With a gorgeous weekend forecast, it was time to seize the day.
The baby would have to wait to learn to walk another day. We strapped him up, and met with our Russian friends to head up the mountain.
The mountain in question was Lyderhorn, 400m, with some quite exciting Devonport-like military installations along the way, and awesome views of the island splatter out to the North Sea and occasional glimpses of oil platforms.
Now, it turns out one advantage of tramping with babies, is you have to take enforced rest-stops for feeding and other baby-related activities – all good. But, it means a 3 hour walk will turn into a 7 hour hike, particularly if you try and take a short cut, and end up walking down the wrong face of the mountain.
Fortunately, parents were armed with plenty of supplies, and Russian baby, and still-citizen-less baby were rather content during their first tramping adventure. In fact, instead of appreciating the scenery, they both spent their time sleeping.
Returning home at 7pm with the sun still high in the sky, a family bath, some beer, hearty turkey stew (brought to us by godt levert) and ice-cream concluded a fantastic first baby tramp. Can’t wait to do more.
The technical details:
Getting there: Take #17 bus from town til Gravdal Snuplass (plantasjen), or walk from Michelle and Brian’s house. From plantasjen, head up the road, past Brian’s place of work, after which the road will eventually become a track. Continue until top of mountain, and then pick one of the five different routes back down.
Difficulty Level: Easy if taking the road-route, steep and challenging, if taking one of the other routes. Can take a stroller 3/4 of the way up, if using Gravdal road route. Record ascent is 14 minutes. It took as about 2 – 3 hours including lunch stop.
Awesome views of Bergen and North Sea, a mountain lake, a secret military installation, several dedicated picnic spots, lots of old gun emplacements and other war relics, as well as remnants of other old buildings.
Verdict – great Sunday summer tur.