Oslo and Heavy Water at Telemark, Norway

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Oslo and Heavy Water at Telemark, Norway

From the last place I left you in Sweden I traveled to Oslo, Norway. I stayred there for 2 nights. I mainly wanted to see 3 museums. The Fram Polar Ship Museun, its a ship that went all over the Arctic and Antarctic since I was in Antarctica for a year I was interested.
The next Kon Tiki Museum
and finally the Viking Ship museum. I guess if you were a cool viking you werent buried at sea. They dug a hole in the ground and drug your boat up into it and buried there!
As soon as I was done seeing the museums I went to the center of town to locate a shop to buy a camping mat, since I didn’t have one. While I was there it proceeded to rain profusely!!! I mean it was like someone was just standing above the city dumping a big damned bucket of water. I haven’t seen that much rain in a long time. Though I was disappointed there was no thunder and lighting, man I miss those Midwest storms!
So I waited out the rain went back to camp to leave he next day and head south! Just outside of Oslo I stopped to get gas and discovered perhaps the greatest food man ever invented….. A hot dog wrapped in bacon on a bun with potato salad and onion on top ohhh man I am pretty sure they slip some crack in there to because its sooo addictive!!!
So I headed south it was raining off an on all day so not to exciting. Then I finally started getting into some interesting country side. With roads at the bottom of valleys curving left right up and down around lakes and streams!!!! Ohh god it was the most beautiful thing I have seen to this point.
Then I stopped to get gas and the guy running the place at this little town started talking to me about a factory up the street I should stop at…. So I did and it was amazing! Built as a power plant before WWII it was one of the few places in the world that could produce heavy water, for nuclear stuff. The Nazis captured Norway and were taking the heavy water to Germany. So the Allied’s had this big elaborate plan to infiltrate the factory and plant bombs. It was one heck of a story. Telemark I believe was the name of the place.
So I traveled on and on and on in and out of rain until I found a good camp ground and decided to stop for the night. Found a place that had little cabins about 10 X 10 for rent for 40$ a night so I holed up there and tried to dry some of my stuff out!
Next stop Lysebotn!!