Norway is amazing. Granted we had the best weather but it's amazing. It’s pristine, tranquil, the Norwegians hospitable – and the landscape just spectacular! It’s obviously a very wealthy country, its oil reserves and shipping industry being major drivers of that wealth. And yet, despite these mass industries, they are very sustainability focussed. They seem to have understood that they’ve been granted such an extraordinary privilege, their piece of earth and sea, that it would be criminal not to appreciate, respect and protect that privilege. It’s a lesson other countries – including my own – would do well to look, listen and learn.
We did a driving trip, starting in Alesund driving along fjords and between islands on the most extraordinarily slick car ferries I’ve ever seen. Then along the unforgettable Atlantic road to the north of Haholmen, an archetypal fishing town on an island, now converted to small guest pavilions. From there, we headed to Norddal, where we stayed at Petrines farm and guest house http://www.petrines.com/ at the foot of mountains right on fjord. Totally charming – hiking, goat farms, glacier lake swimming (brrrr). Actually, forget ‘charming’, idyllic is what it is. Getting there was less charming, more nail-biting, but very cool – you need to travel the Trollstigen, the Troll Path from Haholmen to Petrines – but this valley is renowned for its strawberries, and quite rightly so; I’ve not tasted anything quite like them.
Norway, an incredible place, beyond anything one might ever imagine.