Photo: Campfire at Horseid Beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway. August 2012
I’ve been back on the Lofoten Islands for almost a week now. For the first two nights I camped out at Horseid beach. Had the place pretty much to myself and got lucky with some decent weather on the second night. The first day hiking in was horrible rain and crossing the pass from Kirkefjord I was in total whiteout, only knowing that I was going in the right direction when I could finally hear the faint sounds of the ocean in the distance. Then dropping back down below the clouds, I could see the beach in the distance. I wasn’t planning on starting out this trip with hiking in full rain gear, but that’s how things work up here…
After two nights at Horseid I then hitchiked from Reine to Stamsund where I’ve been the last two nights. I was told the forecast for Friday was rain, but it turned out to be a pretty good day and I probably should have gone into the mountains for Thursday night. Today is bad rain however, so I’m glad I have a nice fire to keep me warm and endless cups of hot tea. The weather should improve in the next days and hopefully I’ll get a bit more time in my tent.
It’s only a week away from September now and the days have been quite cold, below 10˚ C most days, but the days are still amazingly long. Even at the darkest period of the night, 1 am, there is still a glow on the horizon in the north. But as each week passes, the days become 45 minutes shorter, so when I return in a month the nights will be long.
Photo: 1 am twilight in late summer, Stamsund, Lofoten Islands, Norway. August 2012