Hiking to Gråkallen
When I’m not travelling, Friday is hiking day for me and my husband. After a week in Nice on family vacation and then a week in Kuwait for work, I was keen to get out into nature again. We walked our children to school and attended the school assembly where our daughter performed the haka (a traditional Maori dance) and I found it ironic that we travelled across the world from Australia and our daughter learnt about Maori culture in Norway.
One of the lovely sculptures in Ila
We started our walk at the school and passed through the town centre where we had coffees at Saldo Sushi bar. It’s the first coffee that I’ve bought in Norway. Typically coffees cost about $8 but at Saldo it was only $2.50. They have funky light fittings, the staff are nice, the sushi looks good and affordable and they have free public toilets in the building which is a rare find in Trondheim.
Charming sculpture outside Ila Kirke (church)
We walked through the town square and were captivated to watch a team of 5 archeologists at work excavating and documenting new finds. The square has been partially dug up since we arrived in July and it appears that a new development was planned. I suppose that the timeline for the construction project has blown out now but it’s wonderful to have ancient cultural artifacts being excavated in the town centre.
View across Byåsen
We passed through Ila and admired the modern sculptures, lovely park in the middle, and the colourful houses. We pushed up the hill and walked quite fast so that we could make it to the summit of Bymarka before a work call at 3pm.
View back down towards the fjord
The autumn colours are beautiful and it’s quite startling to hear and feel the leaves dropping from the deciduous trees and it seems that all of the leaves will be gone in a week or two.
Only a few blueberries left now
According to the NTNU website, “Bymarka, Trondheim’s main city forest park, covers just 80 km2, but offers remarkable variability in its trails and terrain, both summer and winter.” I agree! Apparently “Bymarka is criss-crossed by 200 km of hiking trails and 250 km of ski trails, of which about 25 km are lighted at night, starting in October.”
We enjoyed watching a dog play in the water at the edge of the lake
As we neared Skistua we walked faster because we realized that we could reach Gråkallen in the available time. We hiked to the top and enjoyed the panoramic views. It’s definitely worthwhile walking up there!
Autumnal colours, looking towards the fjord
We talked and talked and reconnected after my week away in Kuwait for work.
Spectacular view from Gråkallen
As we hurried down we encountered a young man hiking up the mountain with a massive backpack. I commented on the size of the bag and he said it was a paraglider and he was going to assess the wind conditions for 30 minutes at the top and then glide down. We all agreed that he had wonderful weather for it.
Another lovely sculpture in Ila
We hurried back down the mountain, passed through Ila again, bought a few household items in town and raced home to join the call. I was 5 minutes late but the person leading the call was 1 minute later so all ended well. We walked just over 28km and had wonderful autumn weather. Trondheim is a wonderful place to live!