A weekend trip in Norway
Trip Start Jul 06, 2002
2Trip End Jul 15, 2002
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We started our trip at about 3.30 pm on Thursday afternoon. The road that was ahead of us was about 460 km long so it takes about 7 hours to get to the destination. On the way we just had a few stops to eat and to look at some attraction. One place we stopped at was near a place called Dalen. Here we found Eidsborg Stavkirke (church built in the 11th century. There are only 29 left of these wooden churches in Norway by the way.
We finally reached Oslo FjordCamp at 10.45 pm and we met Marie, Knut and the kids Frøya, Embla and Gyda. This camping place was not very impressive by the way. It is located right next to the main road leading out of Oslo towards Sweden and hence there is a lot of noise there. And the facilities were not great either. But we put up our tent and went to sleep to get ready for the next day. Marie and Knut had rented a "home on wheels" so they didn't have to freeze their butts of like Nikki and I :-) I think that is was cause my to get a cold after trip but that is another story. Here are some links to the camping place by the way:
http://www.tellus.no/fjordcamping/ , http://www.camping.no/beskrivelse/oslo_fjordcamp.html
As I said, one of our main reasons for going on this weekend trip was to visit the themepark Tusenfryd
After being at Tusenfryd we said goodbye to Marie and Knut and their kids. We drove through Oslo and down towards the south of Norway. The roads from Oslo towards the south are pretty good but normally you can't drive faster than 70/80 km/h so it takes a while. We finally arrived at our destination Grimstad at about 10 pm and here we stayed with our friends Olav and Allis.
There are so many beautiful small towns along the southern coast of Norway and many people in the larger cities like Oslo and Stavanger has cabins in this area. Due to this the small towns are buzzing with life in the summertime but seem more deserted in the wintertime. In the southern part of Norway it seems like everyone has a small boat of their own and sometimes it is much easier to get around in a boat compared to a car. Our friend Olav took us into downtown Grimstad on Saturday morning in his small boat and we just parked it at the harbour. The weather was great (even if it wasn't that warm). We had bought some shrimp and we were in town to collect these. Shrimp is a traditional Norwegian dish in the summertime. Just buy a bag a pre-boiled shrimp and then you can sit down, relax, peel them one by one and eat them
I found one link that presents some of the attractions and activities in this area http://www.grimstad.net/en/
On Sunday we drove the short distance in towards the city of Kristiansand to go to the Dyreparken. This park is a combined zoo and amusement park and it has been around for as long as I can remember. I guess it started out as a little zoo and then it has expanded in many ways. But they still lack major attrations like big rollercoasters and stuff. But the kids love the cobination of games and animals. They have monkeys, a tropical house, an african savannaha, kingdom of the tiger and lots and lots of other more common animals. The one things that the kids love the most is the childrens petting area. In here you can get close and pet goats, chickens, pigs and so on. The only problem with the park is that you need some background knowledge to really enjoy some of the attraction
After the stay in Dyreparken we drove the 250 km home to Stavanger from Kristiansand. We stopped on the way home and brought out our small barbecue and fried some hot-dogs. There are some places along the route where you can stop and get a table like the one on the picture. It was a pretty hectic weekend with over 1000 km of driving from Thursday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. But we got to see quite a lot. And Norway is a beautiful place to be in the summertime. Please get in touch with me if you have any questions or comments.