/ˈzēˌrō/
(noun)
  1. No quantity or number; naught; the figure 0.
  2. A day in which no miles are hiked.

Ferdig!

written Apr 21, 2019 @ 01:50 PM after hiking 10.00 miles

As mentioned, we only had a few kilometers left until the trip was over, which meant we were allowed to sleep in a bit.

Sunrise!

However, that's not really how things work (at least for me), so I was still up, exploring the world. It looked like it would be our first cloudy day -- perfect, since it was our last.

One last use of our table before we filled it in

After breaking down camp (including filling in both the table and Krissy's grave), we packed up, shouldered our packs one last time, and started the next climb.

Up up and away

Eventually, we could see our landmark on the horizon: Gaustatoppen! The domineering mountain provided a convenient guiding star for us (not that we didn't have GPS and maps and 4G cell service ...)

Taking a quick breather / regroup with Gaustatoppen in the background

As we got closer, we saw more and more signs of civilization, like trail markers and signposts.

I'm sure these mean something in the summer.

On the approach

Eventually, we were there! The start of the final descent, which would take us to the gondola (which would take us all the way back to town).

Group photo!

After another scary edge-of-control descent, we reached the gondola .. and just missed one. Oh well, let's grab some beers and some burgers and enjoy the view.

And what a view that was.

Eventually the gondola showed up, and we got another great view of the valley on our way down to Rjukan.

The town behind the mountain never sees sun for 4.5 months of the year.

And just like that, my first fjellski tur ended. I'm definitely a fan, and really look forward to going on more of these in the winters to come.