Unlike Trollatunga there aren’t a lot of fresh water sources on the Pulpit Rock trail so you need to bring your water up with you, so we’d stopped in Odda and picked up an extra 2 litre bottle. As we were driving, I remembered where I was and suddenly had the thinking sensation that my water might – potentially – be sparkling.
Best double check.
As I unscrewed the lid I heard the dreaded hiss of carbonation. Luckily, we hadn’t started hiking yet so I could refill it with fresh water – but am I ever glad I checked! I cannot think of anything more awful than having to re-hydrate a trail dinner with sparkling water!
In honour of Dave’s birthday we packed up our little tent and checked into our hotel in Bergen – What luxury!
We spent 2 nights at Scandic Ørnen which is a comfortable and clean budget hotel with a great location. It included a tasty buffet breakfast and decent wifi, and there was a large car park just next door which the hotel offered discount rates on. Overall, it was fine for our needs and felt luxurious after camping, but it was no Ritz.
Norway has 18 National Tourist Routes which they’ve deemed the best and most scenic drives the country has to offer. We had the pleasure of driving 3 of them on our trip – Aurlandsjellet, Hardranger (with a sample of Hardrangervidda) and Ryfylke. Click here for a great resource for all 18 routes.
Monday, 30 July 2018
Of all the driving we did, the spectacular 47 km from Lærdals to Aurland along the Aurlandsfjellet was definitely the winner. We drove this route in its entirety and every moment of it was stunning.
Today, I got to dip my toes (and my paddle) into the stunning Nærøyfjord.
After we descended Trolltunga we got back in Brianne and drove to Flam where we set up camp at Flam Camping. We had 2 nights planned here, largely so we could spend one glorious day paddling out on the Nærøyfjord with Nordic Ventures.
My Trolltunga story is one of incredible beauty, endurance and perseverance. The hike itself, combined with the immense heat of the day pushed me to my very limit. I struggled with heat exhaustion as well as a boot malfunction that gave me intolerable pain in my left ankle. Despite all of this, it was an immensely rewarding experience and one which I highly recommend.
Our Norwegian holiday started bright and early (or I should really say dark and early) at 2 am with an Uber to The Hard Bus Terminal where we were due to catch the National Express Bus to Gatwick. This was the only way – our flight left at 6:45 am! Continue reading Stavanger: The Start of an Adventure