My home region is called Vesterålen, roughly translated to “the western eel”, supposedly meaning that my region is located next to a western fjord shaped like an eel. There is however nothing called Østerålen (the eastern eel) so this name is by all logical accounts flawed. Now,the sister region to Vesterålen is called Lofoten. It’s the more famous, skinnier of the Kardashians. Ehhh, I mean of the archipelagos in the area. On the map the two regions look a little bit like a tail sticking out of Northern Norway, straight into the Atlantic Ocean.
Except for a brief-ish four year period when I lived in Harstad I’ve spent the better part of my life and summers in Vesterålen and Lofoten. I find the two regions equally beautiful with their extreme sports and mountains and fishing and lovely northerners. They also have the weather in common.We mostly get what people might call “British weather”, meaning cloudy with a chance of rain and wind. It’s currently 8 degrees outside. IN JULY! But last summer though? Last summer we were blessed with a heathwave. 25-30 degrees celcius for the entire summer and we all went mad with it! It was a great summer and I even captured a little bit of it on camera:
(I made this video last year during a weekend at my friend Heidi’s Place. Ignore the weird beginning, it gets better haha x )
In other news, today is Friday and I’m so so ready for the weekend! 😀 I’m heading to my Mamma for the weekend and we are planning to go hiking Dronningruta (the Queen’s Route) between Nyksund and Stø (can you find it on the map?) in Øksnes municipality tomorrow. I’m way way way out of shape so this should be interesting. The weather has been horrendous ever since I arrived back in Norway so I’m praying it won’t start raining halfway through our 8 hour hike :s
Wish me Luck! Xxx