We constantly admired the water and mountains
In the two weeks we have been in Norway, we have seen some of the most spectacular and beautiful scenery in the world - and some of the most serene. The highlights have not always been the most spectacular:
- dolphins and seals, playing in the water
- seeing seaweed growing, and tasting salty water 200 kilometer inland!
- thin silvery bands of water cascading down from the rocky heights,
only to disappear into a spray of mist half-way down on the wind
- brilliant green tichen on the bleak grey rocks above the treeline, and hidden treasures of sparkling white quarz scattered amongst the grey
- late afternoon sunlight reflecting off the remaining patches of snow and wet rock faces amongt the jagged peaks
- farms perched almost on the side of a cliff above the fjord
- the glassy reflection in the smooth, still water in the late evening
- silhouettes of mountains, blue upon blue into the distance in the mistly dusk
The last week has been relaxing and beatiful. We took the boat out on the two days and met a seal - caught no fish - made friends with the seagulls.
Drove along the road next to the Flåm railway line , and up the steep, zigzaggy road to Stalheim Hotel. The views of waterfalls and mountain valleys are magnificent. There is a bunker at Stalheim too - Lorelei!
Drove to Nigardsbreen and walked on the glacier, the 4 and a half hour guided walk. This was fascinating, and the ice, beatiful. Drove home over the mountains between Fortun and Turtagrö across to Övre Årdal. The mountains are 2400 meter high and jagged. The road from Fortun to Turtagrö itself is worth it - a manificent view down the valley.
Undredal is a beatiful small village, saw the church and goats being herded up the valley road.
Drove over the snow road to Lärdal with magnificent views of the fjords and beatiful bleak landscape and wild rivers and creeks.
Everywhere we went, we constantly stopped, walked, explored, crossed wooden footbridges and paths.
We also played lots of board games, relaxed on the terrace, picked apples and plums, cooked Norwegian apple cake, sketched and constantly admired the water and mountains before us - through our windows!
Thankyou Herr Ramsöy for the use of your home!
The Liersch family (an Australian family, living in Germany for 3 years, holidaying in Norway for 2 weeks)
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