Snow in summer and a hike to Trolltunga

We were not very lucky with the weather. It was cold and we had a lot of rain. We drove up to Haugesund and bought a warmer sleeping bag for Christiane. The temperatures at night dropped close to zero degrees.

 

Three days in Odda

Then, we headed to Odda, where we wanted to hike to the famous Trolltunga. We decided to stay at a local camping ground to have access to a hot shower. Our friend and our guidebook “warned” us to stay in Odda that it would not be so nice and pleasant. However, we really liked the little town. In the end we stayed for three nights. The first day we wanted to hike to Trolltunga. However, it was so cloudy that we decided to cancel the tour and to hike to Buer glacier, which is a shorter hike. The tour was really nice and rich in variety. We had to cross mountain streams, had to climb up shoulders of rocks and in the end we were close to the glacier. Very impressive. The tour is really worth hiking!

Later that day it started raining again and it continued raining until the next day. Therefore, we had to postpone the Trolltunga hike another day. We spent the day walking around in Odda, enjoying great food, chilling and playing games. The weather forecast for the next day was okay, so we were really looking forward to the next day.

 

Hiking to Trolltunga

We got up at 5 o’clock and the sky was clear and blue. Yes! 22 kilometers were ahead of us. 11 kilometers to the rock and back. The first 1000 meter were the hardest. Steep stairs uphill. That was really challenging. Later, the hike was very nice across rocks and snow fields. Unfortunately, the sky clouded up and the sun disappeared after a few hours. Without taking a longer break we arrived as one of the firsts at Trolltunga. Such a spectacular rock! 700 meters’ free sight under Trolltunga. The feeling to stand so close to the edge was incredible and exciting. Bit by bit people found their way up to the rock and it got crowded. People were waiting in line to get their picture at the tip of the tongue. It was windy and cold up there and after Moritz shot two time lapses we decided to go back. The way back felt so long! The crowd of people churned the snow up and it was not so easy with the contraflow. And the steep stairs in the end of the hike felt like never ending. But we made it! And we were so proud. We really liked the hike and the dramatic view from Trolltunga.

Unfortunately, the weather forecast for the next week was really, really bad with a lot of rain. As we only had the tent we decided to head back to Denmark the next day. Our time in Norway was great (despite of the weather). We had a lot of rain, but we also had spectacular views, awesome hikes and interesting roads. We want to come back and to explore more of this incredible country!

Månafossen and Preikestolen

The night was pretty rainy. So unfortunately, we had to pack our tent in although it was still wet. Our next stop was Stavanger. There, we bought a map and a tarpaulin (just to be safe). The city is really worth a visit. Nice and cozy. The next day we had plans to hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) but it was too rainy for that. Therefore, we decided to explore the surroundings by car. The weather in the mountains was cold and also wet, even with ice and snow. But the views on the way were incredibly beautiful! We stopped to see Månafossen, a really impressive waterfall which can be reached after a short (but steep) hike.

When we pitched our tent for the night we thought about having a quick bath in the lake nearby. Cozy 12° degrees’ air temperature. That was a short bath, but very refreshing. After a tasty meal we decided to go to bed early, as we wanted to hike to Pulpit Rock early the next morning.

Hike to Preikestolen

The alarm rang at 4 o’clock. However, it was so windy and unpleasant outside that we decided to sleep a little longer until 5.50. The hike to Preikestolen was nice and the views were really beautiful! It is really worth seeing the Pulpit Rock, such an outstanding rock. The cliff falls steep over 600 meter into Lysefjord. To stand up there is pretty exciting. We were lucky that we started our hike so early, because we shared the pulpit solely with a few other people. Later, after we enjoyed our hot tea (it was pretty cold), so many people made their way up to Preikestolen. We never imagined that it would be that many people! It is even hard to imagine that they all fit onto the rock. When we were back at the car we were chilled to the bones. But the tour to Preikestolen was really nice and we would recommend it to everyone. We also recommend to get up there early to avoid the masses.

After the hike we took the car up north. We pitched our tent close to Røldal, overlooking a crystal clear lake and a snowy mountain. It was just a few degrees plus, so we decided to wrap ourselves up in our sleeping bags and to read a little.

 

Let’s got to Norway!

After the last exams it is finally time to go to Norway! We saw loads of pictures of waterfalls, fjords and harsh landscapes and now we cannot wait to explore the beauty of the southern part. We took the ferry from Hirtshals in Denmark to Kristiansand in Norway. Due to the strong wind, the ferry ride was pretty bouncy. However, the gateway to Kristiansand was really beautiful with all the offshore skerries and little islands.

From Kristiansand to Åmli

From Kristiansand we drove by car to Åmli. The streets were narrow, but the views are incredible. We passed forests, streams and quaint houses. Close to the town, we found a nice camping spot, directly at a lake. The night was quiet and the morning bath was really nice. After breakfast, we decided to explore the local mountain, a huge rock that was steeper than it looked. In line with this, the hike was relatively exhausting. But yet the view from the top was very nice.

Later, we drove to Dalen where we wanted to hike to Rjunkanfossen, a 30 meters high waterfall. The path was really beautiful with passages in the forest and close to the stream. We got to know about the tour in the local tourist information. We read nothing about it in our travel guide, but we really can recommend the hike as a nice afternoon activity. Unfortunately, on the way back to the car it started to rain. And it did not stop for the rest of the day.

Close to Hauge we pitched our tent (while it was raining) and we were very jealous about the other travelers who could stay in the warm and dry car, whilst we had to cook in our little tent.