Electric Campervan Euro Climbing Roadtrip: UK > Austria > Hungary

This summer we went on a long trip European trip in our e-NV200 electric campervan. The main motivation for the trip was to attend a friends wedding in Hungary. We took the opportunity to make trip out of it and visit some climbing locations along the way.  I made some video edits of the trip, mainly to try to show what its like to travel around Europe in a fully electric van, a 24 kWh Nissan e-NV200.

On the way we climbed in:

Austria (Zillertal): Ewige Jagdgrunde Bergstation - awesome granite crack climbing, wish we had longer here. The bouldering in this area looked fantastic. Sadly it started raining. The Zillertal area had an excellent guidebook.

Italy: Napoleonica - amazing location high above Trieste, a bit hot and polished

Slovenia: Misja Pec / Osp - Totally awesome, been on my wish list to visit for many years. Did not disappoint. Great climbing in a beautiful location and nice campsite. Keen to return when temperatures are a bit cooler.


Part 1: Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿, England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿, France 🇫🇷, Belgium 🇧🇪, Germany 🇩🇪, Austria


 Part 2: Italy 🇮🇹, Slovenia 🇸🇮


Part 3: Croatia 🇭🇷, Hungary 🇭🇺


Part 4: Austria solar PV EV charging & reflecting on the trip...



EV charging costs Vs Diesel van, if we charged the van at home 3500 miles would cost £42 of electricity.
EV charging networks we used 

Our Route



Zillertal Austria



Zillertal Austria


Free EV charging all over Hungary

Doggy enjoying the trip

EV Rapid Charging in Germany
 
Fastned EV charging station with solat PV roof

Borrowed Tesla EV Trip to S.Fance & Céüse in Haute Alpes

Recently we were lucky enough to be to invited to a friends wedding in the south of France. The most obvious mode of transport would be to hope on a plane, however being aware of the environmental impact of flying I've managed to avoid flying for the past 5yrs. A single return flight to the South of France would emit 75% of a persons annual carbon allowance if we are to halt the effects of climate change.

Train travel and EV travel are very low carbon in comparison to flying, especially in France where most of the electrical energy is generated by low carbon sources (mostly nuclear).

A train is a very good option for travel to the south of France, it's possible to get a direct train from London to Marseilles, we've done this trip via train several times before. It's very quick an easy. However, we were keen to squeeze in a days climbing in the alps and would require a car to travel around and reach the wedding venue.

Our Nissan e-NV200 EV campervan is currently in a bodyshop getting new rear doors and a bumper after being rear-ended last month. The E-NV200 is totally capable of making a trip to the south of France (we drove across France on our way to Spain). However, with a 24kWh battery and 70 mile range it would have taken us 2.5-3 days from N.Wales to travel to the south of France; obviously not ideal if only going for a short period. We were very lucky that my in-laws kindly offered to lend us their Tesla Model S for the trip, we did not need much persuading to take them up on this very kind offer! Since the Tesla is a 2015 model it's got free supercharging which meant our total fuel cost for the trip was less than £5 (charging at home). It's possible to rent a Tesla Model S for £80/day with free supercharging.

Driving a Tesla long distance is very smooth and easy, the in-built sat-nav automatically navigated us to supercharging locations and told us how long to charge in each location. The Tesla Models S60 has a range of 200 miles, we found this to be plenty, we often felt like we wanted a break from driving before the car needed charging! Most supercharging stops where less than 30min after 3hrs of driving at 80 miles when road conditions allowed with A/C running since it was over 30 deg C outside! Autopilot was engaged taking control of accelerating / braking and steering while on the motorways, this made the drive very easy and relaxing.

Here's a video edit of the trip:

 

Supercharging! This particular location had a free swimming pool we could use while we waited for 20min!

Super fast charging...389 mi/hr! 

Tesla auto route planner

Charging in Cesue campsite, added 170 miles of range for 3 EUR during our say! 

Cesue camping

Hot ambient temperature! 

