02 avril 2011

Hurtigruten ... on the way (# day 2)

From our cabin, sunrise: Hammerfest, first stop, 5 o'clock: Awesome place, protected from chilly winds and ... avalanches (!): That probably helped to feel the special atmosphere: "city center" ... ... and suburbs: About 4 hours later, next stop: Havøysund ... Lost somewhere in between white ... ... and blue: Typical landscape :-) Again ... And the real one came ... Honningsvåg :-) !!! In other words, the last "city" (was it?) before North Cape ... Well, there was actually even a beach... [Lire la suite]
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01 avril 2011

... Tromsø ! (#departure)

... and then we arrived in Tromsø :-) ... and enjoyed a superb weather! ... except here: The tent was part of the "Polaris" museum exhibition on artic expeditions, and that kind of adventure is still part of our dreams ... However, our (long) week-end was much more luxurious, even if directed to higher latitudes. Yes, here we are: Hurtigruten !! Well, in case you forget it once onboard :-) Starting from Tromsø: ... and slowly and peacefully reaching northern coasts ... ... all of that from the jacuzzi ... ... [Lire la suite]
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01 avril 2011

Winter flight to ...

The main goal of the week end was not exactly to take the plane ... however: ... we "had" to, and as the weather was kind of perfect, well ... we enjoyed it a lot :-) And after some thousands of islands, fjords, summits ... came the real ones: Lofoten! A last one before the real journey started ...  ... to be followed ... from our "intermediate" destination ...
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12 mars 2011

Bymarka ... on the fjord!

A new itinerary this sunday, and apparently we are not the only ones to enjoy it:   Perfect view on the downhill part:   ... and a shelter (?), just in case ...
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27 février 2011

Sonvasskoia # 2

Sunday morning view :-) Not too bad, and everyone goes out to enjoy snow:   ... sun ... and ghosts: Ready for expedition dreams: ... along wild, white and lost landscapes: Our - humble - summit of the day: Back "home", to the daily routine :-) Well ... almost. Sometimes you also have to leave, and go back to civilisation :-( But, fortunately enough, the journey back is usually an adventure itself ... Heia Norge !
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26 février 2011

Sonvasskoia # 1

Yeepee ... Another cabin trip! Back on skis, but for how long ... ? Very positive temperatures did not help to preserve the snow ... ... but we managed to find some, still :-) Mainly during the adventurous bridge crossing: ... since unfortunately the lake was not frozen enough to be skied. Though nice ! Well, we tried anyway :-) And here we are! And straight away, back on the skis for a "tur" :-) Interesting ... Darkness ... Hunger!    ... to be followed ...
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20 février 2011

Randonnee ski #3

Last day of this long and nice week-end, and the training is over. Time to act as experts, alone ... (or not). Phase 1: itinerary preparation: Phase 2, find a parking place, and empty the car ;-) Phase 3, start to climb. Phase 4, remove some layers. Phase 5, climb. Phase 6, climb. Phase 8, climb. Phase 9, climb. Phase 10, start dreaming about the way down :-) But phase 11, follow on climbing! Phase 12: dowwwnnnnn ! ... and try, if possible, to avoid trees and possible cabins on your way. Another nice... [Lire la suite]
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19 février 2011

Randonnee ski #2

Our objective for the second day! -21°c to start on the shadow ... gives a huge motivation to climb fast until the sun :-) Cross-country tracks ... ? Too easy ;-) Let's just climb the mountain! Short break to learn the compression test ... with a 1,60 m snow depth ... not too bad conditions, as you can check: Back to the hard work ... Same ... Again and again ... life is hard ;-) Lunch break with view. And some (old) avalanche debris to digest :-) Security distance to climb in exposed areas, stop at a... [Lire la suite]
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18 février 2011

Randonnee ski #1

It started that way exactly: And after a short briefing, hehe, it was time to warm up a bit: ... and to guess enjoy the landscape ... ? This very special 18th of February took actually place in Oppdal, and was apparently the perfect day to try out our new second-hand randonnee skis ... understand common touring skis, with skins, steel edges and wide tail ... that should enable us to appreciate the way down much better compared to the typical Norwegian "fjellski". Of course this was only an introduction, since... [Lire la suite]
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12 février 2011

Oppdal, så kald!

Plenty of new skis to try out, some fresh snow in the mountains and a good and sunny weather forecast ... And we decided to spend the week-end in Oppdal :-) As usually, perfect road trip to reach any destination in Norway: Incredible but true, we managed to arrive earlier than the official opening. Probably in order to decide what to do exactly ;-) Well, summit or powder ? A perfect mix ? End of day ... A perfect day then :-) Same as the second one, though slightly warmer. To make it a short story, after a... [Lire la suite]
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