Lofoten Islands (Day 3 - Reinebringen & Haukland Beach)
The final day brought a thick shroud of clouds across the Lofoten wall but having lucked out the last 2 days, we definitely weren't complaining. Today's goal was Reinebringen. It's popularity has meant the path up to the peak is quite eroded with loose rocks, making it a more dangerous hike. Although the local community is funding a new stone path built by Sherpas, it will still take another season before its is complete.
It was a challenging vertical climb up the rocky slope and I had to ensure my hands were free in case I took a wrong step. After 2 days of hiking, my legs were certainly feeling sore. However, the truly addictive part of hiking is taking those final steps breathless before looking up to be rewarded with views that make you forget your exhaustion and fill you with pure exhilaration. And just like that, we were taking in the spectacular view over Reine and its surrounding islands.
Our fun did not stop there. We decided to keep hiking along the ridge, one of the highlights of the trip. It was a long narrow trail along the sloping back of Reinebringen with a few small rock climbs required along the way. Being a novice hiker, there were many moments where I hit the end of the path thinking we had to turn back but Ingrid quickly scaled the rocky point to expose a continuing route and before we knew it, we had conquered a few more peaks. What a hike!
We finished the day at Haukland Beach, setting up camp right on the edge of the water (best seat in the house!). With its white sand and clear water, I can only imagine how it would look on a clear day.
Lofoten is an astounding place that I would highly recommend visiting at some point in your lifetime. Just a grab a car, a hiking buddy and you're set :) I'll certainly be looking to come back in 2018.
And as the Norwegians say at the end of a hike, "Takk for turen! (Thanks for the trip!)".