Running behind with the blogging. I rather expected some rainy days sat in the van, but we have been pretty lucky weather-wise so far! As such being outside trumps blogging, but I’m keen to get something down for each day as a reminder for us as much as anything else. If it’s of interest to someone else too then that’s great, if not, I’m happy talking to myself.
So, we had a cycle in Flåm along the Fjord. Despite the topography the Norweigan’s seem to have made a real effort to put in cycle paths (usually shared walking/cycling routes) alongside main roads wherever they can. This one stopped a bit in the middle of nowhere as space between fjord and mountain became more constrained, but we were ready to head back by then anyway.
Once we’d packed up we headed north.The easy way to do this is through the Lærdal Tunnel but I wanted to do the “Snow Road” – which runs over the top of the mountains between Aurland and Laerdal. The ascent was crazy. Really steep roads between hairpin bends with large sections only just passable by two vehicles and some sections where two cars couldn’t pass. The route was being heavily used by cars, motorhomes and buses. I was only scared witless a couple of times but I think poor Susan was ready to opt to hang-glide off the top rather than drive back down again. We reached the Stegastein viewpoint and discussed whether to carry on, but I was convinced the route through the mountains would be worth it, and I think Susan decided it couldn’t be any worse! It was the right call, most visitors simply reversed their course down the narrow road back to Aurland, but we carried on up into the mountains. The views here were stunning, there were only a few other people around and we even found accessible snow (in late August).
After the snow road we took our first local ferry, drove on a bit, then took the ferry on foot to Urnes Stave Church. The church was fascinating, and it shows just how long a timber building can last!
We then drove on to a layby next to Fjærlandsfjorden, where it was rather rainy but clearly a beautiful spot.