You should prepare your equipment before you travel to Lofoten. Despite the fact that there are no difficult routes, the weather and climate will make you regret if you do not prepare properly.
Equipment is different in summer and in winter. You will not stay in camping in the winter time. And you prefer to spend the night in comfortable rooms in the “rorbu”. It’s reasonable.
In summer, your journey will be in a hiking style. You will want to see more. You will walk more. In Lofoten, camping is free. And this makes it possible to travel with a tent. Do not waste money on expensive hotels. Use the tent. It’s really an adventure. You will be surprised how free camping is developed in this country.
The law in Norway allows you to do camping anywhere if you do not disturb the locals. This is the difference between Norway and other European countries, where traveling with a tent can be a problem. Here – not a problem.
Of course, going on a trip with a tent, you will need camping equipment. In this article, I will give my tips.
The Layering System
The best way to protect yourself is to wear three separate layers. The base layer, mid layer, and outer layer. It’s The Layering System. The weather changes often, but you will always be protected. And you can always take off or put on one of the layers. This is the main principle of hiking.
How does it work? Look at the infographics.
The base layer removes moisture from the body, the middle layer keeps heat and continues to remove moisture from the body, the outer layer protects against wind and precipitation, and also to remove moisture.
This is the layer that is closest to the skin. It plays an important role in the thermodynamics of your body. It is important that the clothing of this layer is of high quality, removes sweat, lets in air and quickly dries.
Despite the fact that we all like to wear things from cotton, in this situation it will not work. The best choice is a synthetic, tight-fitting body t-shirt. They will take away moisture from you under load and quickly dry on rest. This is a very important aspect. Despite the fact that it can be cold in such clothes, believe me, you will not catch a cold and get sick.
This layer will keep you warm. The best choice for the Lofoten Islands will be a regular fleece jacket. You can also use jackets made of synthetic, breathable materials. The middle layer is what you would wear for a walk in the park in autumn.
It’s all a little more complicated. The outer layer must perform two functions. You must be protected from the rain and protected from the wind. I take all three layers even in clear weather when climbing a mountain. I remember only once I am on top that I did not wear them all. The wind is really strong and cold. Your outer layer should protect you well from the wind. In order not to wear two things, the outer layer must be waterproof. I advise, do not stint and buy an outer layer of breathable materials. Buy clothes 1-2 sizes larger than yours. The outer layer should be free.
Good hiking boots are very important — especially as getting this wrong can result in injury! If you do not have or have a little hiking experience, then your legs and muscles are probably not prepared for walks on rolling stones and sharp edges. Light shoes may not be right for you. Therefore, if you are planning to go for a walk in the mountains for the first time, then choose strong and heavy shoes. They will reliably protect your feet from dislocations and injuries.
On Lofoten often there are raw parts of the route, swamps, puddles, wet moss. If your shoes get wet, this is not the best choice.
I always choose shoes with a membrane. My feet do not sweat and are in comfort.
Never save on Hiking Boots!
Be sure to take one more pair of shoes for camping.
All the time walking in heavy hiking boots is very hard and uncomfortable.
5 tips How to choose hiking boots
- Weight. The heavier the shoe, the faster your feet will get tired.
- Waterproofness. It is absurd to buy to get wet shoes for a hike. Membrane “Gore-Tex” perfectly copes and your feet “breathe”.
- Protection. Steep climbs and descents, many stones make the probability to dislocate the leg. I try not to risk and buy shoes with high support feet.
- Durable outsole. The finger protection is mandatory. The shoe must have a sole of hard rubber. Shoes should not slip.
- Test the shoes in the store. Hiking shoes should be immediately comfortable. Fingers should not rest against (remember hiking socks). But the foot should not slide in the boot, it should be pressed tightly.
It’s so good if you have trousers for a mountain hike. They are very durable, they dry quickly.
Put in your backpack thermal underwear for windy and cold weather.
Socks are an important element. Socks should be specially made for hikes. They will protect you and your walk will be comfortable. You can not use everyday socks made of cotton with trekking boots.
