Lonely Planet Writer

Blisters no barrier to rowing challenge Norwegian

The coast of Kirkenes, Norway.
The coast of Kirkenes, Norway. Image by Timo Noko / CC BY-SA 2.0

A 55 year-old Norwegian man is attempting to row all 3300km of Norway’s coast, from Svinesund in the south to Kirkenes in the north to raise money for a brain cancer charity. Kjell Tore Solvang, who trains Norway’s national canoe team, is already suffering from crippling blisters after just over three weeks of his journey in a traditional wooden fjord boat. But he’s been battling on and preventing infection by using an old sailors’ trick: urinating on his wounds. By rowing for ten to 14 hours a day, he hopes to complete his journey in just over three months. Read more: thelocal.no