Summer Vacation in Rena

Rena is a small town in Hedmark region. Seven and a half hours car drive from Bergen and is located in the eastern part of Norway. Bf and I visited a relative who owns a camping place at Åsta just 15 minutes away from Rena center. We went here on the third week of July this year. We were invited so we didn’t have to pay for our stay. How cool is that? 🙂

 

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At Kvile Camping

 

Kvile means “relax” in Norwegian. I can say that my bf and I had a very comfortable and relaxed week during our stay here.

 

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Our cabin

The cabin that we got is around 25 square meters big. It has a double deck bed, a dining table, chairs, heater, small fridge and a small kitchen counter with cabinets. So in short the cabin has everything that we need. However, there is no water supply and toilet inside the cabin. We had to go to the common washing area which is located just a few steps from the cabin.

 

 

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Inside the cabin. 

 

What I love about this place is that there are a number of activities to choose from such as fishing, hiking, swimming, kayaking and grilling. Also, Rena is just 2 hours away to Sweden and circa an hour away to Oslo by car.

 

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The field.

 

The camping area is also near a huge field. Just perfect for morning walks with the dog.

 

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Glomma is 621 km long.

 

Just 5 minutes walk from the camp is the longest river in Norway, which is Glomma. According to my bf’s cousin, the river is rich in fish and therefore people come here to fish. But there are rules to follow and people who wants to fish here must get a permit first, since this is a freshwater river.

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Information about the permit and fees.

You can find a handful of information about fishing by the river and somewhere near the railways.

More pictures of the river shot from different places.

 

 

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In memory of the victims of Åsta train accident 2002

The place is also near the railway where the Åsta train accident happened in 2002. Here stands a monument stone with the names of the victims engraved. The accident is one of the biggest in the history of the transport industry.

 

 

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300 m to the railway

 

 

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Make a wish?

Speaking of railways, have you heard about making a wish while standing on the railway? I had a classmate before in high school who told me that her wishes came true when she wished for something while standing on the railway. I admit that I had to make one when I took a picture of it.

Anyways, as I’ve mentioned earlier in this post, we were just 15 minutes away from Rena town center. Here can we find the schools, shops, restaurants and a wooden church.

 

 

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Åmot kirken (church) from 1901

Moving on, the weather during our visit here varied a lot. One day it was raining hard and just after a couple of hours the sun comes out. I can say that the weather in this part of Norway is way better compared to Bergen.

I can say that the 7.5 hours car trip to Rena is worth it. There are lots of beautiful places to see and this is one of the trips that I recommend if you want to see the difference between the western part and eastern part of Norway because you can see how the landscape change as you travel from the west to the east.

I’m ending this post with the link of Kvile Camping, for those who are interested in renting a cabin/s and caravan/tent place: http://www.kvilecamping.no/

Thanks for dropping by! 🙂 Have a nice day!

 

 

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My Holy Week Vacation (overdue post)

If for some people, attending the mass and visiting churches are their way of observing the Holy Week. As for me I prefer to do it out of religion contexts. It would be going out in the nature and disconnecting from the world. What I mean by the latter is no communication devices nor stuff that  would keep me distracted from self reflection. It is also a way to do things that you do not do on a daily basis. Like for example mountain climbing, fishing, painting the nature, hiking and etc.

I spent the Holy Week with my family. It has always been a tradition for me to go home whenever there is a holiday unless I have to go to work. This year has been good to me, so I am lucky that my employer grant my 6 day vacation leave request.

So I was in Sauda for almost a week. Spent the first two days, well, reading for my exams, working out and being spoiled by mom. The third day was the birthday celebration of my sibling and the day after that, we went outdoor rock climbing at Marvik. Then the remaining days were spent in a cabin without electricity, a toilet without flush, no faucet and internet at Nordstøldalen.

Dining area
The storage room
Who says we are hopeless without a fridge? 🙂
lots of snow !
The view from the cabin.
Ute do ( outdoor toilet)
The living room
My creativity skills are better outside the civilization. 😛 lol
No, it’s not the sun. It’s the moon. Took this around past midnight I think.
Since I didn’t have ski with me. I used a pair of snowshoes instead. 🙂
I found an old newspaper in the cabin. It says Good Old Snow Winter on the headline.
I’ll definitely go back here again, when time permits.
Anyway,  hope everyone had a great Holy Week! 🙂

A Weekend in Sirdal

I spent my weekend on the mountain with my friends and my bf. The weather was great so everyone had fun playing with snow and me playing with my new baby(Sony nex-5). It was also my first time in Sirdal so this made our weekend trip exciting.

Friday: The Arrival

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The neighbor cabin filled with at least 1 and a half meter of snow. 
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Taco for dinner!
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Can you see the view from our window? 🙂
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Relaxing after dinner.
The following day, we ate breakfast around 10am and went out for a walk and to play. 🙂

Saturday: Out to explore!


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Dogs flirting with each other.
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The cabin of our friends.
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Sunset:


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Sunday: Time to go home!


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It’s sad to leave this beautiful place but I had to go… Till next time Sirdalen. 😉