When it comes to hiking Holandsmelen , it seems to be a relatively small hill located in the vicinity of Leknes with an easy trail leading to the flat summit which offers up stunning views to the white-sand beaches of Vik and Haukland. The place is quite easy to get from Holandsmelen Parking as it provides the shortest and the most convenient way to reach the summit -twice as short as choosing alternative trails. It is well – known as the bog -free area but only in theory.
I found myself walking through muddy area there a few times but the slog is worth it. The perfect time to enjoy the hiking experience in this area seems to be either during a calm evening or sunset during the summer season.
Holandsmelen is located in Vestvågøya with its the major city of Lekness. To be honest, you can make a stopover in Lekness to pop into the local tourist center Vestvågøy Turistinformasjon for more information about the region. Going towards Vik where Holandsmelen is located you have an opportunity to visit Utakleiv beach – another must-see place in Norway. If you are heading to Utakliev tunnelen, it is hard not to see Holandsmelen as the mountain is a lonely peak. I pretty recommend an app called ViewRanger to better navigate around the place. Some tourists I bumped into when hiking there told me that they got slightly confused when descending the mountain.
I discourage any of you from choosing the mountain in extremely overcast day with worse visibility as rain can make you get lost there and you find yourself completing the descent in the completely different place you started.
When it comes to technical details, I worked on my unreiable Canon EOS 5D Mark III with dedicated landscape lens EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II USM. Taking the picture was not about any spectacular exposure time as i exposed the shot as little as 8s. I set an aperture open on f/9 and ISO 100 as it offers up the maximum sharpness for my gear. As for photography filters I used Polarizer + ND 6-STOPS + ND Midium Grad from Lee.