After Stavanger and Sverd I Fjell (Sunday) we got up and whilst stretching my legs outside I noticed some grease had been sprayed across one of the rear wheels. Jacked up to check and found the drive member bolts were loose! The gasket was mashed so I stripped it down and put a new gasket on. Checked all the other wheels for good measure and nipped them all up a little tighter to be sure :-S
Hit the road to bright sun, and heavy snow, simultaneously. Weird!
I contacted Ragnar, from the facebook group Landrover Camping Norway and we arranged to meet in his hometown Risor, which was on our way. We met up in a large carpark on the edge of Risor and we took a walk in to town with Ragnar and his huge Rottweiler! It was a lovely sunny day, and Risor was beautiful with its harbour and white houses. They pretty much all have to be white according to town law, to keep the appearance. It was really quiet too, which was soon to change as according to Ragnar the town gets packed with tourists and even the Norway’s prime minister has a holiday home here!
After a stroll around town Ragnar suggested we take a look at the fort up on the hills. We followed Ragnar out of town and saw another grey landrover on the way! Ragnars friend’s truck. He was nowhere to be seen so I parked next to it for a cheeky photo. It must have been an older series truck with some mods as it was still on leaf-spring suspension. Cool though! We continued up to the fort, a place that was originally home to Norwegian Marines, but was taken over by the Nazi’s in World War 2. Now it’s an area to walk and cycle and enjoy the country side, a really nice setup with toilet cabins and public barbeque, and up the hill most of the trenches and bunkers still accessible.
Ragnar knew of a few great places for us to camp but as we wanted to get a few more k’s in towards Oslo he took us for a coffee on the way out of town and pointed us in the direction of cheap diesel! After a free refill we said our goodbye’s and headed north on the E18. Thanks Ragnar, it was a pleasure meeting you and we really appreciate you taking the time to show us around.
Shortly after leaving Risor in the evening sun, it started snowing! Within about 5 minutes there was an inch of slush on the roads and lorries passing on the other carriageway blasted our windscreen with waves of it! It did ease off though and turned to rain.
We took a detour off the main route and headed for a medieval wooden church, we got about 100k’s into the drive before it started to get dark and we stopped in quiet layby/carpark for a fishing area.
Next morning (Monday 25th) we got up and continued towards the church. Fuel is cheapest on a Sunday evening/Monday morning but its not an exact science. Cheapest we saw was 9.5NOK a litre, which is about 80p! Most we’ve paid is 13NOK (£1.10) but mostly we’ve paying between 10-11.5 NOK) so its been a lot cheaper than we expected for the most expensive country ever.
We made it to the Heddal Skavkyrke and it was raining and the church covered in scaffolding! (why is there always scaffolding wherever you go?!) After taking a look around we made our way for the E134 and headed for Oslo.