Day 8 – Ålesund

Today we return home. We don’t have to check out of the hotel until 12, and we’re getting picked up to go to the airport at 1 – so that is good.

Ålesund We’ve had a little potter around, but it’s a long day as we have to drive back from London airport when we land. Geiranger

Whilst in Norway I have learnt:
Driving is easy – there aren’t many cars at all. Roads are long and straight when driving to different places.
Everything is expensive. Except for petrol, which was strangely reasonable.

Ålesund

Hellesylt

Waterfall

Day 7 -Molnes

For our last full day we drove to Molnes, Vigra. I think that it is still part of Ålesund, but it is on a different island.

Molnes Beach It was a nice coastal walk, and the sun was shining. There were sandy beaches, rocks and mountains! View at Stranda

We were both a bit tired though, so we came back not long after dinner time and had a nap.

Cabin at Stranda

Geiranger

Geiranger II

Day 4 – Godya

Today we picked up the hire car. I was somewhat nervous (to say the least!) but we set off out to Alnes because I wanted to see the lighthouse. This is about a 30 minute drive from Alesund, and so with the trusty sat nav on, off we went.

Alnes Beach Getting to the Alnes was pretty straight forward, but I wasn’t too keen on the tunnels we had to drive through, the strips of light on the ceiling made my eyes go a bit funny. Across the fjord

When we got there the lighthouse had scaffolding around it! So I was a bit annoyed as it was my main thing to photograph today. We walked around for a bit though, and found the beach. We then set back off to drive to the other side of the island where there was a hike to the top of the cliff.

View to Sukkertoppen On the way there we made a pit stop at another lighthouse. This one was without scaffolding, and the views were much better. Across the fjord II

We stopped there for a bit and admired the view. It’s odd how everything in the distance is blue. Blue and misty. The weather today has been hot again! The weather forecast predicted cloud and rain from 4, but it was mainly sunny and we had a thunderstorm at about 8.

Godya, Norway The hike up to the top was a bit nicer than yesterdays. It was more smaller rocks, which means that the ground was, on the whole, much easier to walk up. It was still a steep uphill walk though. Lighthouse on Godya

When we got to the top we had more great views, slightly different to those of yesterday because we were further south. We could even see a snow topped mountain in the distance.

The cabin by the fjord At this point the sun went in for a bit, so it was the ideal time to whip out my skirt and take a selfie 😉 kB says I must be the only person in the world who climbs up mountains to get changed and take a picture 😛 At Godya

Day 3 – Sukkertoppen

After last nights post there was a lovely sunset.

Sunset over Valderøya The sun sets at almost 11pm, and rises again at 4am. It never gets past civil twilight, so it is never truly dark. Sunset from Ãlesund

It’s really odd to be going to bed when it is still light!

Midnight cruise

On to today. The weather forecast was predicting rain, but in actual fact it has been really hot. I’ve caught the sun on my chest and one arm v_v Who comes to Norway to get a tan? Up to Sukkertoppen

We set off just after 10am. As we don’t have a car we had to walk to the hike. This took us an hour.

Up to Sukkertoppen II We got to the start of the hike, where it is covered by trees and the ground a mix of mud, roots and rocks. The start of the hike is quite steep and the ground is uneven. View from Sukkertoppen

After about 10 minutes we came to a viewing point, so we had a bit of a rest and a drink (After all we had been walking for an hour before this!)

Sunnmøre Alps from Sukkertoppen Once you get out of the trees, it’s a bit flatter and easier to walk on. There is also the added bonus of no roots. As much as I love the look of an exposed root, they’re not the greatest to walk on. Sunnmøre Alps

Towards the top it gets steeper again, but it’s just rocks. The views at the top are spectacular, and as it was a nice, sunny day we could see for miles.

View from the Top

At the top it was really hot. We sat down for a bit and ate some dinner before walking back down. The walk down seemed a lot easier, but we both really needed a drink, and as it was Sunday the supermarkets were closed. Luckily a little cafe had opened at 1, so we popped in there and got a slush puppy and a diet coke/iced tea (And a bit of a sit down) before walking the rest of the way back to the hotel.
A lovely day, which was nothing like the weather forecast predicted!

Day 2 – Aksla Utsiktspunkt

Ålesund, Black and White

Today we went up to the viewpoint at Aksla. We also bought loads of goodies from the supermarket.

View to Hoffland This morning we sat on the balcony at the hotel, before going on a little tour around Ålesund, and finally walking up to Aksla viewpoint. Ålesund, Aksla Viewpoint

Tomorrow we are going to go to Sukkertoppen as we ran out of time today, and it will take about 4 hours to walk to, up and back down. I think the weather from this point gets a bit more … hit and miss, as today has been lovely and sunny!

Aksla Utsiktspunkt

Day 1 – Norway, Ålesund

Today begins our week long trip to Norway. Norway has long been on my bucket list. Fjords, mountains, black metal, vikings. Perfect!
We had a long day yesterday as we had to drive to the airport, which was about 3 and a half hours. We finally checked into the hotel at the airport just after midnight.

Incoming This morning we had a casual 5 minute stroll to the check in desk, before having a relaxing few hours in the airport. Once we were in Norway I started with “oooh will you look at that” (The only correct response for cloud topped mountains), before the weather changed and Thor welcomed us with a thunderstorm. Ålesund, Norway

Once we were in the hotel and unpacked it blew over, and the rest of the evening has been warm and pleasant. Now, as I type this we are sat on the balcony at the back of the hotel. kB is drinking his £14 beer (!!!!) and we’re looking out at the various islands and mountains and watching the sun dip lower in the sky. It’s still light though, and it’s almost 10 o’clock.

Evening FIshing

Tomorrow we are going to go and get some bits from a supermarket, and explore the city. Apparently we can go on the Ålesund city tour for free, and I want to walk up to the Sukkertoppen and explore the area around there.

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