Three Tops

The weather was better this morning. Although it was still quite cloudy, most tops were clear. We started by going up a mountain, Lakstinden, which was a short drive away. This was an enjoyable climb, through birch woods, with lovely views and good terrain underfoot. On the last stretch we had sightings of sheep with bells and of a family of stoats. We decided we would now attempt Hillesøya, the hill at the end of the island string, which we could do from our hotel. The sky was lightening by this time. A fixed rope was provided to help with the ascent though some of us found it more of a hindrance. We reached the top fairly easily and enjoyed the wonderful views of the islands that form the 'Arctic Caribbean'. There was a different way down with lovely sea views that slowed us down considerably as the photographers needed to record them. After a break we ascended our third hill of the day. This was Ørnfløya, a short drive from the hotel. The sun was out now so the views from this fairly low hill were superb.
Birch copse
Birch copse
Tarn
Tarn
The Sommarøy archipelago from Lakstinden
The Sommarøy archipelago from Lakstinden
Camilla on her way up
Camilla on her way up
Kattfjorden from Lakstinden
Kattfjorden from Lakstinden
On top of Lakstinden
On top of Lakstinden
Island in Kattfjorden
Island in Kattfjorden
Beach across Kattfjorden
Beach across Kattfjorden
Stoat
Stoat
Håja
Håja
Looking down from Hillesøya
Looking down from Hillesøya
Sommarøy from Hillesøya
Sommarøy from Hillesøya
On top of Hillesøya
On top of Hillesøya
On the way down
On the way down
Beach with turquoise water
Beach with turquoise water
Ruffs
Ruffs
Middagstinden on Kvaløya
Middagstinden on Kvaløya
Tarn on Ørnfløya
Tarn on Ørnfløya
Bridge to Sommarøy and view of Håja
Bridge to Sommarøy and view of Håja
Tarn on Ørnfløya with pink rocks
Tarn on Ørnfløya with pink rocks
Sunset from our hotel
Sunset from our hotel