NORWAY: Winter walk and grill – Konnerud to Drafnkollen route

It’s just mid-February and yet, spring is already in the air! It has turned out to be a not-so-white winter this year, with lesser snow than last year. But then again, it’s too early to say! Norwegians are taking their winter holidays this week, and most of them are on their way to the mountains to do winter activities. As for me and Carl, we just enjoy our beloved city, with occasional tours to the mountain routes nearby or to interesting Norwegian cities.

This entry is about one of our favorite routes – Konnerud to Drafnkollen and back home. The route is about 5-6 kms, with easy terrains and a beautiful pond called the Blektjern on the way. It was by the Blektjern where we camped last summer and caught fish. We also went mushroom picking and little bit of blueberry picking along the route. Drafnkollen offers an astounding view of Drammen, and we just love it!

Konnerud-Drafnkollen route
Konnerud-Drafnkollen route

From Drammen, we take the bus to Skjelsbekk nedre station, and then start the hike following the Klarinetten road and then, Skjerpholtveien. This road merges with Drafnkollen when you are about to reach the pond, or lake in my vocabulary. Pond for me is smaller than the Blektjern. 😛 As it was winter, the mountain route was covered in glittering ice and snow – an opportunity for a nice photo walk!

Konnerud-Drafnkollen route
Konnerud-Drafnkollen route
Winter photo walk
Winter photo walk
Winter photo walk
Winter photo walk
Winter photo walk
Winter photo walk
Winter photo walk
Winter photo walk
Winter photo walk
Winter photo walk
Winter photo walk
Winter photo walk
Snow
Snow
Just me in wintery Norway
Just me in wintery Norway
Winter in Norway
Winter in Norway

I probably have mentioned already in the previous entries that grilling in the mountains is allowed only between mid-April to mid-September. Carl and I enjoyed grilling sausages halfway the trip, as usual :P. We love chilli and cheese sausage sandwiches, and eating them while surrounded by the cold breeze. I also managed to bring some hot choco! It was amazing!

Finding our stopover
Finding our stopover
Blektjern camping place
Blektjern camping place
Grilling in winter
Grilling in winter
Grilling in winter
Grilling in winter

And here’s the lake, or pond, where we went fishing and camping last summer! See what winter did there? Amazing! 😀

Frozen Blektjern
Frozen Blektjern
Frozen Blektjern
Frozen Blektjern
Frozen Blektjern
Frozen Blektjern
Frozen Blektjern
Frozen Blektjern

Winter can be pretty boring and depressing, but with the right attitude and activities, it can also be fun! I love winter, and maybe, if I’d go back home and live again in the Philippines, I’d miss winter so bad that I’d just lock myself up in a cold, dark room. haha i just remembered when I went home for a visit last 2015. Wow, how time flies so fast.. Everything has changed, and I wasn’t used to it anymore. It was all nostalgic, but it’s not “me” anymore. 😛

Carl & Maerose on frozen Blektjern
Carl & Maerose on frozen Blektjern
Drafnkollen - beautiful Drammen in the background
Drafnkollen – beautiful Drammen in the background

This is my second winter in Norway and I’m getting used to everything. I still have to use “pigger“s under my shoes, or the metals you put under your winter shoes to avoid sliding on icy roads. So, it’s like I’m tap-dancing wherever I go. 😀 Oh well.. This is all for now! Have a happy winter time! ❤ Cheers! #spreadlove

 

 

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