Norway 2016 – Day 16

After not much sleep we got up horribly early and caught the 5:50 am bus to Lillehammer. We spent a few hours there at the lake in the sunshine eating our remaining food and trying to use the rest of the cooker fuel. We took the train to Oslo airport in the afternoon and wheeled our packed bikes on the trolleys provided out to one of the car parks where we pitched the tent in the bushes for the night.

Leonie at the Lillehammer train station (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Waiting at the train station in Lillehammer (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)At Oslo airport (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above left and middle: At the Lillehammer station after packing our bikes into their bags. Above right: Eating something outside Oslo airport.

Norway 2016 – Day 15

We crawled out of our tent and got ready. It was cold in the valley but once we crossed the river and climbed a little we reached the sun. It was a perfect weather day. Even more perfect than yesterday. We headed up to Galdhøpiggen, the highest peak in Norway (and not at all technical) with a large horde of other tourists. Most were very slow so we passed them.

The view from the summit was very nice. Steep cliffs and glaciers. We ate our Lom bread further down and arrived back down at the car park 6 hours after we started. After packing up our tent we had a delicious descent back down the gravel road to the main road. It was probably the most enjoyable riding of the whole trip. Lots of rolling, nice and warm, great scenery.

We rode back into town arriving after the bakery had closed but luckily one of the women closing the til out the front let us in and I came back out with two loaves of fruit and nut. Victory a second time.

We camped down by the lake in Lom in the evening and did battle with the mosquitos.

Cris and snow below (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Cris and snow (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Riding down the gravel road (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above left: We headed up to Galdhøpiggen with the hordes of tourists doing the same. It took about 3 hours to the top at what was a fairly easy pace for us. Above middle: The views from the summit were nice. There is quite a drop from the summit to the glaciers below on one side. The route that we followed was not at all technical though. Above right: We headed back down to Lom from Spiterstulen after climbing Galdhøpiggen. The descent was nice. The gravel road was mostly smooth with a few potholes to make things a bit more interesting.

Leonie and tent (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above: We found a spot down by the river just outside of Lom to camp for the evening.

Norway 2016 – Day 14

We hurried off to the bakery in the morning only to find that we had been foiled again. The fruit and nut bread would not be ready until after lunch. Oh dear. We went to the tourist information and re-planned the rest of our holiday around the bread. As you do.

We went for a walk for a couple of hours in the hills above Lom while the bakery baked. The weather was perfect, nice and warm, and not a cloud. The views of the surrounding hills were very nice.

We headed back to the bakery at 2 pm only to be told that the bread was now too warm to be sold. We gave up and bought an olive bread instead. As we were leaving I went in to reserve a loaf of fruit bread for tomorrow, but was surprised to find that they were now selling it. Norway mission accomplished!

We packed the bread and started riding up the valley in the sunshine on a quiet side road. We then turned onto the b55 and later headed up towards Spiterstulen. The plan was to spend the night there and do some walking the next day.

The road after leaving the b55 if gravel and ascends to about 1000 m. We took a break along the way and some nosey calves came to check us out. They took an unhealthy liking to our fruit bread and Leonie had to sacrifice some of our walnut bread to be able to lead them away while I frantically repacked.

We fluffed around looking for a camp site at the road end. There were a million other tourists and a little village of tents. We found a spot further down the river and cooked a curry and drank hot chocolate. Important things.

Lom bakery (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Leonie looking in the door (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above left: After failing a second time to get Lom fruit and nut bread we settled for walnut. Above right: We went for a walk into the hills while the bakery was baking our fruit and nut bread.

Leonie sitting (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)A little hut (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above left: The views into the valley were nice. Above right: We hid our bikes around the back of this little shack before we went walking.

Taking a break (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Attack of the calves (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above left: We took a break. Above right: Disaster! Three nosey calves tried to make off with our Lom fruit and nut bread and also showed unhealthy interest in my shoes and inner soles.

 

Leonie riding (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Leonie and her bike (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Leonie and the rudolphs (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above left: The road up to Spiterstulen was 18 km long and gravel but quite nice to ride. Above middle: It took us a while to cycle up to Spiterstulen and we arrived in the evening. Above right: There were a bunch of Rudolphs down by the river.

Deciding where to camp (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Reflections (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above left: We spent quite some time fluffing around trying to find a place to camp. Above right: This is the view into the Jotunheimen National Park from Spiterstulen.

Norway 2016 – Day 9

We woke up to patches of blue sky and fresh snow on the mountains behind us. It was very cold so we boiled water and ate breakfast from our tent.

After packing up we rolled down the hill to Billingen. This was one end of our planned tramping trip into the Reinheimen National Park. We discovered a restaurant beside an impressive river and indulged ourselves with hot chocolate and pizza.

The sun looked like it was here to stay for the day. We found a plateau up the road a way and pitched our tent there and began the grand Thursday afternoon dry out.

Following this we went for a walk by the river and took snaps of the waterfalls and then indulged ourselves again with cake and waffles at the restaurant. We organised for Craig to meet us at our campsite using the power of The Internet and WhatsApp.

Leonie lit a fire in the evening and we had a curry and I toasted a few bits of bread on the rocks around the fire. Norway is very nice with it doesn’t rain.

Partly sunny morning (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above: The view from our toilet camp site in the morning wasn’t bad.

View from the tent by the toilet (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Inside the tent (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Cycling with blue sky (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Leonie warming up (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above 1) The view from the tent door was a bit average though. 2) We looked at the map and schemed what to do when Craig would arrived. 3) We spent the morning riding down the valley. 4) We came across a restaurant near the Reinheimen National Park and took advantage of the hot chocolate and pizza on offer.

Signs into Reinheimen NP (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Waterfall (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Cris and waterfall 2 (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Leonie sitting by the waterfall (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above 1) There were walking opportunities from here into the park. 2) The river was very nice. 3) There were plenty of waterfalls. 4) Yes, lots of waterfalls.

Yum, yum (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Mmmm cake (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Leonie and her fire (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above 1) We ate waffles and carrot cake in the evening. 2) Mmmm delicious. A very good carrot cake and the waffles weren’t too bad either. 3) Leonie lit a Leonie Fire in the evening and warmed ourselves a little by it.

Leonie at our camp site (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)A restaurant (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above 1) We had found a nice flat area for camping. 2) The restaurant looked pretty with its lights in the evening.

Norway 2016 – Day 5

As we were a bit pushed for time and weren’t sure whether the road North would be enjoyable to ride we decided to cheat and catch the train up to Åndalsnes.

We loaded our bikes onto the waiting train at midday and started heading North. We excitedly pointed out patches of blue sky, and then as the scenery got more interesting waterfalls and mountains. The train ride was nice which made me wonder whether we should have ridden the road after all. The views of Trollvegen were particularly good. This is the well known base jumping cliff and Europe’s highest vertical wall.

On arriving in Åndalsnes we were treated to real sunshine and blue sky and warm temperatures. Oooo.

We went and found a spot to free camp outside of town and then went cycling back up the valley to look at the Trollvegen again.

Fiord-time (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Cris at the sea (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)Riding (Cycle Touring Norway 2016)

Above left: After a bit of cheating with the train we arrived at the fiords in Åndalsnes. Above middle: Posing in Åndalsnes. Above right: We went for a ride in the evening.