We Are Sailing
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managed a bit of a long lie and got up about 9-30 for breakfast. With us all spread out over three cabins it took a bit of wandering about outside to get a cohesive plan of action. The one thing we did have to do was be at the harbour in Oystese for midday. I was only a five minute drive away and we left about quarter to twelve and parked near the pub.
Boat had been hired for the day,as part of the celebrations and more family and friends were already gathered waiting to board the boat called the 'Peer Gynt' . The plan was to sail out into the Hardangerfjorden and then sail up the Fyksesundet to a little village called Botnen, which was where Turids family originally came from.
Once we had all boarded the boat set off, with most of the Norwegians going downstairs into the cabin. For most of them this was nothing new and they had seen it all before, so there was plenty of room for us on the top deck to take in the views as we sailed out of Oystese. We sailed past the cabins at Laupsa, where we were staying.
It was a beautiful sunny day and the fjord looked stunning with the hills across it still covered in snow and you could see above them the Flogefonna glacier, the southernmost ice age glacier, according to my cousin anyway. Great panoramic views all round and lost count of number of pictures I took, and I lost track of the directions I was taking them,so many of them look the same, as I just kept moving round the boat :D.
After about 40 minutes we turned into the Fyksesundet and sailed under the bridge there, which according to what I was told was built by the Germans during their occupation of Norway in the war. just under the bridge Haraald pointed out his and Gertruds summer house, a lovely yellow building, with a boat houise down on the shore.
We reached the end of Fyksesundet and arrived at the village of Botnen. Mostly a collection of summer houses now, but still folk living and working here, farming and forestry. It was about a 15 minute walk up to the restaurant, which only opens on booking requests.
After the meal wandered about outside and found a hot tub that looked like it was heated by charcoal, great view down the valley if you were sitting in it, but can't imagine it would be used much, not by me at any rate :D
When it was time to head back to the boat we took a short cut my son had found, as most folk went back round the path.
Back on the boat we were told that as the boat was hired for the day we would be sailing aound the Hardangerfjorden and we sailed out of the Fyksesundet and headed across the fjord to the little picturesque town of Herand and sailed betweena couple of islands here before heading back across to Oystese.
Again it was a good laugh, with all of the Norwegians having great English, though we did have to do a bit of seat shuffling to split them up as they would revert,unsurprisingly, to speaking Norwegian if they were sat together .