In 3 weeks I’m heading up to Lofoten in Northern Norway together with my wife and my two friends A and H. Together we will make a Scandinavian adventure crew. Me and G two Swedes for Gothenburg and Mr. A an Norwegian living in Oslo, Norway and Mr. H a Norwegian living in Copenhagen, Denmark.
So preparations has slowly started. I will will keep you posted her at the blog.
I will most likely go offline for most of the time while there but I will also most likely write about it here on the blog when I get back. I will also write about the preparations and other trips and adventures until then.
The original plan where to go cross country skiing today here in Oslo but that plan almost literally melted away. Spring apparently arrived in Oslo today an the outdoor temperature has been between +6-13 degrees Celsius in a sunny Oslo. That where not my original plan.
However, I had a plan B that I’ve been looking into the since a few days back when I started to scout the weather and possible activities in Oslo. During these days I found a stunning post in the Instagram account @Oslo by @ingridheggheim from Grefsenkollen. So that where the main goal with today’s hike where to hike up the mountain of Grefsenkollen.
I hiked up the mountain in a route that sent up and around the mountain. After Grefsenkollen I had my sight set on Lachmannsfjell. That became a bit different hike because of snowy trailers and deeps snow and when I arrived to the peak it wasn’t any view but it was a good experience in finding routes, getting off track and hiking in 80 centimeter of snow, but when finding my way out of the woods and down the mountain alone. It was the first time I hiked alone and it where a bit different but I kind of got into it. Can absolutely happen again. I had nice views of Oslo and perfect sunny spring weather during the end of the hike down the mountain at it was an amazing day.
Tonight I’m heading back to Sweden and Långberget ski resort. For cross country skiing. Will be my first time there and I’m excited about trying out new tracks.
It’s a special week. I’ve got a few days off, more exactly Thursday and Friday. Some even if it’s Monday I’m preparing for a mini vacation and winter adventure. Super excited.
So what’s the plan? The plan is to on Wednesday drive to Oslo, Norway for one night I order to pick up my wife and while she’s at work in Thursday I’m thinking if either get out skiing or an a short hike in the Oslo area. So when she gets off work I will pick her up and drive to Långberget, Sweden in order to meet up with the in-laws and go cross country skiing on Friday. The go alpine skiing on Saturday in Branäs. The. Hopefully get a short cross country session on Sunday as well before we drive back to Gothenburg again.
The bags are prepared and packed so I just need to prepare the last tomorrow and pack the car.
I’m super excited!
I’ve tasted beer with chili before but this one where really the next level. But why beer on a Thursday?
That’s a totally reasonable question. In Sweden we have summer normally from June to August. So when it today became a sunny Thursday with 20 degrees Celsius it’s a gift. It’s pretty much as Swedish summer in October!
So I just couldn’t let a summer evening possibility like this slip by without a beer on the balcony. The result ended up in me testing the Norwegian beer Habañero Helles Chilli Lager from the Ægir brewery. A perfectly good lager with a kick of Habanero. And that kick is spicy not just a little bit, it’s spicy for real unlike chili beers I’ve tried before. If you like spicy stuff you got to try it. Truly and experience and at the same time a good lager. However I would probably taste even better when it’s a bit more chilly outside (Yes, that was a wordplay and a Gothenburg-ish joke).
By the way the sunset where pretty good to!
However this years its been quite different and warmer than usually. The summers we are used to however has made us worship the sun and warm weather.
A sunny Thursday and 20 degrees Celsius outside. That’s pretty much as Swedish summer in October!
We’re now back home living in Sweden together again. Yes, that’s right me and my wife G are finally living together again.
It where with mixed emotions we pack up the last piece of our Norwegian home in Oslo and drive it back to Sweden last weekend.
This chapter of our life became an five years long one, where both me and G really have fallen in love with Oslo as a city and Norway as a country. But don’t worry we already are planning a trip to Norway the upcoming summer.
Mixed emotions to leave Norway but to be able to live together feels just great!
Swedes are probably the most weather obsessed people in the world. Oh, the second most obsessed people about weather in the world, I forgot about the Norwegians. So the safest topic you can have with a Swedes about the weather. A classic phrase would for example be “What weather we are having” and the other one will respond.
We care a lot of the weather and we can talk about how it has been and how it will be and even how it is. And the most important of it all is the summer. This I probably because the Swedish summer weather could vary quite much. And the origin to this post is that amazing and probably among the best summer weathers we’ve ever had in Sweden.
There is probably only one other nationality that cares more about weather and that is the Norwegians, as I mentioned earlier. I’ve got Norwegian friends that plans where to go in Norway from day to day just in order to get the best possible weather. Another Norwegian friend says he loves all kinds of weather and when in rainy and stormy weather he just mentions it as “there is much weather today”.
I don’t know any other people that cares so much about the weather, do you? Any suggestions on another nationally that would be able to compete with the Norwegians and the Swedes?
I am speechless. This Easter weekend is among the best skiing experiences ever. Not necessary because the ski resort is the best ever but because the total experience involving weather, views and skiing where all with prefect conditions.
I spent Easter skiing in Beitostølen, Norway. Both cross country skiing and alpine skiing. Love both of them and grew up skiing both at least once a year but the last couple of years I’ve mainly been cross country skiing. Just because I own a pair of cross country skiis and I had 15 minutes from the door to my apartment to the tracks in the woods during the 3 years I lived in Oslo.
However, this Easter weekend I spent the first two days cross country skiing. The first day a short 5 km track in the world cup track in the Beitostølen cross country ski stadium and it surroundings which where nice, with good views, good tracks and nice afternoon/evening sun.
The second day I took a longer route and more of a cross country skiing hike on 23 km up the mountain and on top of the mountains and around a ice and snow covered lake with views of Jotunheimen which is a majestic mountain landscape that sometimes is called the roof of Norway because its many peak that’s higher than 2000 meters. Clear blue skies, sunny and warm weather, amazing views and perfect tracks and all just wild and raw nature. To be honest I don’t think cross country skiing can be any better that this.
Yesterday I where a bit tired from the 23 km cross country skiing the day before and decided to go alpine skiing because the ski resort of Beitostølen also offers this. Hired equipment and took among the first lifts up the mountain and then pretty much skied for the entire day and tried all slopes in the entire resort. I had a blast. Not the best slopes that I’ve tried but they where all prepped great and the views and the weather where absolutely amazing. I would do this any time if you asked me to go here again.
So now I’m back in Gothenburg again, arrived a few hours ago and couldn’t resist of sharing there photos with you guys. What’s you’re best skiing experiences? Please share and leave a comment below.