After skip this event for one year, I came back for my third Saga Mars at Stiklestad. Combined with the Nipstadsmarsch which is held one week earlier in Solleftea I traveled back to Scandinavia. I had decided to do 35 km on the first day and 25 Km on the second day. On day one, the finish is in Sul, here I went with my own car, I did this because otherwise you have to take the bus that brings you from your hotel or the campsite to Sul and back. When you are staying in the hotel that is not a problem but when you are on the campsite, like I did this year, and two buses come to the campsite everybody wants to take a shower, so the shower will be occupied a long time. From Sul I took the bus to the start at Medstugan where I good start for my 35 Km that day. Thanks to the good weather and me walking relaxed I found my friends very soon who did 25 km so we continue to walk together. The routes were again the same as other years, but in this nature there is always something new to see. At the finish in Sul was my car waiting on me and with four Swedish ladies in my car I drove back to the campsite. Here we had the shower all to ourselves, what a luxury. On Saturday evening we also went to the blisterball but this was very disappointing this year. Other years there where always around thirty/fourty people at the ball for the music or to dance. This year there where only eleven persons. Around 23:00 we went back to the campsite, the only person who was left was the person who made the live music. Day two started the same as the first day with a delicious breakfast at Stiklestad hotel for 60 Nkr. We could start at 07:30, unfortunately my friends were not arrived so I started and did not see them before I came at the finish. I had already took a shower and put on some clean clothes and was ready to drive back to Sollefteå. What I did not like was the change of the finish, the other year you came in an open-air theater, now they change this to the section in Stiklestad hotel where the openingceremony is held. The outdoor theater was something special, this new solution is perhaps useful for the organization but less fun for the walkers. With the music and the audience for the hotel and the walkers at one hundred meters from the pass is not a good improvement. Hopefully they will change this in the future.
What a fun, sociable and relaxing event was this, 60 km above Trondheim, in the small town of Stiklestad. This event is here already for many years, its there since 1964. Its also a historical walking event because you are following the first day the route that King Olav the Saint took in the year 1030 with his army to try to get a piece of Norway. The first day brings you from the place Medstugan in Sweden too Sul in Norway and you are walking through beautiful nature like wetlands, forest, you are passing lakes and over mountain terrain. When you go over the mountain you pass another monument off another King named Carl Johans, this King went also for battle to Norway only this was in 1835 and he went with 2000 man to conquer a harbor, but he did not make it with his man because off bad weather conditions. Somewhere halfway the route is a self control post, what you must do there is simple, there is a bell you must ring and then somebody is coming to you with a little alcoholic drink. This guy also has there a campfire burning where you can heat a sausage that he offers to you. The only thing he is asking if you can take a piece off wood for him for the campfire because he can't bring not everything with him on to the mountain. So for the people who wants to walk this next year, remember what I told you here. In spite of the rainy weather the first day was a beautiful walk. Day two started at Stiklestad where King Olav lost his life and the battle, from there you walk in the direction of the coast too finally end again in the town off Stiklestad. This the also you have very nice views over farming land and the sea and also you go through a little forest. a little disappointing is the industrial area you pass in the 35 km route, but for the next time I know now that day two for me shall be 25 km because the extra 10 km loop gives not more extra too look at. When you come to the finish, you arrive in a open-air theatre where a lot off people are waiting for the walkers to come. Also there is a music band playing there for the walkers. Here is where you receive your medal and stamps when you have a walking booklet. Like I said already this was a beautiful event with different distances you can choose from, the choices are 5, 11, 25 or 35 km.  The first day you go more over unpaved terrain, the next day is more over asphalt. You can take some food and drinks with you but by the control points is also something you can buy. What I advise too new walkers that will go here, take some warm clothes with you because I heart story's over bad weather conditions from other years before. This was the 45th edition and there where 850 participants ( somebody told me ) and I was one off them. I know I will do this another time and maybe that good be next year, so see you at Sagamarsjen.
The openingsceremony on fridayevening. The local majorettes and te local drumband behind it. The start at the small village of Medstugan in Sweden. Like you see, we are ready to do 35 kilometers. A group of France militairy who walk also this year. Not a massive start of walkers like in Nijmegen. Nice stone bridge. Sometimes the king of Sweden is here. In the two days you walk here, you see this kind of natur. Another nice stone bridge with two walkers. Monument for King Carl Johans who lost 2000 of his soldiers overhere. Half way the route a cozy spot where walkers meet eachother. Sitting at a campfire where you can grill a sausage. Names cut into the stone from a long time ago. When its very nice weather you can go here for a swim to cool down. There come Gunnilla, Hakan, the sisters Westman and Anneli whos taking a picture. Behind Stiklestad hotel the made a wapen off flowers. On day two we going into the direction of the coast. Beautiful glowing landscape near Stiklestad. And there is finaly the ocean. Arriving at the open air theater behind Stiklestad hotel. There comes the Swedish militairy walking in. And there are the Norwegian and German militairy. The end of a nice walkingevent.
