Welcome Party in Vikna
Travelling and meeting new people are our hobbies. It was our first visit to Vikna after landing on our host district. We five (our local contact person, two volunteers from Stienkjer youth group and two of us) started our journey with excitement and curiosity to meet the youth group of Vikna, also to know more about that place. When we started our journey to Vikna, the weather in Steinkjer was quite good whenever we moved forward we found that the weather was changing, sometimes it was raining and sometimes it was sunny as it is autumn here in Norway. We didn’t realize how fast the time passed by as we were enjoying the beautiful natural scenario outside the window.
After 3 hours of driving finally we reached our destination, where we received warm welcome from the youth group of Vikna. They had made good arrangements of the programme with Norwegian food and lots of activities like icebreakers, energizers, games and dances. We spent wonderful time with 17 energetic youths of Vikna and we participated in all the activities, also we danced with them in our Nepali song. We ended our day in Vikna by going for sightseeing with some of the volunteers even though it was raining.
Hiking trip to the geographical midpoint of Norway
This weekend we joined the activity of Steinkjer Red Cross Tour Group which was hiking to Norway’s geographical midpoint, located inside Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella National Park in the South-Eastern part of Steinkjer. There were 27 people who joined this trip. We started our journey at 9am and we travelled 40 km from Steinkjer by bus to reach the gateway to Norway’s geographical midpoint. The hike started at the car park near Lake Lustadvatnet. From there we walked on the marked path of railway sleepers to the geographical centre of Norway. The path was very narrow so while walking we had to focus on our steps and if we tried to look at the nature around, we used to put our foot on the wet land. The distance of the midpoint and return was 20 km and it took about 6 hours.
When we reached the midpoint, we found a monument marking the significance of the spot and there was a note book in which we wrote our names. After that we had a lunch break in the rustic shelter and then we travelled back. This was our first hiking experience in Norway and we enjoyed it a lot. This trip also helped us to socialize with other people and to know more about the Norwegian culture.
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Danyabaad, Thank you, Tusen takk from Prakriti and Deepak.