Norway: Lindesnes and Pulpit Rock

We’ve been in Norway for two days now, and we’re having a great time 😁

The crossing from Hirtshals to Kristiansand was smooth. It took a good while to get out of the docks and then through heavy traffic out of Kristiansand, but we made it to our first free overnight stop at a little place called Snig without incident.

The big question is “just how expensive is Norway going to be?”. We’re fully loaded with food (think of your granny stockpiling tins in the cellar during the Cold War… poor Kampington has a packet of Nairns biscuits rammed into almost every orifice….) and we brought fresh stuff from the Spar in Hirtshals, having undertaken one of those “using up the funny money” shopping trips before departure….

Getting back to the point, though, we stopped at a cash machine in a small village on our way to Snig. I was somewhat perturbed when it told me it would dispense up to NOK 15,000 (which at 10.8 NOK to the £ works out at just under £1400)… is this telling us something? I guess we’ll find out….

The next morning we drove the short distance down to Lindesnes, which is the Southernmost point on the Norwegian mainland. We didn’t bother paying NOK 75 each (we’re just working with 10 to the £ as a rule of thumb by the way, our 10.8 times tables not being that great these days) to walk up to the lighthouse and look in the museum. Instead we just had a mooch about in very blustery (and not overly warm) conditions…

Apparently it’s 2518km from here to Nordkapp.

Ah, but that’ll be in a straight line whereas in reality the roads are very very wiggly…. This could take a while….

On Thursday, we drove North (ish) and did our first Norwegian ferry crossing:

It cost NOK 230 for the 8-minute crossing. Just on the other side, we reached our next free overnight stop:

Although it had rained on and off during the day, the weather cleared up in the evening and Mark even got his fishing rod out. He didn’t catch anything though. He tells me that was because the tide had turned  🤔

Today’s destination was Pulpit Rock (Prekestolen), a chunk of rock teetering above a fjord (Lysefjorden) that’s pictured in all the guide books. This was on Mark’s “must do” list. It cost NOK 200 to park, but a small sign did explain that no profits are paid out; they’re all reinvested in the car park facilities (including toilets and car park attendants) and the path. Fair enough. The path itself was a major construction work, with big rocks hauled into place to make a path and steps up the steeper bits, and boardwalks over a couple of bogs part way up. It took the best part of 2 hours to walk up, and about the same to walk back down. The view was well worth the walk though 😃

From Pulpit Rock we drove another couple of hours through stunning scenery (and made our second ferry crossing, another NOK 230 – possibly coincidence or maybe it’s a standard price?) to a place called Sand.

There’s a Salmon place I’d have liked to have visited here, but it, like all the other tourist attractions in town, is only open from mid-June (nearly a week away) until mid-August. Crikey, that’s a short season. It promised two glass walls to see the salmon swimming upstream and an exhibition on the English “salmon lords” who apparently built magnificent “family homes” along the valley…. Oh well….

We did arrive in town to find that there’s a Norwegian motorhome “do” on this weekend (we arrived on Friday evening) with the usual motorhome parking area closed and seemingly every car park in town reserved for large shiny Norwegian motorhomes. We’ve ended up on a car park outside a council building and the fire station on the way out of town, with two Dutch vans and one German van. It’s raining and misty so to be honest it probably doesn’t matter too much that we’re not parked down on the harbour front as we’d envisaged….