It is World Ocean Day today. I have selected two very old pictures for the occasion. Both are from the Lofoten islands in the north of Norway. One is from 1974, the other from 1983. These are old color slides that I have digitalized. Click the picture to see a larger version.
Tuesday is our big day, we have planned to hike from Høvringen to the Peer Gynt hut. That means we will be walking 20 kilometers, most of it inside Rondane national park. We enjoy a delicious breakfast at our base and prepare some food and coffee to carry in our backpacks for a meal at the hut when we get there. Luckily we have a little chat with the hostess at Høvringen Fjellstue before we start. She knows the area well, and suggests a round trip which will give us some fine views of the wonderful scenery. We follow her advice, which turns out to be very good.
The weather is still fine, with glimpses of sun and blue sky and almost no wind, and we quickly find the footpath to follow. It is easy going, slowly ascending from around 1000 up to 1180 meters at the highest. We are passing the foot of the mountain Formokampen, which is another popular destination because of its great view, but today its peak at 1428 meters is covered by low clouds.
After a couple of hours we can see down into the valley where our destination lies. To the north, we can see the lake Høvringvatn, with Smuksjøseter at its eastern shore, and to the south we can see the smaller and rounder lake Søndre Høvringsvatn, with the Peer Gynt hut a little south of its southern end. We descend into the valley at around 1000 meters, and have a good rest and a meal at the hut.
After a quick meal and a coffee at Beitostølen, we continued north across Valdresflya. We were going slowly, with frequent stops to enjoy the weather, the fresh air, and the beautiful scenery. The road is 1389 meters above sea level at its highest point. It is about 90 kilometers from Beitostølen across to Vågåmo in the beautiful Gudbrandsdalen valley.
Last Monday my wife and I left home at 7:45 in the morning. We drove north for a couple of hours, and arrived at Beitostølen, where we had a stop. As the cafe didn’t open until 10 am, we did a little sightseeing and photographing while waiting. At Beitostølen the morning fog was thick, but only a couple of kilometers further up, the sun was shining. It was also surprisingly warm and still for the season, at 1000 meters above sea level.
Between Dragsvik and Hella there is a 10 minutes ferry crossing the Sognefjorden. It’s good to take a break and stretch the legs before the journey continues.
Going over Gaularfjell mountain last week to visit my wife’s family.
There are many silly things you can do on a summer vacation. Here are my youngest daughter and myself on a roller coaster in Djurs sommarland in Denmark. My daughter is the one with the long hair waving like a flag behind her. I am sitting next to her, scared stiff and hoping to survive.
There is still quite a lot of snow in the mountains. It keeps the air fresh and cool here in the valley.
On our way home from Lindesnes, we passed Heddal stave church, a masterpiece in wood, built around 1250.
I do not live near the coast, so I often go there when I am on holiday. I love the sight of the horizon, the smell of seawater and the sound of the waves against the shore. And I always take a lot of pictures when I am near the sea, seeing motives everywhere…