Come to Nome and work out!

The Canal Race in Lunde, June 2019. Photo: Maren Sandbakk

One of the big happenings in the small village of Lunde in Nome municipality is the Canal Race (Kanalrennet). The 50 km long rollerski race begins and ends in Lunde, and the trail take you along the Telemark Canal and through the beautiful landscape of Flåbygd.

In 2019, 360 people participated in the Canal Race, from children and youth in the Canal Race Junior to cross country skiings biggest international stars, like Therese Johaug, Niklas Dyrhaug and Jessica Diggins. The last weekend in June all of Lunde is upside-down, with 130 volunteers working hard to make it the best experience for both participants and audience.

Responsible for the Canal Race is the sports club IL Skade. They now want to develop the race and make Nome the chosen place for sport clubs and teams when they gather for training camps. Together with the CUPIDO KRAFT project in Nome, Terje Mognes in Skade sports club, Peter van Heerebeek at Lunde Hostel and Erling Skoe at Telemark Kanalcamping have searched and found 30 new beds in Lunde. This means that even more people can come to Lunde and participate in the race.

Left to right: Erling Skoe at Telemark Kanalcamping, Peter van Heerebeek at Lunde Hostel and Terje Mognes from Skade sports club. Photo: Mikkel Helweg

For the last three years, the national Norwegian cross country skiing team have stayed in Lunde the week before the race to train together. Terje Mognes from Skade sports club want more teams and sports club to do as the national team, and choose Lunde as their destination.

-There is a fantastic terrain for rollerskiing and other types of training, there is a rollerskiing trail from Bø to Lunde, and there are trails and roads with little traffic. It is good opportunities for everyone, from young children to the elite, says Terje Mognes.

Nome has a mild climate, so outdoor training without snow is possible from April to October. The aim is to attract more teams not just in summer, but also in the spring and autumn.

-The entire area will benefit from it. This means sales and visits to the village for both accommodation and restaurants, says Mognes.

Therese Johaug won the women’s class in 2019. Photo: Maren Sandbakk

– A magical and atmospheric Viking adventure

The artists who play at Horg Culture House are displayed on the wall of fame. Photo: Maren Sandbakk

It all started as a joke in a small wood shed in Lunde, but rumors of the world’s smallest culture house have spread in music circles. In just one year, Horg Kulturhus (culture house) has gained a solid fanbase, and several artists contact Helge Strand asking him if they can come and play their music in the intimate and special venue.
– I like to make things happen, he says.

After the official opening with an art exhibition on October 6th last year, Tove Bøygard, Stig Ulv, Caroline Bonnet, Randi Tytingvåg Trio and Enok Amrani have played at Horg Kulturhus. In addition, Theater Fabel has played the performances Voluspa’ and Master Jakel.

-I’ve always been going to a lot of concerts. We lived in Bergen for 20 years, and there it was a concert almost every weekend. So when you come here, you miss it. Then I had to create it myself, says Strand about how Horg Kulturhus was created.
The word “horg” is a Norse word for a gathering place. The choice of name stems from the desire to create a meeting place for people in Lunde.
-There is a need for people to come out and meet each other. I think this place helps to fill this need, he says.

The concept is to give people a cultural and musical experience, preferably in Norwegian, performed in a small and intimate space. With room for only 20 guests the music experience becomes special, close and intense.
-I sit here and smile by myself every time there is a concert. There has been a real feel-good atmosphere at all the concerts up until now. People who go to a lot of shows actually say it is the greatest they have ever experienced. Getting that feedback from people who have been to maybe 300 concerts in their lives, and then they say this is the best !!! says Helge Strand happily.

Screenshot from Instagram

In addition to creating his own concert experiences, Strand is committed to supporting other cultural actors. That’s why he started the tradition “Horg drar på bortekamp” (“Horg goes away”), where he and guests from Horg Kulturhus travel and see the artists who have played in Lunde at other concert venues.

The aim for next year is six new concerts. The first two artists have already been published; in May 2020 Tom Roger Aadland and Ottar Kåsa play the first two concerts at Horg.
-I get a lot of positive feedback from people in Lunde who think it’s cool that something is happening and that it’s a little different. Because there aren’t many places like this around, Strand says.

Hege Strand presents one of the first artists to play at Horg in May 2020. Photo: Private

I am so lucky!!!!! Yesterday I played in the soulful and very special Horg culture house in Lunde. That house is like going into a magical and atmospheric Viking adventure, with Culture House managers Helge Strand and Berit Reknes welcoming you with open arms and warm cheeks, thank you very much for everything you do for people and culture! And the nicest crowd, with their heart on their sleeves.”

– Artist Tove Bøygard on Instagram after playing at Horg Culture House