Up North and Under the Lights

Up North and Under the Lights

By Kenyon on April 19, 2023

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Years ago I visited beautiful Oslo, Norway. I remember locals telling me I needed to experience the fjords up north. 'Up North' resonated in my mind for years, and Arctic Norway made its way to my list of travel destinations. This year my wife and I decided to check this place off our list. To be exact, we ventured to the Lofoten Archipelago, which lies above the 68-degree parallel and within the Arctic Circle. In November, in winter, when the days are short and the nights rule.

Why visit remote Norway in the winter? It’s the most accessible place within the Arctic Circle to view the Northern Lights, but there's no guarantee you’ll see them. It could be cloudy, stormy, or, the aurora borealis could simply 'no show.' Guides will tell you there are no guarantees, and you shouldn't go to Lofoten expecting to see the Northern Lights. If you see them, consider it a bonus.

We decided to go for it anyway. Even if we didn’t see the Northern Lights, we’d still experience rugged and dramatic landscapes where mountains literally rise out of the sea, not to mention undisturbed land dotted with small coastal fishing towns.

We traveled through Lofoten to our destination and home base for the week.

We stayed in a small cabin that overlooked the village of Sund.

We chopped wood and kept a fire going, always staying warm.

A man starting a fire in the hearth, dressed in KUHL mens fleece
Keep the embers burning in KÜHL Scandinavian Vest
A woman starting in a cabin with KUHL women's fleece, drinking a warm drink
Stay warm and cozy in the KÜHL Adriana 1/2 Zip

We visited Reine.

We visited picturesque Hamnoy with red Rorbuer (fishermen cabins) on the rocky shores.

We made our way to the top of Reinebringen.

We saw signs of moose but no evidence.

We saw endless bays of calm seas.

A woman starting on a rock in the lake's shallows, dressed in KUHL women's hiking parka
Venture out in the KÜHL Spyfire Parka

Oh, and we witnessed Aurora Borealis give an outstanding performance in the dark Arctic skies.

Guarantees in life are few, but when you embark wholeheartedly on adventure, you're guaranteed to find your light.

A man in KUHL winter hiking clothing sitting on a rock and looking at northern lights
Light the way in the KÜHL Firefly Hoody

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Layers are essential for staying warm and dry in Arctic conditions. As a base layer, Kenyon chose the Downhill Racr. Merino wool is naturally wicking and odor resistant, making it one of nature's ideal performance materials. As a mid-layer, the technically advanced ALFPACA™ fleece of the Scandinavian Vest creates air pockets that trap air and retain body heat for outstanding warmth without weight.  Engineered for high aerobic activities, the Firefly Hoody features flexible PRIMALOFT GOLD ACTIVE™ insulation that moves with you. With superb warmth-to-weight ratio and continued insulation when wet, the Firefly Hoody is an excellent choice for a lightweight men's outer layer. Michelle stayed warm and cozy in the Adriana 1/2 Zip and the full-length Spyfire Parka.



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