Hiking to Brufjell and Brufjellhålene

During the first week of September 2015, me and my son visited this famous potholes, which is called brufjellhålene or translated into giant cave or potholes. It is located in Roligheten, Flekkefjord, around 2 hours driving from where I lived. The hiking distance to this potholes is not far (less than 2 km). The hiking path is divided into 3 categories: blue, red and black. Blue is medium, red is challenging and black is for experience hikers. However, to reach the potholes, we have to hike through the black path.

Hiking Map to Brufjell

Hiking Map to Brufjell

DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS :)

DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS 🙂

Me and my son decided to make a round trip and start from the blue path to reach Sandviga, which is a hidden beach. My son said this beach should be called stone beach instead of sandviga since it is surround by the rocks:)

The path to Sandviga

The path to Sandviga

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Sandviga

From the Sandviga, the hiking becomes difficult due to strong wind and the hiking path is very steep. I had to hold my son and sometimes I had to push him to reach the top of the clip.

Sandviga from top

Sandviga from top

When we finally walked down to the potholes, there was one woman who decided to walked back since she said it was too dangerous. However, me and my son decided to try it. And honestly, I was scared too since it was dangerous. You can see that we only hang on these steel stairs, which very small and had a distance to each other around 1 meter. I had to tell my son to step on my feet so that he won’t fall down. I scratched my hand and got bruises on my knees while trying to keep my body intact with the rocks.

We need to climb down this rock

We need to climb down this rock to see the potholes.

The steel stairs to hang onto

The steel stairs to hang onto

Some people behind us who climbed down the rock

Some people behind us who climbed down the rock

Finally, we reached the potholes.  The rock surrounding the potholes called anorthosite (Magmageopark)

Brufjellhålene

Resting and having lunch in one of the cave in Brufjellhålene

Brufjellhålene - Potholes

My son posed in Brufjellhålene (Potholes)

We had to climb up the rock again to go back to the top.

My son climbed up the rock

My son climbed up the rock

We continued walking to the brufjell and writing down our names in the “turboka” and took some pictures. The wind was so strong that we had to hold onto the rocks 😉

Top of Brufjell

Top of Brufjell

It was a good trip but I think once is enough. It was too risky and dangerous.  We walked back to the parking lot and took the red hiking path. It was shorter but a bit steep. I walked very carefully and hold my son hand so that he won’t fall down. The hiking trip to this potholes is only for summer time hiking. I don’t think it is safe to go there if it is rain since it will be so slippery and very dangerous.

Below is the picture taken on the way back to the parking lot.

Roligheten, Åna Sira

Roligheten, Åna Sira

The sign to Brufjell next to the parking lot

The sign to Brufjell next to the parking lot

Just remember to wear proper hiking shoes, wear sunscreen, bring enough water, some snacks to eat (chocolate, bananas, wafer, etc.), bring some emergency kit, and power bank for your mobile phone.

Have fun hiking!

Trolltunga

Trolltunga, which is translated to troll’s tongue in English, is a piece of rock jutting horizontally out of a mountain about 700 metres (2,300 ft) above the north side of the lake Ringedalsvatnet in the municipality of Odda in Hordaland county, Norway. The cliff is located east of the Skjeggedal area, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of the village of Tyssedal and the Sørfjorden (a branch off of the main Hardanger Fjord). (taken from Wikipedia). I have been dreaming to visit Trolltunga since I was living in Trondheim. So, finally when I moved to Sandnes, the dream closed to come true. Trolltunga is located at Odda, which can be reached by 4 hours driving from Sandnes. At the last week of July 2014, I checked the weather forecast for Odda, and it showed that there will be a nice weather with a slight rain during the day. Me and my son decided to hike to Trolltunga that weekend. The hike to the trolltunga is around 22 km roundtrip. Since I need to drive 4 hours from Sandnes to Odda, I decided to book a hotel room in Odda, for 2 nights. I went there with my son and left Sandnes on friday afternoon. We arrived at our hotel in Odda at around 9 pm at night.

