Hafjell Bike Park – the best berms in the business

Hafjell Bike Park. Foto: Simen Berg

Makken flying high in Rollercoaster, Hafjell Bike Park. Foto: Simen Berg

Text/photo: Simen Berg

180 kilometers north of Oslo, you find Hafjell, right by the Olympic city of Lillehammer. The host of the 2014 Mountain Bike World Championships.

Hafjell Bike Park already has a legendary status among the top downhill riders from the 2012 and 2013 World Cup events. Steve Smith named it “the best berms in the business”, and introduced #BermBoner. That tells you a lot, add to that Peaty’s remark from 2012, when he had to go back to the 90ies to remember a WC track that he liked as much as this.

For everyone
But Hafjell is far from just racing. You can easily have a laugh on your hardtail. From top to bottom: Moetown – Parkløypa – Nameless – Ekspressen – Brattlykkja – Dessert

For more challenging singletrack, take Gressløypa or Old School / New School or NM-løypa and add Råbølstien.

If you like airtime, Rollercoaster is a lot of jumps, combined with “the best berms in the business”. Just ask Makken.

 

Singletrack mecca as well
The network of trails for singletrack biking on a trailbike from the top of the lift is amazing. Birken (Birkebeinerrittet) and Ultrabirken trails and gravel roads are parts of what the Hafjell Plateau offers.
View/downoad gps tracks from trailguide.no: Hafjell -Hitfjell-Kriksfjell-Reinsfjell and Hafjell-Nevelfjell
The trails at Skeikampen only 30 minutes away, are some of the most flowy in Norway.

Last season?
Unfortunately it seems like the Hafjell owner, Alpinco, with shareholders Pasab (Petter Stordalen/Buchardt) and Investinor are eager to shut Hafjell Bike Park down. With hardly any promotion at all and finishing off the season before they even have the “Closing weekend”, the most profitable weekend of the year, it seems obvious that the main goal is to make sure that the bike park loses money.
For one thing, closing the day after the World Championships Downhill final is a bad idea. All riders, media and crew have their first “day off” of the season. After they sleep off the hangover, they go riding. With cameras. Also the weekdays before the Masters Championships, no lifts are running.

Hafjell in winter time
Obviously, the 1994 Olympics venue for Alpine skiing (snowboard was hardly invented back then) is a winter destination as well. But not for me, as I don’t care much for the slopes. But if you do, Hafjell is among top ten in Norway for carving.

Here’s Moetown and Parkløypa for you:

Here’s Expressen:

Hafjell eating and nightlife
Skavlen on top of the gondola serves lunch, I really enjoy the Pulled Pork with coleslaw. Waffles are OK, and although they don’t have a coffe machine, the Americano is OK.
The only place for afterbike beer is Woody’s in the base area. They also serve sad burgers and coffee not worth while.
At night there are no other options than going to Lillehammer, unless it’s the opening/closing weekend. Then there’s a party above the bike shop.

Hafjell accommodation
There are three major booking options. This far none of them seem interested enough to offer bundled packages with lift pass/accommodation/bike rental. Make sure that the place you book isn’t far away on the top of the mountain.
norskhytteudlejning.dk
- hafjellresort.no
- hafjellbooking.com (not working properly at the moment – Aug. ’14)

Travel to Hafjell
Driving from Oslo takes 2 hours and 15 minutes on the main road between Trondheim and Oslo/Gardermoen Airport.
The train stops at Hunderfossen and Lillehammer – NSB.no (note that bringing bikes on the train could be a hassle)
The bus stops in Øyer, right by Hafjell. NOR-WAY.no  (note that bringing bikes on the bus could be a hassle)

Scandinavian Bike Park Tour
If you’re already travelling far, add Swedish Åre Bike Park and Järvsö Bergscykelpark to your Great Scandinavian Bike Park Tour. For natural trails, Drammen Skisenter/Aronsløypa (half hour from Oslo) is worth while as well.

