06.17.2009 - 06.17.2009 55 °F
We left Lillehammer and drove up the Gudbrandsdal valley to Otta. The view was awesome. Saw a river with some decent rapids.
From there we continued along the Vaagaa Lake to Lom. All of us really liked Lom. Cute little town with a bakery we ate lunch at. The pasteries were amazing, even took a video of them! Which we WILL bore you with. Took pictures of more rapids on the river.
The pasteries! :
Video of Laura trying to pronounce Norwegian:
Lesson of the day --> "Excuse Me" :
Sara getting a kick out of the pronunciation of snow:
Continue up the Boverda Valley to Grotli and along the "Reindeer Road" to Dalsnibba view point, which is a glacier on top of the mountain. Here we made a stop to enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains and fjord below. Virginia was a little nervous that we would tip over the edge, because it was a skinny road with a cliff and giant bus. We were lucky to get to the top and see the views, because the day before the road was impassable because of a snow storm.
Our bus driver making a funny while on the skinny mountain road:
We were at 1500 M.O.H. We don't know what that means; just google it. Linda made the hall of fame today, because we almost left without her. She was in the shop past boarding time, so the bus driver hid the bus behind a different bus. When she came out of the shop she looked around and then started running through the parking lot. The whole bus was taking pictures and laughing.
When she finally got on the bus we descended to Geiranger. In Geiranger we had an hour to shop. Aparrently Geiranger likes trolls, because there were many of them there. There is an old folk lore in Norway that the trolls were the native inhabitants of Norway, they only come out at night to cause mischeif.
Then we boarded a ferry for a one hour cruise on the Geirangerfjord, now on the UNESCO's Heritage List. We passed the 7 Sisters and the Bridal Veil waterfalls tumbling into the sea. Along the way we saw a few farms that were up on the cliffs. They were abandoned for obvious reasons. But still beautiful.
Weird (Failblog.com looking picture on the ferry) notice the built in underware:
While waiting for down at the place where we got on the ferry and Sara and Laura got a Norweigan lesson from the bus driver, here is a video of Sara.
We made it to the Raftevolds Hotel, where the fun began at dinner. Many on the tour, including the bus driver, sang songs in Norwegian.