Travelling by Train

I like to travel by train when I go exploring. Even a little walk gives the feeling of freedom when I travel out one way, and come home the other way.

When Views Are Important: My walk in North Zealand

Train, Walk and Explore: A story about Romsdalen in Norway

Hang in there, dream now, visit the off beaten track later. Recommendations from the Norwegian adventurer, Jens A. Riisnæs

Getting around in Norway

*Maybe I should mention that I haven’t been on a bus or train for over a year due to Corona.

What is it With Trolls and Norway?

When clouds cover the sun, then mountains, trees and rocks turn into dark threatening shadows, so even the snow hides in the darkness.
Waterfalls and wild rivers orchestrate their own strangely bizarre music and the wind howls its contribution as for chasing a fear in the lonely wanderer.
Monstrous, deformed trees suddenly look like creatures from another world.
No wonder that people thought there were trolls in this incredible universe that Norway’s mountain world poses.
The paintings I have found here reveal the powerful effect that nature has had on the artists.

The Labro Falls at Kongsberg
Norwegian romantic painter Thomas Fearnley

And here I met trolls. Maybe it was the river that sang like that in my ears. Maybe it was the stars that were so high up there. Maybe the feeling of loneliness in here. Maybe this weird mix of wildness and peace. Or maybe it was quite simply the change of weather that quickly crept inwards on the morning twig?

At least they came that night. It was a whole bunch of trolls. Big and heavy they rose to meet over the ridge, thick and round they rolled down from the peaks, small and shabby they emerge from the heather. They climbed awkwardly on grey stones and ravens, nodded slowly to each other, shook their hams and mumbled into the air.

They did not pay attention to me … * Kari Heftye Skollerud Journalist

Landscape with a River
Norwegian painter Hans Leganger Reusch
Norwegian painter Johan Fredrik Eckersberg

Anyone who has once crossed the grey mountains of Trollheimen and wandered in the lush, wooded valleys between them, listened to the restless journey of the rivers between snow-glaciers and the sea and picked the berries of late summer, will always long to return…
Trollheimen, is a mountain adventure, a mountain home that is able to enchant those who seek fresh strength in the simple life of walking.
* Karl H. Brox Journalist and author

Nordic Landscape with Trolltindene
Norwegian painter and professor Johan Christian Dahl

Leave Nothing But Your Footprint ❤ Happy Walk

Train, Walk and Explore

Here, in the wild rugged mountain landscape, was Mannen.
A high-altitude unstable mountain section, which threatened the Norwegian residents in the valley with extinction. For decades, families were evacuated. The mountain section threatened to crash into the valley. Today, the greatest danger is over after several major landslides over the past six years.

Down in the valley, between weathered mountain peaks, the train runs from Dombås to Åndalsness by the sea. Raumabanen, is the name of the railway.

Here, Harry Potter rode by train with his friends heading for Hogwarts in the film, Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.

In March 2008, a film crew secretly arrived in Norway to shoot the sixth Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”.
The recordings were made to avoid snow shortage, after the film team had waited for two months for snow in Scotland.
The fact that the scenic area is surrounded by mountains and valleys also played a role in the choice of location.
For several days, a film team of 20 people surrounded by great secrecy, worked at Bjorli in Lesja municipality in Oppland to make a recording for the latest Harry Potter film.

Ingrid Nergården Jortveit wrote an article in the Norwegian newspaper Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen. I have translated fragments from that article.

Geiranger Fjord by

We went by a train journey into the dramatic outstanding Norway. Trolltinderne, the Troll Peaks make you humble, and with a good reason: Mannen!

We bought an interrail ticket to Norway. It gave us access to travel in this stunning country as pioneers, or that was the feeling it gave me. Going by train, busses and small ferries. Planning a route of our own.

Watching dramatic mountains torned by the wonderful sparkling blue fjords. It seemed to be an impossible feat, the thousand meters high mountains rising majestically right out of the sea. I watched them with awe. Tiny ships seemed to vanish in the shadows from mountains and waterfalls a true adventure.

Valley of Romsdalen by Johan Frederik Eckersberg (Norwegian) 1857
Norwegian Waterfall With Sawmill by Themistokles von Eckenbrecher
Troldtinderne i Romsdalen; foden af Romsdalshorn til højre, 1894. Hans Gude 1825 – 1903.

Reindalen worth visiting

An unforgettable walk in Reindalen in Norway

A view towards Friisbua at Tordsvatnet. Click the link, Friisbua to see a detailed map

Rediscover this day…

Rediscover this day! Google photos interrupted our chores with pictures revealing a memorable multi-day hike in Rondane, in Norway some years ago.
Nature is beautiful, even in rainy weather 🙂

Please Say Yes!!!

Have you ever been exhausted after a walk in the mountains?
When dark grey clouds are low and hide the view.
When it’s cold and the rain makes the snow soft and you sink to your knees.

