Norway Part 2 – Arctic Tundra And Telemark Heroes

A week in the Fjord area and we were ready for some wide, open spaces. So, we headed east to the Hardangervidda and Telemark regions.

The Hardangervidda is the largest mountain plateau in Europe with a cold, alpine climate and an average height of around 3,500ft. It also has mosquitoes the size of helicopters. Luckily, as soon as a breeze gets up (and there was a breeze for most of the time we were there), they pretty much all disappear. One of Norway’s largest glaciers is here too, as well as around 15,000 wild reindeer. And you’d think that with numbers like that we’d have at least come across one wouldn’t you? But, no such luck.

It was an amazing place though. We found some wonderful spots for wild camping with the van and there were more hiking trails than you could shake a stick at. Of course, you can just walk where you want anyway – which we frequently did – and the dogs had a great time without any sheep to worry about.

We were also keen to see the hydro plant where the Norwegian Resistance did very brave things in World War II, sabotaging the place so that the Germans couldn’t make nuclear bombs.  The Vemork Norsk Hydro plant is in the town of Rjukan and has now been turned into a museum, with a new hydro electric plant having been built some years back. Having never actually seen the Hollywood movie, ‘The Heroes of Telemark’ (although I did watch Ray Mears’ series about them a few years ago), I’ve just ordered a copy of the dvd. It is apparently supposed to be quite faithful to the real events and was in fact filmed in Norway. We’ll have to see if we can spot any places we recognise when we watch it!

Anyway, here’s a bit of a slideshow of the area – and I know the music has nothing to do with Norway, it just happened to be one of the CDs we had in the van and listened to a lot while we were away……

14 thoughts on “Norway Part 2 – Arctic Tundra And Telemark Heroes

  1. Hi Chrissie! This was absolutely delightful and I really enjoyed your posting video. I laughed so hard when I saw Dixie doing what my Wyatt Earp loves to do too – scratching the back like that and just enjoying being a dog…. :^) I always thought “big sky” was way out west in America but it is awesome where you were in Norway and I’ve added it to my Bucket List. Brilliant job directing, editing and “digitally sculpting” your gorgeous video!


  2. Wonderful sense of space and peace from the slideshow. Was it as quiet as it looked? Just makes you want to put the boots on and head into the wilderness, must be some awesome backpacking to be had up there.
    I have the same problem trying to find a tune where the music and the title match the subject matter (and I have nearly 1000 albums of music), sometimes just a favourite track will do – this one fitted perfectly


  3. Actually it wasn’t always as quiet as it looked, but at least they were generally like-minded people out there. Would love to go further north, but it does need the Newcastle ferry re-instating for that I think…


    1. It was very Scottish in places, but I think if we’d gone further north it would have been even more so.
      When I’ve been googling about the ferries I think there were several at some point in the past. I think there might have been one from Scotland somewhere too.


  4. I know the Far North better as that was where the the Royal Marines did their Arctic training, but I learned to ski (cross country) near Rjukan when I first joined 45 Commando – we had a month working ‘civvy’ hours in ‘civvy’ clothes, staying at a private lodge with a weekly allocation of duty free goodies. I kid you not, it was a months holiday with full pay AND perks! Happy days.

    A lovely country, and as I added in an earlier comment it’s great to see it in full colour instead of winter’s black and white 🙂


    1. It does sound like that was quite a fun month near Rjukan!
      Found a website through Google yesterday that says that there may well be a ferry to Norway from the north of England starting up again next year – fingers crossed! It seems like a consortium of businesses are pushing for it as lots of money has been lost since the other one stopped running – including of course, Norway losing a whole load of tourists.


  5. Looks rather nice there. I have been thinking about the Hardangervidda for a future trek as easily accessible by train. Love those vast open spaces.


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