Incredible fjords.

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 10, 2011


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Flag of Norway  , Western Fjords,
Sunday, June 20, 2010

Driving down the other side of the mountain was very steep and we got our first real taste of the perilous hairpin turns as we slowly zigzagged our way down into the Geiranger fjord valley.
The little town that is lucky enough to live here, off season lives only 170 people, then in summer it blows up to 9,000. There are lots of ferries charging around robbing the tourists, but this valley is the most visited fjord in Europe for a very good reason. It is staggeringly gorgeous.
As we made our first decent we even got to see some mysterious animals swimming around in the aqua water. We couldn't figure it out and didn’t stop to ask questions. Maybe water trolls?

As we drove we followed the Otta, a very high altitude pass which again took us ages to ascend, but at the top we saw a vast frozen lake and snow almost covered everything. The sun this day was so hot. The fresh snow from the night before melted away quickly making all the cliffs and mountains shiny and glossy as if god had varnished them just for us.

It’s very hard to explain how profoundly life changing these grand scenes have been for us, it is so hard to rationalize the amazing feelings this landscape evokes. Norway has easily become the standard by which we will compare every other place. We are in love with her.

In a town called Lom we stopped for lunch and saw a very old wooden stave church, the kind with the Nordic dragon headpieces on the roof. The timber was so very old and used the old tradition of having a tar coating. Therefore the whole church was black. So cool.

From Lom we came through a huge national park in a circle of jagged mountains. Dividing them was a 100km glacier. We stopped many times along the road as there are ample car parks everywhere along the road (TAKE A NOTE ENGLAND!)
This was place was so white and blinding as the sun had glassed all the snow. It was epic to behold.

Continuing up and down more steeps, this time as a single lane road. We had a heart-stopping battle with other oncoming motorhomes and caravans as we went. I think Joel may have some nice silver hairs from the experience.
When we finally came to our resting spot along side another wide fjord we finally realized what the animals were in Geiranger; Beautiful little sea otters! We watched another just outside our van in the water below! Then only a little while longer we watched a pod of porpoises swim past! Norway. EeGad man!
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