Here my first ever action shot in Hafjell Bike Park. The guru himself, Snorre Pedersen:

Snorre Pedersen (2005) NM-løypa. Foto: Simen Berg

Snorre Pedersen (2005) NM-løypa. Foto: Simen Berg

 

 

 

Åre Bike Park – the Whistler of Scandinavia

SimenBerg-AreBikePark-0150Text/Photo/Film: Simen Berg

Åre is a true mountain bike resort, with a Whistler vibe. Not only because of all the vertical meters from top to bottom, but also because the cozy town is all about biking.

Every year we spend a few days in Åre, and with some friends among the locals, we know the place fairly well.

For years, Åre Mountain Mayhem was the main summer event. Now Åre Freeride Festival organized by Åre Bergscyklister in early July is the busiest week of the season.

The Bike Park
The lift system runs from Åreskutan (lift to 1274 masl) down to 389 masl at VM 8:an.

From VM 6:an, Lilla Blå and Flinbanan (see film below) will get you started with a smile on your face. More hectic and challenging are Nelson/Tjernis and DH-banan. The next level is served by Hummeln, and gives access to quite a few trails, including the popular Shimano-leden. And the new (2014) trail Uffes, after the former bike park manager, Ulf Olofsson.

From VM 8:an you can do Månskogen/Getrappet and Bräckebäcksleden. Respectively smooth and rough happiness on two wheels. Keep going up, and you’re facing 9 km and 20 minutes of pleasure. Easy Rider is an amazing collection of berms, while 1000 metersleden and Hellrajd are all natural.

Preseason riding in May happens from Bergbanan on the lower slopes.

Åre Eating/Night Life
Get the daytime snack (fika) at Stormköket on top of Åreskutan. Fjällgården is more of a restaurant, but still on the hill.
The after bike spots are Dahlbom and Broken. The latter has amazing tex-mex.
Wersén’s has an excellent dinner menu. Including reindeer, that really blew my mind when I tried it.
At night, Dahlbom is the place for bubbles and drinks, if you didn’t get too many on their sunny terrasse in the afternoon. The best bar (by far) for bikers by bikers is Parkvillan.

Travel to Åre
The train connects Åre to Stockholm and Trondheim, just pay attention to distances and logistics when you book a place to stay. Getting the bike on the train in Trondheim might be tricky, but normally it works out. By plane you go to Trondheim or Östersund.
Driving from Oslo, I prefer to do 710 kms through Sweden (via Kongsvinger/Torsby). With a stopover in Järvsö Bike Park on the way. For the Scandinavian Bike Park Tour, add Swedish Järvsö and Hafjell Bike Park in Norway.

Åre Accommodation
To leave the car parked the whole visit, we usually stay close to the square. STF Åre Torg used to be a bargain, but still is a good deal in the midst of everything. We can also recommend bike in/bike out Hotel Granen. Skistar will normally have bike package deals, so check it out. Parkvillan also has accommodation.

Resources
Åre Bike Park
– ÅBP Facebook
- Åre Bergscyklister (Local MTB bike club)

A couple of films to give you an idea (more to come).

Tobbe Spesial, starting at Hummeln
On Tobias Liljeroth’s tail: Örnnästet – Rydbergs väg – Shimano-leden – Västra Stjärnvägen – Solstigen – Getrappet

Sondre (10) – first day on the new bike
A young man, Sondre (10), got a new bike and got to try it out with his dad Rune Dahl on his tail in Flinbanan. Seems like the youngsters already has his bike sorted out.

Heliskiing Sestriere

SimenBerg-Sestriere-6046
Text/vid/pics: Simen Berg

Early March 2014, we did three runs with Pure Ski Company in Sestriere.

The soft snow was getting scarce in Monetier. It was a week after snowfall in Serre Chevalier, with some heavy winds destroying what was not protected by the trees. We called Mike at Pure Ski, and they had room for the two of us the following day.

