Day 4: Last full day in Lofoten!

It was our last full day in Lofoten and we took it a bit easier. We went to get breakfast in Svolvær at a bakery called Kringla As. I got a chicken sandwich that had a curry-like kick to it which was delicious and we shared a pancake/crepe-like sandwich with butter/cheese filling in the middle.

It was a rainy morning and since two of us weren’t able to hike – they dropped off the trail entrance for Djevelporten (Devil’s Gate). The four of us hiked up with our sore legs and it wasn’t too bad since it was a bit more fun. The hike involved us using a rope to pull ourselves up from a steep rock, and climbing rocks. All these different things we had to do, kept the mind off the soreness.

The views that we had when going up wasn’t too bad either!

It took us a hour and a half to get to the Devil’s Gate… and it was super windy up there. The wind was so strong, we were nervous to try getting the famous picture. Luckily, someone else gave it a go first and told us that the wind wasn’t so bad. It looked harder than it seemed. The pictures we had came out great and I was happy to cross one thing off my bucket list since this was one of the spots that captured my interest in Norway initially back when I was in high school!

The hike back down was bad. We got lost and ended up taking a completely different wrong path down. It was much steeper which made it hard for our calves and it was just so darn muddy. The path took us to a lake which put us all the way east from where we originally started. Good thing two of us didn’t hike and was able to pick us up for late lunch.

We got late lunch at Bacalao – a bar-ish type of restaurant. I was craving a burger so I got that. Didn’t even get to take a pic since I was so hungry.

It was going to be a light day since we had to wake up at 5am to catch our ferry back to Bodø to fly to Bergen – so we explored Svolvær a bit and went back to our Airbnb to rest. We made a quick and easy light dinner with ramen and veggies, packed and relaxed a bit. It’s going to be another day full of traveling!

Day 3: Off to Kabelvåg, but first we hike!

We all woke up with sore legs – we felt it our calves and quads which was insane for me since I never had this feeling after hiking before! We were leaving our Airbnb at Tind, as we wanted to be closer to Svolvær as we’ll be catching the 6am ferry back to Bodø on day 5.

We made breakfast before saying goodbye to our cozy home.

We were making a couple of stops before our Airbnb at Kabelvåg – starting our morning with a hike.

Offersoykammen was the one and it was no easy feat. It was nothing but steep incline which would’ve been tiring even if we weren’t sore. The incline + the how warm the weather was was a double whammy.

I didn’t get too many pictures but here’s a couple from my IG story.

It took us a hour+ to get up there which was average. We did see a lot of native hikers who were doing the hike like it was nothing! Jealous of how easy they were doing it.

Not surprising but the view at the top was amazing. Windy but beautiful. We took in the view, rested and took some time to take photos but we had to trek back down.

Usually I’m more of a decline type of guy since I felt that going down was way easier than going up. With all the soreness, I felt that incline was less painful than decline. I did not enjoy going down at all especially if it’s steep. At one point I was thinking to myself that if there was a safe and foolproof way to roll down the hill it would be the option I would take.

After that exhausted hike, our next stop was Leknes. A small town where almost everything was closed since it was 5pm on a Sunday. We stopped by a cafe called Huset Kaffebar for some caffeine and snacks before we continued our drive north.

45 minutes or so later, we ended up in Henningsvær to grab dinner at a restaurant called Lofomat. This was the best meal I had so far and I definitely recommend it for dinner if you’re even in town.

We got mussels, both specials of the day which was pan fried fish, king crab soup, seafood pasta, beer tenderloin, lamb shank and the risotto. The risotto was my favorite but their mussels were one of the best I ever had.

After that big meal, we had to walk it off and there was no better way to do so than exploring the town a bit. To my surprised, despite a lot of stores and shops being closed because it was a Sunday evening, I haven’t seen this many people walking around since the Oslo airport. The town was cute too!

We were heading to our Kabelvåg Airbnb but we couldn’t help but to make two more stops to see the sunset. The first was along the highway of E10 which had an okay view but we saw this beach Rorvikstranda and just had to stop there.

The colors were beautiful and those clouds completed the whole view. It was a great last activity before getting to our Airbnb.

Day 2 – Back to back Hikes in Lofoten

We woke up early to a rainy morning and a beautiful view from our Airbnb.

The smell of eggs in the morning, the sound of rain, the view and the homeliness of the home gives you that warm fuzzy feeling of coziness.

Despite the rain, we were determined to hike. Judging from the weather reports we should the rain should stop and all the clouds would be gone by the time we reached the peak.

We drove north to Reine and parked in the town before we began our trek to the trail. I was so glad I got my new hiking boots and trekking pants – I was completely dry even with the down pour!

It probably took us 15 mins to get to the Reinebringen trail and from there it felt like there was an endless amount of stairs to the viewpoint.

It took us a little our a hour and more than 1500+ steps. The rain stopped when we were close to the peak and the clouds were clearing. It couldn’t be more perfectly timed – when we reached the top.. we had an amazing view. Pictures couldn’t do it justice.

It was a breathtaking view of Reine. Worth all the stairs and rain that we endured. Going back down was actually the hard part especially with all the mud. It took a lot of time to get down slowly without slipping. By the time we got down, all of our legs couldn’t stop shaking when we stood still. It was that exhausting!

We trekked back to Reine to grab lunch and rest a bit. There was only two restaurants in town and we picked Gammelbua because of the reviews.

We enjoyed our feast outside with the view.

We got the Hjemmelaget fiskesuppe (homemade fish soup), grillet torrfisk (grilled stockfish), grillet lammepolse (grilled lamb sausage), elgbiffsnadder (moose chopped steak) and vegansk sjoplante burger (vegan seaweed burger).

It was a satisfying meal after a long hike. Kinda wished we had more food since we were off to the next hike!

The next hike was Ryten mountain and getting the view of Kvalvika Beach. It was way more scenic than our first hike and distracted us from our sore legs.

It took us over a hour but we made it to the beach!

Originally we were going to do the longer hike that was past the beach but due to timing we decided to just relax at the beach before heading back.

The hike back was pretty rough. More incline does not help the calves. We are definite feeling it in the morning.

Before we head back to rest, dinner was next. We stopped by a small town called Å to eat at a restaurant called Brygga.

A great dinner to end the day of back to back hikes!

Day 1:

7 hours later we made it to Oslo and we had to kill 3 hours before catching our next flight to Bodø. It was lunch time when we landed and there weren’t many options at our terminal so we all got different things from the airport stores.

There was a sale going on at Salmon house so we picked up some smoked salmon and bread. A pretty decent meal to start our day .

We were catching a flight to Bodø to take a ferry to Lofoten Islands. It only took a hour to get there and a 5 minute cab ride to the ferry terminal. We were excited to get some fresh air and see how beautiful Norway was.

It was one of the best ferry rides I ever been on. There was so much beauty to see and I couldn’t help but snap as many pictures as I can. I spent 2 of the 3 hours above deck because I didn’t wanna miss a view and I only went back down because it was getting dark and cold.

We arrived to a breathtaking view of Svolvær and went to pick up our car and do some shopping at the supermarket before we drive for 2 hours.

Unfortunately majority of the restaurants were closed so we had to settle by grabbing something quick at a local pub. It wasn’t too satisfying but we got to try whale jerky!

We were staying at Tind and that was a 2 hour drive in the dark. We were so glad when we got to our Airbnb as we were exhausted from traveling all day. It was 1am and we had to get up early to hike the next day. I had no trouble sleeping.