Europe, norway, Travel

The Old Fisherman’s Village of Nyksund

The good weather has abandoned us completely and some our our more outdoorsy activities have been postponed, but we still managed to squeeze in a visit to the old fisherman’s village of Nyksund yesterday. Nyksund was a ghost village for years, and still feels a little eerie. Abandoned buildings in between buildings currently being reconstructed, old fishing boats, rubble from quays destroyed by winter storms and new artistic houses with angles that defies gravity. Nyksund used to be thriving fishing community, but today it is home to many artists and there are several galleries there, as well as music festivals every year. It feels like a hipsters paradise in a way and it feels like walking back into history. Driving into the tiny little village is like driving back in time. It’s beautiful. 🙂

I’m usually more wordy than this, but today I thought the pictures said more than I ever could (despite being taken with an iPhone and not my DSLR that was accidentally left  in England for the summer.) Isn’t it beautiful, even on a gray day?

We’re off camping for a few days so I’ll talk to you soon! Xxx

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Europe, Life, norway, Travel

Norway: Hiking The Queens Route between Stø and Nyksund

Good afternoon, ya’ll! This past weekend was grand beyond belief. As I mentioned on Friday,  I headed out to visit my Mamma after work. We had a wonderful evenig together and on Saturday we got up early to pack for our big hike and set off to Myre, the city centre of Øksnes municipality. The Queens Route can be started from either Nyksund or Stø (small fisherman villages) as it has one shoreline part and one more steep mountain part in the roundtrip. We decided to start from Stø and do the shoreline part first.  WOW. I dont have words.

It’s a 5-8 hour walk depending on whether or not you include the walk down to the old fishermans village of Nyksund. We didn’t go to Nyksund and therefore managed to do the hike in 5,5 hours, navigating narrow trails in steep hills and climbing in between (or over) more bear seized rocks than I could count.  A couple of breaks here and there during the worst ascents, and a lunch break halfway through kept us fueled and ready so we were both smiling for the entire trip 🙂 Especially because there was hot choclate to be had for lunch. And  we like hot chocolate. IMG_8083_2The trip went past a white sand beach called Skipssanden, up rocky hills, alongside mountain tops and beyond every peak I thought was the top there was another peak to climb. The hike was beautiful, which shouldn’t surprise me as it’s considered one of the nicest hiking trips in Vesterålen, depsite being ridicilously steep some places. It was also exchausting. But a little burn in my calves and a little sweat on my forehead meant nothing when I got to see so many lovely views. The pictures doesn’t come close to doing this wonderful hike justice xxx