Map of the trip captured by TeslaFi
Trip stats: 2400 miles | 292 Wh/mile | 3.42 Mi/KWh






Climbing in Jaén, Electric campervan trip to Southern Spain (2500 miles)

I love rock climbing, however living in North Wales means it's almost impossible to enjoy climbing outside for half of the year during the winter, it's wet cold and generally miserable. Climbing indoors at indoor climbing centers is fun but no substitute to the real thing. For this reason it's a real treat to travel somewhere sunny and warm during the winter months to go rock climbing. I've managed to avoid flying for 5 years, instead in recent years opting to take the train to Spain, Morocco or Sicily

At the end of last year (2018) we converted a Nissan e-NV200 electric van into a fully electric campervan. We figured this winter would be a good opportunity to go away for a trip to the van. Traveling in the van rather than the train would allow us to take our Spaniel dog with us. Sadly due to  last minute change of dates lack of ferry doggy cabin availability meant we had to leave our dog behind :-(

Great Van Camping Spots In Jaen

We had heard about a new (for us) climbing area near Jaén in Southern Spain, some good friends of ours visited recently and gave the area high praise. Also, being in Andalucia it's south enough to have a good chance of being warm and sunny, a very important criteria for us! 

2500 miles in an Electric Campervan



The van is a fully electric 2015 Nissan e-NV200 with a 24kWh battery pack, with a summer range of approx 80 miles and 70 miles in winter. It takes 20min-30min to re-charge using a public rapid charging station. The newer (2018) version of this van has a 40kWh battery, giving a range of 140 miles.

France

Our original plan was to drive from North Wales to Portsmouth then get a ferry to Bilbao in Spain then drive to Jaén in Southern Spain. However due to bad weather our ferry to Spain was cancelled, and we were forced to get a ferry to St-Malo in Northern France and then drive all the way to southern Spain. The unexpected drive through France was very actually very straightforward and was cheaper and faster than the ferry. Here's a video blog of the trip:


Spain 

It's currently early days for EV's in Spain, the public EV charging infrastructure is not nearly as developed as other European countries. The north of Spain and Catalonia have decent public charging options, however the centre and south of the country is quite space. This made our trip in our low range EV van rather challenging. It was however, just about possible! The charging infrastructure in Spain is improving very quickly, even in the weeks before our trip two new rapid charging stations opened along our route with may more locations currently being built due to open later this year. Here's a video blog of the trip:






Cost

Mobile Apps & Charging Networks

Here are the mobile apps we used on this trip to find and activate public charging points:

Chargemap: located and activate charging points in France. Recommend ordering Chargemap RFID pass 
Electromaps: locate charging points in Spain 
PlugShare: most major charging points worldwide, good desktop route planning tool 
Elevation Profile:  very useful in Spain to check elevation between charging points
Ibil: activate Ibil chargers in Spain 
Easy Charger: Activate Easy charger units chargers in Spain: 
EDP MoveOn: activate EDP chargers in Spain 
Iberdrola: activate Iberdrola chargers in Spain 
LeafSpy: Detailed info of the vans battery pack e.g. temperature, charging rate and energy remaining

Climbing! 


The climbing around Jaen was awesome. We mostly climbed at Reguchillo and Cuevas negras crags. 
Reguchillo has some really nice climbing especially in the upper sectors, it faces due south so gets the sun all day until 5:30pin in February. At the beginning of the trip it was chilly so climbing in the sun was great, however we had a few days towards the end when it was too hot to climb in the sun, even in February! My favourite routes at Reguchillo were Lola Flores 8a , Nano 8a was also very good although I ran out of time to redpoint. 

Reguchillo

Reguchillo

Cuevas negras faces north and does not get any sun. It was a bit chilly climbing in the shade, however the quality of the climbing was worth the effort. Cuevas negras was my favourite crag, almost every route there was totally amazing. The highlight were Aceituna Air Space 7c and Aromas de Kalymnos 7a+

Useful Jaen Info

  • Water tap location
  • Don't try to drive up to Reguchillo, staying in the van on the dead end road below the crag is fine
  • If climbing at Cuevas negras or Otinar there is an awesome van camping spot here 
  • If not in a van some friends of ours stayed here at a great climbing house accommodation in town
  • Cafetería Engelberg is a good cafe easily accessible in town, however WiFi is poor
  • La Cafetera cafe has amazing Wifi, 80Mb/s solid 5Ghz connection! Didn't mind me staying all there day working.
  • We charged our van every few days in one of two underground carpark1 carpak2. Charging was free and parking fees were pretty cheap. Usually a few euros which is good value considering how hard it is to part at street level in Jaen. 

