Christmas break, day 10 (and New Year’s Eve)
|Fremstadhøgda||501m||71m||Søndre Land, Norway|
Day 10 and our first full day in Hov, Søndre Land. The Skjeskroken base-camp at Eva & Bjørn’s place is always a place where I relax and enjoy being at.
My plan today was to ski from Skjeskroken to Fremstadhøgda – which is no prominent top but it is the highest point south of Gjøviklinna and the 2 roads from Hov. As such – a place I wanted to visit. Eva & Bjørn had plans for today but Anne wanted to come along.
There was not much snow around and in retrospect this could easily have been a walk. But we brought the skis, left Skjeskroken, passed Sveum and made a wrong turn which made us cross Lauselva river much lower than need be.
We then noticed the forest path to the Løkjehaugen viewpoint and decided to follow it through the forest.
As already stated, we might as well have been walking…
After a little while we noticed a “Severdighet” signpost (something-to-see) pointing to the river. So we headed down there. That is, Karma had to stay put.
I’m not exactly sure what something-to-see was, but it was a cool place. I instantly wanted to hike Lauselva river on the ice. Maybe another winter.
On the forest path, we met Dag Sørum, who told us he went to school with Bjørn. We walked together up to Øystad, where we parted.
We were now on the forest road going *deep* into the forest but we would only follow this road for a short while before we went into the forest, looking for the Fremstadhøgda high point.
And what do you know – in the forest we got sunshine!
There were two 500m points in this forest. We were pretty sure the easternmost point was the highest.
We also visited the easternmost point and this was NOT the highest point. Happy about this odd “expedition”, we returned to Skjeskroken – along different routes where it was natural.
Later in the evening, it was time for the traditional turkey dinner. Top score, as always.
And lo and behold, we all managed to stay awake until the New Year arrived. We were all happy to see both 2020 and 2021 go down in the history books and were cautiously optimistic about what 2022 had in store for us. The end of the Pandemic, maybe? Time would tell.
There wasn’t a lot of fireworks in “this part of the woods” but enough to make Karma uneasy. Fortunately, it didn’t last long and Karma fell to sleep together with the rest of us – safe and sound!