Road Trip… (Part II…)

…can’t remember where I stopped;-) hihi… wait, one moment – have to look…

ok, here we are…

So after having had a wonderful morning @ the glacier we headed further South-West… Next stop should be Aurlands/Naeroyfjord… We got to Kaupanger, where a Ferry should take us all the way through those beautiful fjords… But we were unlucky. The last tourist ferry for this year had taken off at 9.30 a.m, we were there in the afternoon;-)… Would have really been BEAUTIFUL!!!! So, we had to change our route, once again;-) – didn’t really know where but there was a Pick-up truck standing at the parking place – 2 man sitting in there – at the back the pick-up full with sheep… So Vroni asked those guys how we could get to Naeroy… They were really kind and we found out that our Road Map was quite old… We could take the tunnel;-)…

Short Ferry to the other side and then we had the option: taking a 40 km Tunnel or a mountain pass… No question: We went for the mountain pass! On the way there a sign was saying that the Pass is STENGT! But we ignored it, nobody was there to ask so we went on this gorgeous pass…

sheep warning us... don't go up there... bähhhh....
sheep warning us... don't go up there... bähhhh....

One car came in our direction, that was it… Then we finally got to the barrier – stengt – but no locker on there – so we could open it… Well, we had to decide quickly – should we go there? yes, no? – bad weather was coming in – snow up in the mountains… – as Vroni didn’t say anything against;-) – we went for it…

STENGT - but not for us;-)...
STENGT - but not for us;-)...
…it was like a never ending mountain pass… Lots of snow on the street, it was really hard to find the way – I kept on driving in the middle of the road – very sl0wly – me and Vroni were kind of sticking in the windshield – Vroni was quite worried;-), so I had to stay cool;-)… Well, we were in the middle of nowhere, driving along the snowy road with SUMMER TYRES;-), at some parts it was quite slippery…
winter is here...:-)
winter is here...:-)
Vroni was always checking the altitude on her watch – we didn’t loose any… At some point there seemed to be a light and guess what, there were 2 two pick-up’s from workers standing along the road, so we were not alone anymore – well, we couldn’t see any people but we knew they came up here, so we can manage to get down the mountain;-)… Finally we got further down, no more snow road, just very wet and there it was – another BARRIER and there was also a lock on there, so we just thought – sh… – we can’t go back anymore… what shall we do… BUT – we were sooooo lucky – the lock was open!!!! We could pass the barrier!!! Thank godness!!!
ohhhh, no...;-)
ohhhh, no...;-)
PASSED... soooo lucky;-)
PASSED... soooo lucky;-)

Back down in civilization we drove by the beautiful fjords Aurland-/Naeroyfjord – covered in fog – but still gorgeous…

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…Dinner @ a STENGT;-) Camping Site – it was raining, so we had to find a shelter, so why not go there?;-)…

STENGT Campsite...
STENGT Campsite...

Just 10 min. before we were leaving a tractor was driving in – oh no…;-) But the landlord was REALLY NICE!!! So no problems, I was talking to him – all good…:-)

 

 

 

…Left the campsite and drove further. Actually we were searching for this Stalheim Hotel were you should have a great view to Naeroyfjord, didn’t find it but some km’s after Gudvangen, we found it! Went there, it was already night, so didn’t see a lot;-) and found a cool sleeping place to stay overnight.

Thursday, 1st October 2009, Gudvangen/Stalheim/Naeroy – Voss – Bergen – Norheimsund – Hardangerfjord – Jondal, 216 km

Next morning BLUE SKY, snowy mountains, awesome view – quite cold though… Went for a morning hike to explore the surroundings, didn’t see the fjord though… Well, didn’t matter – wonderful day!!!

wow!!!
wow!!!
...along the way to Bergen...
...along the way to Bergen...
…afternoon with our bikes in Bergen… AND it was NOT raining!!!! 🙂 Bergen is known that there is ALWAYS rain… up to 22 days of rain in the month…
…exploring Hansestadt Bergen…
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Bryggen i Bergen...
Bryggen i Bergen...
eat me...;-)
eat me...;-)
Word Heritage Bryggen...
Word Heritage Bryggen...
…Ferry to Jondal (again – we were really lucky – any plan when and if there would still be a ferry in the late evening… – just had to wait 20 min… and could go to the other side of the Hardangerfjord…) In our Norway guide it was saying that there is a sommarskisenter near Jondal… So why not go there? As we weren’t lucky with the first one to see, let’s try… But it was to late to go up there today, it was already night, so we found another sleeping spot near some farm houses along the way to the sommarskisenter…
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…to be continued…;-)

Road Trip… (Part I)

Ok, I will try to remember and write down most of this adventurous trip… As I already mentioned, we had a great time and Norway is just a beautiful place to travel…

Monday 28th September 2009 – late afternoon: Vroni arrives @ Gardemoen Airport – good to see her! From there we start directly our journey…

Gardemoen – Fagernes, 192 km

The girls @ Gardemoen Airport...

