Fjolstadtroa Museum car parkJuly 20, 2017 in Norway
For the first part of today's journey we travelled alongside the 40km long Snåsavatnet lake as it dissappeared and reappeared from behind thick bands of trees. We began to see more and more signs of agriculture; cows ready to be milked, barley fields and shrink wrapped hay bales.
The town of Steinkjer provided us with a supermarket, diesel, LPG, toilet emptying and drinking water, so by the time we'd done, we were well set up for at least a couple of days. As well as farming, signs of industry and commercialisation also became more prevalent, as we passed some large beached oil rigs under construction, factories with tall chimneys and several medium sized indoor shopping centres.
It was a rare blue sky day and we were very grateful of the warmth and light- they made such a difference! We were even able to have lunch at a restplace picnic table with Poppy soaking in the sunshine on the neatly trimmed square of grass beside us. After driving on for a while we hit the coast and were keeping our eyes peeled for an overnight spot. We pulled in at a gravel car park near a small marina but unfortunately there was yet another 'no camping' sign. Will made the most of the hot day and went for a short swim in the rocky shallows then dried off whilst reading Tess of the d'Urbervilles on the grass.
Back on the road we weren't having much luck with a place to stay so we searched on Park4Night and found a spot that took us away from the busy E6 to a quiet little car park in the forest.
During the course of the evening a few beekeepers parked up and spent several hours tending to the hives. We could hear the clanking of wooden bells around the necks of a small heard of sheep and birdsong from within the surrounding forest. At one point a black and white heffer wandered over into the car park and took an interest in the van, giving its wing mirror an inquisitive lick. The bee keepers had un-done the chain accross the entrance to the adjacent field so we ushered the escapee back and did a makeshift job of securing the chain.
The early morning was warm and much to our delight, it brought with it a light dew and Golden Hour, that window just after sunrise and before sunset when the light shines at a certain angle, making all it illuminates glow with a golden hue. The loss of golden hour wasn't something we had anticipated in our weeks of endless daylight, just another of the many new experiences this journey has brought.Read more