Following the greatness of Veronika’s 30th birthday celebration, we embarked on another incredible journey in Norway.
We set out to visit the nearby islands because it only takes a mere 30-40mins to drive there allowing us more time outside. However, you can only get there through one route and that’s through a tunnel. As we were about the enter the first tunnel, we were stopped by a line of cars. Soon enough we saw police cars and fire trucks entering the tunnel. This is when we decided not to risk it and rather go along with our original plan of driving to the nearby fjords.
I’ll tell you this: it was meant to be.
It was the best decision we could have made.
From the first glimpses of the incredible landscape all the way to the end of us driving in the darkness, I was on the edge of my seat screaming from the top of my lungs “WHAAATTTT?!?!” and “THIS IS SO AMAZING!!!”… and “HOW CAN THIS BE?!?!?!”. But mostly I just screamed out “WHAAATTTTTTTTT” accompanied by shrieks of excitement and laughter.
I was high on life.
Entirely high. on. life.
DAY SEVEN: VALLDAL AND THE DRIVE THERE
As you can see, I wasn’t exaggerating about the level of excitement I felt ;)
In the middle of the drive, in search of a better view of the mountains, we drove to the end of a road only to find the most beautiful house in the most beautiful landscape. Imagine waking up to this view every morning!
From a house like this:
With the eyes of my soul, I saw stories upon stories of wonderful Christmases spent in this house with the entire extended family, curling up by the fireplace singing Christmas carols and drinking hot chocolate. Then during the daytime, go out for some hikes and snow fights with the laughter and screams echoing in the vast landscape.
I hope my dreams somewhat reflect the truth.
Next we stopped at a campground that was silent, foggy and windy.
It was really nice to be travelling there this time of year because we saw no other tourists. I can imagine how different our experience would have been in the summertime when all the nooks and crannies are filled with foreigners, such as ourselves, from a variety of countries dying from the same excitement we did.
Luckily we got to experience the purity of the country which I, for one, loved.
And then our quite random turn took us here:
Another reason for a lot of excitement.
And a few magic dance moves.
Can you imagine what it feels like to stand there looking at this?
By now insatiable, we needed more so we decided to keep going down this road and see what we find.
It was the end of the road and a ferry took off from there to a place called Stranda.
We decided that was not the trip we wanted to take so we drove back up and continued down the road we had planned.
Honestly, I was so happy.
And I hope you will feel even a fraction of the heart-expanding happiness I felt when looking at these photographs.
Next we drove through a small town by the name of Stordal and spotted a beautiful old church we wanted to visit.
All the main doors were closed but since there was a car parked on the parking lot, we figured someone had to be inside. We went to look for other entrances and found one smaller door to be open.
In we went and ran into a man there. We politely asked him if we could take a look around the church and he politely agreed. We ended up having a really nice conversation with this man.
His name is Olav.
We had a great time talking to Olav and the two photographs of the shadows of the benches are all the photos I managed to make inside!
Our new friend Olav:
Such a nice man!
In fact, every Norwegian we had the pleasure of randomly meeting were incredibly friendly. Ole specifically had really good English and his vocabulary was astounding!
We finally arrived to Valldal (or Valldalen) and had we had more hours of daylight, would have continued all the way down to Geiranger which is one of the most visited fjords in Norway. But we were more than happy to be where we were and with what we had seen.
Valldal turned out to be a small town with next to no restaurants to eat at. The only place we found that was still open and served food was a bowling alley called Kulå. They made us some sandwiches and we flushed them down with sodas! Mmm, healthy!
By the time we got out of Kulå, the sun had already fully set and it was dark.
At one point we were driving in the middle of nowhere and I saw this house. This perfect house with lights on each window, sitting there in the middle of darkness, lighting its immediate surroundings. I had to stop the car and photograph it.
It was so picture perfect.
Here concludes our day seven.
Man, it was a glorious day.
We returned back to our lodging exhausted but deliriously happy.
Until tomorrow lovelies,