Nissan e-NV200 Vs. Peugeot Partner Electric Van Comparison

For the last two years, we've been a fully electric vehicle household driving over 40,000 miles around WalesScotland, Paris and the French Alps without burning any petrol or diesel, saving us a substantial amount of money and reducing emissions. We charge our vehicles overnight from a green energy electricity tariff and I often charge at work directly from solar PV.

As you can tell, I'm totally sold on the benefits and practicality of EVs, even living in rural Snowdonia range and public charging has not been an issue. I discuss these issues in depth in my Zero Carbon Future post.

We've been driving a 2014 24kWh Nissan LEAF and more recently a 2015 24kWh Nissan e-NV200 both of which we bought 2nd hand. We recently converted the e-NV200 to a campervan, it's been a super fun project. We've got some exciting EV campervan trips planned soon!

Since we got our first EV, 8 of our friends who live within a 10-mile radius in Snowdonia have also made the transition. I'm happy to say that recently my dad has decided to swap his 14yr old diesel pickup for an electric van! He decided to go with a Peugeot Partner Electric van since it has 3 seats in the front. With the help of Jonathan from eco-cars.net we managed to purchase a 2015 Peugeot Partner Electric in an auction. I picked up the van a few days ago.


While I temporarily have two electric vans in my possession I thought it would be a good opportunity to conduct a range test and a brief comparison between the two vans. They both have the same size battery pack although Nissan quotes the total battery size (24kWh) while Peaugot quotes the usable capacity (22kWh), in reality, they both have a usable capacity of 22kWh. Here's the short video I made, I couldn't resist putting in some climbing clips, it was a stunning day in N.Wales :-)




In summary, the e-NV200 used 5% less energy to travel the same distance, however, in my opinion, this is close enough to call it even. They're both great vans, however, my preference unless 3 seats are a priority is for the Nissan e-NV200.

Nissan e-NV200 Vs. Peugeot Partner

Llyn Peninsula looking stunning in late autumn light

The crag in the video is a newly developed sport climbing quarry on the Llyn Peninsula called Tyddyn Hywel

Electric Campervan DIY conversion: Nissan e-NV200

Recently I've been working hard on converting a Nissan e-NV200 24kWh electric van into a campervan. I'm happy to report that the conversion process is nearly finished.

Reaching southern Spain after driving the e-NV200 campervan from North Wales UK




I used to own a diesel Citroen Dispatch campervan which I converted myself many years ago. This van served me well on many trips, however, as soon as we got a Nissan LEAF electric car a couple of years ago I sold the Dispatch campervan. I couldn't justify the high cost of running a diesel van compared to an EV and driving an internal combustion vehicle just felt old and wrong. The future is certainly electric. Switching to an EV is one of the most effective ways of reducing personal CO2 emissions, see my blog post Zero Carbon Future (low carbon present).

In an ideal world, we would be a single (or no car!) household, we managed for 12 months car sharing, however, it was sometimes very hard to arrange car sharing around work etc. We're now back to the luxury of being a two-car household. However, we are now a two EV household! A Nissan LEAF and a Nissan e-NV200 electric van. Running two EV's has not been a problem, even with a single home charging point and not guaranteed home parking/charging spot. Both EV's charge fast at 6.6kW, therefore, it only takes a couple of hours to charge to 80%, therefore, there is plenty of time in the evening/overnight to charge both EV's if required.

The Nissan e-NV200 is a great little van, it's basically the same as it's diesel counterpart, the NV200 but with the electric battery and drive-chain from a Nissan LEAF. Being electric is so nice to drive, no other van can match its instant acceleration and smoothness. Around town and on A roads the range from the 24kWh e-NV200 is very similar to the LEAF; about 80 to 90 miles in summer. At higher speeds on the motorway, due to higher drag, the van consumes about 10% more energy and suffers 10% less range than the LEAF. The 2018 version of the e-NV200 with a 40kWh battery gets has a range of approx150 - 120 miles.

The van can recharge from a DC rapid charger in approx 20 min making long trips possible, see our trip to Scotland (860 miles) and trip to Southern Spain (2500 miles).

