norway – part 2
Here comes part 2!
After the first two hikes we felt quite comfortable in our hiking boots and gear so on our next tour stop in Seljestad near Odda we decided to hike up to the foot of the Buarbreen glacier.
The hike was beautiful and quiet amidst wildflowers and roaring glacier waterfalls and streams. The mountain air is wonderful for hiking, so clear and fresh (more so in my memory since I’m writing this from a stifling hot apartment).
Getting to the top is always exhilarating! This hike also featured some rather alarming bridges over the fast streams and some passages where we had to climb the mountain sides with ropes. I’m scared of heights and not one for sporty rock climbing, so this was a real challenge for me.
We drove back via the magnificent Latefoss waterfall.
Until then, we’d always done one day of hiking, one day of driving. Since we were staying a day longer at this location, we decided to go hiking two days in a row and tackle the hike up the 612m Langfoss waterfall next. A hint: if the Norway-tourist page says it’s a demanding hike, don’t do it when you’re already tired out. The hike itself is beautiful, but climbing 600m in height within two hours on rocky ground is hard. Really hard.
You’re probably tired already of reading about this hike and that hike, but I’ve one more to share: the glacier, blue-ice hike we booked on our last location was hands-down the highlight of our trip. This was walking on the Nigardsbreen glacier itself, with spikes on our shoes and ice axes to help the climbing parts.
The blue ice is magnificent!
We had a lovely norwegian girl as our guide but most of the other guides were actually Sherpas from Nepal with Mount Everest experience, who come to Norway during the summer months to work as glacier guides and earn some money for the family back home!
Two more parts to come with fjord and fjell pictures as well as some lovely shots I took in Oslo!