The view from the hostel room

The view from the hotel room

The next day, me and my son left our hotel room at 8 am in the morning, so that we can be at the top during the day. The driving from the hotel to the trolltunga area took around 30 minutes. We were surprised that the parking lot was full of cars that morning. We started the hike by taking the stairs which has length of around 1.5 km, and made my feet felt so sore on the way back:(

The base of the stairs

The base of the stairs

The end of the stairs

The end of the stairs

The hike then continue until 11 km to the famous trolltunga. We spend around 3.5 hrs to reach it but on the way back, my feet was hurting so much which make me have to walk slowly, but we managed to hiked down for 4 hrs to the parking lot.

8 km... Still 3 km left to the tongue

8 km… Still 3 km left to the tongue

1 km left :)

1 km to go 🙂

The famous troll's tongue

The famous troll’s tongue

I was sitting at the edge of the tongue

Me, sitting at the edge of the tongue

My son and his style

My son and his style

Yes, our dream come true.

Yes, our dream come true.

Time to go back... 11 km to go ;)

Time to go back… 11 km to go 😉

Nice view...

Nice view…

The route information near the parking area

The route information near the parking area

Yes, we did it and we’re proud of it. Our dream came true. I just need to gather my energy to drive back to the hotel and driving back to Sandnes the next morning 🙂

Kjeragbolten

Kjerag, The Majesty of the Lysefjord, is located Forsand in Ryfylke. At 1084 metres, Kjerag towers above the other peaks along the Lysefjord. For some hikers, the Kjeragbolten, a round rock wedged solidly in a mountain crevice is famous place to take photograph, especially to stand on top of the rock. Kjerag has also become a popular attraction for mountain climbers and base jumpers.

Based on the weather forecast, on June 28th, 2014, there will be a nice weather. Then on friday night, we decided to hike to Kjeragbolten. We just brought sandwich, banana and water, which we always bring in all of our hiking trip. It took me 2 hours to drive to the location and less than 2 hours to hike to the kjeragbolten. So, in total, I spend the whole day just to take the pictures and enjoy the view.

 

The view from the parking area

The view from the parking area

The information about the hiking in the area

The information about the hiking in the area

On the way to the Kjeragbolten

On the way to the Kjeragbolten

Some trails which were still covered by the snow

Some trails which were still covered by the snow

The small village view from the trail to Kjeragbolten

The small village view from the trail to Kjeragbolten

Yes, we're on the top and we reached it in 1 hr and 50 minutes :)

Yes, we’re on the top and we reached it in 1 hr and 50 minutes 🙂

View from kjeragbolten

View from kjeragbolten

He's so proud of it. We spent less than 4 hours round trip to Kjeragbolten

He’s so proud of it. We spent less than 4 hours round trip to Kjeragbolten

Lifjellet

We hiked another peak in our second week in Sandnes, in June 7th, 2015. The weather was nice, which made me and my son really wanted to go out and hike another peak. This time, we hiked a peak, called Lifjellet, which is the neighbor to the city by the bay. Lifjellet has 282 m altitude and the length of the hike trail is around 9.7 km round trip.

The map of the location

The map of the location

The lake on the way to Lifjellet

The lake on the way to Lifjellet

The lake

The lake

Top of Lifjellet with Stavanger city in the background

Top of Lifjellet with Stavanger city in the background

Stavanger city view from Lifjellet

Stavanger city view from Lifjellet

Another nice view of Stavanger city on the trail back from the top of Lifjellet

Another nice view of Stavanger city on the trail back from the top of Lifjellet

Hiked to Dalsnuten

I spent my first weekend in Sandnes to explore the area around my place. After doing some searching in the internet, I found a nice place nearby where I can hike to. The place called Dalsnuten. Dalsnuten has an altitude of 324 m. A refreshing walk through easy terrain to the summit rewarded me with a marvelous view of the surrounding area, including Stavanger city.

We were unlucky that morning due to foggy at the top of Dalsnuten, but it’s a nice hike and we were enjoying the view.

