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Arctic Snorkeling & Adventures

A couple of weeks ago we traveled to the north of Sweden on an artic snorkeling adventure. We stayed in the arctic for 8 days and visited many amazing places in Sweden and Norway.



Trollsjön

The first day we hiked 5 km to Rissajaure (a.k.a. Trollsjön), the clearest lake in Sweden with crystal clear and cold water:

trollsjon diviing

Å

Next stop was Å and the lake Ågvatnet. High mountain tops surrounds the lake and it's really quiet and beautiful. In the sea nearby, there was plenty of fish, kelp and other sea creatures.

tent camping lofoten

diving a lofoten

Kvalvika

Then we went to Kvalvika Beach. A 2 km hike took us to the hidden but popular sandy beach, with clear water and mountains on both sides. One of the coolest places during our adventure.

kvalvika beach sunset

kvalvika low tide

kvalvika beach

kvalvika beach waves

Ballstad

In Ballstad we went out on a snorkeling tour with Lofoten Diving: https://www.lofoten-diving.com/. An awesome experience and really beautiful water. This is perfect if you don't have your own wetsuit or gear, since you can rent everything from them. Highly recommended!

split photo diving

over under

split photo snorkeling

Gimsøya

After the snorkeling tour we went to Gimsøya and found a big whale skull!

whale skull lofoten

Henningsvær

Later that same day we went to Henningsvær and set up our tent with a nice view.

camping lofoten henningsvaer

Unstad

Unstad was our next stop! A small surfer village. There were almost no waves when we arrived , but we rented stand up paddle boards (SUP) from Unstad Artic Surf: http://unstadarcticsurf.com/ and paddled out on the crystal clear water and did some snorkeling on the same spot afterwards! We also met some friendly goats on the way.

stand up paddle lofoten

goats lofoten

Abisko

Last but not least, we went back to Sweden and Abisko national park. There is a river that runs though the national park and on some spots the water is calmer and you can dive there. Plenty of fish and strong currents. If you go here, make sure that you are experienced and have the right gear. It could be very dangerous if you don't know what you are doing.

adventure abisko

abisko river

abiskojaure diving
The whole trip was awesome! Hope you enjoyed reading about it. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube-channel, so you don't miss our next adventure!

Preikestolen

preikestolen height

Recently, we travled to Preikestolen in Norway.

We hired a car in Oslo, and drove to Stavanger. The trip took 8 hours, but it was totally worth it. The hike form the base to the top took 1-2 hours and the view from Preikestolen was amazing!

It hard to describe, and photos usually don't show the whole picture. The closest thing you can come to, is to watch a video. Here's our contribution:


Jotunheimen – Mountain climbing in Norway
Jotunheimen – Mountain climbing in Norway

Jotunheimen – Mountain climbing in Norway

Last week we traveled to Jotunheimen in Norway. Jotunheimen is a national park with the highest mountain tops in Norway.

We rented a car in Oslo and started driving north. The road trip took about 6.5 hours and when we arrived it was already dark and raining. There are many locations where you can stay in Jotunheimen, and if you sleep in tents you can be a bit more flexible. We decided to go to Leirvassbu, and sleep in a tent. However, we had a mountain cabin close to us, which was very convenient.

Day 1 in Jotunheimen

The first day we decided to climb Store Urdadalstind (2116 m), and from Leirvassbu we had to hike about 2-3 hours before we came to the foot of the mountain. Climbing Store Urdadalstind was not very difficult, however, there were moments when it became very steep and even a bit snowy.
tenting The view from our tents
sheep Our alarm clocks..
hiking Hiking to the foot of the mountain
store urdadalstind The top of Store Urdadalstind
The climb down was easier, but the hike back to our camp was tiering. Our first day was complete with a hot meal and some star gazing.

Day 2 in Jotunheimen

The second day we hired some glacier climbing equipment: ice boots and pickaxes. We set of to climb a glacier - a lot more challenging. Here is a video from the first and second day in Jotunheimen:

jotunheimen Amazing view form the top

Day 3 in Jotunheimen

On our third day, we were exhausted from all the hiking and climbing, so we took a day of. At least from hiking. Instead we went snorkeling! You heard me right, we had brought a open cell wetsuit - and went on a trout safari. Heres a video from that little adventure:

snorkling in jotunheimen A different snorkeling experience
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