Moody

After my break, I hiked on towards the first checkpoint at Kebnekaise Fjällstation. The terrain started getting rockier and the weather was getting moody. The rest of the kilometers I walked in either rain or drizzle. Nothing too crazy, but it took some getting used to after starting out so sunny and nice. In the…

Lap Dånalds

The first part of the track was quite easy. Although there were some rocks here and there, the terrain was mostly flat-ish. There were some foot bridges and in some areas you walked on wooden planks. If I were a pirate, perhaps I’d be more nervous about that notion, lol. Or maybe I am a…

At the start in Nikkaluokta

Friday August 11th starting at 6.30 am busses were running from Camp Ripan in Kiruna to the start of the Fjällräven Classic in Nikkaluokta. There was quite a long queue and I had to wait probably a good hour before I could get on a bus. It was fine, there was still plenty of time and…

Registration

And then it was time to register! I received my trekking pass, luggage tag, and picked up a map and trash bag. Then I went for food. They had huge crates with various freeze dried meals. I stocked up on breakfast and spaghetti bolognese, because I remembered from last time the spaghetti was actually quite…

Relaxing in Kiruna

On Wednesday August 9th I made my way to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland. The Fjällräven Classic wouldn’t start until Friday the 11th, but I wanted to get to Kiruna in advance to acclimatise and to relax a bit before the big adventure started. On the plane over, there were many hikers and I met several…

Unfinished business

Last month, I attempted to hike the Fjällräven Classic in Swedish Lapland again. My first try was in 2013, and leaving the trail then left me devastated and defeated. Too much was riding on the trek then and what was meant as a positive experience, a boost of life, ended up weighing me down. Since…

Captain Peacock

When we were at the Castelo de São Jorge, we soon encountered two male peacocks. Well, first we heard them and then we saw them. I absolutely can’t stand the sound that peacocks make. It’s like a cat being strangled, so awful! The two guys were dancing around each other. At the time, we didn’t…

Castelo de São Jorge

Now that the weather is getting colder in the Netherlands and Autumn has truly arrived, it doesn’t take much for me to reminisce and enjoy the memories of my spring trip to Lisbon last April. As I’m sitting on my couch, snuggly under a warm, fluffy blanket, I’m longing to feel the warmth of the sun…

Boca do Inferno

Boca do Inferno is Portugese for Hell Mouth. Sounds like a nice place to visit, eh? 😉 It’s pretty much a deep chasm where the seawater crashes onto the rocky cliffs, creating striking water shows! I really enjoyed this place, even though it was just a short stop on our pretty packed day tour!

Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of continental Europe. We made a quick stop here on our day tour. It was quite windy and the sky was still as moody as it had been most of the day. But I didn’t mind. I really enjoyed Cabo da Roca: the view, the ruggedness, water crashing on…