On the way to Dalsnuten

On the way to Dalsnuten

Small lake on the way up

Small lake on the way up

On the top of Dalsnuten

On the top of Dalsnuten

It's a foggy morning. We cannot see Stavanger city from the top of Dalsnuten

It’s a foggy morning. We cannot see Stavanger city from the top of Dalsnuten

Moving to (outside) Stavanger

It has been a long time since my last post. I was so busy with moving to a new place, new job, new experience, new friends.. and also many exciting new things.

I’ve moved to Stavanger (not exactly in Stavanger, but outside Stavanger which is called in Sandnes) since end of May 2014. When I moved to Sandnes, I took a cruise, which is called Hurtigruten, from Trondheim to Bergen. I continued driving from Bergen to Sandnes, which took less than 4 hours.

I share some pictures that I took when I travelled with “Hurtigruten” from Trondheim to Bergen, where I stop for a night before continuing driving to Sandnes the next morning 😉

Map inside the cruise

Map inside the cruise

The stairs inside the cruise

The stairs inside the cruise

The fishes hang in the deck

The fishes hang on the deck

View from the cruise

View from the cruise

Small town - view from the cruise

Small town – view from the cruise

another view from the cuise

another view from the cuise

Molde city - stop over

Molde city – stop over

Molde "Jazz" Town

Molde “Jazz” City

Another nice view from the cruise

Another nice view from the cruise

Bergen city view from Mt. Fløyen

Bergen city view from Mt. Fløyen

Mt. Fløyen + Bergen city in the background

Mt. Fløyen + Bergen city in the background

Troll @Mt. Fløyen Bergen

That’s a short story regarding our moving from Trondheim to Sandnes. If you want to find out more about the cruise, you can check the following website http://www.hurtigruten.com

I’ll try to share more stories and pictures in Sandnes, soon! 🙂

Ciao…

Buying and Selling Apartment

I want to share my experience with buying and selling apartment here in Norway. I have been living in Norway for almost 7 years now. I bought my apartment in 2011, 2 years after working permanently. The process of buying an apartment starting from visiting the bank to get a loan. In order to buy a house/apartment here, people need at least 15% own capital and the rest of 85% is covered by the bank. After getting confirmation from the bank on how much loan I can get, then I started with searching the available house/apartment through finn where people usually use here in Norway. There is also advertisement in the newspaper and the broker’s website, but finn is the most common website that people use to find an apartment/house. There will be written some information about the house/apartment and the asking price from the buyer. I also can download the prospect which includes all the information about the house/apartment from the website.

After finding the interesting house/apartment, then I have to go to open houses (it is called “visning” here in Norway) which is usually posted in the advertisement. During the open house, I can go through the house and check everything, and also I can ask many questions related to the house to the broker who will sit there. After going through the house and asking the broker, if I am interested in buying the house, I need to fill in the form which is provided by broker to include my name, contact number, etc.

Usually, the next day after the open house, if there are many people interesting in buying the house/apartment, then the broker will start the bidding process.  Usually the bidding process will be closed at 1200 during the day. The people who are interested to buy the apartment usually get updated by sms each time people put their bidding. I’ve been through many open houses and the bidding process before finally buying my current apartment.

When I bought my current apartment, there were only 2 people, including me, who came to the open house. It was due to the apartment was so ugly and it needed to be renovated. I was the only one who puts the bid, and I put the same amount as the seller’s asking price. I was happy when I finally bought my current apartment. Even though it took me one month to renovate it, since I only can do it during the weekend and I had to do it by myself (sometimes my friends came to help me too). You can see the pictures of my current apartment before and after I renovated it. I painted all the room, put in a new floor. In the kitchen, I had to pay for the people from Ikea to put on the kitchen cabinets and white goods, except for the tiles and the floor which I did it by myself. I did not upgrade the bathroom since it is too expensive to do it and I was planning to do it in the next 2 or 3 years.

