NORWAY: Lofoten Islands – Of majestic fjords and the midnight sun 2

Here’s part 2 of my Lofoten experience. 😉 After getting a goodnight’s rest at Sandvika Camping, we hopped on the little boat again heading back to Ballangen. The interesting part about the boat ride, aside from seas turning scary rough as we approached Ofotfjorden, was the detour to the amazing Trollfjorden. Named after the famous Norwegian character, the troll, the fjord is 2 kms long and spans between 100-800 meters. The surrounding mountains are 600-1100 meters in height. The mouth is so narrow that it’s almost impossible for big Hurtigruten ships to navigate the fjord. Nevertheless, the said tourist ship sails to the fjord during the summer months, leaving its passengers awed and amazed by the exotic Norwegian nature.

Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden

Sandvika Camping proved to be a great travel destination/accommodation. The spectacular surrounding mountains and Vestfjord made the stay unforgettable, as I described in the previous entry. I wonder how to get there by road, since we were just boating every time.

Heavy clouds cover the mountain peaks
Heavy clouds cover the mountain peaks
Sandvika Camping
Leaving Sandvika Camping
Leaving Sandvika Camping
Leaving Sandvika Camping

The seas were still smooth when we sailed to Trollfjorden. The fjord’s deepest point is 72 meters, making it possible for big cruise ships to navigate there. The Hurtigruten tourist routes from Bergen to Kirkenes also make a detour to the fjord, as well as other cruise ships. The Hurtigruten is a very popular activity for tourists and locals alike, but boy, is it super expensive! It costs around 10-12, 000 kroner for two people and lasts from 7-12 days. For a rare experience of what Norway has to offer!

Sailing towards Trollfjorden
Sailing towards Trollfjorden
Sailing towards Trollfjorden, a cruise ship
Sailing towards Trollfjorden, a cruise ship
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
Just me in Trollfjorden
Just me in Trollfjorden
Just me in Trollfjorden
Just me in Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden

Did you see any troll on the photos? It’s a wonder how the dramatic terrain of the mountains were formed over time. For a more realistic feel:

Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden, end point

The Norwegian flag
The Norwegian flag
The Norwegian flag
The Norwegian flag
Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden, a white sailing boat blends into the stonewall
Just me in Trollfjorden
Just me in Trollfjorden
Leaving Trollfjorden
Leaving Trollfjorden

Experiencing the Lofoten Islands by boat was a truly wonderful experience! We roamed the archipelago for 2 days, with big gaps between meals, but then, our eyes feasted on the beautiful nature Norway possesses so I did not really starve. 😉 Going back, however, the unexpected happened and we had to sail in rough seas, with literally huge waves! The little boat was jumping and hurting itself, but then, it proved to be a sturdy boat tested through tough times. Our Norwegian host was also very experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to sailing, so no worry. Yes, little to no worry, except that sea sickness started to creep in. Everything went well in the end, and we reached Ballangen safely. That trip is indeed one to remember for a very long time!

Wild birds diving for food
Wild birds diving for food

This is all for now. The journey to the north continues in the next entry. Cheers to Norway’s fjords! 😉 #spreadlove

Trollfjorden
Trollfjorden
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