Lofoten Islands (Day 1 - Svolvær)
After a 6hr hour drive down from Tromsø, Ingrid (aka best hiking buddy) and I headed up towards the peak above Svolvær. It was a steep climb to begin with as we clambered over boulders but it eased as we slowly made our way to the ridge. Every time I took a look back, the view transformed into a seriously breath-taking panorama of Lofoten's capital.
The afternoon sun spilled into the surrounding lakes and fjord, producing what felt like a beautiful Nordic summer's day. I had been following the sights of Lofoten on Instagram for a month leading up to this trip and boy, it did not disappoint!
Once we reached the summit of Fløya, we hopped over to see the iconic Svolvaergeita (Svolvær Goat) where you can watch daring climbers take a leap between to two stone pillars. Only a 300m drop... We opted for the slightly more accessible Djevelporten (Devil's Gate) - a flat rock suspended in between two cliffs - to get our dose of vertigo.
That night, the weather gods continued to be kind and it stayed clear enough for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) to dance across the sky. Laying on the grass at 9pm, beers in hand, I commented on "a thin grey cloud moving above us" to which Ingrid hilariously responded "those are the Northern Lights!". And 30min later the grey turned into sweeping sheets of green and purple! Seeing it for the first time was absolutely incredible with my reaction comparable to the guy from "the Double Rainbow" video. My camera is not made for night photography but after spending some time playing around with shutter speeds and ISO, I think we still got a pretty good shot :)