The mountains were tall, but we were taller. One last post to reflect on our hiking there 🙂
Stats: 70+ total miles and 30k+ ft of elevation gain
Places: Besseggen, Romsdalseggen, Skaglafla, Skala, Geirangerfjord, Aurslandsden, Husadalen, and Trolltunga. Let's meet again someday 🙏🏼
Of the cities we visited, Bergen was the one that resonated with me the most. I've never been to Seattle, but I imagine this is Norway's version of it. Coastal and rainy, but rich in art & culture. And being surrounded by mountains, a good hike is always within reach 👍🏼
In Norway, you don't go chasing waterfalls; they come to you instead. So much so, that there's a legitimate risk of waterfall burnout if you've been traveling here for more than a week like we did. Not surprised in the least, that it's called the Land of a Thousand Waterfalls.
Coined the "Norwegian Slip 'N Slide" by @jhumphrey1023, and I couldn't have said it better myself. The last 1500 ft of the total 6k ft elevation gain was covered in snow on our way up to the summit of Skala. Improvisation was required to avoid hiking down in that mess🤘🏼
One of the greatest things about traveling and hiking in Norway is that everyone has right to use of the land. You're allowed to camp freely in most places as long as you're at least 150m away from someone's property. This gave us the opportunity to set up in some of the most incredible locations throughout the trip. My favorite, however, was certainly overlooking Geirangerfjord. Opening my eyes after meditating on that little red camp chair is something I'll never forget ✌🏼