Saturday, 31 December 2011

Last day of 2011

Pinga and I did a really nice backcountry skiing tour to the top of Grønlibruna where this image is taken. Happy New Year!

Monday, 10 October 2011


Uzzi Annelill and I were in Narvik today riding Uzzi - a super nice Dutch riding horse.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Pinga in Fall colours

When the fall arrives the ban on unleashed dogs disappears and Pinga thrives.

Thursday, 18 August 2011


Only a few years ago she hiked to the top of Steiroheia and at the age of 80, which is some 8 years ago, we went together on an expedition to Svalbard. She still rides her bike daily! Hope I've got the genes.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Litj Klotinden

Today I hiked to the summit of "Litj Klotinden". The official name of the mountain is Jennskardtinden (654 m.asl.). The view from the top is super!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Ramp in Myre

Ramp in Myre
Usually you see skateboard ramps in concrete jungles. In Myre, Øksnes you find it in the most beautiful setting.


Dronningruta (The Queen's Route) is a hike made famous by Queen Sonja of Norway. Most of the route is along mountain ridges with views to the ocean both east and west. If you have a few hours to spare and some extra energy - this hike is worth every calory.

I had great company by my uncles Bjørn and Einar.


Sunday, 14 August 2011


Another extraordinary evening in Vesterålen. Did a hike at Instøya close to Alsvåg in Øksnes.

Rock at Instøya
Beach at Instøya

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Hiking in Vesterålen

Mor og Astri til Gisløyskaga
Did a very nice hike together with my fabulous Grandma Hilda and Aunt Astri. In the background is the spiky peak of Klotinden.

Mor og tante Astri
Mor og Pinga på Gisløyskaga

Friday, 12 August 2011

Scene from Nyksund

Sailor in Nyksund
This old sailor is standing in the window looking at Nyksund harbour. He probably wonders what is going on...

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Rainshower over Skogsøya

In Vesterålen weather changes all the time and the prevailing westerlies bring in refreshing showers ever so often.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Gisløya in Øksnes

Hiked through Grunnfjorden Nature Reserve and reached the sailing light at Gisløya. This is another pearl of Vesterålen. After a short wait the sun came down below the clouds on the horizon and gave me a magnificently lit landscape.


Tuesday, 9 August 2011


Stave close to Bleik (see previous post) - there are even fewer inhabitants and is situated on the more exposed side of Andøya, towards west. However; paradise-like conditions occur ever so often.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Bleik in Vesterålen

At 69°16′13″N 15°57′26″Ø the small village Bleik is situated on the sheltered side of Andøya in Vesterålen, Northern Norway. The 500 inhabitants can enjoy this paradise at all times of the year - in different light and in various conditions. The beaches here are magnificent and the bird island off shore is full of puffins and other seabirds. The great White Tailed Eagle is numerous here.

The images are all a variation of Bleiksøya - the Bleik Island.


Sunday, 24 July 2011


Beerenberg is one of the highest mountains in Norway (2277 m.asl). Around the crater there are 11 peaks above 2000 m.asl if you work with a primary factor of 10 meters. It is the northernmost active volcano on Earth and it had its last eruption in 1980. It is possible to ascend the mountain quite easily - the logistics is the challenge as it's situated on the island of Jan Mayen, one of the most isolated on the globe. Jan Mayen was nominated to become as a World Heritage site as part of the North Atlantic Ridge.


Saturday, 23 July 2011

Jan Mayen

I'm probably going to get to Jan Mayen only twice in life. Today were the first. On the second I hope I brought my skis, have plenty of time and gets a weather window to ascend the wonderful Beerenberg. Today is as well a day of national grief in Norway after the terrible terrorist attacs in Oslo on Friday. This entry is dedicated everyone suffering losses.


Friday, 22 July 2011

En Route Jan Mayen

I'm aboard MS Fram from Hurtigruten - departed from Iceland yesterday and scheduled to reach one of the most isolated islands on Earth; Jan Mayen tomorrow afternoon.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Harpa - inside the new Icelandic Opera

The new Opera in Reykjavik is a splendid creation of glass. Inside - light is spilling in all facets. This new building is worthy of Gardar Hólm - the world famous (imaginary) opeara star of Halldór Laxness.


Saturday, 16 July 2011

Beluga Boats

On a recent visit in Fleur de Lyshamna in Van Keulenfjorden in Spitsbergen we visited the site of what once was a Beluga fishery adventure. These fisheries were ecologically insustainable and luckily it ended before the population of this magnificent High Arctic whale were were depleted. Today you can experience Beluga in the fjords of Spitsbergen. They come swimming in groups along the shores. If you're lucky they twist their head (unique feature for the species) and takes a look at you.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Polar Bear with cubs

This is probably the image I've taken that has been used more than any other. I met this single-mother family at Wilhelmøya, East Spitsbergen in 2006.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011


Frigg Jørgensen is the General Secretary of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). Last week I had the pleasure of working with her on an expedition in Svalbard. Frigg is striving for sustainability in expedition cruise tourism to the Arctic - she makes herself heard by ears far into the hallways of public administration and she's a terrific advocate for Arctic Tourism performed in a sensible manner.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Polar Bear Watch

I did an expedition in Svalbard last week - this image is of Tore, one of our excellent Polar Bear-watches.

Friday, 17 June 2011

The Arctic Awakening

I am taking part in the development of the new Spring Concept of Hurtigruten. We have deceided to call it The Arctic Awakening as the core ideas is life; in the oceans, in the air, and in the coastal communities. They are all thriving as energy returns with the sun after a long and darkish winter.

Cod Tounge cutting on deck in Kjøllefjord.

The Church in Nesseby, Varanger, Finnmark, Norway.

Lecture on deck about life in the ocean.

Meeting northbound Hurtigrute off the northernmost tip of the Lyngen Peninsula; Lyngstuva. Here we meet MS Midnatsol.

Serving super-fresh Arctic Lyngen Shrimps, in Lyngen - delivered to the ship by the fishing boat.