Yes also this year I was there, I had such a good time last year that I decided to do it this year againparticipating in this walking event. I had 3 weeks vacation and in this vacation I planned two walking events, the Sagamarsjen in Norway and Nipstadsmarschen in Sollefteå, Sweden and off course between the walks normal vacation, so what tourist do, side seeing the country. The routes where not different than the year before, gladly the weather better than last year. Despites a cold wind on the first walking day, was it between the trees nice walking, only in the open field you had to put on a jacket, to bad we got some rain in the last kilometer. The second day was even better, I had chosen to walk the 25 km, because the extra 10 Km on the 35 km route brought you not much extra to look at, namely a harbor area and a residential quarter. I was back around 13.00 and that was just before the rain started to fall like they predicted. This year I did on the first day 35 Km and the second 25 Km and I liked it very much. The distance that you can do here are 5, 11, 25 and 35 Km, at the control posts can you buy foot and something to drink for reasonable prices. What I say last year to, that's to take some warm clothing with you because you are very high up in Europe and it can cool down very fast during the walk. I had this year a very nice sleeping place, I had a room in Stiklestad Hotel where they got a special walking arrangement for participants , you got a room for 400 Norwegian crones (42,50 euro) per person a night with breakfast. Than you got a luxury room whit 2 beds and you own bathroom / toilet. ( sleeping couch for third person ) A good combination to walk something else one week earlyer is the Nipstadsmarschen in Sweden, its on the same highed on the map only 365 Km to the east and they have there the 10th anniversary in 2010. They not have there own website but here you can find al the details in Dutch, English and Swedish. Nipstadsmarschen.html Well see you next year in Norway at the Sagamarsjen.  
My hotelroom in Stiklestad hotel, with in the morming a good breakfast. A group walkers from Sweden, between this group some of my friends. Standing nicely in rows for the ceremony. The ceremony on friday evening with the local marjorettes. The show is every year the same. My friends from Sweden Anneli and Weine are ready for 35 Km. I am also ready together with Anneli. This is the view when you walk overhere. Sometimes you see a lake like this. A very nice spectator at one of the houses you pass. Just keep following this road. Horses be one off the farms you are passing. And this is a very nice farm. A small river on his way to the lake. A nice surrounding this forrest. This bridge I saw before in 2008. Possing for this picture at the border of Norway. A restingplace at the monument off King Carl Johans. Anneli att the Monument for King Carl Johans. Still a half Mil what are 5 Km. Here my Swedish friends at a small table. Another restingplace with a campfire where you can grill a sausage. Sometime you see people walking around in medieval clothing. Another nice small lake, I think its cold water. Some Swedish militairy on a bridge. A old roadsine from 1835, distance 11 Miil what is 110 Km. Another restingplace where you can take something to eat or drink. This two are bakking pancakes for the walkers. The shield is blooming nice behind the hotel. Another monument for King Olav Haraldson behind the hotel. Day two brings you to the coast, nice living there on the hill. Finally there's the sea. Here we are passing a golfcourse. Following the coast over a good bicycle - walkingpath. Nice picture this blue bench with the yellow flowers behind it.
This church stands opposite off Sticklestad hotel. This is Stklestad hotel seen from the church, left behind the hotel the shield in red and yellow. Here the shield, you see also the hotel and church. When you look from the flowershield in the opposite direction you see this. This is the openair theater what lays next to the hotel. In the openair theater stands this statue off King Olaf Haraldson. This is the gate to the openair theater. Like every year there is this big group from Sweden. Standing ready for the inaugural ceremony. Here are Weine and Anneli taking a beer, they know already how the ceremony goes. Day 1 from Medstugan to Sul, in front of me a Norwegian military. Behind me also some walkers. Its always nice to walk here and enjoy the nature. The bridges are also still the same. You can see here away for many miles. A lot off nice lakes here in the area. One of the restplaces on the route. My Sewdish friends eating lunch. Freshing upp in the small stream. The starting place on day 2. Dark clouds above the valley. There is the Norwegian military guy again. We keeped it dry on day two And theres the caost again. This wooden bridge is also still in the route. Its still nice too walk here.
It had been three years since I participated in the SagaMars, so I thought it would nice to go again. Also this time first to Solleftea to walk the Nipstadsmars there and then on to Norway for the Saga Mars. There was something different from other times and that was that I this time not went with the car but go on my motorcycle. I also have written about that trip and you can find this here:
After a nice roadtrip from 2300 km I was back after 3 years in Stiklestad. When I arrive there was a nice surprise, there was this lady at the registration, blond, blue eyes a good figure and a nice decolette. What cant women be good looking. ( sorry no picture taken.) Like the other times I was standing on Stiklestad camping for 45 euro for 3 nights. ( arrival at friday, leaving on monday ) Friday evening was like usually the openings ceremony where I saw my friends from Sweden again. On day 1 I went again for the 35 km and the start was also like other years in Medstugan. On the bike to Sul to get into a bus to go to the start att Medstugan, the first part I do by motorcycle because when i reach the finish I don’t have to wait for the bus to fill up, now I can go when I am done. Also nice because when I come att the camping side there is no waiting line for the showers. On day 1 I run in to this Dutch guy who came from the town Castricum, thats only 10 km from where I live, and walked together with him. On day 2 he walked again 35 km and I would go for 25 km, so I walked together with Anneli and Emilia. Anneli went for the 12th time overhere and for Emilia it was first time. It was again a very nice walk, and when we reach the finish we took a cold beer. After everybody has took a shower it was time for the walkers from Sweden to go home, I went back to the camping site to prepair my trip back to the Netherlands and find a nice route through beautifull Norway. Maybe till next year and than off course I will dod this on my Motorcycle. Emilia made a nice compilation and you can watch this overhere.
Just arrived on Stiklestad camping. Like everytime the Openingsceremonie on friday evening. Its always nice to watch this. There is the Dutch guy where I walked along this day. A panorama picture from the area we walked through. A well-known spot for me. Nice paths to follow. Sunrise at Stiklestad camping. Anneli and Emilia are just arrived att the start and get registered day 2. Here the shadow off us walking. Here I walked together with Anneli. The farmers in the area has wraped the straw nicely. Mother and daugther on there way in Norway. This looks almost like a sculpture. There are the ladies again, and still with a good pace. This I took from a higher viewing point. Almost at the finish, still 3 kilometers to go. Everything is packed again, I am ready to go home.
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Geüpdate op 10 Januari '15