28 Aug 2015

Norway by savannahmius

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Today will consist of a lot of driving and a lot of hiking. Grace and Hans have this big old van that we're taking all over this part of the country to see some of the best sights.

The first stop is Geiranger Fjord, and we decide to take the ferry ride so that I can get the full experience.

The drive there consists of a lot of tunnels, and when we come out of on particularly long one, I catch my breath for a minute.

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Taking the ferry ride was a great decision. Almost nobody else is here this time of year, and there's plenty of room to sit on the top deck and get the best views.

I still can't believe my luck at the weather. Everything is sunny and warm, and I don't think I could have timed it better. I've only experience the smallest amount of rain. Alesund is known for always been cool, but even the locals have been commenting on how warm it is.

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Dalsnibba is one of the highest peaks in Norway, and WE MADE IT.

It's windy and there's still snow on the top, but it's gorgeous. It's the highest I've ever stood and I feel on top of the world. I even bought a certificate to verify the fact that I've been here. The journey up here has been insane, but I'm so glad we made it. And let's talk about this view.

I love that Norway doesn't seem to believe in protective barriers because it gives a more raw and natural experience to these types of things. I can walk as close to the edge as I'd like and not have any ugly fence in my pictures.

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We stopped for dinner at some little hotel that I don't remember the name of, and then at a strawberry farm. Hans bought a crate full of strawberries and I spent the next hour or so just eating them because I've found that these Norwegian strawberries are a thing for good reason. Everywhere I've been, I've had people ask if I've tried them yet, and it's an important question. I have tried them - and they are amazing. I do not like strawberries, but these are not strawberries. They are the nectar of the gods.

Now we're at Trollstigen, which is basically an incredibly curvy road in an incredibly beautiful place. We walked along the pathway and I stood over all the grates where you can just see straight to the bottom.

Apparently "Trollstigen" means "troll road" and I guess it makes sense. It seems like the kind of place trolls would live and try to trick you.

I love the colors and shapes of the rocks here. And with it getting cloudy and dark, it makes everything a little more fantastic and unreal.