When you travel in unfamiliar terrain without the shadow of a human being and are elated by a day-old apple hull.
There have been people before you – recently!

Then it’s a relief when the mountain hut finally comes into view after hours and hours of challenges.
That’s how I felt when I spotted Pytbua in Tafjordfjella in Norway.
I had only walked in the mountains ONCE before, and along easy trails.
Now this walk was one that far exceeded my imagination.

I felt myself transformed back to Norway when I watched the British documentary about the great escape routes during World War II.

I’ll not draw any comparisons with the Pyrenees and Norway or the terrible conditions under which 33.000 people successfully escaped to Spain.
Among them were 782 people who walked over the high mountains of Ariege in the Pyrenees.

However, the great relief of former marine Monty Halls in the documentary is undeniably a bit like mine, when he spots a refuge after one of the toughest and most dangerous walks over the high-lying dramatic landscape of the Pyrenees.

When he points towards the refuge and asks: Is that where we are going? Please Say yes!!!

Har du nogensinde været tæt på udmattelse efter en vandring i bjergene?
Når mørkegrå skyer hænger lavt og skjuler udsigten.
Når det er koldt, regnen gør sneen blød, og du synker ì til knæene.
Når du rejser i ukendt terræn uden skyggen af ​​et menneske og bliver opstemt af et daggammelt æbleskrog.
Der har været mennesker før dig – For nylig!

Så er det en lettelse, når bjerghytten endelig kommer til syne efter timer og timer med udfordringer.

Jeg havde kun gået i bjergene en gang før og langs lette stier.
Denne vandring var én, der overgik min vildeste fantasi.

Det blev som en rejse tilbage i tiden til Norge, da jeg så den britiske dokumentar om de store flugtveje under 2. verdenskrig.

Jeg vil ikke foretage nogen sammenligning mellem Pyrenæerne og Norge eller de forfærdelige forhold, under hvilke 33.000 mennesker med succes slap til Spanien.

Imidlertid er det den store lettelse fra tidligere marine Monty Halls i dokumentaren, der unægteligt er lidt som min, da han får øje på bjerghytten efter en af ​​de hårdeste og farligste vandreture over Pyrenæernes højtliggende dramatiske landskab.

Da han peger ned mod hytten og spørger sin guide: Er det der, vi skal hen? Vil du ikke nok sige JA!!!

Congratulation Norway

Congratulations on Constitution Day, Norway 💓

Photo by Hanna Greenwood

Den Norske Turistforening

The Norwegian Trekking Association

Find din tur blandt tusindvis af turforslag og hytter i hele Norge



This is a beautiful and interesting place in Norway, a mountain pass; Valdresflya.
Now the hostel is closed and construction projects are implemented for a facility centre for tourists instead.
But you are still able to park the car and walk in these stunning surroundings.
The pictures are old ones but loved never the less 🙂

There is an interesting possibility instead of the hostel.
Take a look at this wild place called Leirvassbu Mountain Lodge and watch their facilities and mountains here: TOP OF NORWAY

Map: Leirvassbu

Valdresflya i Norge og filosoffen Arne Næss

Engang skulle jeg opereres for en livstruende sygdom. Det vigtigste for mig, næst efter alle de mennesker jeg elsker, var at komme i fjeldet igen.
Som motivationsfaktor medbragte jeg en helt speciel velduftende parfume, som af flere grunde minder mig om fjeldet, samt DNT’s magasin, Fjelll og Vidde.
Jeg kunne kort tid efter operationen begynde at planlægge næste fjeldtur, og den vigtige genoptræning.
Set i bakspejlet var det en genial plan, og den virkede ud over alle forventninger.

Grunden til min personlige historie kan I finde i det efterfølgende spørgsmål; hvad gør fjeldet ved os?

Hvad gør fjeldet ved os? Måske skulle vi hellere drøfte ordenes utilstrækkelighed i at beskrive det ubeskrivelige, svarer den norske professor i filosofi, Arne Dekke Eide Næss i et interview i Fjellenes år Årbog 2002.

Det er jo ofte sådan, at når du kommer op over trægrænsen, og ser fjeldene, da mærker du at der sker noget med dig. Du bliver gladere, og du ønsker at hoppe og springe, siger Arne Næss. Det er det fjeldene gør med os.
De fylder os med deres storhed, de fylder os med inspiration, de giver os næsten vinger.

Det er det, jeg oplever, når jeg vandrer i fjeldet. En boblende glæde og en taknemmelighed over at være til. Ja, det er næsten som at få vinger 🙂

Klik her for at se det interessante kort over Valdresflya med vandreruter påtegnet

På vej mod Jotunheimvegen, Norway

Jeg er fascineret af Norges idylliske højfjeld.
Her er vi på vandring vest for Gudbrandsdalen på vej på Jotunheimvegen.
Det er september måned, og myggene er på retur.

Billedet af fossen er fra Venabu.