The Slow Way Up.

Norsk Land Rover Klubbs landstreff, Setermoen 2016 .

In 2016 the Norwegian Land Rover club had pointed their annual summer meeting to Setermoen in Northern Norway. During the winter we discussed in our family and decided to try to go with our Series One. “We” are my wife Gunnhild and my youngest son Konrad. The two older sons had other plans for this summer. The car is not all original but close to. Engine, gearbox and axles are like they were in 1957 when it was new. This means it is no highway racer and comfort speed is 70 km/t or less. We had to pick the smaller roads to have a comfortable trip up north and this again means the distance up north will be even longer than it is along the main roads.

The 8th of July we started “The Slow Way Up” from our home south of Oslo. We had 12 days before the meeting at Setermoen started. Our calculation was based on maximum 300 km per day, some days down to less than 150 km per day. And we had a day or two for eventually surprises regarding the car or whatever. The first day we ended at Lillehammer where Gunnhild has some family. We had a nice barbeque out in their garden that evening. The next day we passed mountains more than 1000 meters over sea level, to the valley north east of Lillehammer. We were also visiting some old mines in Folldal before the day was finished.

On the third day the oil lamp started to lit… Was it all over now? I stopped and called a friend with even better knowledge to old series Land Rovers than I have. After a discussion we agreed that it most likely was a faulty oil pressure switch. The startup and the next kilometer were a bit exiting. But the car sounded and behaved as normal except for the red light. We concluded our assumption were right and continued our “Slow Way Up”. Later this day we had a small sightseeing in Trondheim. The weather was beautiful and we finished Trondheim with an outdoor dinner on a restaurant.

Of course we are connected to social media even when touring with the vintage car. We had announced the need of an oil pressure switch and a bit north of Trondheim we got a second hand switch. The two switches were swapped and now the problem seemed solved. The lamp was lit when it should be lit and dark when it should be dark. For an hour or two… In the end of the day it was not lit at all. I tried to conclude something but again it had to be the switch.

We were going as little as we could on the main road E6 which leads from south of Norway all up to Kirkenes close to the Russian border. From Steinkjer road 17 leads out to the coast and follow this up to Bodø. This is a nice but slow road with 6 or 7 ferries depending on some alternatives along the road. One of our overnight stops was at mountain Torghatten where there is a hole in the mountain possible to walk through. That evening we spent a couple of hours walking this nice walk with a marvelous view.

The following morning at Torghatten the weather had changed. The sunny warm weather from the day before had changed to a wet gray day. So is Norway. We cannot do anything about it. Anyway, we vent to the island Vega just a few kilometers north of where we camped. Vega is on the Unesco World Heritage list and is a nice place to be even if the weather was not perfect.

Two days and some ferries later we reached Bodø. We had decided to go by ferry (again) to Lofoten which is four hours on the boat. This is a very popular tourist route and many of the ferries were fully booked. In the summer there is daylight round the clock up north so it does not matter what time of day you do things. This ferry is also in service at night, so we boarded at 00:45 at night, arriving Lofoten at 04:30 in the morning. It was time for some sleep so we put up our tent and had some hours rest in the sleeping bags, close to the harbor.
Lofoten started good but the weather sooner got wetter. The clouds hung on the mountains and we were not able to see the mountain tops through the rain. Lofoten is that nice in sunny weather but far from nice in such wet and cold. That’s Norway… On the tourist brochures there is always sunny but in real life there are other days too.
I had noticed oil on the ground where the car was parked and suspected the oil pressure switch was leaking. In the wet weather I did not feel for creeping on the ground and added some new oil now and then instead. When we passed Sortland I met a fellow Land Rover recognized as a member of a Norwegian Land Rover forum. Luckily he stopped and offered a visit to a workshop to check the leakage. It seemed to be a loose oil banjo close to the switch, not the switch itself. And what was worse, the starter hung loose. One of the starter bolts was lost and the other bolt was loose. I had not noticed any problem, but now the both cases were closed.
We continued up north. Andøya was next night stopover. This is also a really nice island when the weather is good, but the weather was rather bad with rain and wind. The day after we was waiting for a ferry from Andøya to Gryllefjord located at the island Senja. When queueing for the ferry the car was waving in the wind and the rain was pouring sideways. The sailing was even more bumpy but we survived. Senja is also an island with some nice scenic roads but again we only saw the bottom of the mountains.

The twelfth day we arrived the Land Rover meeting at Setermoen after about 2.200 km driven. The meeting is open to all kinds of Land Rovers and our Series One was the only Series One at the meeting. We met new and old friends and in total there was about 70 cars registered at the event. Andrew Cross was representing UK, there were a few Swedes and the rest was Norwegians. Activities were guided tours in the area, by others around Senja. We took the Senja tour this time in beautiful weather with all mountain tops available and lunch / sea bathing stop included. We also joined one of the midnight sun tours, of course in the middle of the night with the sun still on the sky.

Five days later the meeting was over and I continued “The Slow Way Up” heading further north. My wife and son had returned home with a plane from Bardufoss airport and I took the car up to Tromsø. My holidays had ended and I was going back to work. Normally I work in Oslo but there is also an office in Tromsø where I was working a few days waiting for a boat to Bjørnøya where my first duty after holidays waited. Bjørnøya is an island at 74 degrees north where there is a meteorological observation post.

“The Slow Way Up” ended in Tromsø for the Series One and on Bjørnøya for the driver of the car.

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Turen startet med en
tur innom Østfold.


Ned mot Gudbrandsdal.

Det var grått over

Ingen bensin å få
på Grimsbu.

Vi har begynt på Rv 17,

Gjennom hullet i

På Vega møtte vi

Camping på Vega.



Kanelsnurr fra museums-
bakeri på Å.

Stranda ved Flakstad i Lofoten.

Bleik og Bleikøya
på Andøya.

Nasjonal turistvei
på Senja.

Gunhild, Gunnhild og Anne
rundt grillen på Landstreff.

Dag og familien var også
på tur nordover i LR.

Samme utsiktspunkt over
Bergsbotn, i finvær.

Bøvær på Senja.

Lunsj og badepause ved
"Gulldassen" på Senja.

Far og sønn Vassbø.

Midnattsoltur til


Det ble så varmt at vi måtte
på flere badeturer til en vann
ikke så langt unna campen.

Fellestur til Andsfjellet
på dagtid også.

Det var shortsvær de fleste
kveldene ved grillen.

Etter treffet gikk turen
videre til Tromsø.


Anne og jeg hadde en tur
til Sommarøya.

"The Slow Way Up"
har nådd sitt nordligste
punkt på Bjørnøya.

Oppdatert 10 august 2016

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