Austria Roadtrip: Vienna - Salzburg by Gustav Thuesen


A simple mission, get from Vienna to Salzburg the most beautiful way possible. It can be done in three hours. We did it in three days. Enough time to enjoy the landscape, stop at weird roadside cafes, and take a swim to cool down from the sweltering heat. Here are a few tips and recommendations on what to do and what not to do.

This was the route: Vienna - Burg Plankenstein - Nationalpark Gesäuse - Hallstättersee - Salzburg.


After picking up the rental car we hit the road and the busy streets of Vienna were quickly exchanged with quieter roads. My favorite part was driving away from the main roads and onto small twisty country lanes. I would probably have curated the route a bit more to incorporate smaller roads but it was getting late in the afternoon and we had hotel waiting that I knew would be interesting!


After driving for about two hours from Vienna we made it to the hotel, Burg Plankenstein (scarily close to “Frankenstein”). Burg Plankenstein is on old castle from 1400’s that has been turned into a hotel in recent years. There was not many people there, other than an odd middle aged couple and a man in his late 60’s smoking cigarettes in the inner yard. The hotel itself was restored in a slightly odd way with a mix of old and new. The kind of tacky you only find in Germany/Austria.


It was a nice place though and the friendly manager had upgraded us to a room with access to a big balcony so we could cool down in the heat - although the thick stone walls kept the heat off bay inside the room. We were hungry after a long day of travelling. Instead of eating at the hotel restaurant we decided to go to the local supermarket and buy some bread and charcuterie that we could enjoy on the balcony. To our surprise the supermarkets close fairly early in Austria (6-7 pm) and we had to race (safely) to get what we needed before closing time.

We got the goods and enjoyed a light dinner while the sun was setting over the Austrian pre-alps.

After we had finished the simple but fulfilling dinner we ventured out to see if we could catch the last rays of the sun before it disappeared. And so we did. A big bright ball disappeared behind the mountains. Magical.


After a good night’s sleep with no interruptions of ghosts or other paranormal activity we enjoyed a nice traditional breakfast: white bread, sausage, ham, and cheese. As it should be in this part of the world.

We loaded our bags in the car and hit the road. Slowly, we grinded our way through the mountains, through small sleepy towns. We made a stop at this small cafe to buy some road snacks: fresh Austrian strawberries. Sweet.

We drove through Nationalpark Gesäuse - we should definitely have made a longer stop there and gone for a hike, in hindsight.

Nationalpark Gesäuse, we should have stopped here and explored

Nationalpark Gesäuse, we should have stopped here and explored


Next stop was Hallstättersee which we had heard both good and bad about. The good: very beautiful. The bad: very touristy. Both turned out to be true. We arrived at Hallstatt early in the afternoon and immediately decided to move on as hoards of tourists (as ourselves) had invaded the scenic small town.


The lake was beautiful though and in the high noon heat it was a given that we had to go for a swim. We drove on to the other side of the lake to Obertraun which was a bit more quiet and the perfect place to go for a swim! The cold water in the mountain lake came as a relief in the 35c heat.

We decided to return to the town of Hallstatt later in the evening and hoped that most of the tourists would be gone by then. This turned out to be mostly true. Still many tourists in the evening, but manageable. And the light was better for taking photos. Win win. Hallstatt is definitely worth a visit, just know what you’re getting yourself into.


We spent the night in not to far away from Hallstatt in a classic roadside Gasthaus. Chinese inspired Gasthaus to be frank. Very tacky.

After spending the night partly surrounded by dragons, we enjoyed another round of bread and ham for breakfast and then pointed the car towards Salzburg. We drove through St. Wolfgang and St. Gilgen which was somewhat bland tourist towns, so we quickly passed through and continued towards Salzburg. We rolled down the steep hill and into the city that is surrounded by mountains to the east, west and south.

The immediate reaction: What beautiful old city! Big old houses in pastel colors with fine detailing, a river flowing through the heart of town and the mountains in the background. Beautiful! From the city there is a view to Gaisbergspitze, a mountaintop. I was immediately drawn and had to know how the world looked from there. So, I spent a morning hiking up there. It was steep: 20 km, 1300m vert. gain round trip (activity link). What would have been a lot easier, was to drive up to Gaisberg before entering the city as there is a road going all the way to the top (you can also take the bus from the city centre). But the view would not have been as satisfying as when you have been grinding, partly blinded by sweat in your eyes, up the steep trail through the forest and then turn around and see the entire city below you and the mountains scaling up in the background.

