Little Norwegian Roadtrip (August 2018)

October 4, 2018 - Leave a Response

It’s been a while since I visited the splendid Northern country of Norway (after a trip to North Cape in 2009 while living in Finnish Oulu and a NYE stop-over in 2011 with my best mate), so when I met the most inspiring person I could imagine at the time, Norway was quickly back on the to-do list.

We decided to rent a car from Gothenburg in Sweden and then drive north, all around the coast – skipping on the capital at first, but heading towards Fredrikstad and its Old Town first. Next were a nature reserve west of Nevlunghavn, the towns of Arendal and Kristiansand. We ignored most of the city there and focused on climbing around the island of Odderøya which was a blast, especially when discovering an old fortress.

We applied that concept to the town of Mundal and focused more on the nature just south of it, climbing rocks facing the sea before heading further West, towards Stavanger. Even there we were seeking out nature after an urban stroll, discovering the northern end of Hundvåg.

Climbing around near Mundal.

Climbing around near Mundal.

Via enchanting Høle and a ferry from Lauvvik we ended up hiking to Preikestolen at one point (a rather enjoyable 4h return walk) before heading North to Bergen, the country’s 2nd largest city – the way there was breathtaking really, the rainy weather only adding to the sublime atmosphere.

Hiking towards Preikestolen.

Hiking towards Preikestolen.

We had little luck with the weather in Bergen and didn’t stay overly long before finding a sweet place to park over night and heading on towards Oslo, the capital, soon after. Most noticeable for that rather long piece of road were a hidden little place called Måbø, the Gardnos Crater and various enchanting picnic areas along the fjords and lakes.

Rainbow in Bergen.

Rain without end in Bergen – that at least left us with quite a rainbow 🌈🔥

Magical Måbø.

Magical Måbø.

After one sunny afternoon in Oslo (don’t miss out on Akershus Castle!), we made our way back to Sweden, catching glimpse of an old Stone Ship grave north of Tanumshede and found the most perfect spot for one last night camping out at some splendid lake called Färingen (seeking out a hidden cave called Astrids Grotta the following morning).

Akershus Castle.

Akershus Castle.

Stone Ship grave near Tanumshede.

Doing our thing at the Stone Ship grave.

Camping in Sweden.

Camping in Sweden.

We ended in Gothenburg, couchsurfing at one wonderful place with brilliant hosts who we basically hit the jackpot with, humour- plus music-taste-wise (Slagmalsklubben for life!).

While I had to fly back to Berlin the morning after, the Scandinavian adventure for my companion was just about to unfold, however…

Chilling out at Preikestolen.

Chilling out at Preikestolen.

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