After a few days of tripping around Stavanger, and a long west coast - we finally arrived at our main destination, Sjøsanden camping in Mandal.
Our family are no strangers to camping. My sisters and I have grown up with every version of camping life. But there are just some comforts from home that I am completely okay with admitting that my teenage-privilege 'must-have' when camping. Sleeping on the ground, is not my idea of camping fun - and I can freely admit that air-matresses are a must-have. Otherwise, we pretty much have and do - all the rest.
Our parents are mildly put, serious-campers! Grilling while camping is a typical part of all our camping holidays and they rarely spare any expense when it comes to choosing a grill. Mum is the grill expert in our family - and there is literally nothing that she can't cook on the grill - from bacon and eggs for breakfast to steaks for dinner. If you wanted toast, mum made toast on the grill. Even toasting marshmellows!
The most hilarious part is watching dad try to figure out how to get the monster-sized grill into the car with all of our other camping stuff - of course mum already had a plan (as she does). Mum met some new campers the night before we left and offered them the use of the grill. Mum of course had 'chatted' and organised with the staff at the camping grounds a few days before, to donate our monster-grill for free to the camping grounds. They were of course more than willing and really stoked. For dad - problem-solved and potensial crisis avverted!
Sjøsanden camping is a very cool place to do a 'camping holiday' - but for those that don't like sitting around a campfire or cooking on a grill, Sjøsanden is also a holiday park with apartments and motel rooms to rent. There are two different types of restaurants if you want to eat 'in' or you can walk into town for a change of scenery. Everything is pretty easy to access - as long as you have good walking shoes. It takes about 20 min, if walking along the beach to get from the camping grounds to town.
The best part of Sjøsanden for us, was by far the beach. Sjøsanden holiday park was completely packed from the day we arrived right up until the day we left - and yet you could sit on the beaches without bumping into another person. Most of the time when we were at the beach - it felt like we were the only ones there. When we started to explore the area, we found that there wasn't any shortage of beaches in and around Mandal.