View from Gaisberg, also an avid spot for paragliders.

View from Gaisberg, also an avid spot for paragliders.


We got settled in the city, where my girlfriend will be living for the next 6 months as she will be working for Red Bull Media House who has their HQ in Salzburg.

Now we were hungry. The kind of hungry that makes you make bad decisions. We ended up at one of the tourist “bier garten” traps. Not recommended. Go get a burger at Ludwigs or asian at Mister Le. Still need to find the best schnitzel in town. But I will be here on/off the next 6 months at least, so I got time to figure that out.

Can’t wait to explore Salzburg and the surroundings!


Swedish Spring by Gustav Thuesen

Winter was finally easing its death grip as it succumbed to the increasing power of the sun. After a long winter both the natural world and the human body and mind was urging for every ray of sunlight possible. Even if it was just noticeable as a slight touch of a warm hand it was very welcoming as the body was cold to the bone. My girlfriend and I took the trip across Øresund to Sweden as the forecast looked promising.


First stop was Mölle right next to Kullaberg which is one of my favorite areas in southern Sweden. The small town was still in hibernation as it was waiting for summer to drag people from near and far down to the small harbour to enjoy an ice cream. I enjoy visiting these places in the out of season. It has a special feel to it. Like being alone in an amusement park. We enjoyed the rest of the day exploring the desolate and rugged coast along Kullaberg.

The next stop was Söderåsen. I have been here many times before, so instead of going to the place everyone else visits we opted for exploring other parts of the ridge. We found the perfect campsite, put up the tent and enjoyed a little nap after the hard tent-pitching work was done.


The following day we got back to the coast as we had planned to go to Skanör, a small coastal town at the very southwest point of Sweden. The sound of the ocean, the rays of the sun, and the salty air made it feel like summer (almost).

It was a perfect little getaway and a taster of what was soon to come: Summer.

If you want to visit southern yourself then click here to check out my guide for southern Sweden.

Canada: The Road Trip by Gustav Thuesen

Canada. A place I’ve always wanted to visit. When I got the opportunity to go on exchange as a part of my university program at Copenhagen Business School, Canada was the first place that came on my mind. And so I went to Vancouver.

I came a little early before the school started so I could explore a bit of my new backyard. The only thing I had planned was a rental car waiting for me at the airport when I arrived. I just covered a tiny bit of what British Columbia has to offer and it was mighty fine! Mountains in my backyard! I was stoked!

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Nepal: A Good Start by Gustav Thuesen

This spring I got the opportunity to follow the Danish mountaineer Jakob Urth to Everest Base Camp - from where he would push onwards to the summit. It turned out to be an adventure of a lifetime!

Landing in Kathmandu was landing on another planet. Busy streets, dirty air, - chaos works apparently. Visited a few temples and explored the city on foot. It took a few days to get into the culture…

And then off towards Lukla. We had bought regular plane tickets. But weather didn’t permit us to fly by fixed wing so we jump in a helicopter instead. Second time in a helicopter. First time was in Greenland. Once you’re in a helicopter you know that adventure is on the way!

It was one memorable flight! Through the lowlands and into the mountains - through rain and clouds. Felt like I was in a movie!

As we started the hike from Lukla it started to rain. What do you do then when you’re bad-ass? Buy umbrellas!

We arrived in a small teahouse Jakob had been many times before. We sat in the kitchen chatting, drinking tea and ate lovely food from the wood fired stove. A good start!

Adventure & Outdoor Podcasts by Gustav Thuesen


I think we all enjoy inspiring stories and interesting insights. Listen to bad-ass stories while training for your next adventure or sit back and get educated on new gear, backcountry safety or maybe environmental issues. Here I have collected my favorite outdoor/adventure/gear/nature/athletic podcasts:   

“The Alpinist podcast extends our conversations with climbers and community members into a new medium: from fresh interviews to untold stories, and from humorous adventure tales to in-depth discussions of significant issues in the climbing world today.” - Alpinist website.

