Karl Gustav Hetland on exploring caves in Norway and standing on Europe’s tallest vertical rock face

Featuring: Karl Gustav Hetland aka. @karlgustavhetland

In the last feature, we took a trip to Tommy Durso's sunny San Diego. This time, we are traveling to the northernmost country of Europe: Norway. Norway is home to a wealth of riches most outdoors folk just can't ignore (myself, Mikkel, included). With its vivid expanse of islands and fjords, it offers great opportunities for kayaking adventures. And from these fjords, majestic valleys and snowcapped peaks arise.

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Breathtaking sights of Averøya

This is where we find Karl Gustav. Karl Gustav lives in Averøya, an island in the Møre & Romsdal County in Central Norway. Here, you'll find plenty o' opportunities to seriously revamp your photography portfolio. When the sun rises in horizon and peaks through the skyline of jagged mountains, it almost begs you to grab your camera and get going. Karl Gustav is a photographer and has an impressive gallery. He sometimes shoots with his drone and that is how he catches the jaw-dropping angles you'll see in the epic edits on his Instagram. Karl Gustav usually combines his photography hobby with his favorite outdoor activities:

"This kind of mountainous terrain makes hiking and climbing the obvious choice... but I also really like to go kayaking. Sometimes, freediving as well."

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Sun rays peaking through the clouds.


A few facts about Karl Gustav:
  • His favorite trail food is nutrition bar called a FlapJack. Nothing fancy, if you ask him. The most important aspect is that it has "lots of calories jammed into it - it's practical and easy".
  • When Karl Gustav does solo-hikes, he enjoys listening to audiobooks. Right now he is listening to Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower'.
  • Besides being the outdoorsman he is, Karl Gustav also dedicates his pastime to edit the raw photos, he shoots on his trips.

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Karl Gustav on the way up the north ridge of Luten (968 m).


Who got you into outdoor?

My parents when I was young. Then the interest died off for a few years. And then it came back, stronger than ever!

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Great form, eh? Karl Gustav has booked 194 hikes so far this year.


What was the highlight of your latest trip?

My brother visited me and we went to the Troll Wall in Norway. The Troll Wall is the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, about 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) from its base to the summit of its highest point. Lots of pinacles at the top.

Facing the majestic Troll Wall of Norway.


What is your favorite piece of gear and why?

My pack! How else would I carry all the stuff I need for my projects, a-ha?

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Winter wonderland.


What is your most memorable outdoor experience of all time?

When I stood at the top of Island Peak (6189m.) in Nepal and proposed to my girlfriend.

 

... She said yes!

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Well played, Karl Gustav. Well played.


What adventures do you have planned for the future?

Uh, there is too many! Crazy as it is, I have recently been exploring a cave nearby where I live to see whether it is possible to get through. I want to continue that project. Also, I have this idea of sleeping in a hammock high up in the treecrowns. That would be really cool. I'd also like try freediving in a remote, high-altitude lake. Lots of stuff!

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Sharing a bottle of wine in camping cups. Sophisticated? No. Just way it should be? Yes.


And in those words - it's a wrap.

Follow Karl Gustav on Instagram

A big thank you goes to Karl Gustav ( @karlgustavhetland ) for lending me his incredible photos and for giving some insight into the life of a Norwegian outdoorsman. You can check his epic gallery (including aerial drone-shots - so epic) - right here - and see more of his works.

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