Three Days in Haugsaurd…

Reuben_Tabner_Norway_7564Trail running in Norway on Steinsfjellet (The Stone Mountain) above Haugsaurd.I stop and stare at the view. The town of Haugsaurd is laid out below me. The North Sea glistens in the sun behind as ferry’s move back and forth, carrying day trippers, tourists and commuters. I trace trails, weaving between rocks, trees and bogs… This is. Going to be fun…

Reuben_Tabner_Norway_7552 Reuben_Tabner_Norway_7557I’ve come to Norway for the Ironman 70.3, too photographer, not to compete. But that was yesterday, and today I have a late flight from Stavanger, giving me the morning to play. Looking through guide books, there are so many options… So many things to see and do… I want to explore the hills, feel the ground beneath my feet… So I’ve come to Steinsfjellet – The Stone Mountain to run.

Trail running in Norway on Steinsfjellet (The Stone Mountain) above Haugsaurd. Trail running in Norway on Steinsfjellet (The Stone Mountain) above Haugsaurd.Trails wind everywhere and signposted routes are soon left, to follow impressions in the ground from bygone feet. Over worn rocks and grass, through peaty bogs, over stiles and past sheep with bells…

Trail running in Norway on Steinsfjellet (The Stone Mountain) above Haugsaurd. Trail running in Norway on Steinsfjellet (The Stone Mountain) above Haugsaurd. Trail running in Norway on Steinsfjellet (The Stone Mountain) above Haugsaurd.Trail running in Norway on Steinsfjellet (The Stone Mountain) above Haugsaurd.It feels so liberating running on unknown ground, hindered by neither map, compass or time… When I come to a junction I take the route which looks most interesting. I weave across this flat mountain in a crazy zig zagging manner. The sun beats down, as birds sing and insects chirp. I pass over bedrock, through heather, cotton grass, juniper and other alpine style flora.

Trail running in Norway on Steinsfjellet (The Stone Mountain) above Haugsaurd. Reuben_Tabner_0040Eventually, I know I must head for a ferry and my flight back to Newcastle, so I look for the telephone mast, below which my hire car is parked and pick a trail which looks right.

Trail running in Norway on Steinsfjellet (The Stone Mountain) above Haugsaurd.

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