I didn’t really plan a route where to go, just had an overview where it would be cool to go… It turned out throughout the whole journey that this was the best idea! No plan but sooo lucky;-)…

Well, you know what – I will add more pictures (I guess that’s more interesting;-)…) and will tell some stories to the pixxxx… Easier;-)…

inside the Caddy...
inside the Caddy...

…yes – can u believe – we slept in there for the whole week;-)… nice, cosy and warm;-)… I brought an extra duvet as I knew it’s gonna be cold in the nights AND that was a really good idea… I started the trip with a cold, Vroni caught one during the week. The air in the car during the night was horrible, sooo dry that we both suffered from that…

home sweet home...
home sweet home...

 2nd day: Tuesday, 29th September 2009: Fagernes – Beitostolen – Jotunheimen N. P. – Lom – Gaupne, 253 km

god morgn i Norge...
god morgn i Norge...

…we drove along and found this nice, vacate hut and had breakfast there… yeah, sun is shining…:-) brrrhh, really cold…

brrrhhh...
brrrhhh...

 …driving, stopping, driving, stopping to take pixxx and this with a max. speed of 80 km’s/hour… In Norway you don’t get far within an hour – it takes ages to get from one point to another… I guess another way of enjoying nature…;-) Our average speed was 60 km’s/h…;-)

The second day we were getting closer to the mountains, snow was greeting… Jotunheimen National Park…

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Stengt...
Stengt...

Along the way we drove by a Sommarskisenter, saw some cars coming down the glacier and thought – well, it’s not far, so let’s drive up there! It was already 4 p.m. and we didn’t think much about it – a steep road led us to the Skisenter, we were unlucky – it was already stengt (closed) – no passing through… So we had to turn around and keep going on our journey…

mmmhhhh....
mmmhhhh....

…Knorr Sonntagssuppe, downjacket, gloves, hat… all you need for a good dinner…;-)

wow...
wow...

…heavy winters @ Jotunheimen National Park… Along the way @ Sognefjellsvegen, passing the first mountain pass – this snow stack shows how much snow they get… amazing!!!!

winter is here...
winter is here...

 3rd day: Wednesday, 30th September 2009, Gaupe – Nigardsbreen – Kaupanger – Laerdal/Aurland – Gudvangen, ca. 230 km

god morgn...
god morgn...

It was raining in the morning – so “standing” breakfast underneath the little shelter we build…

Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalpark...
Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalpark...
...i believe i can fly...;-)
...i believe i can fly...;-)
after hard work...;-)
after hard work...;-)

…to be continued…

Road Trip…

…just a short message – I’m back in civilization – had a great time on the road with Vroni – saw lots of mountains, snow, sheep, fjords, lakes, water, slept in the car for the whole week except once in the tent, hiked, explored the beautiful nature, drove nearly 2000 km in 6 days, what else – just had a great time, were sooo lucky, good weather, not planning anything is sometimes much better, biked, sat in a canoe, glacier, National Parks, lived on Knorr Fast Food the whole week, thxxx Coleman Benzinkocher, Ferries, winterroads + summertyres + not fitting chains = not good;-)…, passed stengt (closed) mountain passes, saw Bergen without rain (because it always rains there), Sommarskisenter,… CADDY – I love U!!! 😉

SOOOOOOOOOOO many impressions in such a short time – I still have to put my thoughts together to write them down – but not today, will do that the next days – I promise… Pictures will follow tomorrow…

Our travel route:

Landkarte

A sunny day…

Could you imagine sleeping in a disco???? Might sound like a weird question;-) but I was in that situation last night:-(… Some students were having a party downstairs in the living-room which is directly above my room. Anyway, they had soooo loud music and didn’t turn it down until 4 o clock in the morning!!! Somehow I was too lazy to get my bud down there and join them as I couldn’t sleep in that noise… So I slept on and off throughout the night, not very recreative…;-)

Got up early in the morning to finally start writing my essay for American Literature – oh man and I’m still not finished yet…;-(

Beautiful sunny day, high temperatures around 15 degrees, a good day to go climbing. Some students from the climbing group @ university college joined for a great climbing session in the afternoon, close to Tonsberg…

Some impression from that…

Marianne, Rod, Kristine...
Marianne, Rod, Kristine...
Mel:-)...
Mel:-)... doesn't look like it but it's a 7-
Paul...
Paul...
Kristine...
Kristine...
@ the top... getting the carabiners again... quite scary if u r laying on top of the wall facing the ground and knowing that u r not allowed to make a mistake...
@ the top... getting the carabiners again...