Our guides were Filippo Armand and Denis Boudoin. We did three runs in Valle Argentera, and they were:
– Monti Della Luna (800 vertical meters)
– Telegraphe (600 vertical meters)
– Punta Rognosa, ending in the Sestriere ski resort (1000 vertical meters)

All runs were north facing, protected from the sun. However, the first had parts of it ruined by wind. The second and third were all untracked, fresh snow.

The runs were not particularly steep, but we felt that the guides gave us the liberty to ski the steep sections we could get to, and the only thing holding us back was my need for stopping to shoot pictures.

The first lift costs 200 euros, the following cost 150 euros per person.

We had a fantastic Borgata lunch at  Da Casse (Lou Brachettes) to finish off the day. We spent a couple of nights at Chalet Edelweiss, with an amazing view of the tracks from our last run from Punta Rognosa. A week after snowfall, we found dry, untracked pow in the steep forest, and were really impressed with the resort. As well as the Pure Ski heliskiing, of course.

More info:
Pure Ski  |  Sestriere / Vialattea  |  Chalet Edelweiss

Fatbike in the winter mountains of Hemsedal

Simen Berg, Bjøberg, Hemsedal

Simen Berg, Bjøberg, Hemsedal

Text/Photo/Video: Simen Berg

The Fatbike is gaining popularity around the world. In 2013 there were a few handfuls of bikes in Norway, now they’re in the thousands.

To try it out, we borrowed Surly bikes from the importer, Brown Couch, plus my friend Are. It also turned out he had done the ride we had planned for the day.

BJØBERG – GRØNDALEN
We dropped one car off by the golf course in Grøndalen, not far from Solheisen. Then we got a lift to Bjøberg, close to the highest point of Hemsedalsfjellet.

The skiing tracks had not been prepared for many days, so the climb started off a bit loose. But it got a lot better as we gained some altitude. Basically there was from 5-10 cms of snow on a firm base. The ride was about 17 kms, with a moving time of 1:42.

IN SUM: DID WE LIKE IT?
It was our first experience with fatbikes. It is intriguing to be able to ride a bike on snow like this. But Kathrine and I agreed that we prefer skiing when conditions are like this. I can’t describe how frustrating it was to pedal downhill for kilometers, instead of going four times as fast on skis… And when the snow is gone, we prefer our full suspension trail bikes.

Sykkelkanalen – Telemarkskanalen

SimenBerg-Telemarkskanalen-6123Tekst/Bilder: Simen Berg
English story will follow shortly.

Joda, Telemarkskanalen er så absolutt Victoria og de andre kanalbåtene. Men det er veldig mye mer, og alt det andre gjør området virkelig attraktivt for aktive i alle aldre.

I tillegg til særdeles gode muligheter for kano og kajakk, ligger sykkel høyt på lista over aktuelle aktiviteter. Det er mange merkede sykkelruter i området. Vi testa en av disse i juni. For øvrig har området mellom Ulefoss og Murane en rik industri- og kulturhistorie, så det er viktig å ta seg god tid.

Vi tok utgangspunkt i Lunde, som er et knutepunkt i området, med serverings- og overnattingssteder og naturskjønne omgivelser. Telemark Kanalcamping og Lunde Slusekro har idyllisk beliggenhet ved kanalen, mens de som trenger tak over hodet bor høyt og luftig på Lunde Vandrerhjem.

Sykkeltur Lunde – Vrådal
Kortversjonen av disse 59 kilometerne: Dette er en flott tur på fredelige asfaltveier for de som har syklet noe før. God asfalt inviterer til treningssykling for landeveisfolket, og barn som har blitt tenåringer bør fint kunne ta hele turen. Med yngre barn bør dagsetappene kortes inn.

Vi fikk oss en solid frokost på Lunde Vandrerhjem før start. I bagasjen hadde vi med oss det vi trodde vi ville trenge av mat og drikke. Det skulle komme godt med.

