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With four Children and a Tandem through Norway and Sweden

Karl Brodowsky, cycled 2002-07-07 bis 2002-08-09, written 2002

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2002-07-14 We cycled between wonderful mountains to Alvdal. The Glåma river had calmer sections and rapids once in a while, but the water was already much less. This is actually partly due to the fact that part of the water is redirected in order to optimize the use of water power plants. The camp ground in Alvdal was located on the opposite side of the town, actually some kilometers beyond that and we even had to follow the branching N 29 for 2 kilometers or so to reach it. We stayed there for two nights.

2002-07-15 Karin and I went on short trips on the national highway N 29, this time leading us to the west. The camp ground was located near a small river flowing to the Glåma. It was even possible to swim a little bit, because someone had built a dam with stones, that kept the water near it a little bit deeper and calmer.

2002-07-16 For the next day it was our intention to reach Røros. We were expecting a little bonus from the fact that our camp ground there was supposed to be located some kilometers before the town. We had found out that there would be a paved highway to Tynset on the other side of the river. In Tynset we had some rest near a kindergarten. The mountains near the valley became higher and higher and it began to become fun to predict how the valley would pass the huge mountains we were approaching.

2002-07-17 We stayed for two nights in Røros. The camp ground even had a dish washer. But the drawback was that the rain water formed a small lake in the location of my tent. Fortunately it was possible to dig some way out for the water, so we did not really get wet. We used the chance to see the town and the Olovs-mines. Røros is actually in the UNESCO list of the world heritage. The mines are located a few kilometers away from the town and 900 m above sea level. A paved back road led us there from the N 31. The mines where used for obtaining copper ore. There would be enough ore to use them even in these days. But fortunately for the Norwegians they stopped the mining when the copper price in the world market dropped and the salary level in Norway increased due to the discovery of oil in the Norwegian coastal areas. Seeing these underground mines was off course very impressive. After having seen that we still had some more time to look at Røros and especially into the mining museum located in the former copper production plant of Røros.

2002-07-18 In the vicinity of Røros the Glåma river flows out of a lake system, even though there is one of the rivers flowing into the system also called Glåma, kind of the upper part of the Glåma. But since we had already missed the lowest part of the river, there was no increased harm in omitting this part as well, so we just took the eastbound national highway N 31, part of which we had already used for getting to the mines. This was the first real uphill section. Let us rather say the first necessary uphill section, because other than in the river valley there would not be an obvious way to build a flat highway, since we were really crossing the mountains now. But surprisingly this seemed to be no problem at all. We had already practiced so much with the unnecessary uphill sections in the river valley that we could do this climb relatively easily. We had one of the nicest and calmest sections of our tour, as so often near the border between Norway and Sweden, apart from a few busy transcontinental highways in the south. For a long stretch we followed a small river. During one of our breaks we could find out that there would be a nice waterfall somewhere. And there were a lot of paths in the forest, so we went on a long walk. Moving around kind of limited the local mosquito problem to an extent we could live with, but once we stopped, they would become a problem. We did not really make it to approach the waterfall from the right side, but the walk was fun anyway.

Our highest elevation was reached at the border to Sweden. We had been told that this would be such a high elevation that there should be no trees, but we only encountered that kind of landscape near the Olovs mine. The border was just marked by a few road signs, but there was no customs, passport control or whatever. But it is easily realized anyway, that we were in another country. The landscape on the Swedish side of the mountains is somewhat different. The valleys are wider and the whole area looks flatter, even though the high mountains remain visible. With the small winding national highway and the small trees and bushes this area almost looked like a park. Soon we reached a lake and it became obvious that we wanted to spend the night on the camp ground in Fjällnäs, located near the next big lake.

2002-07-19 From there we were supposed to cross one more mountain pass and then follow another river valley for some days into flatter areas. Actually the pass proved to be marginal. Off course this area is a huge skiing area in the winter. We saw many ski lifts, a lot of parking space and many hotels and skiing towns, which were almost abandoned during this time of the year. Especially the national highway was not too busy, something that did not really make us unhappy. We passed more lakes, mountains, rivers and mostly woods. Sometimes we had more elevated stretches, but most of the time we were following the Ljusan river towards Sveg. In the evening we found a spot for our tents in the forest, not too far away from the national highway. We had already passed a camp ground shortly before, but that had been closed down recently.

2002-07-20 Fortunately we found a nice bathing place on the next day, which is especially nice after having camped for several nights in the woods. It was even possible to get a warm meal and some coffee in the cafe of a museum, which should not be taken for granted in such a thinly populated area. In the evening we found a place in the woods which seemed to be really far away from all population. It was quite a bit away from the national highway. But even the forests seem to get busy these days and even someone passed walking with his dog.

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