Our road trip started with me taking an extra off work on the Friday so we could get out of town before the worst of traffic hit and everybody would be on the motorway to get out of the city for the weekend. Before I left work we had a big thunder shower and the area we was to drive through had really heavy rain shower and a light flood warning. We were lucky enough to escape the worst of it and had a pleasant drive to where we were spending our first night of the trip.
There are many places along the south Coast of Norway that would be well worth a stay. My choice was the town of Porsgrunn, a lovely litte spot chosen because 5,5 hours was the maximum I was willing to drive in one afternoon after an almost full day at the office.
Porsgrunn got it’s name from a shallow point of it’s riverthat was overgrown with pors (Myrica gale/bog myrtle). The townhas been and still is an important town for industry. Their industry is among others porcelain, magnesium, silicone and nitrogen fertilizers.
We stayed at a hotel called Hotell Vic in the middle of the town center. The history of this hotel dates back to 1825 when the consul rebuilt his very elegant residence after a fire. The old residence is still part of the hotel together with a newer section built in 1956. The hotel had been renovated several times and has a good standard with a sense of tradition. We arrived at the hotel around eight in the evening and we were quite tired after a long day. So we really appreciated that the hotel offered a free supper that was very tasty.
After a lovely meal we went for a little walk around Porsgrunn and ended the night with a beer in the hotel bar. I fell asleep almost before my head hit the pillow. This meant that I woke up relatively early the next day and had a good breakfast in the hotel before we got back in the car and continued our journey North-East.
The rain from the day before had gone and we drove on in lovely sunshine. When we got to a little town of Gjøvik by Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, we stoped for a cup of coffee and a little bite to eat. And our 5 hour drive ended up being a good one, even if we were mostly just driving on to get to the first goal of our trip.