At the roof of Norway

It looks like a postcard. It doesn’t matter how we hold the camera – the result comes out perfect every time.

It is thanks to the view of the Lustrafjord. It sparkles under the blazing sun in bright blue skies and is so stunningly beautiful it makes us very excited about what awaits us further on today. We have barely travelled along the route Sogndal–Lom, over Sognefjellet. Three weeks later we will read in the news that the roads here are closed due to a snowstorm (in June!). We understand that Mother Earth and the weather she offers must be respected. Today she is in a very good mood.

Beautiful morning …

View over the little village Fortun.

Over Sognefjellet

We jump back into the vehicles and follow the fjord to the end, before starting to crawl up narrow winding roads. The surface is fortunately dry, though we soon see more and more snow around us.
Soon it’s time for a break. The wind is cold and bitter, so we enjoy our cups of tea in the back of one of the cambulances. Later we step out into the snow to walk up to the cairn here. , which gives us more views of the beautiful snow-covered mountains around us. We have climbed a road of 8% incline and we have a little further to drive before we reach the roads highest point of 1434 meters above sea level.

The two bottom photos are by Ruth Lawrence.

When we reach the summit, it is white in every direction and we see a couple of people skiing. The guys decide to have a snowball fight. Someone else had fun here too, as 50 metres away, we see a snow castle!
We move on. Soon we are by the Galdhøpiggen and it’s almost mandatory to stop for a peak at Norway’s highest mountain. 2469 m. For Joe and me it is strange to think that we have roamed large cities higher than this, when we met in Latin America. Needless to say we had good blood levels eventually, after months of 2500–3000 metres above sea level.

The day passes but we don’t really feel that we are rushing. We drive, stop, and take pictures. We make a stop at Bøvra to eat some lunch. Before we stop, there was a stretch of road with a sign warning us not to park. With good reason. Soon we see a small avalanche coming down on the road where we have just passed. Nothing big or serious, but you never know.

Ved Galdhøpiggen
By Norway´s highest mountain,  Galdhøpiggen.

A few hours later, we find ourselves in Lom. The idea is to drive from here on towards Geiranger, but Lom itself has a few things to offer, so we need to spend some time here first. We visit the beautiful stave church, one of the largest in the country. A superb specimen from ca. 1170, with dragon heads and carvings. Something our English guests really should have a closer look at.

Afterwards we find the bakery. The Bakery in Lom opened its doors in 2004 and has since achieved huge popularity. Many people come from far and wide to purchase the lovely bread here, on their way to and from the east and west of the country. You cannot help but be curious when you hear that. We sniff our way to the good stuff. When inside, we discover that there is actually not a very large selection, but what they have looks really good. I buy a Danish rye bread. It’s not huge, but it’s heavy like a brick. This will go down well.

Tony and I are coffee drinkers, so we take advantage of this opportunity to order some. Ruth and Joe are also thirsty but go for tea. We peak further into the premises. Could use a toilet really, but as we find the place so cozy, we decide to sit down and relax for a while. Joe finds a perfect table by the window, with a raging river and waterfall right outside.

Lom stavkirke
The beautiful stave church of Lom.

Lom stavkirkeBakeriet i Lom

We spend a little time to digest the day. We have been so incredibly lucky! Not only with the weather, but we’ve had the road almost to ourselves. It is still early in the season (and next time I’m in the area, I’ll hike up Galdhøpiggen!).
Before we drive on to park up for the night, our guests declare that they are really happy with what they’ve seen so far. If they need to return home now, it’s just fine, for they have seen mountains, waterfalls, fjords and then some.

But we cannot stop now, can we? 🙂


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