No shit there I was stories from legends like Conrad Anker but also reflections on why we go to the mountains and the dangers it represents. If you enjoy big mountains you will probably enjoy this.

Gear nerdery taking to new heights. Diving deep into new boots, ski bindings etc. Interesting to hear the stories behind a product.

…about adventure in wild places. We tell stories about climbers and explorers, lovers and kidnappers, racers, travellers — and even violinists." - Mountain website. 
Stories from big and small adventures. Hiking, biking, climbing.

“Exploring the extremes of human endurance, emotion, and intellect.” - MtnMeister website.
Interviews with world class athletes like Ueli Steck (R.I.P.), Aaron Gwin and Alex Honnold. An insight to the pinnacle of human performance.

“A show about the natural world and how we use it.” - Outside/in website
Stories about wild places and how humans interact with those places in various ways. From ecology to the price of skiing. Behind the scenes of the relationship between nature and man .

Talk Ultra. 
About people who run very(!) far. Geeking out on races and training - it is very niche. Makes your half-marathon look like a walk in the park. Listened to it partly while I ran a marathon and they talked about a woman who had run 100 miles in 13 hours – that’s about four marathons at a 3:15 finish time. I thought if she can run four then I can run one! I finished my single marathon in 4:15.   

The Blister Podcast
Talking to industry professionals, pro athletes and cover topics like backcountry safety and trends in gear. If you enjoy being outdoors, listening to inspiring stories from athletes and like gear this is a good one.  

The Dirtbag Diaries
About wild places and wild adventures. Disclaimer: Don’t listen to the “Tales of Terror” if you got a vivid fantasy – going outdoors will never be the same.

Wild Ideas Worth Living
“What if... You could sail to French Polynesia, run from San Francisco to New York, skateboard down the busiest freeway in California, quit your job and ski around the world, start a business, move to Costa Rica, surf every day, get in the best shape of your life, fall in love, and GET WILD?” - Wild Ideas Worth Living website.
About the people who acted on the “what if”, about the doers – not the dreamers. 

Do you have a favorite podcast? Share it in the comments!

One mistake to avoid when buying a camera. by Gustav Thuesen

"What camera should I buy?” is a question I get asked quite often. My answer often starts with “It depends…”. But what does it depend on?


As the saying goes: The best camera is the one that you have with you. Portability is the most important factor when buying a new camera. Multiple times people have asked me which of two DSLRs to buy – my answer is usually “Do you really need that?”. A DSLR is probably the most annoying piece of equipment to lug around. It doesn’t fit in your pocket, you must have a specialized bag to carry it in, and it’s heavy.


And then there’s the price. The price of a DSLR often make people look for the entry-level DSLRs which are fine cameras indeed. But I would rather buy a high-level pocket-camera like the Sony RX100 series or Canon G7 series. Both series of cameras are more than enough for the everyday shooter. Another option is to throw the "camera-cash" after a high-end smartphone. The cameras nowadays are great! The only thing is the fixed focal length (zoom) but that might just push your creativity. At the end most can't see a difference in image quality when Instagram compresses the hell out of those files.


There is one factor though that is non-quantifiable. That is the factor of how the camera makes you feel. Simply put: Will the camera make you go out and shoot? Like having a cool bike will make your ride more just because you just love riding it. I love the feel of my DSLR in my hand, the sound of the shutter and looking through the viewfinder.

High-end DSLRs certainly have their place. They have the best image quality - so if you intend to make prints that are larger than A3 it might be the right tool. When you buy a DSLR you also buy into a system of possibilities – lenses. Lenses are like tools and every tool has it place - so you’re basically buying into a potential toolbox (an expensive toolbox).

A DSLR gives you a lot of “firepower” but it comes at the cost of mobility. I often leave my DSLR at home due to it’s too cumbersome to lug around. But the mobility of my smartphone makes me have it in my pocket every day. Thankfully. Smartphone cameras has come a long way and I can’t wait to see what engineering marvels the future will show. More mobility to the people!