The Apartment View from Outside

The Apartment View from Outside

Living Room

Living Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Main Bedroom

Main Bedroom

Secondary Bedroom

Secondary Bedroom

Entrance

Entrance

After living for 3 years in my current apartment, I had to sell it this year, since I got a new job in another city in Norway. The process of selling the apartment starting from finding the broker. I invited 3 brokers to come and give an overview about the process, how much they propose to sell and the cost. I choose a broker who gave me most discount 😉 and also after discussing with my friend whether the broker is recommended or not. After signing the contract with a broker, then he continued the whole process. In my case, since I need to sell it fast, the process was quick. A week after signing a contract with broker, a photographer came to take pictures of my apartment and in line, a house value estimator also came to check the apartment. Then, a week after that, the broker sent me the prospect to review before putting it in an advertisement. After checking it and made some corrections, they broker put it in the finn website and also advertise it in Saturdays newspaper. The open house was held a week after the announcement in finn. During the open house, only broker who stay in the apartment. I had to wait outside before the open house finished. The open house took 1 hour. There were 17 people came to the open house and they were interesting of buying the apartment. The day after the open house, the bid process was open and my apartment was sold at 1200 at a higher price than the price that I asked 🙂

I had already signed the contract with the new buyer and she will take over the apartment by the end of next month. Now, I have to pack and prepare to  move to the new place. I will start by renting an apartment first, before deciding to buy a new apartment again.

That’s my story regarding my experience with buying and selling an apartment here in Norway 🙂

 

London – Manchester – Liverpool

It was winter vacation on 18th – 22nd of February 2014. I had already planned to visit the UK before my visa expired, which was on the 28th of February 2014. Far before that, I bought two tickets to watch football match between Liverpool and Swansea city which was initially scheduled on 22nd of February 2014. I bought the ticket from this website: Liverpoolfc.

Hospitality Ticket

Hospitality Ticket

The planned was to stay 2 nights in London, 2 nights in Manchester, 1 night in Liverpool and 1 more night in London before heading back to Norway. I booked 4 different hotels in London, Manchester and Liverpool. For the travel between the city, I decided to take the bus instead of train since it’s much cheaper to travel by bus. I bought the bus/coach ticket from National Express to travel between London – Manchester – Liverpool – London.

The trip in London started from Greenwich, since on our first trip I did not visit the park 😦

Greenwich

Sepherd Gate Clock – Royal Observatory Greenwich

Park Inside Royal Observatory Greenwich

Park Inside Royal Observatory Greenwich

Greenwich

Inside Greenwich Museum

Greenwich

The Meridian Line – Royal Observatory Greenwich

From Greenwich, we took the tube to Camden Town and had our lunch there. Camden is famous for its street market. You can find all types of goods in here such as fashion, books, foods, antiques and bizarre items. The place is crowded by tourists.

The Food Market at Camden Town

The Food Market at Camden Town

Camden Town

Camden Lock at Camden Town

The journey continued to Noting Hill by taking the tube from Camden Town.

Portobello Road - Notting Hill

Portobello Road – Notting Hill

Notting Hill

Portobello Market – Notting Hill

Notting Hill

Portobello Road – Notting Hill

From Notting Hill, we took the bus to Oxford road and visited some stores there 😉 The next day, we took bus to Manchester. It took 5 hours and 10 minutes from London to Manchester by bus. After putting our belonging in the hotel, we walked to the city center.

Wheel of Manchester

Wheel of Manchester

After resting for a night, in the morning we visit Etihad Stadium, which is the home of Manchester City. But unluckily, the stadium visit was open in the afternoon. Then we decided to visit Old Trafford, by taking the trem direct from Etihad Stadium.

Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium – Manchester City

Old Trafford

Old Trafford – Manchester United

Old Trafford

Inside Old Trafford – Manchester United

From Old Trafford, we continued our trip to the city center and visited the National Football Museum. There is no entrance fee to visit this museum. We spent almost half day inside this museum since my son was so exciting to see everything about football history.

