Stavanger and Priekestolen
Trip Start Jun 26, 2007
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You will notice if you ever try to inter-rail around Norway, everything radiates out from Oslo and trains for longer journeys are infrequent. So a 500km trip can take 21 hours because of a detour via Oslo where you are likely to end up waiting 6 hours for the next train. Anyhow mustn't complain got to make the most of the Scanrail pass.
Getting there is very easy with a short ferry journey to Tau from Stavanger and a connecting bus to the Priekestolen hostel where the path up to Priekestolen starts. This path is a relatively easy climb, however you may get a few Americans complaining it is too rocky on your way up. The 3.5 km trail takes 2 hours at a relaxed pace where you can take great pictures of Stavanger on the ascending climb and swim in the small deep lake 2/3rds on the way up. At the end of the trail you reach the jutting plateau of Priekestolen overlooking the picturesque Lysefjord, do not expect this place to yourself as it gets very busy in the afternoon and even when you plan to camp up there you can still find half a dozen people with the same idea.
However i do recommend wild camping with no tent, weather permitting in Norway. I did this by the lake on the Priekestolen, believing it was just me and mother nature. It is a great feeling when you can watch the stars, feel a light breeze rustling through the trees, a small stream flowing into the lake and try to kid yourself you can see a shooting star only to find its a plane flying very high overhead. When all of a sudden you hear a howl, then a groan and before you know it the magical moment is broken by a women having a screaming orgasm, twice, some 100 metres up the hill. A very surreal moment!
Caught the ferry back to Stavanger and returned back to the quieter Mosvagen Campsite, don't hear screaming organisms here. Stavanger is a very pretty town with a nice mix of old and new building, lake based parks and numerous museums. An interesting museum is the Norwegian petroleum museum and its interactive features aimed at those young at heart. Okay you still get bogged down with the geology but you can get to see a 3D children's cartoon movie on the importance of oil and gas, play some of their interactive games ranging from operating a deep sea submarine to solving an imaginary islands energy problem or getting dressed in an oil rig workers overalls. All for 80 Nok!!!
Those with less money, the walk around Mosvagen lake is pleasant and is teaming with ducks and other birds, otherwise walk through the old town and its cobbled roads, or window shop in the colourful highstreets or just visit the free 12th century cathedral by the lake in the town centre. All worth spending an hour or two doing.
Once again apologies for lack of photos, finding a USB port in libraries if proving very difficult in Norway.