A new day brings new challenges to The Mr Gay Europe delegates. Not only do they have to still organise, choreograph and promote Thursday’s Fashion Show in the local mall but today three new challenges were presented to the boys.

The morning began with a fascinating tour around a Viking burial site where it was estimated that over 800 Viking warriors were buried after a battle. We were shown around by a local tour guide dressed in full Viking dress and afterwards she invited us to the local museum and old school house where we were to have dinner.

We were greeted by the Mayor of Oppdal and we were served the local delicacy dish of meatballs and lamb stew, for lunch called “Oppdalsmuseets Lammesuppe” which dates back to the 1800s. After lunch, the delegates learned local crafts from wood carving, to friendship bracelet making and chalk paintings.

After crafts, it was the Mr Gay Europe written test composed by our South African judge Coenie Kukkuk. The boys sat the test inside the old school house and this counts for 10% of the final marks so the pressure was on. After the test, the boys were asked to change and they followed Personal Trainer Harroitt to the local ski slopes. Unaware of the Sports Challenge, the delegates were then informed that they had to run half the length of the Ski slope and back down again, not only once but four times. The eventual winner was England, followed closely by Belgium and in third place was Bulgaria. All the boys showed tremendous sportsmanship and clapped along their fellow competitors as they crossed the finish line. Weary and exhausted, the boys retired to their Norwegian Cabin to refresh their batteries for tomorrow’s adventures. Later on in the evening, the boys were then informed of their third and final challenge of the day; as part of the Social Media Challenge, they have to gain the most number of ‘likes’ on Facebook of their pictures of ‘What Pride Means to Me’ before the end of the week.

Tired, exhausted but fulfilled, the delegates are settling in for the evening and looking forward to the coach trip tomorrow to met the Bishop of Nidaros.

Trondheim, here we come…