So, before you buy your next camera look at what situations you would like to use the camera in and then ask yourself if you would bring it. On a 35km hike in the Alps you’ll be hating the weight of a DSLR, extra lenses and a tripod – trust me. Sitting at a restaurant a DSLR takes up half the table and you don’t want it on the floor. Would you bring it? Ask yourself. Answer honestly and if you’re in doubt then you probably won’t. But sometimes you need a tool for a specific job and then you have to bring the entire toolbox even though it is heavy.
In the end it depends on if you will bring it and if it will do the job at hand - remember the best camera is the one that you have with you!    

All the photos in this article was shot on my phone - an old banged up iPhone 5s.       



Copenhagen: Winter's Last Grip. by Gustav Thuesen

The calendar says spring. The weather does not. 

The Adventurer's Guide to: Southern Sweden by Gustav Thuesen


Southern Sweden is a place to breath. A place to escape from everyday life in the city. An exotic place for a Copenhagener: Different language, different landscape, different food. It feels like you're far away but actually it's only a short drive, a ferry trip or a swim away if you're really adventurous. But even if you don't live in Copenhagen it is definitely worth a visit. Here I've collected my favorite spots in the very southern end of Sweden.   


Probably my favorite place for a quick getaway. Söderåsen is a forest covered ridge running 20-some km. The most interesting place is the fissure valley at Skäralid which is stunning year-round. My favorite time of year to visit the area is probably autumn when the beech forest is in its beautiful fall colors and the colder temperatures have made the crowds stay on their couches. Generally, the entire Söderåsen area is fairly crowded - not insanely, but expect to meet other people especially in summer and in the area close to the valley.
Other than the main valley the lake called “Odensjöen” is also worth a visit. A perfectly round lake where you can take a swim if weather permits.   

It is possible to stay overnight close to the main valley in either the public-hut “Dahlbergs” or at the campsite at “Liagården”. If you want to catch sunrise the campsite at “Liagården” is the closest to the valley.  

There are a lot of gems on the entire ridge! For example, go to Klåveröds strövområd and explore. Let me know if you find the watchtower or the small cave where you can sleep in!

If you’re up for it there is another stunning spot not far from Söderåsen. It doesn’t have a name as far as I know but it is situated here: . In summer, you’ll feel like being deep in the jungle watching the twisting amazon river – in winter it is probably flooded and not particularly interesting.





Kullaberg is a Peninsula and nature reserve. The peninsula is mostly covered in forest (apart from a golf course which I have no idea how the hell they got permission to build in the middle of a nature reserve…). On either side, it drops steeply down to the coast – a solid workout going up and down. In summer, it’s a great place to go for a swim. A good starting point is the small town of Mölle which consists of cute houses, old seaside hotels and a harbor. From Mölle you can follow a trail to the end of the peninsula and then continue to make a round trip – there are a lot of trails so bring your best shoes.
If you are into climbing bring your climbing shoes too! There are a few routes around peninsula. Did it some years ago and climbing right next to the water is great as you can take a swim after a sweaty climb. 

If you’re up for an experience you should visit Nimis. Nimis is a (huge) wooden sculpture and was created by Swedish artist Lars Vilks entirely from driftwood. It’s kinda hard to find as it isn’t marked on the maps of the area. Although when you get to the start of the trail down to Nimis it is marked with yellow Ns. You can find it here:


A bit east of the nature reserve is the tiny town of Arild. There isn’t really anything going on here. But the beautiful houses at the harbor and quiet town life is worth a visit.  



If you need a bit more speed and adrenaline in your life there a few places where you can shred the gnar on your mountain bike. If you enjoy some mixed gravel and natural singletrack riding “Snapphaneturen” is a great opportunity. The 40 km loop starts at the parking lot at Hovdala castle but isn’t marked so loading the track onto a GPS is a great idea (GPX file: Some places are somewhat technical but manageable for most riders. As seen in the above pictures you can also pack your bike and just go exploring! (Check out this little stupid video for some bikepacking in southern Sweden:    

If that’s too boring you can go to Vallåsen Bikepark where there are proper manmade downhill trails with jumps, berms and whatnot – and (if open) a lift to get your lazy ass up the hill again.  


