Veten (Hemnes), Aug 5 2020

Summer vacation, day 18

Continued from day 17

A nice bike-trip to Veten
Tops and places visited
Peak/Place Height PF Location
Veten 702m 678 Hemnes, Norway

The time had (unfortunately) come to leave Lofoten and northern Norway. It had been an EPIC summer up here and I was incredibly grateful for all the awesome hikes and climbs we got to do.

We had not made a reservation on the 7am ferry from Moskenes to Bodø, and decided to be there very early. All the reservation lanes quickly filled up, but it was comforting to know that they only represented only 40% of the total traffic. As such, we were in good shape and made it onboard.

The trip to Bodø took a little over 3 hours and was very relaxing, thanks to a quiet sea.

Approaching Bodø

From Bodø, we sat the course for Mo i Rana – my birth place. As we were about to pass through the city, I said to Anne that it would be nice to see my auntie and uncle again. It must have been 20 years since the last time. We stopped by in 2016, but they were not home then. This time, I knew they at least were not traveling.

It was a nice reunion. When we got there, it took my auntie a few seconds to realize who was standing in front of her.

Aunt Lillian was indeed surprised to see us there

After a little while, my uncle came and we had a short, but nice stay in “Klokkergården”.

This was nice!

But eventually it was time to move on. I wanted to bike Veten above Hemnesberget and we wanted to reach mom’s place in Brønnøysund before it got too late.

Veten ahead

Anne decided that she wanted to check out Hemnesberget instead of a longer bike trip, and took Karma. She dropped me off at the start of the mountain road leading to Veten, and drove away.

I had a LONG and STEEP mountain road ahead of me. My back got stiff already in the first hill and I had to do a mix of biking and walking.

Finally! a flat section!

It was 6,5km to the top, and it was a really strenuous trip. But at least I had some nice views along the way.

On my way up the mountain

Eventually, I was closing in on the top and really, really looked forward to the downhill.

Summit ahead

And then I was on top with Veten, with views towards Mo i Rana, Okstindan, De Syv Søstre and many more landmarks.

Okstindbreen glacier

After a round of pictures, it was time to head down. Oh man, it was nice to just let the bike roll...

De Syv Søstre (Seven Sisters)

I texted Anne and learned that she was in Hemnesberget, but would meet me in the outskirts. That meant some uphill along the way, which I was not mentally ready for. But I got there eventually and we could continue on our journey to Brønnøysund.

The route

Trip statistics: 15,9km (on bike), 760 vertical meters, 1h:45m

Pictures from the trip (Canon EOS RP/Iphone8):

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