Murane
Etter noen få kilometer på flat asfalt, kommer vi til Murane, som starter ved Hogga sluse. Dette er det mest idylliske partiet på denne turen, med en velfrisert grusvei på en opparbeidet veistubb som kom da demningen ved Hogga kom. Strekningen er 1,7  kilometer og ender ved Strengen bru.

Her begynner også det kuperte terrenget langs Flåvatn. Stedvis har vi flott utsikt ned på til vannet, som ligner mest på sen vestlandsfjord. Når vi nærmer oss Kilen Camping får vi kjenning med vannet som skvulper mot svabergene.

Matauk?
Vi slipper med skrekken på Kilen Camping. For etter noen timer på sykkelsetet er tiden nemlig overmoden for is og kaffe. På bunnen av isdisken finner vi hele tre Isabella og fire Lollipop, så da får det ikke hjelpe at de ikke selger kaffe denne soldagen midt i juni.

Sammen med Omnes Camping er Kilen eneste sted for forfriskninger, så du her avhengig av god planlegging.

Veien videre går småkupert mot Fjågesund, hvor veien krysser broa og følger Kviteseidvatnet på sydsida. Her blir oppover- og nedoverbakkene lengre.

Monsterbakken?
På Bygdetunet i bunnen av Kviteseidkleivene er det på tide å fylle på med både vått og tørt. For 270 høydemeter på 4 kilometer gir 7% stigning og en halvtime med pining av lårmuskulaturen på slutten av sykkeldagen. Da er det desto deiligere å slutte å tråkke på toppen av bakken og bare trille inn på tunet på Straand Hotell i Vrådal.

Straand Hotel
I gamlehuset på hotellet venter rom med utsikt til skiheisen og vannet. Mens vi nyter en god og innholdsrik middagsbuffet blir vi sittende å prate om hvor mye snillere enn ventet denne sykkelturen var. Og krampene vi satt og etter hvert lå og ventet på, kom aldri.

Retur med Victoria
Selv ikke da vi klatra på syklene igjen neste morgen, hadde vi noen plager. Verken med ømme bakender eller låste muskler. På halvannen time var vi på plass på brygga i Kviteseid. Som de eneste passasjerene ombord hadde vi god plass til å slumre under dekk i et par timer.

Fakta om denne turen fra GPS’en (se sporene under)
59 km, 978 høydemeter, tid i bevegelse 4 t 4 min, snittfart (av tiden i bevegelse) 14,5 maksfart 60 km/t.

Alternativer
Varianter av denne turen er enkelt å få til med å legge inn overnatting på Kilen Camping og eventuelt forlenge turen til Dalen. En innarbeidet variant er å ta båten til Dalen, og sykle motsatt vei. Med overnatting i Vrådal og Kilen. I tillegg er sykkelrundene rundt Lunde velegna for ekstra dager.

FAKTA
Telemarkskanalen har sesong fra 18. mai – 21. september (2013)

Reisen til Telemarkskanalen
Alle på vestsida av Oslofjorden har Telemarkskanalen godt innenfor dagsturavstand. Fra Oslo til Lunde tar det under 2,5 timer med bil. I tillegg stopper Sørlandsbanen samme sted. Fra Skien er det også forbindelse med båt og buss.

Tips:
– Kanalcampingen har det meste du trenger til sykkelturen, både for salg og utleie.  Hvis de mangler noe, er det bare en svipptur med bil til Ulefoss og Sport 1-butikken der.

- Bestill utstyr på forhånd for å være sikker på å få utstyr i riktig størrelse.

- Utenfor feriene er det god plass på båtene søndag. Så det kan være et behagelig alternativ til full båt på lørdagene. Bestill billett på forhånd i alle fall.

- Vann trenger du normalt ikke å bære med for mye av, siden det er bra med bekker langs veien.

