17 July 2011

From Coast to Coast Expedition - Days 4, 5 and 6

Oh yes, they were good mechanics at Åndalsnes and managed to bring our van back to life in just several hours. A big thank you to all of you sending good thoughts our way, it worked!

We spent 3 days on an involuntary Internet diet and that is why today I will tell you about all three of them.

Another amazing day in Åndalsnes and the nearby Romsdal valley. On the next morning, after a breathtaking World Base Race – those people flying in wing suits from terrifyingly high cliffs in Norway – we head west to Geirangerfjord, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The two dots in the sky are base jumpers flying with nothing else but a wing suit. After landing with a parachute the adrenaline is pretty high for sure.

Video via: Friluftslek TV

Steep roads, ferries, more steep roads and silence. The echo of bird wings accompanied by the thunder of fresh water falling hundreds of meters down to reach the salty waters of the ocean.

We spend the night in the village at the end of this mighty fjord. Do you remember the Åndalsnes population of 2,000? Here live even less but this is named the best travel destination in Scandinavia. No wonder!
The sweetest chocolate shop at the best tourist destination in Scandinavia

Aren't the toilets in Geiranger charming!

We wake up to the gentle rays of the fjord sun. Geiranger fjord is so long that no waves can actually reach the end of it and the water is absolutely still, ruffled only by the cruise ships and boats that anchor here. The same goes for the wind, hence it is extremely hot even in the morning although we are higher up north than Anchorage, Alaska.

We walk and climb under the sun, sit in the tree shades, smell the herbs growing in abundance and despite the realization that we are just a fraction in a mighty International army of tourists, we find a quiet place and soak up every second – and there is no way to forget that awe inspiring moment in time when the fjord, the birds, the ships, some tiny white clouds and even the passengers in the boats far down line up in a perfect harmony just for us.

There is no other place we'd rather be just now.