This is it for the Norway posts I think guys. Not because I don’t have 4000 more pictures I want to show you but because, as much as Norway freaking rocks, there are other places to explore and share too!
Møre og Romsdal is a region in the north of the fjord region where we spent a few days. It is one of the most sublime places I’ve been.
On the way to the region we stayed at a pretty weird AirBNB. We drove up and it was a working farm so we thought we were in the wrong place. A woman came out with a child in full tantrum mode and told us we just had to drive a little down the road and the house would be there, unlocked.
Come to think of it, we had a string of odd lodging for one reason or another. None of them were bad- I would stay at all of them again. They were all in beautiful scenery with kind owners. They were just quirky. Deer meat pizza quirky. Bathroom in an outhouse with Christmas lights quirky. Being possibly the only people in the whole hotel though each time we saw the proprietor she swore that some other guests had just passed by.
And of course, we did some hikes. This one- Romsdalseggen– was a spur of the moment decision after a morning spent in the charming city of Åndalsnes. As such, we started too late in the day to do the entire ridge (normally you take a bus to the trailhead and walk back to town) but we managed to at least reach the peak with some medium-ok views.
Our final hike was a quick run up a solitary peak. We started off with blue skies but a thick fog quickly rolled in. It was the first time in our two weeks that the weather was less than perfect but it made for a really interesting atmosphere, especially when we reached the top and a circle of 6 feet tall cairns emerged from the mist- like something out of The Craft.
I think the best way to sum up this road trip is with this poem by Norwegian poet Olav Hague, that was voted by the nation as its “Most Norwegian Poem.”
It’s that dream that we carry with us
that something wonderful will happen,
that it has to happen,
that time will open,
that the heart will open,
that doors will open,
that the mountains will open,
that wells will leap up,
that the dream will open,
that one peaceful morning we’ll glide in
to a harbor that we’ve never known.