Yesterday was cross country skiing day for me and my wife G here in Långberget. A fantastic day and +2 degrees Celsius which gave us some challenges with the grip. So the first longer skiing session this year. Felt really good and today’s distance became about 18 kilometers. We tried three different tracks today all with quite low elevation but I thought it felt really good and is used to much more elevation from when I cross country skies in Norway. However this was real nice!
The plan today is to go alpine skiing in Branäs the one of few ski resorts this far south in Sweden that I haven’t tried so far.
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!
This time of the year last year me and G where planning our wedding up in our cottage in Dalsland. It feels like forever.
This weekend where up in the cottage again and it’s winter like last year but so much more winter, more snow and colder. It’s so cold the the water has frozen in me and Gs little cottage so we have to get water in her parents house. But it’s silent and absolutely stunning. The peacefulness I get here is not very many other place that can offer.
So the plan is to celebrate Gs moms birthday and just relax. I hope to get out on a small hike and to get out in the nature with my camera. Hopefully photos will show up later.
Oslo is an truly amazing winter city and cross country skiing is huge here! Yesterday where cross country skiing day for me and the wife and if you like cross country skiing this is not a bad place during winter time. Read somewhere that Oslo have about 3200km of tracks for cross country skiing. I might not be that surprising that they are one of the number one countries in the world in this sport.
Yesterday me and G went cross country skiing. We stayed in the district of Majorstuen and took the subway to Frognerseter with our skis. The we skies from there to a place called Tryvann which also have a downhill skiing facility and continued right by it down to the cottage in Ullevålseter. In Ullevålseter we took a break and had a Norwegian waffle and hot coco that we bought in the cafe that’s run by the sports club Lyn which is a pretty successful cross country skiing club. It all can be seen while eating there. The beams and walls are full of big trophies and prizes.
After that we continues down to Sognsvann where we took the subway back. So a almost 12 km trip in perfect conditions if you live cross country skiing this is a great route even if it’s a bit crowded from time to time.
Highly recommended. Even if I know this might not be the number one activity on your list of what to do in Oslo but it’s a great place for it. Just saying.
Oslo here I come! This weekend I will meet up with my wife G in Oslo again. No specific plans so far more than hanging out but I’m pretty sure we will come up with something.
I’m looking at restaurants and she have check out a music event with Swedish indie music and a pop up bar with a brewery from Gothenburg in Oslo. I’m also having some cross country skiing thoughts or coasting/sledging downhill. Will see but I keep you posted. Any advice or thoughts on what I can do?
Now the bus is driving the last stretch in to Oslo along the Oslo fjord. Not the best road in to a city I know but without a doubt one of the most beautiful. Few cities that have a more beautiful entrance.
I’m going out on a bold prediction. Right now there I a lot of cold air and it smells like its snow up in the air. But there is no snow up in the air. Because of that I think that the snow will be early this year. The cold air in combination with the rather cold summer. As long as I get the opportunity to go cross country skiing that’s okay by me.
Other than my gut feeling I read that the an America weather service predicts approximately 66 days of snow and ice and I don’t think it will be less in Oslo this winter.
Sunday and the weather has been great here in Oslo so rather early me and G got out of the apartment and went cross country skiing out in Songsvann here in Oslo. Same route as I did alone last Saturday but the weather was much better today and nice to have company. Skied 11 km today and very pleased with that.
Have a lot of energy today and where beautiful out in the woods today. That is probably one if the things O learned the most from living in Norway to get outdoors and out in the wood. It has also awaken an interest for cross country skiing that I never really had at this level earlier. With that I done day I’m very good but I think it’s a lot of fun.
Photos from this lovely day.
The weather tonight has been beautiful outside here in Oslo. Been a beautiful winter evening and I got some photo inspiration. Turned out to a short photo walk and I hope I can share it later on with you but here are some photos from tonight.
Where up on the roof for a few minutes just to watch the stars.