Last Sunday we went for the “usual” summer hike somewhere in Norway, this time it was Gaustatoppen which is the tallest mountain in Norway(1883 m, yeah, kinda disappointing, I know).
The cool thing about this mountain is that from the top, when it’s not cloudy, you can see circa one sixth of Norway’s mainland, including the Oslo,(For reference it takes 2 and half hours drive to get from Oslo to Gaustatoppen).
To get to the top you have two options, either hiking up or taking the funicular: we obviously did the hike.
The hike is not among the most difficult, the complete round trip is circa 9.7 km and it takes no more than 5 hours. The way up is nothing but uphill, and the way down is only downhill. Bring with you some kind water repellent clothes, it’s still an “high” mountain and nothing will stop clouds from floating over it. Strongly suggest to use proper hiking shoes since the road is made out of stones and they can be pretty slippery sometimes.
Once on the top you can enjoy the view or a waffle/coffee at the cabin you will find up 🙂
The hike can be done in a single day.
I’ve recently been to Dublin to attend a SRE(Site Reliability Engineering) conference and I spent no more than 26 hours in the city.
Dublin is quite fascinating, but the rest of Ireland is stunning! Like, really!
The old Dublin, the whole Temple bar area, is very nice and you are kinda surrounded by the Irish culture, but the new city centre is just not nice enough. If you are looking for some shopping then it’s ok, otherwise just stay stick in the old Dublin.
Where to stay:
I stayed at the Dean Hotel(http://deandublin.ie), very hipster and nice. 15 minutes walk to temple bar/city centre.
Where to eat:
I only had a couple of meals in Dublin, if we don’t count the ones I got at the airport or not he plane. I had a fatty breakfast at the roof bar of the restaurant, go there to get some food.
Then I had a dinner in the most rated restaurant in Dublin(based on trip advisor) in temple bar, DON’T got there, the food is meh…totally not worth it!
What to do:
Well, I spent most of my time at the conference, as speaker and attendee, but I had the chance to enjoy the city. I ran, running is the best way to visit a city when you don’t have time…do it!