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Stumbling Off the Tourist Track

In which I discover how easy it is to escape the tourist hordes

Photo by Åsmund Heimark

My thoughts about the tourist track (and how to get off it) started to crystallize when I visited Norway in the summer of 2006. I had gone to Norway to interview philosopher-mountaineers, so I wasn’t exactly on the tourist track to start with. But – with seven interviews spread out over seven weeks – I had some time on my hands. While I could proudly call myself a researcher, I spent many of my days in Norway as (let’s face it) a tourist, Lonely Planet in hand. My guidebook told me what cities to visit, which fjords to explore, which fjells (mountains) to scale. And I dutifully followed the sage LP advice. Continue reading