Route: Eggum

Area: Norway, Lofoten Islands

Date of walk:  28th July 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.5 miles

Ascent: 700 feet

Weather: Sun and blue skies

Today’s walk was a ‘there and back’ coastal walk starting from near the little village of Eggum on the west coast of the island. Having parked our rented car at Borga, a circular World War II radar station, we set off along an easy path with the sea on our right and spectacular mountain scenery on our left

The area is a nature reserve and we had some good sightings, including a sea eagle soaring above our heads and an otter working the shoreline, but in both cases I was too slow to catch a decent photo

After passing by Heimredalsvatnet lake, set in a wonderful position below fearsome crags, we arrived at the iron and granite ‘head’ sculpture by Markus Raetz, which uncannily changes form as one walks around it. Beyond this point the going gradually became rockier and as we reached the headland progress became tortuously slow as we clambered up and down over large boulders

Eventually we arrived at the far point of our walk – the lighthouse on the headland. The path continues further along the coast, but we had insufficient time to extend the walk, as we were en route to our next destination on the islands, the village of Mortsund, where we’d be staying for the next 3 nights

It had been another memorable day on the Lofoten Islands

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