_59 A Tiny Island Called Fleinvær

03/10/14

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Although this post is not necessarily about a ride, I did spent my whole 10 days on this workshop playing around on my bike whenever I got a chance and the scenery was so incredible I had to post something about it.

As part of my university course this semester we had to travel to a small island way up in the north of Norway just of the coast of Bodø to a small island called Fleinvaer, we had been up here only a few weeks ago building a small shelter but on the mainland and that time I regretted that I did not bring my bike as the mountains and scenery are just incredible here, despite only coming to a small island of 2 miles long by 0.5 miles wide I still brought my bike in case I had the chance to ride on the mainland after the workshop.

We were here to build a small sauna and changing room and spent most of every day building, working or cooking which didn’t really leave much time for me to ‘ride’ however with the island being so small I actually managed to ride just about every little track in any spare 5 minutes we had, the longest downhill being about 100m long, I did ride my bike to work every day though which meant I could leave the building a whole 3 minutes after everyone else.

I will just write something short and let the photos do the talking. Although I was a little disappointed to learn we would be coming to a tiny island for our 2nd workshop up here unlike the first one was which was set beneath 1000m high mountains I really didn’t mind once we arrived and spent a day on the island, ok so there was not so many tracks to ride my bike on and it was a huge faff bringing it here however the setting was breathtaking. From the top of the smallest little hill on the island you could just see for miles and miles, you saw all the tiny islands in our little archipalaego, you saw the sea for miles and miles, you saw the mountains on the mainland in the distance creating quite a stunning skyline and much more. This place is definitely one of the most amazing places I have been to in my life with all of the above mentioned things along with the most incredible sunsets every night giving an orangey pink glow to the island along with northern lights every. single. night. you can’t ask for much more picturesque scenery.

Taking the boat out to the islands, leaving the mainland behind
Taking the boat out to the islands, leaving the mainland behind
This is a view of the island from the highest point, a mere 35m above sea level
This is a view of the island from the highest point, a mere 35m above sea level, the white building down on the left is the house/studio being built by the Tyin Architect guys and the smaller pier you can see to the left of it is where we built our sauna.
This was the sunset on the first night of arriving which certainly set the scene for the next few days to come, incredible light and views for miles and miles around
This was the sunset on the first night of arriving which certainly set the scene for the next few days to come, incredible light and views for miles and miles around
At the far end of the mains Island there were two wooden bridges which linked another two smaller islands to the main one
At the far end of the mains Island there were two wooden bridges which linked another two smaller islands to the main one
On only the second night on the island I cycled up to the same spot hopeful of another sunset and waited patiently under this unusually shaped cloud whilst the moon rose and the sun went down
On only the second night on the island I cycled up to the same spot hopeful of another sunset and waited patiently under this unusually shaped cloud whilst the moon rose and the sun went down
Only to be greeted with quite possible the most amazing sunset I have had the chance of watching, the clouds were formed such that it looked like they all dissapeared towards the sun and the bold colours reflected in the water creating a sea of blood
Only to be greeted with quite possible the most amazing sunset I have had the chance of watching, the clouds were formed such that it looked like they all dissapeared towards the sun and the bold colours reflected in the water creating a sea of blood
I had to take a poser photo with my bike against it since I had it there too
I had to take a poser photo with my bike against it since I had it there too
This is the whole group that was out of the island from my class that were constructing the sauna
This is the whole group that was out of the island from my class that were constructing the sauna
The beginnings of the sauna
The beginnings of the sauna
Later that evening was once again a fantastic sunset, in fact every night was there
Later that evening was once again a fantastic sunset, in fact every night was there
The sauna halfway through its construction
The sauna halfway through its construction

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Chilling out in the sun on the roof was not a luxury we expected to have before we came
Chilling out in the sun on the roof was not a luxury we expected to have before we came
Evening sunset over the pier halfway through construction
Evening sunset over the pier halfway through construction
The last evening of construction with only some small parts of the facade left to do and some interior details to finish... oh and the super massive heavy doors
The last evening of construction with only some small parts of the facade left to do and some interior details to finish… oh and the super massive heavy doors
The finished product
The finished product
The finished product
The finished product
The finished product as viewed from the other building up on the hill
The finished product as viewed from the other building up on the hill
The finished product as viewed from the boat as we left the island
The finished product as viewed from the boat as we left the island
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