It is the end of May, when we are on the Lofoten Islands for the very first time in our lives, and to our surprise it can already get quite warm even this far up in the north. After work is done, we sit in T-shirts on the terrace of our temporary home and look over to Nonstinden. It’s one of those typical houses that line the coasts here in the far north – red wooden walls, white window frames and a view onto water and mountains. But where are we exactly?
Home mountain and heath above Ballstad
Our cabin is located in the quiet fishing village of Ballstad in the district of Vestvagøy, which actually already belongs to the larger villages in Lofoten, although we should probably rather put “larger” in quotation marks. The peninsula on which Ballstad is located is characterized by a mountain range that runs from north to south.
The highest peak, rather in the north, is the 670 meter high Skottinden, and the other jags and peaks extend to the southern end of the peninsula, where the rock runs out more or less abruptly towards the coast. Nonstinden is one of these peaks and lies directly above Ballstad, which nestles on the western side of the small mountain range and is thus well protected from the stormy west winds. These otherwise hit the Lofoten archipelago without restraint from the Atlantic.