The day started early at 6:30. Thomas was driving to the mountains so he could drop me off in Oslo. That was a good start for the weekend. From Oslo, I took the train to Grua, which took about an hour. Grua seemed to be a nice little village but I didn’t see much off it because the beginning of the trail was pretty close to the train station, a bit hidden behind a school and a ski slope to climb. Here I took a first picture:
And there it was, the trail which was heading west for the first kilometers, into the woods of Nordmarka. It was pretty cold with less than 10 degrees and gusts of wind, but when the sun was out, it was very nice. The paths were marked well and soon I was away from the civilization.
After two hours of walking, I ended up at this creepy house on top of Bislingflaka. Maybe an old restaurant.
I met two other groups of hikers up here. Seemed that this is a popular place to spent the night. But it wasn’t even lunch time for me yet. The plan was to get to the lake Gjerdingen and find a lunch spot. So I started to walk down the hill again. But I faced some problems here, which turned out to be really annoying. I just had to cross a small swamp. My shoes were water proof once (Gore tex) but after a year or two of usage, they were as waterproof as my running shoes. So my socks got soaking wet and they didn’t dry in the shoes for the rest of the day of course.
I found an askew grill cabin next to the lake and stopped for lunch. until then, I finished 12 kilometers already and it was just 12:30. Annoyed about my wet shoes, I stayed in a gravel road for while. But even from these roads, the nature was beautiful.
In the afternoon, it was getting warmer again and I went back into the woods. It was nice walking in a t-shirt and the paths were not as wet any more. The weather was funny.. Sometimes bright sunshine and warm, then ten minutes later soft hail and wind. This alternated most of the day. But all in all, it was really nice! Later in the afternoon I realized that I could make it to the Kikut peak and planned to look for a camp spot close by. The trail up to the top was pretty steep sometimes and cost some energy after this long day. But the view was worth it.
Then I was walking over the ridge for 4 more kilometer until I reached the actual top. From here I could see may goal for the first time: Holmenkollen or Tryvann with the ski slopes. The top on right with the tower on top:
I had walked 30 kilometers already and it was 17:30, so I was more than ready to make camp. I started to descent and luckily I found a good spot soon after. There was a deforested area on a hillside facing south with an mostly flat spot under some trees next to it. It needed some cleaning from branches but I had a pretty view over the lake Fyllingen. I hoped for warm sunshine on the tent in the next morning.
I set up the tent and made dinner (hikers special: tomato mackerel with spaghettini). I was pretty done from the 31.5 km hiking with about 800 total height meters. I fell asleep at 20:30 but woke up every half hour to drink some water. I must have been completely dehydrated. I finished more than a liter of water in the night. Besides of that, it was a quiet night, except of the birds singing. But I wasn’t bothered by that at all.