06.19.2009 - 06.19.2009 55 °F
We traveled along the shores of Nordfjord, across the Utvik Mountains to Skei. From here we drove along Lake Jolster to Forde and across the Gaular Mountain and arrived at the ferry point at Dragsvik a little late because we spent too much time at the gift shop. Again, Linda was on the prowel for some Norwegian sweaters and good deals in the clearance section of the store. She was very proud of her half price Norwegian sweaters, we had to pass them around the bus for a little show and tell.
Then, we boarded a ferry to cross the Sognefjord to Vangsnes.
Norwegian Lesson 3:
We visited the Hopperstad Stave Church. It was built in 1100 as a Catholic church with pagan dragons on top, apparently the Norwegians were still holding onto a bit of their pre-Christan faith. The wood was cured with thick black tar so you can imagine what it smelled like inside. They had a little tiny window in the side of the church for the people with leprosy and pregnant woman to look from the outside in because they were not allowed in the church.
Then we crossed the Vik Mountain and arrived at Stalheim Hotel. Stalheim used to be a German Nazi headquarters in Norway during the war. We saw bunkers the Nazis used.
Dinner at the hotel here was fabulous! Laura and Sara had caviar for the first time ... it was ok. This is a fancy hotel, they have a piano player in the lobby and polished silver and china with fresh coffee at all times!! The view from our rooms is breathtaking!