So, this is June in Balestrand. Hard to believe. Two times through the road number 13 I had a chance to enjoy snow. Once in Balestrtrand, which you may see on the picture, second time after crossing Sognefjord between Vikøy and Myrkdalen. I have never been there before, and it was good time to explore this part. I think I have to try once more in the summer time, but for more than only one day. Crazy drive. Long one day trip, 460 kilometers, mostly driving, with short breaks just for to take some photo. From morning to evening. But I love it. The scene on the picture is probably very popular scene and many people stop here. This is Nystølvatnet and now in the beginning of June is still frozen.
The touristic season in Norway is already start. Through the road I met many cars from Deutschland and Netherlands. Probably most of them is driving to the North part. Campers rules on the roads to North. I would like some day to drive the same road slowly, without time limit.
Have nice time and enjoy the June view from Balestrand.
Temperature like in summer. Sun shine. Noon. Only visible signs what season are now, is the snow on the top of mountains. Dreamy time. Small stop before second part of my trip. The second part will be tiring and I know it even before. Walking trips in Norway are always tiring. So now I am here. Because it is 17th of May, very important day, the terrace is decorated festively. Nice to sit here and look round. Sound of two waterfalls on opposite sides, falls into the ear. Happy lazy moment. Terrace dream time. I hope you will like my picture from this moment. Even if it is daub, it perfectly describe this moment.
Next step before the second part of the trip is short walk through Mo and visit on the small but beautiful cemetery.
It is located around 100 kilometers from Bergen. Not so far like for the Norwegian distances. And it is a real pearl. Even the road to Mo from Romarheim. Almost every one curve gives a different and still fine views. I love the waterfalls. I presented it here before. In this time of the year with melting snow the waterfalls are strong and beauty. On the picture is visible the small one. Geitaskardet. It is this one which gives the special taste for coffee served on the restaurant terrace. With many small clouds on the sky is amazing experience to watch the game of shadow and light on it. On opposite side is located the highest and stronger waterfall. About it I will write later. So, this is one of the fascinating views from the road on Mo in Modalen, small village located in natural paradise.
After few years in Norway I beheld few National day parades. This year I decide to spent this time outside Bergen. I like Modalen. Nice place to spend the time active and lazy too. Coffee on the restaurant terrace with view on the fjord, still snowy mountains and two waterfalls tastes so good. Even if it is like in many other places coffee from thermos. At morning time in home I looked on the Google Maps and I found some small road visible only on high zoom. I decided to look for it. And I found it. The place seems to be amazing but because it was already afternoon close to evening, I do not walk it so far. Few kilometers only and back. This road is much longer and some summer day I will want to walk to the end, to the two lakes on the top of this mountains. So soon I will present some shots from this time and later much more. But today some shot how looks Mofjorden in the amazing May light. From my holiday travel.
Celebrating the 17th of May in Modalen was big pleasure.
I love Hardanger, I love Norway. Just before the 17th of May, Norwegian National Day, I want to present another shot from my last trip to Hardanger.
I love this place even because there is still not much tourists. Cruise ships passing Hardanger fjord in the way to Eidfjord. There is many beautiful and hidden places around, but it requite time to rich it. Few days ago someone ask on Facebook about trip to Trolltunga. On the beginning of May!!! So, in this time this trip is only for professionals with good mountain equipment. Unfortunately some people still trying and gives a lot of work for rescuers. Sometimes it requite to use helicopter to take dawn some crazy people. Even now in the Middle of May somewhere in Hardanger is still lot of snow on the top, and it looks amazing. For photographers and for all who understand mountains.
Enjoy the view and celebrate with Norway the 17th of May – Norwegian National Day
Some shot from walk in Alvøen, still living wrecks
I never saw any of this ship flowing somewhere. I still see it staying here in the small Alvøen harbor. Ugly and sad but beauty. It belongs to different time. I photographed it many times and now I think the picture is enough nice to present. Whole Alvøen looks old and it is so nice to see old houses still in good condition. People trying to make his houses nice. The old Alvøen factory is now the office center and also looks good. But the ships looks like straight before the end. I hope some day to see someone who will try revitalize it. Still living wrecks.
The spring time is the most busy time for me, so I do not have time to take new pictures. Even in the evening time in home I have no power to write something.
This was in Saturday, Hardanger in one beauty day in May.
After few sunny days, this weekend we have a summer. Yesterday my car show 23 degrees in the Odda valley. Amazing sunny day, fantastic for the trip. Seeing Hardanger still between the winter and summer was so beauty. Now I have many pictures to show in the next few posts. Hardanger in one beauty day in May.
So, below is one picture taken on the road to Odda. I love this view with the snow on top and the first green signs and meadows. Enjoy this view and wait for more, soon.
I really like to watch the clouds on the top of mountain. Do You also?
Mountains are dangerous in every kind of weather. Mountain are for the people with imagination. Norwegian mountains are not so high. The highest one is only 2469 m. But in combination with the specific west Norwegian weather gives unforgettable views. Mostly cloudy and wet weather with the clouds wrapped around tops shows the mountain power. Blue and clean sky is so bored, but walking through the mountains and hills and watching the always changing views is big pleasure. For me of course. I love it. I love the mountain power. The picture below was taken in Gudvangen on the last trip. It was taken from the bottom of the Gudvangen valley.
I hope you will like both of them, the color and black and white.
Viking village under construction before the season.
Like I wrote it last time, here comes the next tourist attraction – Viking village replica. Now before the season it is under construction. But I love the view on the Gudvangen valley from this side. Many season signs on this one picture. Snow on the top of mountain, construction in the middle of the valley and colorful kayak rental square almost ready for the visitors. On this picture and on the one from last post I love the color element which break the view.
So, enjoy the next nice view from Gudvangen under construction before the season.
It was a nice, sunny and warm second day of Easter. But is still dangerous to visit some place in Norway, even here in Hordaland. Better do not try before middle of May. Fortunately Aurland is places close to the main road and is available whole year. It is one of the place I like to visit.
It is a small village, where people change the tour buses to cruise ships to enjoy the beauty of Nærøyfjorden. One of the most beautiful place on Earth. Probably the local government want to keep the people little bit longer, they decide to build some replica of Viking village. It will be nice, but now it is under construction. I am not sure when it will be available. I think it is good idea. It was so sad to watch on this village, which looks like abandoned and the biggest and living place was the big parking for the tour buses.
Another attraction is Kayak rental. I will try this summer to rent the kayak and enjoy the beauty fjord by myself. Visiting Gudvangen is always big pleasure for me.
Like you may see on the picture below, there is still lot of snow in the mountain.