On my way – the first days from Lindesnes

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On Friday the 28th I arrived in bright sunshine at Lindesnes Camping. On the bus I met a guy who is a permanent camper at this place and who told me that the majority on this camping site is German. At first I thougt that he exaggerated a bit, but I soon found out that indeed at least 70 % of the people there where German.

20160528_110430On the next day I started my journey from Lindesnes lighthouse which – as I just learned – is the oldest lighthouse in Norway.

On the first to stages I had perfect weather – a mix of sun and clouds and comfortable temperatures (not too warm). The scenery was beautiful, too, with nice views on the coast line in the beginning and forest and fjords later on. Yet, those two days were also exhausting. I still have to get used to carrying the heavy backpack.

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The people I have met so far are impressed by my plans and wish me good luck, but do not consider me insane so that is reassuring 🙂 The other day a guy had met two other hikers on there way to the North Cape near Kvås. So maybe I will meet the first like-minded people soon.

At the end of the first day I found myself a nice camp site at Trælandsvatnet. On Sunday I had a tough start, since there was no path in the beginning and I had to find my way through the scrubs. In the evening I arrived in Kvås and decided to spend a resting day there, because on Monday it is supposed to rain almost all day.

I alread got my first blisters and could thus already use my first aid kit 😉

 

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Preludium – 17. mai in Oslo, final preparation, some days in Telemark

After some busy last weeks, the beginning of my trip is about to happen. I arrived in Oslo at the 14th of may and spent a nice and sunny long weekend with Xin. The 17th of may is a national holiday in Norway. On that day in 1814 the Norwegian Constitution was signed. It is celebrated all over the country with processions of the primary school children and loads of food. We went to the the castle in Oslo where the royal family greets the procession.

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From the 18th onwards I was busy with the last preparations for the trip – groceries needed to be bought, parcels with supplies to be packed, tracks to be assigned for the GPS etc.

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The beginning of this week I spent at Lars’ place in Notodden where I among other things could refresh my unicycling skills and enjoy a nice trip to the watergates of Telemarkskanalen. Thanks a lot to Xin and Lars for having me over, showing me around and helping me out with some stuff!! Tusen takk for gjestfriheten deres 🙂

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Tomorrow I am taking the train to Kristiansand and will proceed by bus from there to reach Lindesnes in the afternoon.

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