This and that…

Hei, hei!

Orientering – running through the forrest by searching posts can be a lot of fun!!!! This time we went to a different place where we didn’t know the area, so that it was proven we aren’t able to cheat… And also it was the first time that each student started by him/herself. Time was running and within 1 hour we had to find 10 posts, hidden in the forrest… Well, I was so focused to run to the second post, that I completely forgot the first one – didn’t see it on the map;-)… Typical me!!! So I had to run back to the first post, where I met Henriette, together we would find everything quicker, so we ran together. Cross-country through the woods… We did pretty well – at the 5th and 6th post even more people gathered, so by the time we ran over the finish line we were approx. 8 people, which made it quite easy to find the last posts…:-) It took us around 40 minutes – jipiii, back at the start…

We had to wait until everybody got to the finish, so we waited and waited. Half an hour later, one girl was still missing, so our teacher decided to send out some boys to search for her… After a while she made it too… She lost too much time at 2 posts, that was the reason for her delay…

Climbing session in the evening. It’s quite cool because I introduced the sport to some spanish girls and italian students and the italian guys came again;-) So they seem to like it… We made plans for Saturday, to go climbing outside… Looking forward to that…

Today some studying for English, in the afternoon I biked to the gym at university. It’s so weird – those guys who train in the gym don’t seem to be familiar that a girl is lifting weights too;-) Isn’t that weird??? And also none of them is talking to me;-(… Well, I don’t care, it’s just funny to watch how uncommunicative they are. Not only to me though, they don’t speak to each other… The most important thing for those guys is: training their upper body, especially their biceps to show off…;-)

On my way back to my place I stopped at one of the many apple trees along the road. But the problem is always the same – they are standing in a garden belonging to people;-)… This particular one though caught my attention because there was easy access to pic some apples where the owners couldn’t see me…;-) Fruit is very expensive here AND an apple a day keeps the doctor away…:-)

News from back home: Mum wrote me that the new skis and boots from Nordica have arrived. So they are just WAITING for me to get home and ski with them… Nordica is again supporting me with skis and boots this winter – thanks to Flo!!!! AND this coming winter I will be part of the Ziener Team, they are supporting me with skiclothing and gloves!!! Thanks to Nicole and Lisa!!!! So the winter isn’t far anymore and I’m soooooo looking forward to be back on skis!!!!

Next week – “studyweek”, which means travelling around Norway and taking my books with me… Vroni, one of my best friends back home in Austria, is coming for a visit on monday and we’ll go on a roadtrip to the West… Can’t wait till monday…

…Tromsö-Lyngen-Sommaroy… up North…

…back further South;-)… I’ve spent a long weekend up far North @ Tromsö to visit a good friend of mine, Niki. It was really good to see her and meet her friends, we had a great time!!!

Well, after having 3 options how to get to Oslo-Gardemoen, the airport which shall bring me up there, I decided to take the easiest option – taking my car. So I left Horten Thursday morning, allowing me some extra time before takeoff. That was a good decision because right before Oslo I got stuck in a traffic jam. I was a bit worried as I didn’t have any information if I could make it in time… But thank godness – I just lost 40 minutes, so I made it in time.. At the airport, check-in, having some lunch and after that I was strolling to the gate. As I got there, the information board said: GATE CLOSED… But I was still in time, so why is that??? Did I miss the flight??? No, as we found out, it was just an error on that desk… Good!!!!

2h flight, getting picked up by Zitá, Niki’s friend, straight to the students café @ university Tromsö – the most northern university of the world… wow, really big university – more than 9000 students study here –  http://www2.uit.no; pick up Niki from the Norwegian course – drive to their home… They live in a cute little house, sharing it with 6 other students, about 10 km’s from the university – beautiful view to the sea and mountains…

...view from their house...
...view from their house...
the little house...
the little house...

This weekend there came soooo many impressions together, so I won’t be able to write everything down – otherwise this will turn out to be a novel…;-)

Friday: The weather god meant it quite good with me – it didn’t rain so I decided to go for a hike on the nearby mountain, as Niki and Zità had to go to university… Having trouble to find the little path first, I finally found it… You have to know that the hiking path aren’t so well signposted… I had a gorgeous view the higher I got up the mountain – being able to see Tromsö and the surrounding mountains…

Tromsö...
Tromsö...

