Some photos from a weekend in september. We do an "expedition" with work every year, the past two years have been to the mountains, this year we went to the south coast (not far from where I'm from, actually). Some photos by me, some by my colleagues.
The trip started on Friday when we took the train early in the morning from Oslo to Kristiansand. It's about 4 hours, and much of the countryside along the railway is beautiful farmland, so it's a nice trip all in its own. In Kristiansand we boarded an old fishing boat.
Where we had shrimp and beer while sailing slowly through the many small islands and sounds outside Kristiansand.
One of the last days with a hint of summer this year, I think.
There's a law against constructing new buildings in the shoreline here, so if you're sitting on something like this, you're one of the lucky few.
A school for marine navigation.
We were all given some really sweet sailing jackets. I'm sure Henri Lloyd would pay handsomely for this photo :-)
This was our destination: Grønningen lighthouse, just where the inlet to Kristiansand meets Skagerrak.
There, we used a smaller boat to get over to the island.
A quite awesome little boat, to be honest. I had no idea they made outboards this size.
Unfortunately, one colleague twisted his leg when jumping into the smaller boat.
The essential supplies..
Exploring the lighthouse surroundings.
Injured colleague heading back for an x-ray and some painkillers.
Grønningen is a real old-school lighthouse.
I miss summer already..
Denmark ferries passing the lighthouse.
This thing does 35 knots.. pretty cool.
Obligatory group photo, of course.
Some more exploring while waiting for dinner.
The lighthouse from another angle. Quite serene place, even though every inch is weathered by the years of winter storms.
At this point the consequences of empty stomachs and beer to quell the hunger were starting to show :-)
All sorts of seafood were served, with cake and brandy afterwards.
Some of us went looking for crabs. Endless Deadliest Catch jokes. Not too many crabs. Notice that there are very few photos of me where I'm not fiddling with my camera.
Kristiansand in the distance.
The next day started with.. actually, it started with myself being the only one man enough for a morning swim. But after that and breakfast, we did rebus race with RIBs :-)
lol... Well, at least I'm not the only one photographing all the time. It's important to document the journey so you can share it on your favourite community afterwards :-)
Not the best of weather, but no rain, and racing around in boats like these is fun as hell.
After lunch we divided into four teams to have a regatta. We had four ~40 ft saling boats and luckily a few colleagues who knew how to sail.
It wasn't exactly the 50 knots from the earlier RIBs, but all in all great fun this too.
After sailing halfway from Kristiansand to Lillesand (a small village further up the coast), we all switched to a sightseeing boat and sailed through a really scenic sound the rest of the way to Lillesand.
Apparently, the king and queen signed their names here for some reason.
Arriving in Lillesand, we checked in at one of the oldest hotels in Norway.
We had an excellent meal, prizes for the day's competitions and lots of stories and laughs.
The final day, Sunday, and we were all a bit tired, so we ended the expedition with a biking trip around Lillesand and ice cream in the sun.
A wonderful weekend.. another splendid expedition over. I love my job :-)