Simon Michalowicz comes from Iserlohn, Germany and has walked the whole length of Norway
Simon is 33 years old and works as an online-editor. Hiking, especially in Norway, has become his passion. To Simon, the most important thing is enjoying himself in the great outdoors – preferably on longer hiking tours with his tent.
It all started in 1999 with a six-week cycle tour through Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Together with a friend we went around the Kattegat and rode the southern Norwegian coast up to Stavanger. Still in our youth, and before such things as the internet, it was a great adventure and gave us many lasting impressions. For the first time I got to know life on the road, and being outdoors.
In 2008 after a long break I started going on trips again, this time discovering my home area the “Sauerland” following the popular “Rothaarsteig”. I took to hiking again and started travelling to Scandinavia, the Emerald Isle of Ireland, the Scottish Highlands and also exploring my home area on many day trips.
But Scandinavia, and especially Norway, have taken up a very large place in my wanderlust-heart. So I returned to Norway, year after year, to do several hiking trips. The first trip took me to the Hardangervidda, where I crossed from Finse to Haukeliseter. I walked the Aurland Valley down to the fiords, and have been to the Rondane, Dovre and Trollheimen national parks. In 2012 I explored Reinheimen, Breheimen and Jotunheimen for five weeks, on foot.
My many positive encounters and fascinating landscapes left a lasting impression to me. More and more a desire emerged, to live the big dream and to experience and explore Norway completely, on foot. This idea didn’t let me go. I wanted to experience this country closely, by walking from Cape Lindesnes to the North Cape. My goal was to experience the different seasons, the weather in all its facets, and all the different regions and people.
In 2013 I decided to quit my job, left everyday work in the office and put my plans into action. I took the plunge, and after 140 days of walking I reached the North Cape! The trip changed everything and has given me so much, even if it was often really hard. Both the country and the people are very dear to me, and my hike has brought me even closer to Norway. I just love Norwegian scenery and the outdoor life in this great country!
Walking the length of Norway (Norge på langs) was the best decision I’ve ever made!