Last weekend we went hiking in the High Coast. We took a dayhike up to the top of Skuleberget (Skule Mountain). A beautiful trail up along the southern mountainside. For dayhikes Skule Mountain and Skule National park are perfect. If you want, you can also take the 250 metre high east climbing trail, Via Ferrata to the top.
We stayed in Örnsköldsvik for the weekend, where we had the most amazing dinner! In a small restaurant, Linnea & Peter we ate at the Chef’s Table. Four hours of fantastic dishes (chef’s choice) mostly with local ingredients and carefully chosen surprising beverage choices. Our greatest dining experience ever!
Wow, what a trip and what a beautiful country! Now it’s been a few days since we got home and we have gradually started to melt our impressions.
Some things were as we had expected. The high mountains, the green rolling hills and the climate was almost as expected. The food and the nice people as well. But other things were surprising, as for example:
The Coffee culture – as Swedes and big time coffee drinkers we were a bit worried about how to get a good cup of coffee or latte during the trip. But a country with better range and better tasting latte I think we’ve never traveled in. Everywhere, in the smallest village there were a cafe and barista.
The Forests – to ride or hike through the dense rain forests and suddenly see a birch tree that looks just like our Swedish ones was a surprise. Seeing “Swedish” summer flowers along the roadside and in the next second tropical flowers that we only keep as houseplants back home was fascinating.
The Roads – as a Scandinavian or if you’ve traveled a lot in our neighboring country Norway with its fjords and high mountains, you’re accustomed to winding roads and switchbacks. But nothing beats New Zealand!
It was also an incredibly easy country to camp in. Think we’ve never seen that many campers and then we still come from a country full of motor homes and caravan campers. The access to wifi was also very good, although it was of course a bit so and so on a larger camp site to upload photos of the day on social media.
The only thing we didn’t appreciate was probably the major tourist attractions that have become more of amusement parks. For example, to go in convoy for several hours and be assigned a parking lot by a car park attendant to see a fjord or to queue up with busloads of tourists to get a glimpse of some cliffs shaped into pancakes. But of course we understand that tourism is a welcome source of income.
Things we’ll remember the most is probably the lesser-known sights and our own discoveries. Such as that several miles of gravel road through the national park and over the mountain that wasn’t on the tourist map or that paradise beach that’s not found unless you deviated from the tourist route, and where we were completely alone. The same applies to the food. As is so often you find the best food on that unassuming neighborhood pub than on the main street in the tourist areas.
If you haven’t been here yet, it’s a must on your bucket list!
Note: The posts “New Zealand part 1-8” were published during the trip, often with a “camping wifi” and only cell phone photos was uploaded.
Cruising down on the eastern coast of the South Island for a couple of days. Two detours up in the Southern Alps through Arthurs Pass, seeing Mt Cook and the lakes of Tekapo and Pukaki, that was just awesome!
Had the best Blue Cod in Kaikoura ☺
A shorter stop at the Steampunk Hq in Oamaru, through a rainy Dunedin and down to Bluff before heading north ☺