Manchester

National Football Museum

Inside National Football Museum

Inside National Football Museum

Then, we walked around the city and do some shopping 😉

Manchester Food Market

Manchester Food Market

The next day, we continued the journey to Liverpool. It only took 55 minutes from Manchester to Liverpool by bus. I checked the night before that the football match was changed from 22nd to 23rd of February. My plan was leaving the city on the 23rd early in the morning for my trip back to Norway will be on 24th from London in the morning. So, after checking in the hotel and left all my luggage, I went straight to the Anfield Stadium and asking them if I can refund my ticket. They said, I should know by myself if the match schedule is changed 😦 They also said that the ticket is not refundable and not transferable… Hmmmmph… I decided to sell my ticket outside the stadium.  Some people tried to buy the ticket and I sold it to the highest offer. It’s cheaper than when I bought it, but I am not going to stand there just to sell my ticket. After taking the Anfield Museum Tour, we took the bus back to the city center and then walked to the Dock to visit The Beatles  Story:-)

Anfield

Anfield – Liverpool

Anfield

Inside Anfield – Liverpool

Wheel of Liverpool

Wheel of Liverpool

The Beatles Story

The Beatles Story

The Beatles Story

The Beatles Story

The Beatles Story

The Beatles Story

Elvis

Elvis

The Beatles 3D Movie

The Beatles Fab4D Movie

National Museum - Liverpool

National Museum – Liverpool

The next day, we went back to London by taking the early bus in the morning. It took 5.5 hours from Liverpool to London by bus. Our last hotel is close to London Eye 🙂 I had an appointment with my friend in the afternoon to have a Sunday roast at The Grumbles which is not far from our hotel. After finishing our lunch, we walked along Southbank. It was a nice sunday afternoon before leaving London the next day.

London Eye

London Eye

House of Parliament

House of Parliament

I have finished visiting London for this time being. My UK visa was expired one week after this trip. I don’t think I will make another tourist visa to the UK since it’s too expensive. Maybe if they reduce the fee or I go there for a business trip, then probably I will visit London again… 😉

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

I would like to share the pictures from my trip to Gran Canaria, Canary Islands in December 2013. I bought the ticket there just because it’s the cheapest ticket I found in restplass website. The total cost was 4220 NOK (512 EUR) for 2 people (1 adult and 1 child) which includes flight ticket Trondheim, Norway – Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, meal during the flight, transport airport-hotel (return) and accommodation at Balito Beach hotel for one week.

I was in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from 26 December 2013 to 02 January 2014. It was a nice trip with many nice beaches and delicious food;-)

Balito Beach

Balito Beach

 

Anfi del Mar

Anfi del Mar

Anfi del Mar Beach

Anfi del Mar Beach

Angry Birds Park

Angry Birds Park

Cactualdea - La Aldea de San Nicolas

Cactualdea – La Aldea de San Nicolas

Aqualand

Aqualand

Las Palmas

Las Palmas

Faro de Maspalomas

Faro de Maspalomas

Maspalomas Sand Dunes

Maspalomas Sand Dunes

Maspalomas

Maspalomas

Amadores Beach

Amadores Beach

Puerto de Las Nieves

Puerto de Las Nieves

Puerto Rico Beach

Puerto Rico Beach

The next trip will be visiting other islands in the Canary Islands or nearby islands. It will depend on what restplass can offer….of course, for me it’s the cheapest one 😉

Taekwondo 2nd DAN – Exam

I’ve been busy preparing for my Taekwondo exam to the 2nd Dan since November last year. I had my 1st Dan in Bandung, West Java and it was a very long time ago, it was in the year 2000. My target since last year was to get the 2nd Dan. I spent almost every Sunday to practice a different kind of pattern and technique, attend normal training every Monday and Wednesday and fighting training every Thursday. So, basically, I train almost 4 times a week. But at least, I passed the exam and got my 2nd Dan last month... Yippiiii 😉

This is the video taken by one of my friends who was filming during the exam : Video

Yes... We did it :-)

Yes… We did it 🙂