Up to the top of Besseggen, Part 2

Last time I stopped when we arrived at Bessvatnet for a rest. This time the trip go on. Next part is to climb the part of the mountain called Bandet. This is the steepest part of the trip, were it´s not a walk anymore. But, mountain climbing. I find this very fun, have always liked to climb, its like a pussle finding the right way to climb. My mom on the other side didn´t find it that easy.

After this climb it has a little bit more hills, but no more climbing. Except a few hills at the end of the trip.

When we arrived a Veslfjell we found out that everyone that started at the same time as me and my mom now had managed to walk past us and we were all alone. The funny part with Norwegian mountains is that when you first reach the top, you soon find out that it is nothing there. The top of Norwegian mountains is the closest to a desert you can find in Norway. The only thing around is stone and moss, little life of anything.

One of the most famous part of Besseggen is a little bit of the mountain that stick out over the water. You can go out on that one and get a amazing view. A must see, if your not really afraid of hights ofcourse.

The last half on the way home I have to admit was not that fun. I was tired and cold after using 12 hours walking a tour that was suppose to take 8 hours. Not what I was expecting. We came back when the sun went down and gave us a definite end of the day.

I was supprised to see that our bags was lying and waiting for us still at the docks. All alone since everyone else already had collected theirs. We decided to drive home that night, needed a proper bed. But  soon found out that the minibus down to the car had stoped driving.

Thank God the nice shop owner said he was driving down anyway and would drive us down to the car, so we didn´t have to walk all the way down to the car again. Some people is just to good to be through.

It was a amazing trip that really is a good way to see some of the beautiful Norway. Absolutely a must do if you ever visit Norway, I wanr to do it again.

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Up to the top of Besseggen part 1

Then the day of climbing finally arrived. We woke up  at half past 6 in the morning and went right down for some good breakfast. You also got small bags to make some sandwiches to bring on the walk.

Then we went down to the docks were you can leave your big bags. And then the boat will drive them over to Gjendesheim dock, where you can go and get them when you arrive on the other side.

We managed to be all done for 9 o´clock and started the long walk. Uselly it takes 6 – 8 hours to walk the whole way. You also have the possibility to climb a lot of other mountains round Besseggen if you want to stay for a couple of extra days.

When you walk Besseggen it is very important to follow the path and look after the big red T´s. Not only because it it very dangerous to get lost in the mountains, but also because you can destroy a lot of endangered vegetation.

Its a long trip and it so much beautiful things I want to show you. So day 3 is divided in two. This time I end it at Bessvatnet, we took a break here. The water is very clean and cold, so its a nice place to chill down and refill your water bottle. One thing that is really important is to use sun cream, because you are closer to the sun and its no shadows anywhere it is really easy to get sun burned.

To be continued.

Up and away

And then the day was here. I was the one driving to Besseggen and I have to admit it was a bit difficult for the GPS, since we didn’t really have a specific address. So we had to go in for a address close by and find the way from there. But we did make it.

Then we took a minibus in to Gjendesheim where we had to wait for the next boat. Then we took the boat over to Memurubu. Here you can put up a tent for free or as me and my mom did stay at the lovely hotel there.

We had a lovely dinner in real norwegian stile and a very cute room with a lovely view. A good start. We had a early night so we would be able to get up early the next day.

Before Besseggen

For a year now my mom and I have talked about taking a trip to one of the famous mountain walks in Norway, Besseggen. We really wanted to take a mother daughter trip in the fresh air. Finally, summer 2010 we managed to arrange a trip like this.

First it´s a lot of planning, how to get there, what to bring, when the boat leave, where to stay and so on. Most of it is easy to find online. I am talking about in todays video. Yes, this time it´s the writer, filmer and editor that are the host as well. A bit of multitasking there. It is not much else to say about today. Next time the trip start for real, this time is more of a intro.

Short look at Vaasa

Then we finally arrived in Vaasa and its time to check out the place. Vaasa is a small town by the sea in Finland. So it didn’t take long for us to walk to the sea. The center is very small and simple, but give a nice feeling. Everything in Finland is usually like that, nice in all ways and very simple. It´s also quit few people there, you never end up in a busy street where you get walked over.

Vaasa have some stores and clubs, but I have to admit. From a tourist point of view, its not much to do in Vaasa, but it have a very good student reputation.

I have to admit it was a bit nice to relax in Vaasa, but I was also longing home. So we staid just for a couple of days then we left for Norway again. I was so eager to get home that I drove the little car for almost 8 hours straight, just to get home to Norway from Finland in one day. Nice place Finland, but I think Norway is better 😉

Flatpack day

We left Turku early, tried to get a head start on the day. It is so easy to drive in Finland. You fast experience that Finland and Sweden have much better roads then Norway. The speed limit is much higher too. But the finish drivers are crazy, I think I drive fast and then some guy comes flying past me and disappear in front of me. Crazy…

Well when we came to Tampere we went to Ikea to buy some stuff to Dave´s new place in Vaasa. We stocked up the car with as much stuff as possible. After that we realized that  we maybe wouldn’t be able to make it to Vaasa before the office that had Dave´s key would close. So the race began.

