Recent Camping Trip To Norway
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We left on a Tuesday
morning. Two people, two happy dogs and a car stuffed with camping gear.
We headed up the west coast of Sweden, past Gothenburg, and across the
Norwegian border. We stopped a few times, to let the dogs out and to eat
some picnic food.
late afternoon we started looking for a campground. It turned out to be
quite difficult, because the campground managers were generally not on
site. Finally, however, we managed to find a small campground where we
could set up our tent. It was cold and very, very windy (I actually
wished I had packed gloves…). We quickly ate some food and then went to
bed. The wind died down overnight, and we slept pretty comfortably.
the morning we planned to make coffee, eggs and toast, but discovered
that the camping stove burner was leaking. I learned the hard way to
test out all equipment before the trip… Instead we packed all our
gear and went and got ourselves a gas station breakfast, consisting of
coffee and donuts.
decided to drive across the mountains on road 51, ending up in Fagernes
(in the Valdres area of Norway). There seemed, among other things, to be
plenty of campgrounds in the area. Road 51 offered beautiful views of a
snowy and icy landscape (in June!!). Close to Fagernes, the landscape
changed again into rolling hills and lots of trees.
We shopped for a
barbecue dinner, before finding a beautiful and picturesque little
campground set by the lake. The owner directed us to a secluded tent
site, overlooking the lake and a waterfall in the distance. For this we
paid 130 NOK (Norwegian
Krone) a night.
This is about $25 – thank the weak dollar for that! The weather
had turned much more pleasant and we slept very well that night.
The next day, after deciding to stay another night at the campground, we
mapped out a route on the map and headed out for another day of
sightseeing. We drove west, toward the coast. This day offered many more
breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, deep fjords and sparkling
We also ended up driving on serpentine roads on the
mountainsides, as well as creepy dark tunnels through the tallest
mountains. One of the tunnels was 15 miles long!! It is a
slightly claustrophobic feeling to think about the amount of rock above
at the campground we used the campground kitchen facilities and heated
some canned meatballs, gravy and potatoes for dinner. It rained a little
bit in the evening, but then stopped again. Unfortunately, the rain
started up again early in the morning and we then decided to pack up and
go home. We had hoped for one more night in Norway, but the thought of
packing and then setting up a wet tent did not appeal to us.
Norway was more exciting and beautiful than we could have imagined, and
we are already planning our next trip back! Maybe a drive along the
southern coast? Or maybe a visit to the northernmost parts? The
possibilities are almost endless…
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