Aktiviteter i området
Sommarland
Norsjø Kabelpark
Fisking
Kano og Kajakk
Sykling, både landevei og grus
Bruk egen båt
Klatring

LES MER

Telemark Kanalcamping

Lunde Vandrerhjem

Lunde Slusekro

Sport 1 Ulefoss

Straand Hotel

Telemarkreiser

Visit Telemark

GPS-spor
Lunde Vandrerhjem – Lunde Kanalcamping – Fjågesund – Kviteseid – Vrådal/Straand
http://connect.garmin.com/course/4017931
Straand – Kviteseid sentrum – Kanalbåten Victoria – Lunde
http://connect.garmin.com/course/4017922

Stryn Sommerski/summer skiing back on track

SimenBerg-Stryn-5382Baksida: Kathrine cruising on May 18th.

Text/photo: Simen Berg

With an impressive 540 meter vertical drop, Stryn Sommerski summer skiing offers better freeride terrain than a lot of winter resorts.

Read stories in Norwegian: May 2013 and June 2005

This year, I returned for the first time since biking took over as the number one spring activity seven years ago. And MAN, how great it was to be back. We lucked out with warm summer temperatures already 17th to 20th of May, with both lifts running from the very start on the pre-opening weekend.

After quite a few years with issues concerning the running of the resort, it now seems to be solved with new owners and an experienced and dedicated crew.

As long as Stryn didn’t live up to it’s potential for a period of time, both Juvass and Folgefonna have gained ground lately. Especially when it comes to the terrain park and photo sessions at Folgefonna.

The freeriders know what they get here, and are certainly on their way back. Because Folgefonna/Juvass can’t match the terrain. And with Stryn hosting the Snowboard national championships the second weekend of June in a killer park, they will work their way back to the top.

Facts below the pics

Facts

Season:
Mid May – July (or whenever the snow melts)

Stryn and Folven Accommodation, Eating, Night Life
If you come here to go skiing and hang out with skiers, you need to be in the Hjelle and Folven area. Stryn is another 20 minutes by car further away from the skiing at Tystigen. With Folven camping as the happening place, it might be a bit loud on weekends. So if you admit to be too old, check out Nygård Camping or Hjelle Hotel. If you’re not into happy people at a bar, you should stay at Grotli, Strynevatnet or “downtown” Stryn.

Stryn Travel
For a hassle-free life at Stryn you would like to go by car. Nor-Way buses pass Folven Camping that has a ski bus service on weekends this summer.

What else to do
Ski touring, Glacier walking at Olden, Mountain biking, Beach volley at Hjelle, Surfing at Stad.

Resources:
Stryn sommerski
Folven
Tourist office

Folven rando-festival by Tommy Aslaksen

Why go to Juvass (Galdhøpiggen sommarskisenter) instead?
Fresh snow and long season. They normally run from May until the winter resorts open. Amazing early season skiing down to the valley.

Why go to Folgefonna instead?
Snowboard and ski camps and a great terrain park. Opens early May

Bjorli Skisenter early season powder skiing


Text/Photo/Film: Simen Berg

According to the rumours, Bjorli Skisenter isn’t steep enough for proper skiing. That’s wrong.

Snow conditions
My two visits were both on a search for early season powder skiing. Bjorli is known to be among the first ski resorts in Norway to open every season. And as you see, the last weekends of October and November respectively, can provide powder snow in line with January dumps. Low pressure hitting from northwest is your cue to plan your trip to Bjorli.