Over the period of a couple of months, I've converted the van to a campervan. Being an EV campervan has a number of advantages:
  • No leisure battery is needed, there is already a massive battery under the floor!  
  • Heating/cooling climate control system can be left running overnight 
  • The van can charge from a standard campsite hookup
  • Can be powered by 100% renewable energy from solar PV 
  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Smooth, quiet and responsive driving 
See here for a full Photo album of the campervan DIY conversion process





















Spreadsheet bill of materials listing all the parts I used and the size of the custom rock-and-roll bed:



Video edit of our first trip in the converted EV campervan, 860 miles (1,384 km) to Scotland. Since then, we have also been on a climbing trip driving all the way to Southern Spain in the van (2500 miles).

Exploring Norway by Train & Tesla!

Norway, a country of stunning coastlines, impressive mountain ranges, extensive wildernesses, 24hr daylight and the world’s hardest sport climb. A place that generates 98% of their energy via renewable sources and is the world leader in EV adoption. A land of top-notch cinnamon buns and the hygge culture, creating spaces and moments of cosiness, comfort and contentment.

Visiting Norway is something that we had been talking wistfully about for the past few years. Our honeymoon seemed like the perfect excuse to finally splash out (we knew a trip to this amazing country would be more expensive than a typical European adventure). So this summer we made it happen.

Paddling back after a day climbing at Flatanger, still baking hot and super sunny at 9pm!

Here's a short video edit playlist of our trip:


Overland Train

As with all our trips, we started by consulting the excellent train travel knowledge database that is The Man in Seat 61 and adapted one of his suggested UK-Norway schedules. We made our outward journey quite relaxed to allow us to have half a day in London and spend some time in Copenhagen (our top recommendation is going for a swim in one of their free, outdoor, harbour swimming pools, possible due to the work they have done improving the water quality over the last 15 years), before arriving in Oslo on the fourth day of travel. We opted to make the return journey more efficient, leaving Oslo on a Sunday evening and arriving home in North Wales early on Tuesday evening. The return journeys for two people, plus 3 Airbnbs (Cologne and Copenhagen on the way out, and then just Cologne on the way back because we took a sleeper train) was near enough £1000 in total (£250 one person one way). Our decision to go was relatively last minute, especially for the train ticket world. Booking tickets more than a month in advance would definitely help reduce this cost!


Our train journey

*Travelling via train emits 80-90% less carbon than flying [http://www.seat61.com/CO2flights.htm]. The international 'safe' level of emissions per person is around 2T/yr to contain global temperature changes at or below 2 deg C which will 'hopefully' keep runaway climate change and subsequent rise in sea levels at bay. Return flight from London to Málaga will emit 2/3T of carbon per person. 6.5T to Auckland Australia or 2T to New York. [Only Planet, Ed Gillespie 2014]

The journey was smooth and pleasurable. European trains are so spacious in comparison to UK trains, with ample luggage storage, which is especially appreciated when you are travelling with climbing, mountaineering and camping equipment, plus other ‘essentials’ such as red wine, nuts and pesto (we had been warned of the high prices in Norwegian supermarkets for these items!). Leaving Germany for Denmark marked the start of new train territory for us, and was rather exciting as it involved going on a ferry from Puttgarden in Germany to Rødby in Denmark. The train boards the ferry, then passengers go upstairs for the crossing to eat ice creams and drink coffee on the deck, enjoying the views before the ferry docks on the other side and the train continues on its journey. The bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden was another pretty spectacular section and as soon as we entered Norway, our books dropped to our laps as we watched the forests and lakes go by in the evening light.

The perpetual sunset was still in full force when we arrived in Oslo at 10.20pm. Buying 24hr tickets on Oslo’s public transport app we hopped on a tram, then got a ferry over to Nesodden, a peninsular fondly known as ‘the island’ to its residents, where we were staying with Amy’s friend Anja and her partner Daniel. Getting off the bus and walking to their apartment at 11.30pm felt like it should be 8pm.

Tesla EV Electric Car




The next day we went to pick up our hired Tesla, our transport and bedroom for the trip! It had always been the dream to do our Norwegian road trip in a fully electric Tesla - Norway being a country with such an extensive supercharging network, and so much renewably generated energy. We had been prepared to pay a bit more for the privilege, so it was a pleasant surprise to discover that through using the P2P website leieting.no we could hire this 2014 Tesla model S at the same price as a Ford Focus from a traditional hire company! We paid 14,900 kr for a 17 day rental, approx £100/day, split between four of us £25/day each. Coupled with the road tax exemptions and free public parking for driving an electric vehicle, plus the free fuel from supercharging, it meant choosing a Tesla made complete financial as well as environmental sense.

