Is anyone interested in joining us for a Norway trip next summer?
Because I am working through the next winter and since July 4th is on a Wednesday, I have an opportunity to take time off in summer, which is unusual for me. We might as well head north. Unfortunately, it will still have to be a short trip.
We'll be there June 28-July 10, which includes a full day stopover in Iceland.
The plan so far is to climb Galdhopiggen, Gittertind, Romsdalshorn, and other peaks, plus visit the obligatory spectacular but touristy point of Preikestolen.
We'll also spend several other days in the Romsdal region, since it looks to have the most spectacular scenery that is accessible for a repetitively short trip. Romsdal is referred to as the Chamonix of Norway.
Thus far it is only Kessler and I, so we could use another lead climber for the north face of Romdalshorn (the other peaks planned thus far are non technical). Because of our weight difference, Kessler would have to lead all of the pitches if it is just us two, so it would be nice to have another lead climber so we can switch leads.
Norway can be expensive, but there are nice campgrounds in all of the climbing areas, so the plan is to camp in the campgrounds all nights except for one night in Iceland.
Norway has Allemannsretten, firmly based in tradition and codified into law by the Outdoor Recreation Act of 1957, honors the access and right of passage through uncultivated land, regardless of ownership. The Act also establishes the right to camp freely on uncultivated land for up to two nights and longer in the mountains or more remote areas.
The Jotunheimen National Park is also beautiful. I've done the classic Besseggen route and my current photo is at the Preikestolen. Such a cool country, but yes, very expensive.
You are trying to do a lot in a short space of time. It's a 10 hour drive from Oslo Airport Gardermoen to Prekestolen. It's a 9-10 hour drive from Prekestolen to Northern Jotunheimen. So going to Prekestolen just to walk alongside hundreds of tourists might take 3 days.
It's only a 5 hour drive from the airport to Northern Jotunheimen and a 3 hour drive from Northern Jotunheimen to Romsdal.
I'd seriously consider concentrating on Northern Jotunheimen and Romsdal - and perhaps driving through Sunnmørsalpene/Geiranger on the way between these places. Otherwise you'll be in the car half the trip.
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