Southern Norway

After leaving Stavanger I headed down to Svånes to visit my step brother at his cabin. As a kid I spent every summer there and I have a lot of fond memories of the place. Last time I was there I think I was 14, so it has been 20 years since I last visited.

I was a bit unsure if I remembered the way, but as soon as I arrived I recognised it immediately.

My step brother Joar moved from Trondheim more than 15 years ago and I have seen him only one time since then. So it was fun to see each other again.

I also got to say hi to his sort of-grandparents. They used to be there when I was a kid as well.

The first night we just sat and talked and drank a few beers and the next morning we took the boat out on the fjord. I used to love going out in the boat to catch crabs when I was a kid and I have always enjoyed being out on the ocean although I rarely get to do it nowadays.

We didn't catch anything, but we got a nice ride. It was very windy but the wind was warm so it was just really nice.

After coming back to land we took a tour of the old nazi fortifications that are scattered along the coast. Being so close to the southern tip of Norway this was a strategic place to keep watch over all the ships going north or south.

The next day I got back on the bike to head down to the southern tip of the country, the lighthouse at Lindesnes.

This is where many people start their journey towards the North cape. I sort of went the other way. Started at the north cape, and after an unexpected break of about a year I ended up in Lindesnes.

On the way there I stopped by a tunnel that I had been recommended to check out where you can sleep in hammocks. It used to be an important trade rout when it was built about a hundred years ago, but now they have made a bigger tunnel next to it and converted it to a place you can overnight.

It is called Tunnelstuo and they have put up fire pits, benches and hooks to hang in. If you don't have your own you can rent one there.

Lindesnes also has a long history and the lighthouse was commissioned by the danish king in the mid 1600s. At the time Norway was under Danish rule.

After camping in Lindesnes I headed towards Kristiansand. The summer city. This is the most popular city to visit during the summer, and because of that the prices for everything goes up. I had planned on staying there for a day or two, but I was unable to find anything in my price range. The cheapest bed I could find was about $100 and was really crappy, and most places was around $2-300 a night. To me that is just lunacy!

So I decided to just check out the coffee scene and the view from the fort before I got back on the road to look for a campsite.

I ended up finding a great one next to a lake where I could hang my hammock.

The next morning I headed towards Grimstad where the famous cyclist Thor Hushovd comes from. I was surprised to see so many yachts there. Looked like a lot of neatly people was spending their summer there. But there is not much to do or see. So I continued north and set course towards Oslo.

That night, when I was looking for camp, I found a random gravel road that looked interesting, so after getting around the gate I figured "there must be a good camp spot here somewhere."

A few minutes later I ended up on an old track through the woods and before I knew it I had gotten so far in that I was unable to turn around. So I just hoped I would be able to exit on the other side.

After riding in very tricky terrain for about half an hour I finally found a way out, and I was so exhausted that I just camped in the first place I could find. That turned out to be an old sawmill of some sorts.

It was a bit of a strange place, but I slept really well that night.

The next morning I set course towards Kongsvinger where I decided to visit the royal silver mines.

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