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Campingportalen on tour in the summer of 2020 - part 1
Text and photo: Campingportalen

Campingportalen on tour in the summer of 2020 - part 1

Then finally the day had come, and one early July evening a car with a wagon and crew rolled out onto the road with its nose pointed south. The amazing weather Trøndelag had been blessed with the whole of June had long since passed - the degree showed 10 degrees. Luckily we knew that the good weather would return the very next day, so there was a good atmosphere when the crew rolled into the parking lot at Viewpoint Snøhetta on Dovrefjell 00.30 on a Friday in early July. The compass showed -1. Not quite summer temperature there then. Already the next morning the sun was back and it was just to find warm clothes and good shoes.

Viewpoint Hjerkinn

Viewpoint Snøhetta is a view pavilion built by the architect's office Snøhetta. This was opened in 2011. From the car park it is about 30 minutes to walk up to Viewpoint. There is a gravel path all the way, and along the path there are stone slabs that tell a little about Dovrefjell's exciting history over the last 10.000 years. Well up at the top you get a magnificent view of Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park and the disused Hjerkinn shooting range.

All the way up to Viewpoint you can scout for Musk. It is wise to bring binoculars, it is not easy to spot these fascinating animals without. We managed to see 3 pieces on our trip, amazing stuff for both small and large. In the Nordic countries, there are only two wild muskrat populations. One of these is at Dovre, and is about 270 animals.

Well down from Viewpoint, the trip continued south, and the hunt for the first camping overnight could begin. After some toll stops we got a great place on Dogsfossen Camping.

A wonderful sunset and with some barbecue food in our stomachs, we could finally feel that now the camping holiday was really underway.

Hadeland Glassworks

Already the next morning the rain was in place again, and it was just to put the snout further south. There were still several days until our first pre-booked stay, so we had plenty of time on the journey ahead. In order not to just "take the fastest route", we chose to drive from Hunderfossen to Gjøvik and then towards Hadeland. This was a golden opportunity to pay a visit to Hadeland Glassverk. There was minimal parking for large donations, but luckily there was a shop nearby. This was a Sunday, so the shop was closed, and the parking lot there was already visited by several people on the same errand and with the same size challenge.

Hadeland Glassverk is located on Jevnaker, in scenic surroundings at the southern end of the Randsfjord. The glassworks was founded in 1762 and is Norway's oldest industrial company with continuous operation.

During the school holiday period, some of what can be experienced at Hadeland Glassverk is blowing your own glass or ball. You decide the color yourself and the skilled glassblowers guide you so that both young and old can make a glass or a ball that is very cool and could take home as a memory.

We had to move on, so after 2 new beautiful glass balls were packed and ready, a wonderful lunch was eaten, and the various shop sales were duly visited, we were again ready to set the course further. This time we took a chance that there should be a free place at Hokksund Camping, and luckily there was a lot of free space there.

Unlike the night before, we now got a place on gravel and not grass. They have great places on grass as well, but these are a little shorter, and the hedges around make it not so easy to navigate into these places with the largest carriages. The gravel site worked well for us, and the mistress did not take long to find out that they also had wooden bicycles for rent.

With Norsjø in sight

Unlike previous years, this summer we had only pre-booked 2 of the 4 weeks we were to be away. Even though we had only had 2 nights with a drop-in place so far, we noticed that it would be nice to get to a reserved plot. The length of the caravan and the worries about space are probably related, so this is probably a much smaller problem for those who travel around with a shorter caravan, motorhome or tent.

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