Fjaerland Hiking Trip
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September 3rd, 2007 – by: dr_rett
It started off well on Friday morning with another gorgeous sunny morning in Oslo (as it has been for the last couple of weeks) as the 16 students met our leaders to borrow extra hiking gear and load up the cars. Of the 16, 12 were German-speakers (2 Austrians) - the minority were made up of myself, an American, a Brit and a Czech. But we all got on well and the Germans were very good and tried to speak in English for most of the time. Friday was spent mostly in the cars, although we stopped a couple of times (including to see an old Stave church from 1100 AD) and were also able to get out on the ferry trip across the Sognefjord.
We were staying in cabins (note the grass on the roof in the photo) at a campsite just near the glacier. We were all ravenous by tea time, and gallantly accepted the challenge of masses of lasagne, salad and bread set before us! Gesa (my German friend) and I were very comfortable that night in our little loft in our cabin.
On Saturday we started off at the Glacier Museum which was really cool (no pun intended) - they had interactive displays about how glaciers are formed, and also a new high-tech global warming exhibit (or "global heating" as all the Norwegians call it - so cute!) There was also a film showing the whole glacier from a helicopter, but it was a bit depressing coming out from seeing the glacier gleaming in the sunshine, with blue skies and white snow, to see it in real life shrouded with grey clouds and rain! After a quick look around the town we drove to the starting point of our hike up to Flatbreen (another part of the glacier) and the Flatbrehytten cabin. The hike was, to say the least, a little damp! It wasn't cold (actually very warm once we got moving) but it certainly was wet and not ideal conditions for stopping and admiring the scenery.
Despite fervent prayers, it was raining even harder when we got up on Sunday morning! We had a longer drive that day to get to another part of the glacier (the Nigard Glacier). During the car trip we had some brief patches of sunshine (and a beautiful rainbow) but by the time we got to the glacier that had pretty much gone too! We had to walk for about half an hour (more rock scrambling than walking) to get to the foot of the glacier, then we had to gear up with harnesses and crampons (and in my case, ice picks!).
So that was our big trip. The rest of Sunday was spent driving back to Oslo - not good for our muscles to be suddenly sitting still for 6 hours after hiking all weekend! It was still fun although it was a real pity about the weather. But no one had any control over that, and it was a good experience nonetheless.
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