Backpackers Far away
Annika & Manuel

October 2020

After quarantine and our first road trip, we went to our first farm in the west of Norway on October 3, where we met a German emigrant family. Their goal is it to establish a small permaculture farm. Our tasks included taking care of the animals (5 goats, 16 chickens and 1 dog named Balu). In the afternoon, the whole family pitched in and did different projects (building a fence, cleaning the stables, working in the garden...everything that happens on a small farm).

 In our free time we had enough time to discover the beautiful surroundings around Sandeid and so our 2 weeks flew by. We set off on our next road trip on October 15, so that we could still explore the west and are now on our way towards eastern Norway, where a family man and his son are waiting for us, who will hopefully be able to teach us more about the culture and farm life of the locals.

So on October 15 we continued on the paths of the Vikings towards the south of Norway. 

Carried by the last rays of October sunshine, we drove first to the "small" troll tongue - the Himakana. The 2-hour climb was rewarded with an impressive view. We knew that winter would soon set in. So after the descent we immediately set off for the next high points of the west.

 A late climb to Preikestolen proved to be one of the highlights of the road trip. Discovering this rock plateau, which was probably formed about 10,000 years ago by frost blasting, at sunset and in complete solitude was simply incredibly impressive. (By the way, some researchers think that the ledge will "break off" in the near future - but we were still lucky). However, we did not have much time to catch our breath. And so we set off on one of the most difficult hikes of the last few days. -Kjeragstolen- A stone stuck in a rock jump at an unbelievable height of 1000 metres. With trembling legs we dared to climb step by step onto the stone and could more or less enjoy the beautiful view.

Our second part of the October road trip was a little quieter. The steepest and most strenuous climbs seemed to be behind us. A nice Sunday stroll brought us to the "Trollpikken"

In 2017, the "best piece" of the troll was sabotaged by unknown persons. However, locals "repaired" the approx. 10,000-year-old rock formation and since then the Trollpikken has been in good condition.

We continued over the Brufjell Potholes to the southernmost point of Norway. There was still some time left before we reached Fliesa (about 2 hours from Oslo in a north-easterly direction), so we enjoyed the last rays of October sunshine and explored Havika beach, some stave churches, the spiral tunnel in Drammen, as well as Giants Kettle (smooth holes formed by glaciers).

We finally arrived at our next “workaway” at the end of October.