Winter Park (vinterparken)
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Important Note: HOLY S**T it was cold!
I am talking -15 degrees celsius people!
So we went to Lillehammer in the early afternoon, then we went and got lunch, before heading for the Winter Park. We arrived about 15 minutes before it opened and danced around and complained about how cold it was. Now in Norway they have a saying = " there is no bad weather just bad clothes" well blue jeans and no ski mask were killing me at that moment :) even my fingers were cold just standing there , i had good gloves but cold is cold and -15 is friggin cold :) but its a "winter park" right so freezing your butt off gives you the full experience right? (can i just have the experience with half the cold please:) The gates open, we see these little sleds , (they call them "sparks" in norway)(see pics) and we jump on them and start checkin the place out.
The Entrance fee was around $40 US ($195 NOK = norwegian) and it was cold so at 1st your like i hope this is worth it. Well i can tell you it totally was! After some picture taking and the tea we went over to were they had quads you could ride on an icy track, i got ready to ride and Liz warmed her hands at a fire pit.(they had fires conveniently located around the place to warm yourself a bit and add light and character)
Now i had ridden quads before but not for a long time, but i was like give me the "crash course" on the thing and i will be off.
Next we went to the fairytale castle which was like a small museum tour of characters from norwegian tales and folklore. After a short line we went on a 4 seater "twirly thing" on tracks that took us around the inside of the place. Some good photo opps. and it was warm and off the feet for a bit after standing in line.... We came back out from the castle to find someone had taken our sparks, even though i put them on an embankment of snow and left my water bottle on them. Really we would not use them much any more if we would have had them, but kinda stunk someone went out of there way to take "my fun" away(they were fun!)... But i got over that quick, cuz 25 feet away was the entrance for the Ice Hotel :)
The Ice Hotel was cool.
After the Ice Hotel we went through a "troll forest" which was sort of like a mini haunted house. then we went into a small museum/gift shop where we ran into the students from Minnesota i mentioned in the Lillehammer journal entry. At that point it was only 6:30 and we had done most of what we came to do and we were pretty cold again and i just slipped and bit it on some ice in the "troll forest" as it was nearly pitch black, so we decided to head out an skip freezing our buns off to wait til 8pm or whatever when they were going to do fireforks before the park closed. We decided we had gotten our moneys worth and had a fun time and an experience only to be had there so we left on that note and headed to visit Liz's parents - another journal entry soon to come :)
I liked the winter park very much, 10 degress warmer and i would say it was lots of fun :) But it definately was fun and i am glad i experienced it that way and now that i am warm again i am glad it was cold, makes the story funner to tell :)
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