Lord of The Rings scenery

Bolboci lake

A long hike in a fantastic weather with scenery reminding of The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.

I woke up early that morning and while I was getting up-to-date with the recent news, I stumbled upon this post on Facebook:

Who would want to experience the nature of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit without all those bad creatures?

S. J.

That day we had planned to go for a long hike in the mystical Bucegi Mountains of Romania and I thought it would be funny if we met some wargs and goblins along the way.

We were especially excited about this hiking trip because we would walk on trails we hadn’t been on before and discover the side of mountain that was yet unknown to us.

We started our hike at the Bolboci lake and hiked to Saua Strunga and then headed down to Moieciu de Sus and from there to Gutanu and finally to the village of Simon, near the Bran Castle.

All in all, it ended up being an incredible hiking trip that would make any Tolkien fan jealous.

We lost the trail several times, had some incredible views, interesting weather, winter and summer on the same day and yes, we also met some beasts and dragons along the way.

It was a great hike, but let’s leave the photos to tell the story.

Hiking in the mist of morning in the Bucegi Mountains
Hiking in the mist of morning in the Bucegi Mountains
Nice view over the Bolboci Lake
Nice view over the Bolboci Lake
We lost the trail and found the Dragon's layer
We lost the trail and found the Dragon’s layer
Bolboci lake
Bolboci lake
Thick fog after we exited the forest
Thick fog after we exited the forest
Thick fog after we exited the forest
More fog
Bear prints in Bucegi Mountains
Fresh bear prints
Thick fog after we exited the forest
Thick fog and more snow
Bucegi mountains
Finally the sky started to clear
The weather started to look promising in the Bucegi Mountains
The weather started to look more and promising as we started our descent
We crossed a few creeks in the Bucegi Mountains
We crossed a few creeks
The last traces of snow in the Bucegi Mountains
The last traces of snow
Moieciu de Sus, Romania
Moieciu de Sus, Romania
Moieciu de Sus, Romania
We lost the trail again and had to walk through the people’s yards
Moieciu de Sus, Romania
Steep climb but nice views
Bucegi Mountains, Moieciu de Sus, Romania
A look back to the mountains we hiked a few hours before
Moieciu de Sus, Romania
Completely different scenery than the one in the morning
Hiking in Moieciu de Sus, Romania
Walking on the hills near Moieciu de Sus
Hiking in Moieciu de Sus, Romania
We lost the trail again…
Excellent weather and views over the Piatra Craiului Mountains in Moieciu de Sus, Romania
Excellent weather and views over the Piatra Craiului Mountains
Hiking in Bucegi Mountains, Romania
Bucegi Mountains
Giant roots in Bucegi Mountains
Clearing the path
Horses in Bucegi Mountains, Romania
Yey! Horses!
Piatra Craiului Mountains in the distance
Piatra Craiului Mountains in the distance
Tall pine trees in Bucegi Mountains, Romania
Tall pine trees
Hiking in the Bucegi Mountains, Romania
Going up into the Bucegi Mountains again
Bucegi Mountains - bear encounter
There’s a bear in this photo
Bear in Bucegi Mountains, Romania
The bear
Bucegi Mountains, Romania
Short break to share the encounter with the bear on social media
Sunset in Bucegi Mountains, Romania
The sun was starting to set
The Eye of Sauron
The Eye of Sauron

This was a training session a week before the Transylvania 100K, a trail running race through the mountains of Transylvania, which takes place in Romania in the second half of May.