If I had to visit one city in southern Sweden I would go to Varberg. The gigantic fortress is worth a visit and the incredible bath house looks like something out of a Wes Anderson movie. Lund is also nice a nice city, but Varberg wins. If you are on your way to or from Gothenburg make sure to stop in Varberg. To be fair I haven’t visited a lot of cities in southern Sweden as I usually go there to escape the city so you might find some gems - although I rolled through all cities on the west coast on my bikepacking trip to Bergen.

What to eat?

Whenever I’m in Sweden there are a few things I enjoy eating. Polar bread is one of them. It is a soft flat bread which is really nice toasted over a campfire – and used as hotdog bread. Another perfect companion for the bread is the “Prästost” – the priest cheese. The church used to make this cheese from the milk they collected as tithes. The taste is nutty, fatty with a hint of acidity. Another great cheese is the “Herregårdsost” – manorhouse cheese. This cheese is milder with a sweet nutty taste. Some enjoy putting some “sötstark senap” – sweet strong mustard – on their bread and cheese. This mustard also goes very well with a campfire grilled sausage!
Swedish meatballs is a no-brainer. You can get them in every supermarket and they go very well on the grill.
Another important thing to do in Sweden is to “fika” which basically means to have coffee (and cake). To accompany the coffee a kanelbulle – cinnamon roll – is almost mandatory. You can get them in every supermarket. Heat them over the campfire and you’re on your way to heaven!  

So that's a few spots to get you started! There are probably many more spectacular places in southern Sweden waiting to get discovered (if you find some please let me know). Now go and see for yourself!  

(If you have any questions feel free to contact me)  

Winter Getaway: Southern Sweden by Gustav Thuesen

I needed to get out and feel the wind under my wings. As I've done many times before I went to southern Sweden. It's perfect for a quick get-away from Copenhagen as it is easy to get to and everything is a bit different on the other side of the sound that separates Denmark and Sweden. The language is different (but fairly similar), the food has different tastes, and the landscape is more rugged and spacious. All enough to make you feel fairly far away although it is very close indeed. A buddy, Philip Høpner aka Leica fanboy (shameless plug:, tagged along for the trip and we spent a few days roaming wintery southern Sweden.

I have made a guide to my favorite spots at the very southern end of Sweden.

Stay curious! 

A Trip Around the Sun: 2017 in Review by Gustav Thuesen

Another year, 12 months, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,00 seconds has gone and a new year awaits. 2017 was a great year personally. One of my favorites so far in this thing called life. I went out on a few adventures:

Started the year with a trip to the Alps searching for snow:
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Slept under the stars:
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Went on a spontaneous bikepacking trip to Sweden: 
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Went on a non-spontaneous bikepacking trip from the southernmost point of Sweden to the westernmost point of mainland Norway:

Full of confidence after my successful trip to Norway I decided to go south and try to cross the French alps on foot (600 km). That was a bit more than I could chew - but it ended up being one helluva trip!  
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I couldn't get enough of Norway or cycling so I made a road trip to Bergen to watch the road cycling world championship and to explore the beautiful Norwegian nature along the way: 
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I missed the mountains so I went to the most dangerous (and beautiful) place in Denmark: Møns Klint
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The last real trip of the year was a trip to Bavaria in southern Germany:
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Hope you had some awesome adventures too - big or small they all count! 

Let's do this, 2018! 

The Best Failure of My Life. by Gustav Thuesen

Sometimes you bite off more than you can chew. Setting out to cross the French alps on foot was too much for my feet.

My feet definitely wasn't conditioned for heavy trail use after about a year of cycling training. I pushed hard as my legs were fine and my overall cardiovascular shape was alright. But the chain isn't stronger than its weakest link - which this time were my feet (I'll save you for showing photos of them). After about 100 km in 4 days I reached Chamonix and decided to call it.

I reached Chamonix almost the same time as a storm and was basically stuck in my tent for two full days - partly due to the weather and partly due to my feet. After a few days of semi-forced rest I decided to stick around and explore Chamonix. That turned out to be a great experience! Glaciers, rivers, forest, mountain views, snow - what a place!

After little over a week in the Chamonix valley I decided to go home. Originally the plan was to catch a plane in Nice by the mediterranean sea but ended up going back to Geneva. This wasn't the trip I set out to do - and it was hard not to finish what I had started. Nonetheless it ended up being one of the best trips of my life. The French alps are still there - and I'm watching them as I'm getting better at chewing.      

