Sunday 26 July
Friday morning saw us setting off early to avoid all the footballers and associated traffic arriving in Oslo. We motored north for about four hours until we reached our site which was very remotely set up in the mountainous Nord-Fron municipality. The nearest village to our site is Skabu where there are around six hundred residents – this village is the highest permanently inhabited village in Norther Europe. Being situated eight-hundred and seventy metres above sea level it was quite a climb, but the views were amazing. We saw many waterfalls on the journey – a thrill in itself. There is something mesmerising about watching these naturaltaps!
Our pitch was bang in front of the lakeside – Tom and Leigh discussed how camp-sites are ninety-nine times out of a hundred located in the very best places. They beat hotels for sure (in our opinion that is) when you want ‘A View and a Half’. Our view of the lake was backed up by mountains and some had snow on the tops too. Whilst gazing at this superview, I glanced over at Tom and observed how well his (greying) beard is coming on – it all reminded me of Christmas. Yelp!
From mine and Rosie’s point of view this was a superb campsite and a super location. The owners of the site keep it immaculate and, more importantly, leave some areas untamed so that the prettiest wild flowers grow there. Not only does this encourage butterflies, bees, and bugs in general but give a great reading platform for us dogs.
It’s a pity we are not allowed to scamper us on the many living roofs we see – there must be lots to sniff there…
The four of us explored some of the forested area on the mountain yesterday. Lots of ground cover (a white plant) was sponge-like to the touch – I haven’t come across this before – and resembled screwed-up lace. Tom thought he heard a Moose in the distance but we missed it – if Rosie had heard it she would have been off for sure!
This morning we set off towards our next destination of Trondheim but have stopped off halfway near Oppdal so that I can get some writing done and Leigh can do a little re-writing. It has rained for almost the last eighteen hours. It doesn’t bother us that much as the scenery is just so amazing and ‘driving through the clouds’ have been quite enlightening…
Woof, Martha x