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Thread: Planning the summer raid in Vestland fylke, Norway

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    Default Planning the summer raid in Vestland fylke, Norway

    The border is closed by Covid for the time being, but there is hope it will open by late August.... just in time for this year's Den Store Roen. The Great Row. The title is also a pun on the double meaning of the word 'roen'. It can also mean 'peace and quiet'. It isn't always peaceful rowing if the wind and waves kick up, but there is always a kind of peace on a rowing expedition.

    Our trip is organized by local clubs in the Costal Federation of Vestland, the province with Bergen in the middle. It will be the fourth raid. I was out on a scouting trip checking the possible routes a week ago together with some of the other responsible for the arrangement. The film is the first promotion of the raid and shows some of the routes and gives an idea of how we do it.... a mix of shorter rowing stages, some historical or coastal culture presented by locals and/or historians, camping and feasting and lots of time to talk. We plan route alternatives so we can move it according to wind and waves. So far, we have had sun and fair winds every year - not a small achievement in wet and windy Vestland.

    We have boats and space in boats available - if the border opens for international guests. You will also see that 90% of the boats are Oselvar, with just a few types from other provinces. We are also talking about giving sailing lessons in Oselvar one evening for those who are interested in more boat-time.

    The talk is all in Norwegian, but much speaks for itself. But if you wonder why the guy tries to jump up on a large rock in the beach area (there is also some interesting info about that zone and how the Vikings used it), he is demonstrating how the ancient sacrifice stone was also used to find a wife in viking days. The guy that could climb the stone with his arms on his back and not go down on a knee, could choose any woman he wanted. The magic effect of the sacrifice stone was impossible for the girl to resist.


    I'm the guy in the brimmed cap, if you are wondering.

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    Default Re: Planning the summer raid in Vestland fylke, Norway

    And a link to more info. Program, photos, maps...
    https://www.kystkultur.no/?AID=19701...p-6Se7CGXD2kLQ

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