Wunderschön Bayern by Gustav Thuesen

A quick trip to southern Germany visiting my sister who is working for a year in Munich. Of course I was more interested in the Bavarian Alps than the city so during the day we made a few trips into the mountains and went back to enjoy the nightlife in the city. A perfect combination of both worlds. Living in Denmark I miss being able to just go for a day trip to the mountains - there is about 1000 km either north or south to any real mountains. 

Bikepacking Scandinavia: Gear List by Gustav Thuesen


Canyon Ultimate CF SL Disc 6.0

HUNT 4Season Gravel Wheels

Schwalbe G-One Speed Tires

Shimano SPD Pedals

Apidura Seatpack

DIY Framebag

Nalgene Koozie modified into a feedbag. Fits a plate of Marabou (cold weather) or a bag of gummies (warm weather). 

Alpkit Drybag (mounted with 2 Voilé straps)

Blue Force Gear Medium Horizontal Utility Pouch

3 bottle cages, 2 mounted to the fork with electrical tape and one under the down tube.

2 rear lights




Rapha Lightweight Bibshort

Rapha Training Jersey

Rapha Thermal Leg Warmers

Rapha Brevet Long Sleeve Windblock Jersey

Rapha Merino Socks (1 pair)

Rapha Hi-Vis Oversocks

POC Octal Helmet

Pas Normal Studios Cap

Scott MTB Shoes

Specialized Gloves

Oakley EvZero Stride, Road Prizm Lens



Arc’teryx Gamma Rock Pant

Arc’teryx Alpha FL Jacket (also used on bike in rain)

Icebreaker Merino Shirt (200)

Point6 Light Socks (1 pair)

Patagonia Nano Puff

Merino Buff

1 pair of underwear (yes, one)

Paul Smith Swimshorts (you gotta look good when taking your evening swim...)


Cooking & Water

Alpkit Kraku Stove

Alpkit MytiMug (titanium, 750 ml)

LightMyFire Spork Titanium (the plastic version breaks just by looking at it…)

110ml gas (I think I used 3 on the entire trip)

Lighter + fire steel

3 x 500 ml Rapha/Camelbak bidons





Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash

Tiny microfiber towel

Sunscreen (the hefty kids’ version)




iPhone 5s (used as map/GPS with the ViewRanger app)

Anker PowerCore 10000

Dual port USB charger (charge two devices from a single outlet)

Bose SoundSport Headset (great sound and you are still able to hear your surroundings).

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp (when riding really late, bad weather or tunnels - it was light 22 hours a day)



Nikon D750

Nikon 50mm f1.8 (on the camera)

Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 with pol filter (in the bag)

2 batteries + charger

Sirui T-025X Tripod

(bought an airblower as I got some dirt on the sensor)


Repair & Maintenance

2 x Conti Racelight 28 Spare Tubes (had ZERO punctures, so didn’t use them)

Cable ties

Leatherman Juice

Topeak Mini Pro 20 Multitool

BBB Tire-Levers 

Birzman Zacoo Mini Pump

Genuine Innovations Tubeless Tyre Repair Kit

Rema Tip Top Tubeless Repair Kit

Park-Tool TB-2C Emergency Tire Boot (didn't use but would have enabled me to get to the next town with a blown sidewall). 

Chain Quick-Link

2 Spare Spokes

2 Spare Brake Pads (didn't use. started on a fresh pair which were about half worn out at the end.)

2 Spare SPD Cleats (didn't use. But a SPD-pedal setup is worthless without cleats)

Muc-Off lube, small bottle (dry gravel and rain drinks lube for breakfast)

Thread and needle (for clothing or sidewall cuts)

Superglue (sealing sidewall repairs and glueing hands to the bars) 

Gaffer-tape (you know why...)   


Shelter & Sleeping

Hilleberg Akto (might have preferred a free-standing setup so I could pitch on rocks)

Western Mountaineering Caribou MF (too warm, temps was 15c at night)

Therm-A-Rest NeoAir X-Therm

Silk Liner

Sea To Summit Aero Pillow (worth all 60 grams) 



2 long + 2 short Voilé straps. Long ones used for fixing the Alpkit drybag to the handlebars, short ones for securing the downtube bidon on bumpy roads. Also very useful for securing the bike to handrails etc. on ferries so I could have peace of mind while enjoying the scenery.

