I had a long sleep last night. Hit the scratcher early and slept through the night. I think all the traveling had made me weary and tired. I’m sure all the concentration takes it’s toll on the body.
Today is a day to relax. I had a pleasant breakfast and Mortan starts a conversation with me about all the stuff on the plates and how important it is to eat well. He lives in the United States but hailed from Norway. He said he travels for half the year. He didn’t say what he did only that his 14 year old son lives here and he is visiting him. Have you ever heard of Garrison Keeler. Well this chap reminds me of him and I told him so.
After breakfast I’m heading for Stiklestad. Stiklestad is where in 1040 the Christian King Olaf II overcame a much larger army of heathens who believed in the old Viking gods. Christianity won and the winners write the history. Olaf was made a saint because of this. The hagiography now has created a pilgrimage and its the Norwegian Camino.
They re-enact the battle annually. There is a lovely interpretive centre there. Also a folk village and Viking long houses.
I spent a long time there wandering around and learning new things.
There was a road construction museum. They started with planks over boggy terrain and finish with the fantastic bridges they have built here.
The Viking long houses are modern buildings and there are facilities for groups to stay the night and live like Vikings. Of course there is electric and toilets and showers. Sounds like a great school outing for students.
The Viking long houses were cool.
Then I headed for
These were Norwegian First World War defenses. There are a north and south gallery which defended the gorge from invasion.
I had a lovely walk and a picnic in the woods.