Oppdal

Great weekend in Oppdal...
together with Albert, we got many trouts in Laugen...dinner for weekend is ready
Saturday - 27 km loop in Skarvatnet area

Sunday - 18 km loop in Storlia , almost in Trollheimen

Skaun

Memories of Emilie, every time I turn in Børsa into Skaun. Just 30 minutes from home, so many nice lakes and countryside...one can do some ice fishing and cross-country skiing in a single day, without almost meeting anybody...except an old man, who told me that he got 180 trouts in a day there several years ago!
ski-route from Ramsjøen
along Rossvatnet, leads you to some nice views over Trondheim fjord
with some artificial aurora
ice - fishing on windy Laugen lake
finally got me a nice trout

Ice fishing game

Spending 6 hours alone on the ice, drilling holes and letting maggots dive into the darkness, not getting a single fish and next day again, of course without success. I like that game... check the best ice fishing movie with Daniel Defoe here and a few pics from last days...
Stuggusjøen (location here). Tough first experience
Laugen (location here). Excellent sunny day with Ray
going home to cook a whale
Våddån (location here). I got a tip from the locals, but still no fish
back to the city

Sylan

Long weekend in Sylan, just 130 km from snowless Trondheim, another world...

morning view from the cabin. Patrusli farm offers great accommodation next to Stuggusjøen lake
nice cross country ski loop above the lake, with views at Sylan mountain
and freezing afternoon on the lake, trying to catch some char
next day, lets go to the mountains
on the way
great conditions up there

and another unsuccessfull try, artificial worms are not working
on the way back to Trondheim, we stopped in Tydal, another great skiing destination

Weekend in Tromsø

The whale watching season in fjords around Tromsø lasts from November till January, when herrings are entering the fjords, followed by killer whales and humpback whales. We missed it last year, so the plan was set for this year.  And it offered us great opportunity to finally visit another Norwegian city than Trondheim. First impressions from Tromsø - a lot of car traffic, no cycling infrastructure, blue colour and amazing landscape.

local library
in the harbour
on the bridge to the strange Arctic Cathedral
view from the bridge, 13:00
Saturday morning we were picked up by Julia and Richard from the whale tour operator and went to Skulsfjord to get on the boat. For those, who would like to try whale watching, a few tips might be useful. There are several ways how to approach whales and many companies offer their services. It seems like very popular activity, so book your tour early. It is possible to go on an inflatable boat, on a sailboat, on seakayak, on huge tourist boat or on a small motor boat. The length of tour differs from 2 to 6 hours, as the type of provided services. Or it is possible just to take a ferry and hope to see some whales. Sometimes you can see them even from the shore. We decided for long tour on a small boat for 12 people max, being guided by marine biologist. The tour was organised by Arctic Explorers. If you are interested in getting to the whales as close as possible and as fast as possible, this kind of tour is definitely not for you. But if you love a long cruise in the fjords, trying to search for whales far away from other companies, staying out till the dark, pay respect to whales by not approaching too close to them, listen to nice stories, eat perfect bacalao...then that tour is the right one. We enjoyed every moment of it and it was truly amazing experience. We did not take too many photos, as it was better just to observe and enjoy the nature. Big thanks to our guide Julia and skipper Richard!
a short lesson about the killer whales provided by our guide Julia
a spot where a group of orcas was feeding, watched by many observers. We stopped there just for a while and continued further, as there was too much traffic in this spot
Orcas in the water, seagulls and sea eagles in the air. Feeding fest
the landscape is absolutly amazing
another popular spot
and some privacy
it could be cool to be on that small boat
and the last orca we met...I stopped to count them soon, but we saw maybe 50, maybe more. We were also lucky to see  two humpback whales, spotted by Belma, when we were having lunch in one of the fjords. And we observed a rescue operation, as another whale was trapped in fishing net



 A few more pics and the map of our tour from Julia. A yellow star on the map shows the place where we met a pair of humpback whales. 



Sunday morning in Tromsø from our balcony
and Tromsø from Fjellstua, 12:00
not using the cable car was more challenging than I expected, as the path was really icy. But the views were great