2 Osprey 2L Drybag for electronics 

Mini Wire-Lock (only used when shopping in big cities to keep the biggest opportunist from running with my bike.) 



Over the Edge - Møns Klint by Gustav Thuesen

One of the wildest places in Denmark. "Møns Klint" is a 6km stretch of chalk cliffs - One of the few places where you can actually die if you aren't careful. Very beautiful this time of year when the forest is in its fall dress. 

And a few stills...

Hunting without Guns by Gustav Thuesen

An early morning on the hunt. No guns. Only cameras.  

Bergen Burnout by Gustav Thuesen

An idea turned into reality. Very spontaneously. A road trip to Bergen to watch the cycling world championship? The perfect idea. A buddy and myself rented a car in Malmö and headed north. First through the rather mundane Swedish highways. Then into Norway. Cruising through the Norwegian landscapes is just pure joy for the eye. Sleeping in a car seat - not so much. But the view when you wake up makes you forget how badly you slept.
Fall was in full swing in the mountains and we were greeted by an explosion of orange tones.   

And then we watched a bit of bike racing. The norwegians had really put on a show!

Then we pointed the car back towards Malmö and crossed southern Norway which was beautifully covered in fall colors. 

I had brought the drone so of course I took it for a spin. There is some problems with the firmware causing the videofeed to be mostly all black so I shot this purely on feel. Turned out alright. 

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Stage 3: Grand Finale by Gustav Thuesen

After some time even an adventure becomes everyday. Daily routines and chores. When I have reached that point I have reached the purpose with a trip – to get away from everyday life. A new everyday has slowly taken over the old. One of my chores was breaking down camp every morning. Maybe it was the thought of another morning where I had to put on my dirty wet socks and then stick my feet into my dirty wet shoes that made me want not to get out of the tent. It could just as well be the fatigue of moving to a new place every day.

I think that experiencing and eating are bit the same. After a while you’re full and should take a break to “digest” otherwise you’ll feel sick. Usually a slow morning is enough for me – after a few hours I’ll begin to explore the surroundings anyway. The urge to see what is around the corner or over the hill top never ceases. In Norway there are a lot of hill tops to check out!

After having covered a lot of corners and hills I would occasionally zoom out on the map on my phone and realize how far I had travelled and see how close I was to the end. Actually It is a fairly shocking experience. Me? My legs? That far? And then the day comes when you actually reach the end. The dot on the map you have been fighting for. The fast days, the slow days, the hunger, the thirst, the tiredness, the wet socks, the two ingredient dinners  – everything.

I reached the end of the road a quiet sunny evening after a long day in the saddle. It was actually a bit anticlimactic. There was no welcome committee or champagne (which would have been ridiculously expensive in Norway). Only a few Norwegians out in their boats and a few seagulls fighting. In fact it was just another point on a map that happened to be the westernmost point of mainland Norway.     

Stage 2: the Border crossing. by Gustav Thuesen

6 days. 
Highlights from the stage: 

  • It was a milestone to cross the Norwegian border! 
  • The hills are getting longer and steeper. 
  • Feeling the solitude. Not that there aren't any people but I don't talk with them other than the occasional curious person who asks about my trip.  
  • Deep: You go out on these journeys to realize an idea/dream (top of Maslow) and end up spending most time on the bottom of Maslow (food, shelter etc.). I guess this removes the noise in between (everyday life) which makes it special.
  • I spooked a badger which was crossing the road but hadn't heard I was coming. I could hear the claws scraping the pavement as it sprinted back into the dense forest. 
  • I'm eating insane amounts of food. 
  • I'm starting to feel a deep tiredness. The bright nights makes it hard to sleep as it is only dark from 00-0330 and combined with long days in the saddle it's taking it's toll. 
  • First rain in a long time. To be continued...
  • Evening swims are the best after a long day!
  • Many places where I would just want to stop and then put time on hold. 
  • Ate half a pack of butter for lunch (with bread). 
  • Killed all life in the bay after washing my socks. 

Rapha Nocturne by Gustav Thuesen

Done, occurring, or active at night.