Read Bjorli stories in Norwegian: October 2012 and November 2008

The Bjorli Resort
The back bone of the lift system is the chair lift that takes you right above the tree line. From there, you can go further up, but I never tried this terrain because of early/pre season visits. The top lift goes to 1250 meters above sea level, and leaves you with a decent 675 vertical meters.
The slopes are popular among ski racers, and before Christmas there’s normally quite a few crews there to practice, including national teams.
The off pist skiing from the tree line and down is a bit dense, but if you’re used to tree skiing, you’ll be fine. Have a look at the video below. Above the tree line there’s wide open areas, though you won’t find steep skiing here without bringing your skins for touring in the area. The nearby Romsdalen area got ranked among the five top places for touring in Norway. The home of Romsdalshorn, Trollveggen, Trollstigen, Kirketaket and Vengetind is a must if you like a sea view with your touring.

My “Best of”-pics from Norwegian ski resorts

Bjorli Eating/Night Life
Normally there isn’t much going on after the lifts close. You can eat dinner at Bjorligard Hotel, where they also have a bar. Fem Stuer is a nice little café/restaurant.

Bjorli Travel/Accommodation
The train stops at Bjorli, just pay attention to distances and logistics when you book a place to stay.

Resources:
Ski Resort: BjorliSkisenter.no
Booking: Accomodation, etc.
Snow conditions: skiinfo.no/ostlandet/bjorli

Facts:
Bjorligard: For my first visit, I stayed at Bjorligard Hotel. A nice place, with nice food and an outdoor jacuzzi.
Gear testing: During my last visit, we tested the new Rottefella NTN Freedom Binding, mounted on Völkl Mantra and Katana. For reference, we had both skis with NTN Freeride on them as well. On top of that, we spent some time on Shiro and Kuro, too. A true Völkl convention, so to speak. I’ll return with my take on the NTN Freedom binding. In short, I like it a lot.

October 27/28th 2012

Pics from November 2008 and October 2012

New Bike Park in Oslo Sommerpark Tryvann

Text: Simen Berg Photo/Video: Simen Berg

PLEASE NOTE – THE BIKE PARK WILL NOT BE OPEN AFTER THE 2013 SEASON!
Drammen and Hafjell are the closest alternatives.

On June 29th 2012, Norway got an addition to the list of lift served bike parks aimed at those who like to fly down trails on full suspension downhill/freeride bikes. Oslo Sommerpark now offers five trails, of which one is a hand built DH race track. Next year they will add another three trails.

Fairly new sport in Norway
Gravity based biking in bike parks really started off for real in Hafjell around 2005. Until then, most of the action happened in Frognerseteren, close to Holmenkollen. Served by line 1 on the Oslo subway system between Skådalen and Frognerseteren. And that’s the same stop you will get the closest to Oslo Sommerpark by the Tryvann tower. More about the other bike parks later.

About the park
This bike park is a totally incredible accomplishment, taking into consideration that it all was built from scratch in less than two months.

But here it actually is, and five trails are up and running, with three more to come in 2013. Bike Park guru Snorre Pedersen from Hafjell Bike Park designs the trails, so no rookie mistakes around here.

The five trails are:

  • Begynnern: Flowy and bermy out in the open.
  • Eastside: Some tables and berms, but mostly tight corners on a narrower, machine built trail in the forest.
  • Fri Flyt: High speed trail with a lot of air time.
  • Stiknuser’n: Singletrack
  • Ryehufsa: Sportsklubben Rye built a downhill track for Norwegian Cup events.

Note: Please note that the videos were filmed on the very first opening day, with loose and wet conditions.

BEGYNNER’N TRAIL June 27th

EASTSIDE TRAIL June 27th

FRI FLYT TRAIL June 27th

About the bikes
Begynnern and Eastside are smooth enough for hard tails until the brake bumps get to tiresome. With a full suspension trail / AM bike you’ll be fine in Stiknusern as well.
With a freeride/downhill bike you’ll be happy all over the place.

Links:
OsloSommerpark.no

More Norwegian parks
Hafjell is the best bike park in Norway. Half an hour from Oslo, Drammen Skisenter offers excellent biking. In addition, you can enjoy lift served downhill biking at Geilo, Hemsedal, Ål, Narvik, Vrådal, Hovden, Ulriksbanen (Bergen), Fjellheisen (Tromsø).

