Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


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Norway 2018: Videos

Finally got around to completing all 5 PoV videos of the packrafting part of September’s solo trek through the colorful forests and fjells of eastern Norway’s villmarken. The videos may seem a bit lengthy but do give a good idea of the serene atmosphere and general conditions of the trip: no people, hardly any infrastructure, just unspoiled nature.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy…

Rendalen: Sølensjøen / Arasjøen lakes and Sølna river



Rondane: Atna river


For more information, the full reports (with pictures, story and maps) are here:

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Norway 2018: Packrafting Rondane

During the third week of September I also make a 2 day – 60 km solo hiking & packrafting tour of the Atna river in the Rondane mountains. I start at Straumbu, hike up to Dørålseter via Langglupdalen, hike down to Frekmyre, and then paddle back to Straumbu. Conditions are fab, except for the wind which is gale force at higher elevations and makes any summit attempt impossible.

A full report of the Atna experience is available below. Videos will follow later, in due time.

Report > Norway 2018: Rondane

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Norway 2018: Packrafting Rendalen

Third week of September in the Rendalen villmarken: autumn foliage is at its peak and I make a 2 day – 50 km solo hiking & packrafting tour of the Sølna river. I start in picturesque Fiskevollen on the shores of lake Sølensjøen, and then gradually move north by packraft and on foot to the location where I take to the water of the meandering Sølna river, in order to paddle back south.

A full report of the Sølna experience is available below. I have quite a bit of video footage as well, but haven’t found the time yet to process it properly.

Report > Norway 2018: Rendalen

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Iceland 2018: Report

The report of my 200 km solo trek through the Icelandic highlands during the second half of August has been uploaded. In fact, given the sheer number of pictures, I decided to split it in 3 parts: the first is an account of the hike from Landmannalaugar to Langisjór, the second of the return hike from Langisjór to Landmannalaugar (via a different route), and the third of day hikes around Landmannalaugar itself.

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Iceland 2018: Fjallabak to Langisjór (and back!)

10 days, 200 km walked, 7300 m climbed, countless rivers forded, 2500 pictures taken: these are some of the statistics of this year’s Iceland solo adventure…

Two years ago or so I came across the blog of outdoor photographer Alex Nail and was immediately taken by his rendition of one of Iceland’s hidden gems, i.e. the Langisjór lake. Although Langisjór measures no less than 20 km and is hence one of the largest lakes in the country, it is hardly known to the general public due to its remoteness and notoriously barren climate. Truth be said, until I read Alex Nail’s blog, I had actually never heard of Langisjór myself either…

More or less around the same time fellow Belgian hiker Kasper Geuns and his partner Charlotte post on their outdoor blog an account of a trek covering Langisjór, the Eldgjá area, Fjallabak NP, and the well-known Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trails. I take an interest in some day hiking a trajectory similar to Kasper’s, however excluding Laugavegur since I have already hiked it twice (i.e. in 1998 and 2016).

During the second half of August 2018 I finally find the opportunity to take on the intended challenge. Taking into account bus schedules (which late August are a bit less favorable than earlier in the season), I decide to start in Landmannalaugar, hike to Langisjór, and then return to Eldgjá to catch a bus back to Landmannalaugar. Thanks to growing confidence during the course of the trek however, I eventually forget about the plan to catch a bus in Eldgjá, and hike all the way back to Landmannalaugar!

Given that I lost 4 kg of body weight during the trek, I guess it is fair to say it was one of the more challenging I did so far. Daytime highs were around 6°C mostly and except for 2 days of rain, weather was quite reasonable with a fair amount of sunshine. From a photographic point of view, this trek was probably one of the best ever, thanks to an almost endless succession of absolutely stunning and extremely varied landscapes.

Of course, a full report of the trek will follow in due time. Below are just a couple of randomly chosen pictures that hopefully give some idea of the variety of landscapes.

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Iceland 2017: Video

Video footage from my 117 km – 5 day solo trek around Kerlingarfjöll and along Kjalvegur, in the barren Icelandic interior.

The video is far from a comprehensive rendition of the trek, as it only features a limited number of sights along the way. I was quite busy hiking, navigating and taking pictures, and hence shooting video footage was only low priority.


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Sweden 2016: Packrafting Rogen

8 minutes of relaxing video footage from my 124 km – 7 day solo hiking and packrafting trek through Rogen (Sweden) and Femundsmarka (Norway) in June 2016. The video covers the first 2.5 days of the trek, and was entirely shot on Swedish soil.

The locations in the video are the following: Hävlingen – Rogen – Nässjöbäcken – Tandsjövålen – Käringsjön – Kråksjön – Källsjön – Uthussjön – Öster-Rödsjön – Väster-Rödsjön.