2000 miles in a Tesla Model S EV around Norway
Click here for a full-screen Google Map of our trip around Norway.

Dealing directly with the car’s owner was a great experience for us. He was super helpful and went above and beyond to help us out. When we needed a Norwegian mobile phone number to make use of a ‘start a rapid charge via text’ option (after the charging company’s app didn’t accept our British address or credit card and the helpline wasn’t manned over the weekend) he did this remotely for us. However, we mainly charged at Tesla Superchargers, which were all very smooth experiences. It was incredible to see bays of 30 plus superchargers with two-thirds usually occupied.



We only occasionally chose to top up at some rapid chargers using a Chademo adapter (included with the car) because we were venturing off the beaten track with some of our adventures. If planning a similar trip, we would recommend applying for these companies’ RFID cards to avoid any issues using mobile apps:
  1. Fortum
  2. Grønn Kontakt
Having poured over YouTube videos of people sleeping in their Teslas, we opted to buy an inflatable double mattress that would absorb the step between the folded rear seats and the boot. It took a while to fine tune the exact level of inflating to do, but we got there. Too much and the bed ‘burst its banks’ going up at the sides and making a dip in the middle, too little and you could feel the floor of the car when sleeping on your side.

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We certainly got slicker with ‘getting ready for bed’ as the trip went on. Here are a few of the things we learned along the way…


Things we learned while Tesla car camping:
  1. An electric air bed pump with 12V plug worked a charm, and having a mattress with the air vent/plug in the top centre made it easy to access.
  2. Using the Tesla "Keep Climate Control On" setting kept the interior of the car warm in the night and cool when the sun hit in the morning. 19.5C was our sweet spot temperature, and consumed on average 3-5kWh per night, decreasing predicted range by 15km - 30km (not much when starting with over 400km), depending on outside temperature and how long we slept for.
  3. Being able to have the windows closed and climate control on was also amazing for soundproofing.
  4. Reversing the parcel shelf to make a blackout for the rear windscreen was great for privacy and helping to sleep in 24hr daylight. We had a silver foil screen for the front windscreen and towels/clothing trapped in windows worked well as curtains for the door windows.
  5. Parking on a slight angle (frunk downhill) compensated for the upwards tilt of the rear seats to give a flatter bed.
  6. Having a hanging pocket system strung behind the two front seats was useful for storing phones, kindles, glasses etc.
  7. We kept food and cooking gear in the frunk, which meant breakfast wasn’t dependent on us getting up and packing the bed away. Our friends could get access to coffee, even if we were having a lie in!
  8. The Tesla mobile app allowed us to adjust the temperature during the night, lock the car and open the funk / trunk in the morning.
  9. Norway has some truly epic wild car camping spots! Here's a map/list of where we stayed.







We had unconventionally invited our friends Chris and Jen on our honeymoon! After a great trip with them in the Dolomites in 2012 we had been trying to coordinate another trip together for years. They were sleeping in a tent, so all of our overnight spots were good for a tent as well as a vehicle. Norway has a right to roam. You can put up a tent for the night anywhere in the countryside, forests or mountains (even on private land) as long as you keep at least 150m away from the nearest inhabited house or cabin. The 150m rule also applies to camping cars and caravans. If you want to stay for more than two nights in the same place, you need to ask the landowner's permission, except in the mountains or very remote areas.



None of us had been to Norway before and our itinerary tried to find a balance of accommodating everyone’s activity preferences, exploring the country and spending quality time in areas without always being on the move. Tricky, but I think we managed pretty well.




Some stats for EV geeks like me: we drove 3163km / approx 2000 miles using 542 kWh therefore averaged 3.7mi/kWh or 368 wh/mi. 





Activites

1. Trolltunga

Near Hardangervidda National Park.

Essentially a long walk from a very expensive pay and display car park (500NOK/day) to a photogenic rock! This was a last minute decision and we picked it as a destination to aim for on our first day driving west. Through the power of instagram it has become a very touristy thing to do. We managed to mostly avoid the crowds by starting late and getting to the rock around 5.30pm (if you are doing this it could be worth asking people who are leaving the car park when you arrive whether you can buy their ticket at a reduced price as it’s valid for 24hrs). Though we did get our picture postcard image of Norway, overall we would not highly recommended it. It’s a 27km round trip with an uninspiring slog up a tarmac road to start, though there are stunning views later on. Probably best enjoyed as a fell run off-season.


