Day 12: From Lom to Bergsetbreen
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June 16th, 2009 – by: aloneinthecrowd
After breakfast we headed the Sognefjellet road (RV 55) south-west to Gaupne. The Sognefjell Road is the highest and most impressive mountain pass in Northern Europe (highest point 1,430 metres above sea level). It has been awarded the status national tourist route because of the spectacular and wild mountain scenery (Jotunheimen National Park) it passes through. The road is open from June to October.
Our first stop was in Elvester which was a farm in old times but now it's a hotel. Next to the hotel you find the giant "Saga" Column (33m tall).
Right behind Elveseter the nature turned incredibly beautiful. I could have stopped the car to take photos every 100 m :o
As we were getting higher up the mountains the sun came out. The look on the snow on the mountains in front of the blue sky was amazing.
Usually there are some hiking trails along the route but all of them were fully covered with snow. We decided it would be too dangerous to walk them since under the snow you couldn't find any signs or see if there's a river or lake under your feet. And swimming in 4° C warm water isn't my favourite hobby :p
Well, since our hiking plans failed we've decided to drive to Bergsetbreen (part of the Jostedalen glacier) instead. There is no camp ground but we didn't mind. You find enough water for cooking and washing at the river beneath the parking lot.
In the evening the wind blowed ice cold from the glacier although there was still a bright blue sky. We did just a short hike to stretch our legs since it was too late for a hike to the glacier itself. We made it the next day.
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