Lofoten 2006

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In August 2006 I went on my first solo expedition, crossing north to south the Vesterålen and Lofoten archipelagoes along more than 1000 kms.

Since this time it was a solo journey, the typical doubts and worries before any travel were somewhat bigger. On this occasion, all of the luggage weight would fall only on me, so the preparations had to be more complex, meticulously adjusting the equipment to the strictly necessary.

However, biking across an area north of the Arctic Polar Circle border requires to be prepared to face harsh weather even in the summer, especially rain, very abundant at this time of the year.

Finally I managed to concentrate the whole luggage in about 28 kg, that my bike supported along the way.

The tour began in Bødø and went first northwards, bordering the mountainous Norwegian continental coast, towards Narvik and Harstad and up to Andenes, the northernmost town in the Vesterålen archipelago, along Andøy island east coast. From there I started towards the South, bordering the west coast towards Sortland and Stokmarknes, ending the route in the village of Å, the southernmost in Lofoten.

Vesterålen landscape, with its plains and soft hills contrasts with the craggy heights of the amazing Lofoten archipelago, where you can even find a sand beach in Ramberg, near the fisherman village of Nusfjord.