I hiked and hiked and hiked, reached the top and went even further… So I got to another view point…

I went so far so I didn’t want to hike back the same way… I spotted out another option on the way there, which I decided to take – hiking cross-country along the water-course down the valley… By the time I got down half-way, my feet were already soaking wet – I was swimming in my hiking boots;-) Well, just walking in marsh and wetlands, how would you expect it to be;-)? Finally I got on a small path, following it, loosing it again, finding it again, loosing it again and so on…;-) That’s the way hiking is here…

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…back to Niki’s place, biked to university to meet the girls, exploring Tromsö city, back to university 4 the international students party…

Niki, Mel:-), Zitá
Niki, Mel:-), Zitá

Saturday: Rainy day @ least here in Tromsö. Although there weren’t the best conditions to go to Lyngen Alps we decided to go. I really wanted to go there as I know that some fellow friends have been here for backcountry-skiing and I wanted to spot out some mountains… For the next trip – skiing up here… Alberto, an Italian guy joined us… About a 2h car drive to Lyngen – weather was changing throughout the journey – when we got there, it actually turned out to be quite good, means it wasn’t raining… I was just happy to get out there and be up in the mountains…

@ Lyngen - Lyngen Alps...
@ Lyngen - Lyngen Alps...

Our hiking tour started @ the Spar Parking place @ Lyngen and took us through autumnal forrests. After a while we reached the Skihytta – an open cabin to everyone, where you can stop by, have a rest and get a shelter when there is tooo bad weather outside…

Niki and Alberto... our supposed hiking route...
Niki and Alberto... our supposed hiking route...
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Niki, Alberto & me...
Niki, Alberto & me...

…Having had a short rest and quick lunch we went further – Niki and Alberto wanted to reach the nearby top of the mountain. We got to the foot of the mountain, the gras and rocks were really wet from the snow and as I looked up this mountain, I decided that it’s a “no go” for me… Just hiking up cross-country on a rock-field, where the rocks were just completely wet, no visibility up there – not worth to go… So Niki stayed down with me, Alberto wanted to reach the top, no matter how the conditions were… So we split up and made up a time for the meeting point – in 2 hours back at the Skihytta… Me and Niki went a bit down the mountain, Niki wanted to go further into the valley – I suggested it might be a good idea that we aren’t crossing the rock-fields… I was proven to be right, as suddenly a huge rock came down the mountain, causing an avalanche, not activated by Alberto – thank godness… So also Niki was happy that we didn’t go up there… We still saw a red dot far up, nearly on top of the mountain, so everything seemed to be fine with our Italian guy…

"The Peak" - covered in the fog...
"The Peak" - covered in the fog...
...first snowman...:-)
...first snowman...:-)

After a lunch break we started to go down the mountain… Hiking on/off the sheep paths and finally just going cross-country down… We couldn’t spot out Alberto anymore, hoping that nothing happened with him… We reached the Skihytta and waited inside, as it started to rain… 6 p.m. and no Alberto there… Me and Niki got a bit worried, what if something had happened to our Italian friend??? We wouldn’t be able to do anything for him. And as he didn’t have a cell phone with him, we could just wait. So we waited, and waited, and waited. Half an hour… No Alberto here… An hour – still no Alberto here… One hour and 10 min. later finally the door opened and there he was. He felt sorry but he missed the trail and went to far East, not being able to find the shelter anymore. So he went to far down and had to hike up again… Everything was fine – we didn’t have to call the mountain rescue – thank godness…:-) It was already starting to get dark as we finally got to the car again…

Sunday: Road trip to Sommaroy with Niki and Zitá… Finally saw some deer, had quite good weather again, took a lot of pics and enjoyed the time…

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...watch out car, reindeer crossing...:-)
...watch out car, reindeer crossing...:-)
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Summaroy...
Summaroy...
...havin' fun...
...havin' fun...
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In the late afternoon the girls prepared dinner – mushroom schnitzel – mmhhh, very good!!! I couldn’t believe when they told me that Norwegians don’t pic up any mushrooms, as they say it’s not good for you… Right now up there you can find tons of mushrooms and blueberries and hardly anyone takes the chance to pick and eat them… It’s a proof that Norwegian people are really spoiled with there beautiful nature and don’t act very ecological. Wasting energy, throwing food away – there are many examples. But I guess rich countries just don’t care, as they have enough ressources…:-(

…Time to say good bye to my friends up north – fligtht back to Oslo – to my car – trying to get gas from the Jet gas station, didn’t work with my credit card – no gas there – next gas station – forgot the tank cap @ the first G.S. – back to the Jet G.S. 🙂 –  finally dog-tired arrived my flat…

Melissa Presslaber *** Professional Freeskier / Freeski Mountaineer ***