2. Uskedalen

The Yosemite of Norway.

Inspired by these guys who described the place as the smaller Nordic brother of Yosemite, we next headed to Uskedalen. The beautiful valley and waves of granite did not disappoint. We did a two-star Norwegian grade 4 route called Kolkjereryggen/Akslo Ridge, that went from the valley floor and topped out on the plateau below Ulvanosa (about 1000m ascent) via an awesome, long granite ridge. We walked down a marked tourist trail that took us to the north end of the valley. I took one for the team and did the link up section, running back up the valley to pick up the car. The harder routes on the walls looked amazing, we didn't have time to climb anything else, here’s a video showing what the harder climbing is like, I would love to go back.





3. Bergen

The wettest city in Europe!
Apparently, the rainiest city in Europe, though the sun shined for us! We parked on a residential street near Meyermarken garden, a 10min stroll to the harbour via nice quiet back streets.


4. The Ampere - Norway’s first fully electric ferry

Between Oppedal and Lavik.

After reading about it, we were excited that we could legitimately use it on our route from Bergen to Jotunheimen National Park without a special detour.
There are 2 other (non electric) ferries in the fleet that do the crossing, so check the timetable in advance. For us in 2018, The Ampere was coded as ‘B’ in the timetable. Being in an EV we got a discount for the crossing.


5. Jotunheimen National Park

A national park full of the big mountains! Arriving in Jotunheimen in the afternoon we walked 16km into the park to Skogadalsboen, an amazing hut part of the DNT network. Amy had researched and taken a fancy to this. Norway isn’t cheap, and staffed mountain huts are a whole other level of expensive, but if you can accept and switch off to this for a night, it is definitely a cool experience. Cocktails and a cosy candlelit dinner in the mountains was pretty special. The next day was cool and cloudy (a first for the trip), Chris and Jen went up Fannaråken (2068m) and Amy and I decided to run 14km up a different valley and then hitched the linking road back to the car.



 Skogadalsboen hut 


UKC did an inspiring article on the ridge climbs in Jotunheimen. We had all been considering Storen by the North ridge, a Norwegian 3+ route, but Amy and I felt we hadn’t been moving together fast enough on Asklo Ridge to take on this bigger outing (guidebook time of 17hrs). Asklo had been that awkward/blurred terrain of scrambling with sections of easy climbing up to Severe, which Amy would normally pitch on trad multi pitch days in the UK, but here we needed to be comfortable moving fast together with minimal gear between us.
To anyone on road bikes or even just driving, the 55 along the north of the park in an amazingly scenic road with good tarmac!

6. Flatanger

Home to the hardest sport climbing route in the world.

We stayed at Flatanger Camping campsite, a happy mistake because although it wasn’t the closest to the crag it was great value and had excellent facilities! We took advantage of their indoor lounge and cooking area (complete with an oven - very exciting after a couple of weeks cooking on a gas camping stove) by making pizzas and having some film nights. The campsite owners were very friendly and even had canoes and boats to hire, fantastic for exploring the surrounding fjords. The climbing at Flatanger was excellent, there is lots of climbing at all grade ranges on fantastic rock. I think the highlight for me was Berntsenbanden, a bit like a 7c version of Vector at Tremadog. Sport climbing on steep granite was really cool!





7. Innerdalen 

The most beautiful valley in Norway.

Our plan was to break up the journey back to Oslo by climbing Innerdalstårnet, a 1452m peak in apparently the most beautiful valley in Norway. Driving through sheets of rain to Innerdalen, we wondered whether our weather luck had run out. Waking up in misty cloud, Chris and Jen set off optimistically, while Amy and I slept longer, hoping the cloud would clear and planning to catch them up by fell running. Midday came, the cloud hadn’t lifted but we set off anyway, hoping we would be able to catch a glimpse of the stunning scenery at some point! At 1200m the miracle happened, we rose up above the cloud to climb the 200m scramble section (think Tryfan North Ridge) in glorious sunshine with a spectacular cloud inversion all around. The views were all the more special for the delayed reveal.

Dropping back down into the mist wasn’t such a joy, but we finished the day with coffee and freshly baked waffles and cinnamon buns at Renndølsetra, highly recommended.