We jumped in to the car and drove as fast as possible through Finland. Most of the way was high ways in middle of no where, so that was good. The car got a hard trip there, but thankfully me managed to get to the office minuted before it closed. I was really glad we didn´t have to sleep on the streets for a night.

Then we came to Dave´s one room apartment with no bed and carried everything we had in to the house. What a mess of a day, but it was fun and exhausting, so the rest of the day went on to relax.

Stockholm to Turku

The day started very early. Round four in the morning we woke up, packed the car and jumped in. First we had some problems with finding the right port to drive to. But after some messing a round we finally found out that we were going to Värtahamnen and how to get there.

The boat was really nice, and that was good. Because the trio takes 10 hours from Stockholm to Turku. It´s loads of things to do on the boat. Like games, restaurants, cinema, pool and so on. We used the time to get some work done, admire the view and just relax and suddenly we were there.

We were sleeping with one of Dave´s friends, Saara Ingstrom, in Turku. We found her place and she took us out to take a look at Turku before It got dark. Turku is a very artistic town and very beautiful. Its also called Äbo.

It was another on the road, and sea, day. It will be a lot of those, we are on a road trip.

One day in Stockholm

We woke up in the tent after a surprisingly nice sleep. Outside it was warm, sunny and beautiful. We got some breakfast and went in to town as soon as possible. This time we had a swedish “guide”, her name was Julia Brolin. The same girl that let us sleep in her garden.

First she took us to Gamla stan, thats the old part of Stockholm. It is so beautiful, with narrow streets, funny stores and wonderful old buildings. We just walked round there for a while to enjoy the harmony the place had. After a while we got out to Stockholm castle with guards  standing outside. Round the corner it we got to see a whole troop of guards march out with music and everything. That was pretty cool. We also got to see Storkyrken where the princess of Sweden just had got married.

After that we left the old town and went in to the modern centrum. Looked at some stores and parks. In the end ended we up on Hard Rock Café, of course, and had a nice lunch in our favorite café. After that Julia had to go, so we said see you later and wandered off alone.

We ended up going to Djurgården, one of many half island along Stockholm’s harbor. It is really beautiful there, with a lot of threes and grass. Statues and not that many people. Just nice to walk and sit there.

In the end I was so tired that we took the boat back to the center and just went back to the tent. Preparing for next day and going to sleep.

The Roadtrip

Hello again. I have now moved away from London and this time I will bring you on my first ever road trip all by myself with Dave. We travelled from Oslo to Vaasa in Finland in my grandmothers tiny car. A awful car to drive, but we ended up loving it ❤

We started as early in the morning as we cud and drove from my house in Oslo. Since I was the only one with license I had to drive all the way. It was sunny and beautiful and we got our GPS that showed us the way to Sweden. Our first stop was by a beautiful lake out in nowhere. The GPS had led us out on a dirt road in the middle of the forest and here we stopped by the lake to enjoy the view. After a little rest we drove away from the silent and stress free forest and out on the motor way.

The next stop was at a McDonalds in Karlstad, on the border between Norway and Sweden. It is always difficult to go of track with a GPS so it tock us a while to figure out how to get to the McDonalds, but in the end we got our burger and the car had a chance to cool down a little bit. Poor old thing.

After filling up with gas we realist that we would end up coming very late to Stockholm if we didn´t move alone fast. So it was no more breaks before we arrived in Stockholm. We slept in a tent in the garden of a Swedish friend of Dave. She was really nice and the weather was good enough to sleep outside with no problems. A nice night sleep absolutely. But then again I was so tired after all that driving that I cud have fallen a sleep anywhere by then.

Sightseeing all day long

Third and last day in London. This day was my day and I wanted to see more of London, so this day was used for sightseeing.

We started the day with taking the tube to Westminster. Here we looked at the Parlament, Big Ben and London eye. I have allready seen all of this, but we chose to go here for another reason. I wanted to take the boat to Greenwich. I didn’t know a lot about Greenwich, but I had heard it was really beautiful. So I thought that would be a fun thing to do. We also got to take a boat up the river Thames!

It is really easy. You go down to the river by Big Ben and bye a ticket in one of the stands. They will then tell you wich boat to take. Then you just jump on the next boat that arrives. It is a lovely toure. It is no guide on the boat, but the captain uselly tell a story or to about what we are driving past. They are also very good at it, and I think I learned more about London of that captain then any history teacher I have had.

Greenwich is a lovely part of London. It is not so city like and you get more that calm feeling inside you. They have a lot of markets in Greenwich that I higly recoment go to. It is so much beautiful at places like that. Keep on going round and you will find big old buildings and small cure alleys. Big grass fields and maybe a blues festival.

When we came back to London center we walked back to our hotel through Regent Park, got to play with the squrrels. And then we said goodbye to London and took a Taxi to the airport and went home to Norway. But I will always come back to London, it is still much to see.