Dynamite,Waterfalls And No Fish

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Fossatun Waterfall

After a sound sleep eveyone gathered to make a plan. Decided we would haed off around midday, so we took the opportunity to walk up and visit Turid at home. We were just reaching the house when her partner Aksel appeared round the corner carring 6 sticks of dynamite, not an everyday occurance for me. Talking to him and he explained he was wanting to build an extension onto the house and there was a rock outcrop in the way, so he was just blowing it up :D.

Went into the house and spent some time there and then as we were heading off Aksel was ready to blow up the rock. Hanna was stationed a safe distance down the road to stop any cars coming up, so we took our queue frm her. She explained there would be three warning shouts and then the fourth shout would basically be ' Fire In The Hole', but in Norwegian of course.

In The Waterfall
Turned out not to be as spectacular as we'd hoped, as the tyre mat over it absorbed most of the explosion, but it was an interesting start to the day :).

Once we gathered back at the cabins we set off in the cars and drove through Nordheimsund to a place called Fossatun and the waterfall there. There is a path there that takes you up under the waterfall and up to the pool at the top. You can also get out on the rocks at the bottom of the falls and three of the party decided it would be a good idea to walk into the spray. They got absolutely soaked.

Went into the gift shop there and bought a few souvenirs and after we came out decided it would be best to get the ones who were soaked back to the cabins to get changed. My cousin had something to do in the town, so I got to take all the wet people back.

Fall From The Rocks
Once back decided we would all meet back there and we would do lunch before heading back out for the afternoon.

Once fed we headed through Oystese and turned right in the middle of town and headed up into the hills. After about 10 minutes we stopped at a place called OrredalsFossen. Had to walk down a path to get there and as we got nearer dound the path had disappeared in a landslide and the area was all taped of, so we carried on regardless anyway. There was a viewing platform at the bottom of the 70m falls and again you could get out onto the rocks at the bottom of it.

After this we headed further inland to a place called  Skarsvatnet, or Goldfish Lake.

Evening Sunshine At Laupsa
Someone had released some Koi Carp into the lake in the early 1900's and they had bred to make this place a popular attraction. Not for us though, there may be thousands of fish in the lake, but we never saw a single one.

Drove cross country, no problems of which side to drive on as it was all single track and came out at through a tunnel at a village on the side of Fyksesundet, that we had sailed past on Saturday. Drove over the bridge here and went up a steep and winding road with loads of hairpin bends up to a little village called Bjorke where we got graet views down the Hardangerfjorden. While we were up here though you could see the weather changing and moving down from the hills and it started to SNOW :D. It was suddenly really cold now,and there was a mad dash back down the hill to get to the cars.

Drove back to the cabins and planned dinner for about 8pm, as we had a mountain of food we had bought to get through, since we had been fed by our hosts for the past three days and had used little of what we had bought in the supermarket in Bjorkheim on the way there. Stayed up for a few beers and played cards to round off the night

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Fossatun Waterfall
Fossatun Waterfall
In The Waterfall
In The Waterfall
Fall From The Rocks
Fall From The Rocks
Evening Sunshine At Laupsa
Evening Sunshine At Laupsa
Another Lovely Morning
Another Lovely Morning
Family Home
Family Home
Kalhageneset
Kalhageneset
Aksel About To Blow The Place Up
Aksel About To Blow The Place Up
Car Park At Cabins
Car Park At Cabins
Souvenir Shop At Fossatun
Souvenir Shop At Fossatun
Beside The Waterfall
Beside The Waterfall
Not Really The Greatest Of Ideas
Not Really The Greatest Of Ideas
Start Of Path Down To OrredalsFoss…
Start Of Path Down To OrredalsFos…
Landslide
Landslide
OrredalsFossen
OrredalsFossen
Skarsvatnet
Skarsvatnet
Lake With Fish Hiding
Lake With Fish Hiding
Village Sign
Village Sign
View From The Hills
View From The Hills
View Down Hardangerfjorden
View Down Hardangerfjorden
Sitting On The Rock
Sitting On The Rock
Bjorke
Bjorke
Oystese
photo by: aggieaggie