Roadtripping through California and Oregon.

I had a nice slot in my calendar to make a trip somewhere this spring. I had always wanted to visit Yosemite and explore some Oregon, so it was obvious that I would head that way.

This trip took place in May. I was traveling for two weeks visiting my family and all the locations that I wanted to see. My cousin had few days off, so she joined me to visit Yosemite, where I actually met a Brazilian guy who joined me to do a short trip through Oregon after those few days in Yosemite.

The trip was a success and I enjoyed it a lot. It was very much different than what I expected as the weather was very warm and sunny the whole time we were in Oregon. Apparently it was the warmest it had been in years, so we didn't really get to see that moody and rainy Oregon that I had been hoping for, but it was still a nice experience.

Here are some photos from the trip. Enjoy!

-Daniel 

Always so incredible Lofoten.

Once again Lofoten was calling and I had to go! This time I knew about this trip way earlier than how I usually do it. We had been planning for this trip for few weeks. The crew included Eeva Mäkinen, Daniel Ernst and Hannes Becker. Others of the crew had decided to head over to Lofoten already few months ago. They asked me to join and of course I said yes, because I'm always down when it's about Lofoten.

This time we were very well prepared and we were going to camp the whole 10 days I was there. When the trip got closer the weather was looking very nasty. Eeva and Daniel arrived few days beforehand and I picked up Hannes on my way to the Islands.

First two days the weather was magical and Lofoten really showed it's best sides with some fresh snow on top of the mountains. I was actually able to ride some backcountry one day too when the weather cleared was nice.

The weather turned out to be a lot worse than it had shown on the forecast and there was no camping in the crazy rain and wind. We decided to spend some extra nights in the cabins. There goes our camping trip! We did still have some nice nights outside and few nice hikes. 

For few days it was actually very very bad weather and there was no going outside, and one night we thought that our cabin will fly away! Locals said that it had been close to 40m/s in gusts. So I'm very glad that we were enjoying the warmth the cabins had to offer!

This was the first time for me to rent some cabins there and I really recommend all the ones where we stayed. Really good locations and nice cabins.

Unstad - Arctic Surf
My favorite for sure. If you want to hang out with some other travellers and maybe have a surf!

Reine Rorbuer
Really nice red cabins in Reine. Cabins are all different, our few different cabins were very nice!

And what would a story be without photos? Here you go!

-Daniel

Senja, Norway

It's been way too long since the last blog post! I hope you follow us on Instagram, so you are somewhat aware of our lives and travels. 

I just got back from a road trip to Senja Island, which is the second biggest Insland in Norway. It's located north from the Lofoten Islands. Senja looks very much like Lofoten Islands and it has similar steep mountains rising from the sea as well, so it's also very photogenic. Senja is a lot less known destination compared to Lofoten Islands, which makes it an attractive place to visit.

We just wanted to scout Senja out and we didn't really do any specific plans for out trip. We knew the layout of the place and some basic tourist sites to visit. It's not the most common time of the year to visit the place, so we didn't really meet any other tourists during our trip. One local Instagrammer was kind enough to have us in his apartment, so that we didn't have to rent a cabin. Also he was a nice guide for us!

We were lucky as there had been a snowfall before our trip and the mountains looked nice with a fresh layer of snow. Here are some photos from our trip through Finland to Norway and back!

-Daniel

Spontaneus road trip to Lofoten

It was supposed to be very rainy Midsummer celebration weekend here in Finland and we decided not to stay to witness that. Me and Lauri came up with this road trip idea at 12 pm on a Thursday night. We decided to hit the road at 6 am to make it to Lofoten during the day.

Of course we didn't sleep that much as we needed to get all the camping gear together and pack the car. It didn't stop us. At 6 am the car started and we were in good spirits heading towards the Norwegian coast. It is around 18 hour drive including some short stops on the way.

We didn't have any specific plans for our time in the islands. We just wanted to do some hiking during our trip. We actually ended up hiking a random peak in Gimsøy the next morning as it just looked nice! 

When you’re behind the wheel, you can stop and explore whenever your instincts point you towards something cool. There’s so much out there to be discovered.

We really liked topping a mountain and we did some research for our next hike and found a nice peak called Stornappstinden. We were little tired from hiking to the peak Gimsøy so we decided to have a chill day the next and just drive around the islands and go swimming and enjoy the views.

It was nice to see some new places and actually do some real hiking as the most for me has been the 1 hour hike to Kvalvika beach before. Next time I will for sure spend more time on the mountains and go further and higher! 

Until the next trip to Norway... Here are some photos from our trip!

-Daniel