The next part of the trip may have been my very favorite. We went to tour and hike at the Briksdal Glacier. This is the image from far away of a different branch of the glacier on the way to our hike.
When we arrived we were greeted with “trollcars” to take us to the top to start our hike. We even drove through the spray of beautiful waterfall. The ride up was one of the best parts.
We still had a 45 minute hike to do when we got off the trollcars. We were given the option to take them back down or hike all the way so we chose the long hike. The scenery was truly spectacular. I liked this even better than the fjords. The flowing water had the traditional light blue of glacial water. The weather was spectacular and it felt so good to get out and walk for a while.
We finally got up close enough to see the glacier. We were not allowed to climb up on it but we got right up to its end where it melts into the beautiful lake and river. Nate got a picture with Donna and then we got pictures together too.
The hike back down was just as beautiful. The sunlight was falling on the mountains just right.
Next we drove to another area that is high altitude and the wind and weather usually does not allow for cars and buses to go up so late in the year but we were lucky. This first lake is something we saw on the way but the following pictures are from the top. I found it interesting that the altitude is actually not all that high when compared to altitudes in the United States. Their tree line here is much lower than in the US (that is true in the Alps too).
The drive back down also had some beautiful views. This lake was especially beautiful.
The next stop was for lunch at a hotel Idar used to own and he restored. On the way we got a great shot of some of the traditional milking houses they used in the area. The women would come use these to milk the animals out in the pastures.
I was told that Idar’s hotel and restaurant owned a piano that the famous composer Edvard Grieg had played. Donna made sure I got a chance to play it. Although I do not know most of the piece, there is a very famous piano concerto written by Grieg that I still can play and I got a chance to play it on a piano that he had played! This was a huge highlight of the trip for me.
After lunch we headed on to our last stop in Bergen, Norway.