Last week Renato, Yousra and Robin (from the HI main office in Oslo) went on a 7-day road trip through Western Norway. The main goal of the road trip was to visit several hostels in the Western Fjords region, talk to the hostel managers and staff, get to know the work they have been doing, distribute HI Norway promotional material and take new photos and recordings to update the HI Norway website.
The road trip started out with Robin leaving from Oslo and picking us up here in Gjøvik. Then, we went straight to Geilo, where we met Svein Inge, the hostel owner and manager. The hostel is surrounded by nature and from our balcony we had a breathtaking view of the mountains and a waterfall. He had a hike planned for us, but unfortunately the weather changed and suddenly a big rain started, so we couldn’t do it. Nevertheless, he decided to take us around the city by car, where we could contemplate the beautiful mountains around the area, stopping to visit a farm yard with old buildings from the 18th and 19th century, and spotted an amazing double rainbow!
The next day we left Geilo and went to Borlaug. Solgunn, the hostel owner and manager told us a little bit about the history of the hostel and about Kongevegen – the King’s road – today converted in a pilgrimage path, and main reason for guests to stop by Borlaug. We took a quick trip to one of the iconic parts of the road, located together with Borgund stave church, a 12th century impressive building.
Back to the road, we made a very quick stop in Sogndal, to leave some promotional material there. In the evening, we arrived at Førde, where we met Øystein, the hostel manager had planned a full day of activities for us on the next day. We started out the next day taking a small boat and going fishing in one of the many lakes in the area, where we caught some trout – in a very sustainable way! From there we went on a small hike in an area surrounded by nature and small houses from previous centuries – the perfect location for our picnic and a little rest, before another hike that took us to an incredible lake. The water was clear as it can be and the color of the mountains together with the sky made the place looks like a painting! We jumped in the cold water for a swim, before the last activity of the day – a hike up Hafstadfjellet. This mountain, located in the middle of the city, was the perfect getaway for a stunning late sunset with a cup of coffee and snacks! We got back to the hostel after midnight, exhausted but with great memories.
On our next post we will continue with the rest of the road trip through western Norway!
Written by: Yousra Makanse and Renato Albernaz
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