It was 7 a.m., a beautiful, sunny day in the Arctic and I was having trouble keeping my eyes closed in meditation, thanks to the beauty of the magnificent fjords just outside my room window. Today, Graham the owner of the lodge (Lyngen Lodge where I was staying), was going to take a couple from Malta and myself, on a boating tour of the fjords, finally arriving at the fishing village of Havnnes on the island of Uløya. We were accompanied by his four year old son Finley, and a group of skiers who were getting off at the shores of the Lyngen fjord. Apparently, the Lyngen Alps and the surrounding islands, offer an incredible choice of terrain for skiers. There was already another boat I could see in the distant waters, with skiers getting ready for their day!
The scenic journey in the boat was filled with dramatic coastlines with glaciers and mountains rising vertically out from the deep fjords. Even though we missed seeing the Humpback Whales and Springer Whales that are feeding throughout the Lyngen Fjord, we did spot the Havørn (Sea Eagle) and some other migratory sea birds nesting on the high cliffs.
After cruising for about an hour, Graham had us fishing for cod and halibut that are found in the rich waters of the fjord. The beauty of the islands and the fjords was so surreal, I couldn't get enough pictures. At one point, I just had to pack my camera and sit back and enjoy the incredible landscape around me.
After a brief period of fishing and enjoying the Arctic scenery, we cruised to the fishing village of Havnnes on the island of Uløya, where Graham gave us a guided tour.