The Charm of the Skarnsund Bridge Run

All of the Charm posts on this weblog are meant to be fun. Today’s post is no exception, and details the 27th (Skarnsund) Bridge Run from Vangshylla (where we live) to Mosvik, about 6 km away, on Sunday 2018-06-17, starting at 10:00.

When we first moved here in 1988, Vangshylla was a ferry terminal that connected Inderøy to the neighbouring municipality of Mosvik. The ferry was replaced by Skarnsund Bridge on 1991-12-17, when it was opened by King Harald. Skarnsund Bridge is the only bridge crossing of Trondheim Fjord. For further information see:

Trondheim Fjord and the Fosen Peninsula. Near the centre of the map lengthwise, you will find Mosvik marked on the map, on highway 755. It is about five kilometers west of Skarnsund Bridge, the only bridge crossing of the fjord. Vangshylla is on the eastern side of the fjord. The two dots on the highway between Mosvik and Verdal are Straumen and Røra, respectively. (CC BY-SA 2.5 Ørland, Fosenportalen)

Run officials have a spreadsheet detailing all participants, past and present, and can with certainty tell anyone which walks/ runs they have participated in. Readers may notice a dual personality tendency in the writing of this post. While most participants walk starting at 10:00 in the morning, there is also a more elite group that runs across the bridge, starting at 13:00 in the afternoon.

Our neighbour, Astrid Stømberg, is one of few who has completed all 27 walks/ runs. Trish usually walks with her, while my responsibility is to drive to Mosvik, and to pick the two of them up. A free bus ride is also available, but only at the end of the day.

Because of privacy concerns, we have not included pictures of people. All photos by Trish McLellan.

The former ferry terminal at Vangshylla, the start of the walk/ run.
Skarnsund Bridge, taken from the former ferry terminal at Vangshylla.
Some of the walk takes place along tractor paths through a forest.
Most of the walk is along Highway 755.
Along the way, 12 questions were asked. Here is one of them: In which country is this photo taken? 1. Greece X. Turkey 2. Italy.
There can be illegal aliens hiding in the tall vegetation. In this case, a black-listed plant, the lupin.
The half-way point.
Here, a fisher is more concerned about catching a tasty dinner, than worrying about walkers.
End of the walk, at Mosvik school.

One Reply to “The Charm of the Skarnsund Bridge Run”

  1. Inderøy Municipality

    Changes occur, but local identity is important to Norwegians. There were major changes made to municipal boundaries in 1962 (Yes, 56 years ago in 2018) that some people are still having trouble adjusting to, even today. From my perspective, people from Røra and Sandvollan have the greatest difficulty adjusting to the fact that they are part of Inderøy. Another community, Kjerknesvågen, that has never been its own separate municipality, probably has the keenest sense of local identity. More about that in another charm offensive.

    Inderøy was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 Having an area of about 144 square kilometers. Census data from 1801 show 2874 people living within the boundaries of old Inderøy. By the next census in 1865, this had increased to 5428 people.

    On 1 January 1907, the municipality was divided into three municipalities: Røra (population: 866) in the southeast, Hustad (population: 732) in the north, and Inderøy (population: 2,976) in the west.

    On 1 January 1962, these same three neighboring municipalities of Røra (population: 1,003), Sandvollan, changed name from Hustad in 1912 (population: 750), and Inderøy (population: 3,194) merged again to form Inderøy.

    On 1 January 2012, Mosvik (area 222 square kilometers, population 800) merged with Inderøy (population 5 916) people)to form another new Inderøy (area 366 square kilometers, population 6,716).

    On 1 January 2018, Nord-Trøndelag county merged with Sør-Trøndelag county to create Trøndelag county.

    If anyone is interested, there are currently 2759 houses, 133 apartments, and 756 cottages in Inderøy.

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