One of our big aims while visiting the Lofotens was to do some climbing. Unfortunately, several things worked against us in this respect, namely me forgetting my harness, us having to cut our whole trip short by three days and the fact that the vast majority of climbing in this area is traditional and we didn’t feel we had the experience (or ths gear). I taught Cap’n Haddock to climb a couple of years ago on the edge of Lake Garda in Italy in between driving him up even bigger cliffs so he could B.A.S.E jump off them.
We still wanted to take advantage of the mountains however and one walk in particular had grabbed us. This is a climb called Svolvaergeita or The Goat. It’s one of the most popular climbs in the Lofotens, probably as much because of it’s location overlooking Svolvaer, as it’s uniqueness. The climb itself is another trad route, so we couldn’t get to the top but there is some stunning hiking up to the base and around. This is a picture of The Goat, overlooking Svolvaer. If you look closely you can see the climbers at the top. And the queue at the bottom – it’s a very popular climb!
The first route up the Goat was climbed in 1910. There are now several options but all lead to one of the two ‘horns’ at the top. It used to be traditional to jump from the big horn to the Lillehorn (little horn). However in 2006 / 7 a chunk of the Lillehorn broke away, making the gap bigger and the landing area smaller (thank you Rockfax). The walk to the base of the climb takes about 40 minutes and is a pretty good workout in itself.
It was well worth it though, and after a few days on Hal it was nice to stretch our legs!
This is Svolvaer, the biggest town in the Lofotens. Around the corner (back right of the photo) is Kabelvag, where we spent the previous night. We were able to take the inshore route around all the little islands to get to Svolvaer.
A few more views of the mountains before we head off again…