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gardkarlsen Oslo - A travel report by Gard
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Going to ride a rollercoaster

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We decided to go away for the weekend so we got into the car and drove from Stavanger to Oslo to visit the themepark Tusenfryd and to try the rollercoaster Thundercoaster

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There is no doubt that Thundercoaster is a great wooden rollercoaster. But I have tried better ones :-)

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It was great to get away for the weekend but I think I'm getting to old for sleeping in a tent :-)

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We brought a tent and stayed at a place called FjordCamp right outside Oslo.

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From time to time it is nice to go on weekend trips to get away from the normal routine. We have talked about going to Norway's biggest themepark Tusenfryd for quite some time so when my sister Marie and her hubby Knut and their three kids said that they were going, we decided to meet up to join them in the park. We started our trip on Thursday afternoon in the end of July in Stavanger and we decided to take the mountain (and scenic) route through Norway to get to Oslo. This road is know as Suleskarvegen ( and it is only open in the summertime when the snow has been cleared. The road itself is quite narrow so it can be quite a challange when you meet other cars that are driving in the oposite direction :-) Another challenge is trying to avoid the sheep that run around on the road itself :-) They seem to be very used to the cars because they lay right next to the road or on the road itself and you can see them eating or even sleeping when cars go by.

We started our trip at about 3.30 pm on Thursday afternoon. The road that was ahead of us was about 460 km long so it takes about 7 hours to get to the destination. On the way we just had a few stops to eat and to look at some attraction. One place we stopped at was near a place called Dalen. Here we found Eidsborg Stavkirke (church built in the 11th century. There are only 29 left of these wooden churches in Norway by the way.

We finally reached Oslo FjordCamp at 10.45 pm and we met Marie, Knut and the kids Fr√łya, Embla and Gyda. This camping place was not very impressive by the way. It is located right next to the main road leading out of Oslo towards Sweden and hence there is a lot of noise there. And the facilities were not great either. But we put up our tent and went to sleep to get ready for the next day. Marie and Knut had rented a home on wheels so they didn't have to freeze their butts of like Nikki and I :-) I think that is was cause my to get a cold after trip but that is another story. Here are some links to the camping place by the way: ,


As I said, one of our main reasons for going on this weekend trip was to visit the themepark Tusenfryd. We got up early on Friday morning to get there as early as possible. The park is located like 20 km outside Oslo so it is easily accesible (unless the traffic stops you :-). It is not a big park in any way but there is one new main attraction that I think has increased the number of visitors alot: the wooden rollercoaster Thundercoaster. It has been said that this is one of the best wooden rollercoaster in Europe. So the first thing that we did when we came in the park was of course to run to this main attraction and we tried it twice before the queue became to long. And the verdict: yes, it was a really nice rollercoaster and we all loved riding it (even my 8 year old niece Embla). Apart from that we tried the steel rollercoaster with the name Loopen. This rolercoaster is too short to really be classified as a rollercoaster in my opinion. The whole thing is over before it even starts. And Knut and I went on the Spaceshot where we got catapulted about 60 meters into the air. It is quite a nice ride and I have taken it several times before. The best experience was of course when I took the spaceshot that is located on top of the Stratosphere tower in Las Vegas but that is another story. The park also has some waterrides and next year it looks like they will be expanding with more stuff. It looks like they will buid a ride called SuperSplash. It sounds like a ride where you will get VERY wet :-). The price in the main season is 220 kroner (if you are taller than 140 cm) and the park was open from 10.30 until 7 pm. There is a lot more information on their homepage We had fun in the park more or less all day.

After being at Tusenfryd we said goodbye to Marie and Knut and their kids. We drove through Oslo and down towards the south of Norway. The roads from Oslo towards the south are pretty good but normally you can't drive faster than 70/80 km/h so it takes a while. We finally arrived at our destination Grimstad at about 10 pm and here we stayed with our friends Olav and Allis.

Published on Sunday January 26th, 2003

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