Thursday was recorded as the warmest day in October til date. October was never so warm before. I am presenting vibrant autumn colours captured on Thursday despite a super windy day. The time I spent in nature helped me to calm my agitation.
Have you ever tried capturing leaves or flowers when it is windy? Then you understand my efforts.
This last week it was difficult to spend time on blog and social media in general due to work and 2 days of travelling. I got to travel by train both ways. The landscape was picturesque but it varied a lot in different parts as we travelled from sea level to 1222 m above sea level. I took many pictures but didn’t get time to see them before today 🙂
The first batch of photos contains the eerie ones.
I wonder how does it look in dark days of winter 😀
On Saturday, with everything in place we decided to go hiking on mount Ulriken (643moh.) It was a good decision after all.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves ~Edmund Hillary
May your heart like a lake, with a calm still surface, and great depth of kindness ~Lao Tzu
In every season we make interesting memories on mountains. Little surprises wait for us on every corner.
We enjoyed our short breaks for relaxing and chit chatting. The view from every stop was awe-inspiring.
Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. ~Theodore Roethke
Time to go back! There are hundreds of unpolished stone stairs to hike down. Sherpas from Nepal are building stone stairs by hand with no powertools.
The major portion of 800 m trail is finished. Sherpas are working on the last section near the top. This section was very steep, dangerous and nothing to hold on. I really wanted to showcase this specific part but was asked to walk carefully instead of thinking about taking pictures which I promptly accepted. A tourist (lady) fell down and hurted herself badly just luckily air ambulase was not needed.
We were able to cover a distance of around 10.5 km due to supportive weather with clouds and little breeze.
Fun Fact: Norwegians do not normally greet people they don’t know if they don’t have to. This is true most everywhere, except in the mountains. So be prepared to say hello to everyone you meet when hiking. It might turn into a beautiful friendship, or even relationship.
Yesterday our journey began with a tour to narrow Norwegian fjords. We enjoyed the spectacular views and the countless waterfalls. These are classic, superbly developed fjords, considered as the type locality for fjord landscapes in the world. They are comparable in scale and quality to other existing fjords on the World Heritage List and are distinguished by the climate and geological setting. (Tourism pressures are intense in fjords, but impacts are limited as most visitors access the property on cruise ships during a short visitor season. (https://www.fjordtours.com/things-to-do-in-norway/the-norwegian-fjords/).
Later we continued our journey from a small scenic village called Flåm (at sea level) towards a small place Myrdal (up on the mountain) in a little train called “Flåmsbana”. It takes about one hour to cover distance of 20.2 km long track through 20 tunnels. The journey provides a panoramic view of Norwegian mountain landscape.
Here are some pictures taken on cruise and on the train showcasing natural beauty:
At Myrdal we decided to walk back to Flåm. The first part of the walk is a narrow path that drops down towards the river.
Walking for 50m or so comes a real slope and with a series of 21 hairpin bends. One feels like if one has walked a lot while covering around 1.5 km. The loose gravel path is very steep and it is difficult on knees. But this is the only difficult part of 20.2 km hike/walk. Myrdal – Flåm hike is a wonderful experience. There are numerous waterfalls and the views are dynamic and breathtaking all the way til Flåm. A guarantee of 100% oxygen and the only noise we hear is either of rushing water or goats from nearby farms or little birds.
The path from Myrdal to Flåm is not very well marked but impossible to get lost.