Socks will be durable if they are specially sewn, they will not rub your feet and will drain moisture.
The acquisition of trekking poles made a revolution in my mind. I never thought that their use made it so easy to walk in the mountains. My back, my legs scream for trekking poles – THANKS! Feel free to look at them like an old man. Only you know how it’s cool when the back and legs are not tired.
You should use only multi-section trekking sticks in mountain walks. You will need a different height of sticks during the ascent and descent. The height of the sticks must be adjusted. Choose light sticks.
I’m not ready to vouch for whether you need a hat or not. But my wife did not take off her cap for two weeks of our joint trip to Lofoten. However, bandana will definitely be helpful.
Near the water and on the mountain peaks it is always very windy and cold. Once I did not take the gloves. And my shooting turned into a torture. My fingers are frozen. You should have gloves even in the summer.
Sunglasses and Sunscreen
Be sure to bring your sunglasses and sunscreen.
There is a constant salty wind, the sun shines all day. Getting sunburn is very easy. Especially for people with sensitive skin.
The lighter your tent the better. The downside of this is that the tent is lighter, the more expensive. If you do not plan to do walks in the mountains with a tent, then the first place is its size and comfort. But do not forget that it is very difficult to install a tent on a strong wind. If you plan to go to two or three, then you have enough of the tent is designed for 3-4 places. This will evenly distribute your gear during the trek. But choosing a tent, keep in mind that in addition, you must fit inside your clothes and backpack itself. I always use a 2 sleep tent for solo travel.
And I use a big awning for 4 people with a big tambour for the base camp. I love comfort. But you can not take all the things you want on the plane. You should remember about the baggage limit. Buying an expensive tent, do not skimp and get a footprint. The footprint really increases the life of your tent and protects the bottom from stones, moisture.
Ask yourself two questions. A backpack, this will be the only thing in which you will carry your things. What is the duration of hiking you planned?
If the hiking backpack is alone, then you will have to fit all your equipment there. But it is not convenient for short trips because of its size and weight.
On Lofoten, there are no pedestrian routes longer than 2-3 days. You can use a backpack 50-70l.
For one-day walks, a backpack 30L is suitable.
If you are planning professional photo shooting, then, except for things and food, you need to put all your photo equipment there.
Today, f-stop specializes in solving this problem and they make the best outfit for photographers.
Put your equipment in an F-stop bag. This bag is very well placed in the backpack and it is easy to pull out of it. Place the bag with the photo equipment on the top of the backpack. If the weight of the equipment is large, then it is better to put the bag down the backpack. The weight of your backpack will be balanced.
This will be the most necessary equipment in your journey. I’m sure.
Do not trust the temperature characteristics for which it is designed. I have three sleeping bags at different temperatures.
My warmest sleeping bag is designed for 0 ºC (32 ºF) comfort and -15 ºC (5 ºF) extreme.
Believe me, I always use it on Lofoten in the summer. And I was not hot never once.
3 tips how to choose a sleeping bag
- Size. The sleeping bag must be free for movement. But do not be too big. You will be cold to sleep in an overly large sleeping bag.
- Temperature rating. How to choose a sleeping bag and do not freeze? This is the most frequent question. Each sleeping bag is designed for a certain temperature. Choose 10 degrees warmer than the coldest temperature during your journey. For example. Minimum night temperatures will 5 ºC (41 ºF). You should buy a sleeping bag with a temperature of “comfort” -5 ºC (23 ºF).
- Down or synthetics? The best sleeping bag is from natural fluff. But fluff is hygroscopic. If your sleeping bag gets wet, then it will be very difficult to dry it. I prefer synthetic materials. They are not without their minuses. But going on a journey where the rains are very frequent, I’m most worried about keeping the sleeping bag warm.
This pad is very compact and convenient to carry.
Try to always inflate your rug in advance and let it cool. Then blow the air a little more.
Jetboil – This outstanding solution if you are alone.
2-3 people will need more utensils and another camping stove.
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