From the hills of Hellesylt, our team moved on to another of Norway’s many World Heritage Sites: the fjords of Geiranger. Home of the Seven Sisters Waterfalls and its mysterious legend, this outstanding fjord can be visited by a guided ship tour. From where we took the ferry (Hellesylt) to Geiranger the trip lasts around 1,5 hour and details are narrated in English, Norwegian and German.
There are also farms on the very top of the mountains that have been inhabited for centuries (we are still trying to understand how did they take the cows and other animals all the way up!).
Can it get any better? Of course! From Geiranger our team drove 140 km to Bøverdalen, where one of HI’s most charming hostels is located:
Apart from very well preserved furniture and care put into each small piece of this Hostel, Ane and her mother, who currently run the place, have been there for over 30 years. The guests can choose between spacious and bright regular rooms with up to 4 beds or stay at one of the new cabins, that have the river passing just behind them. Can you picture yourself sleeping with the soothing sound of running water? Or maybe indulge yourself with one of Ane’s mom homemade freshly baked cake? Yes, you might want to stay there for a while! As for us, we continue our journey to the next destination: Sjoa.
Our traditional Sjoa Hostel is not only beautiful, but also has one of the best cooks we have tried in Norway. Local, freshly cooked salmon, along with a delicious cucumber relish and potatos made our dinner remarkable and set us for a great night of sleep.
On the next day, our hostel manager Tor told us a bit of the history of the HI Sjoa Hostel: the property has been owned by his family for 300 years and he basically grew up there. He also invited us for a rafting adventure, where the guests are trained and supported by highly experienced volunteers that come from different parts of the world to take this adventure.
After the departure of the rafting boats, our team finally hit the road again to go back to Oslo. We can’t put into enough words (or photos!) how meaningful this trip has been. So many beautiful places, great people, zigzag roads, high mountains and deep valleys crossed our ways that we can’t wait to go back!
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Written by Emilia Barreto and Amarilis Coelho