Hiking around Solbakken
On Friday my husband and I walked from our children’s school, past Tyholt tower, through Charlottenlund and around the small mountain to Solbakken.
Lake near Solbakken Skole
The wild flowers were beautiful, including wild violets.
We saw a group of young children wearing orange vests (presumably a kindergarten-barnehage group) get off a bus with two adults at Solbakken. They crossed the road and walked up the steep path towards a play area in the forest with ropes and other play and climbing structures. They chatted happily the whole way and I imagined that they were about to have a great time.
The trees have leaves again!
There must be elg in this forest
The blueberries are getting new leaves and buds
I was away in Kuwait for work last weekend so we enjoyed having the opportunity to talk without interruption as we walked. Mid-sentence I looked ahead through a gap in the trees and was astonished to see an adult elg looking at us. It must be the largest wil animal that I’ve ever seen while hiking anywhere in Europe, Asia, Americas or Australasia. I suppose that the elg had plenty of warning that we were coming because we were talking and not trying to walk quietly. It watched us and then slowly wandered into the forest.
We walked through the swamp on the summit and enjoyed the beauty of Norwegian swamp vegetation.
As we dropped over the edge of the ridge we lost the trail and laboured our way over and through the fallen trees.
View towards the city from the lookout
As we walked past the lookout we stopped for a quick look then kept walking. It was exciting to see 2 more elg running through the forest in front of us.
Progress in the new housing development on reclaimed land near Ranheim
We dropped down towards the fjord near Ranheim and walked over to the track that follows the fjord until Rotvoll when we headed along the road to City Lade. After afternoon tea of coffee and waffles at Jordbaer (ok but not great) we shopped for summer clothes in H&M then on to the Stormberg outlet to take advantage of their sale. We walked back to the school as fast as we could and arrived just in time to pick up our children. It was about 20km in total and very variable walking. A colleague from USA dined with us that evening and then a teacher from the school and her partner on Saturday evening.