Norway is a fantastic country. It's a wonder that the people succeed in actually living there, and have good lives at that. The Norwegians have known hard times, living from the icey sea and from the land that yielded maybe just enough to survive on. So now, the people try to manage the oil money wisely and make it last for everybody.
The geography and climate of the country are really dramatic, there is no dull place to be found. Steep mountains plunge into deep fjords, the coastline is ragged, and the climate is rather harsh: snow, wind, rain, and some beautiful sunshine all year round. We went there camping in June 2009 and when we arrived somewhere north of Bergen, we had to cross over into Sweden because it really got too cold in our small tent.
Such a geography includes waterfalls in many places, so we can present here some examples of Norwegian cascades, even if some are stopped into glacier-like hangings...
We landed in beautiful Kristiansand on Norway's outh coast. We followed the Otra Rver up north in the direction of Evje. We passed our first night in the small huts that are much more convenient than tents in rainiy and cold weather.
We came back westward near the coast to follow the famous Route 44, passing through Flekkefjord and Egersund and finally heading for Stavanger.
Halfway between Stavanger and Bergen, enchanting Røldal lies amidst a ring of mountains, most of them with snowcaps and frozen falls coming down from their brim.
Norway has a tradition of wooden churches built around wooden posts (staves). One of these stavkirkes stands in Røldal.
From Bergen over Stalheim to Undredal
From rural Røldal we continued to beautiful (and for once sunny) Bergen, and then back to the interior, to Stalheim with its dramatic landscape and high falls, and to cosy little Undredal.
Undredal, at the Aurlandfjord, is world famous (or should be) for its goat cheese. It's quite an expensive and exclusive kind of cheese, cured and transformed into some kind of light or dark brown paste with a very distinctive taste. A small amount provides at lot of delight for the buds on your tongue.
Large herds of goats roam in the rocky surroundings of the village. Big cruise ships make a stop at the jetty, quite a sight, the enormous ship dwarfing the village. The campground is right in the middle of it, with houses all around. We felt we were the main touristic attraction of the village! Undredal also has a small stavkirke.
The weather at Undredal was quite warm and sunny, but when we left, it turned into misty, cold and rainy. We decided that going further north in the direction of Ålesund would leave us 'freezing' in our tent, so we headed eastwards, in the direction of Lillehammer, Oslo and Sweden.
We had a last, very nice cabin at the place of a very fine old lady...
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