Oslo Bike Park getting there UPDATE

Text: Simen Berg Photo: Simen Berg/Mads Mørch

PLEASE NOTE – THE BIKE PARK WILL NOT BE OPEN AFTER THE 2013 SEASON!
Drammen and Hafjell are the closest alternatives.

Oslo Sommerpark opens with bike trails June 29th. Note that the bike rental already is open on a daily basis with HT/FS mountainbikes and DH bikes. Check their website for details.

Here’s your preview with a few shots and a GoPro helmet cam edit from “Eastside” and “Begynner’n” trails while building is still in progress.

In addition to those two flowy, bermy trails, three more will open at the end of this month:

  • Fri Flyt: High speed trail with a lot of air time.
  • Stiknuser’n: Singletrack
  • Downhill track: Sportsklubben Rye built a course for Norwegian Cup events.

BEGYNNER’N TRAIL June 12th, not finished ( will be 1200 meters long)

EASTSIDE TRAIL June 12th, the finished first half

EASTSIDE TRAIL June 5th

For years we’ve been hoping for the bike park in Oslo to become a reality. But we didn’t really believe it would happen anytime soon. In February I heard the unbelievable rumours that it would open before summer. Totally incredible, taking into consideration that it all would have to be built from scratch in two months.
But here it actually is, and three trails will be opening in four weeks, with more to come. Bike Park guru Snorre Pedersen from Hafjell Bike Park designs the trails, so no rookie mistakes around here.

Links:
OsloSommerpark.no

Pics from the “Eastside” trail

Høyt og lavt på Madeira


Tekst/Foto: Simen Berg (English summary below)

Vandremulighetene på Madeira er mange, fra vannrette levada-stier til loddrette alpine klipper med karrige hyller i.

Høyt
Vi skal på vandretur, og bilen klatrer fra Funchal på svingete og bratte veier. Startpunktet er uvant for en tur i alpint miljø. Asfalten går til topps på Pico do Arieiro på 1818 meter, nesten på høyde med øyas høyeste fjell. Her starter den tilrettelagte gangveien, som til å begynne med virker overflødig.

Fra det brede platået rundt toppen blir stien smalere og smalere. Noen få skritt i den løse grusen på siden forteller oss at her er det glatt som kulelager, og livsfarlig å forlate den opparbeida vandringsveien. Flere steder utgjør den eneste farbare vei i en loddrett fjellvegg, og vi hadde nødig tatt sjansen på å gå her uten gjerdet av stålwire som er satt opp på de eksponerte partiene.

Dessverre for oss er ruta videre via Pico das Torres (1851 meter) til øyas høyeste topp, Pico Ruivo (1862 meter), stengt på grunn av vedlikehold. Derfor får vi bare sett nærmere to kilometer av den spektakulære turen, som er på totalt 13 kilometer hvis du går til Achada do Teixeira. Utsikten er en viktig del av denne turen, så det er verdt å ta med værvarselet i planleggingen.

Lavt
Ponta de Sau Lourenco er det østligste punktet på Madeira. Stien dit går forbi svimlende klipper mot nord, og er absolutt verdt å ta som en halvdagstur.

Fakta
Turene kan fint gås med lave sko, men de bør ha stiv nok såle til at du ikke kjenner det harde underlaget igjennom.
MADEIRA
Vi reiste til Madeira med Solia fra Oslo i begynnelsen av mai. Les mer om Madeira her (snart):
Sykling, Juving, eller Byen Funchal med blomsterfestivalen

AZORENE
Når du først er i Atlanteren, vil du kanskje lese om følgende på Azorene:
Vandring, Hvalsafari, Hesteridning

English summary
The pictures are from hikes from Pico do Arieiro and on the East Cape, Ponta de Sau Laurenzo. Read more about these hikes on this excellent blog.

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