…
Summer vacation 2016 continued…
On our way from Brønnøysund to Lofoten, Anne and I spent one night in Bodø (67 deg. north). We arrived in the city in the afternoon and decided to walk Karma (the dog) before checking into the hotel that we booked from the car. Anne wanted to see the newly upgraded path to Keiservarden, performed by Nepalese sherpas. 3 days earlier, the new path was officially opened by Queen Sonja og Norway.
We drove up the Fjellveien road up to the parking area on Rønvikfjellet. Then we followed the gravel road upwards, past the Vollvatna lakes. At Svartvatnet, we got on the mountain path and after a few minutes we could see the results from the path upgrade. Beautiful handcraft. No doubt about it.
This is Bodø’s city mountain and there were people everywhere. It would have been nice to have the opportunity to explore the mountain and forest paths in this area, but that will have to wait until faith or chance sends me to Bodø for a couple of days.
It was raining light when we reached the top. A nice “Gapahuk” – (a 3-wall shelter made out of wood) offered shelter for the wind while we enjoyed the city and ocean view. I made a mental note about visiting the highest peak on Landegode island, the next time I’m in this region.
We took more or less the same route back down, except for passing Øvre Vollvatnet on the east side.
Our trip statistics: 4,9km, 260 vertical meters, 1h:10m
Then we drove downtown and checked into Hotel Skagen, where we met our friends Anne-May and Jan, whom we were to spend 4 days in Lofoten with. I have only good things to say about Hotel Skagen. They served soup and sandwiches as an evening meal (incl. in the price). They even had waffles in the bar! Late in the evening, Anne and I walked the dog along the seafront and watched the sun NOT disappear into the sea…
Next morning; ferry to Moskenes and LOFOTEN!
Pictures from the trip: