It was busy vacation this year. Many long and short trips. Big part to the north direction, including Molde and Atlantic Ocean Road. Second part, much shorter to the south of Bergen. Trip around Lysefjorden including Preikestolen and Lysebotn. And finally the third part, just one day trip to Juklavatnet with nice view to Folgefonna Glacier. I am so glad, and I have a lot nice pictures to upload for the rest of this year.
Jostedalsbreen Nationa Park
It was the first step of my longest trip. I visited small part of this nice place last year. It was only the Nigardsbreen. Place permanently occupied by tourists. Crazy, for someone like me, who like to be in quiet habitat, close to the nature. Jostedalsbreen National Park is not only the one, and most popular glacier. The maps showed many possibilities to reach. If the Nigardsbreen attracts hundreds tourists every day, the beautiful post glacier lake Styggevatnet attract just few. The distance between this places is aroun 24 kilometers, by the good road through the valley. For me was not enough to take walk on damn and back, I was walking round the lake, almost to the glacier. Difficult, but amazing walk. Close to the post glacier nature and in silent. The only sound was wind and water flowing from melting snow and ice. I spent in this place two days with big satisfaction about everything I saw. If someone will be close to this place, I recommend to visit. Below I present for You, just few pictures I taken in this place and close around. Enjoy and have fun.
Places like this, close to the big tourist attraction and visited by few is much more in Norway. Later I will write about some other.
Gratulerer Med Dagen, Norge
Tomorrow is the Norway National Day, so I wish all Norwegian and Norway Lovers a really nice day and good celebration time. Gratulerer Med Dagen, Norge
Today`s picture I present in this post was taken on my last trip. It was Utladalen in Øvre Årdal. Beautiful place where everybody will find something exciting. The whole valley including four big waterfalls and few small even without names. The most interesting point is the Vettisfossen. This is the farthest point on the long walking path, and the path is long. it is almost 7,5 kilometers. The last 1,5 kilometers is really difficult, but worth to walk. Along whole valley flows the river Utla. Now in spring season is very strong but beauty with the aquamarine water color.
Vettisfossen is one of the tallest Norwegian waterfall. 275 meters. And is one of the most beautiful waterfall. Last year I visited this place also, but on the crossroad I chose the path to the top of this waterfall. So strong and difficult, also interesting, but it is so dangerous to watch the waterfall from this point. Not easy to see it whole. This time I chose the path to the bottom. And it was amazing experience.The power of spring water even does not let me to come closer. Below this post I put the short movie taken in the closer point. It let you to feel the power.
If you have possibilities to travel across Norway, remember to put this place to your destinations. Utladalen, Øvre Årdal, Sogn og Fjordane county. It is along the Road number 53, close to the Road number 5. Have a good trip.
Saturday trip for new summer destinations
Is April and still a lot of snow in the mountain. It was long, long winter here in Norway. And because the summertime is coming I wanted to check some new places. For this summer I have a two main directions, first is Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalpark and the second is Folgefonna Nasjonalpark. Both it is a glaciers. Before any trips, I always check the places on the maps and if it is possible in terrain. Folgefonna is not so far from Bergen, and I decide to check some places around it. It was long and nice Saturday trip for new summer destinations.
Only 400 kilometers, but 14 hours driving and walking. It is sad, I never tried this way around Folgefonna national park. I found almost everything I wanted. Only one road was closed by the falling stones. It was even dangerous to try to drive it now. I have to wait and check it again next time.
After all, I am so sure I will get a lot of amazing pictures for you and a lot of useful information about places around Folgefonna. I am so sure is worth to be explored. Like I wrote above it was just small trip for new summer destinations, but I want to show you some place witch looks beauty in winter scenery and I can only imagine how it will look in summer. With all the mountain colors around.
This is an unnamed mountain road, aside from the road number 40, the lake is Fjellhaugvatn and it is one of the biggest in this area. Enjoy the view. I am sure is perfect place for summer camp.
This year we have an abnormal winter here on the west cost of Norway.
It is an abnormal long winter period with over two times more snow. Crazy for some who do not like winter. It is strongly recommended to drive only the main roads. Days are longer, but still to short for some long trips. Mountains are dangerous in this time.
So, I even do not try any trips. Last week I tried o visit Modalen, but everything was closed and so much snow everywhere. Even the beautiful waterfalls was frozen. I took only few pictures, bad pictures. I hope the winter period will finish soon. This is the only reason why I do not post anything since the last trip at the end of fall.
Now across almost whole Europe is wander the low temperature from Siberia. The meteorologists said that even here in Bergen temperatures will decrease to minus 15…. Wrrrrr Abnormal winter in my city.
Below I present some pictures from the road to Modalen last weekend. And the winter period I consider closed.
It was my last trip 2017
Not so far, just 100 kilometers. Voss. Small nice placed town in Hordaland. But because it is hundred kilometers from the seaside the kind of weather is different. Much more snow than in Bergen. And of course the tree I like.
2017 is over now. I was not so active during this year, and I do not think it will change in 2018. I plan another visit in the North Norway. Destination Senja. And like always many small trips around.
In 2018 I wish myself to get more time for my photographic passion. I hope to sell some pictures.
For You all, my friend, I think You know better what do You want in the New Year, so I wish you all fulfillment of your dreams. See You in the New Year….
Mountain puddle, next dream from next trip.
I love mountain in the autumn season. You all know it. I love to discovered new places, and you also know it. Sometimes I drive so far looking for new places, but sometimes the amazing places are so close. This one is only 100 kilometers from Bergen. Easy to reach driving the road E39. Long time ago in early winter I drove along the Modalen valley to the almost end. Almost, means to the end of asphalt road, and because it was winter time and a lot of snow, I stopped. And I always keep this place in my mind.
Like in many other valleys, also Modalen including technical road which was used for construction works. To build the dams around mountain lakes. This road start easy, at the end along few curves it leads to over 1000 meter above the sea level. Crazy, amazing drive. I love roads like this. Few parking places along, but the road still leads over and over. It is difficult to reach the last parking, but definitely worth. I wont to be there in spring time for to see whole the water from melting winter snows falling down through the valley. It should be amazing view. This time I visited the valley, it was dry. The dams detained the water in the lakes.
On the picture is the view from the first parking place on the road. Most of the people visiting this place stop here and they walk through few walking paths in every direction. Even in this place in more than 900 meters is beautiful, what you may see on the picture. The mountain puddle with view along the Modalen valley. Enjoy and have a nice weekend.
From my Destination Autumn trip, Mountain dream
That was fantastic morning in Lodalen. This is one of the most beautiful Norwegian valley. I am agree with this. This was my only second visit in this place, but not the last one. Lodalen is much quiet than the nearly placed Geiranger. Also the second beauty valley Oldendalen is still more quiet than the Geiranger.
Both the valleys gives the spectacular views and at the end both provide to the glacier. Many attractions for mountains lovers. The day starts with this mist show on morning, and it was only the beginning. This is why I love autumn. The moment I got out from the car was like Mountain Dream. I saw many phenomena here in Norway but the first time I was in the mists disappearing in the sun. This phenomena lasted just 10 minutes. After this time the valley was clear. Amazing.
It is not easy to edit mist on the picture. Not for me. This is the best effect of my work. I hope you will like it. I hope you will try imagine yourself in this mists, in one of the most beauty valley in Norway. Mountain dream for You.
Next weekend, next trip. Destination Autumn
I love all my weekend trips. I cannot live without it. When is rainy I am bored and angry. After the very bad summer time, we have so nice autumn time. Warm and almost always sunny. I am happy. The farthest destination was the Lodalen in Stryn. But I chose the different, not the shortest way. Only because I wanted to drive some part of the road number 5, which I did not drive before. Through the Voss, Gudvangen and Laerdal I reached the ferry between the Fodnes and Mannheller. Off course across some branch of Sognefjorden. Welcome again road number 5.
It was already early evening or late afternoon when I drove on the ferry. I think the autumn sunrise is much more beautiful on Fjord, but like you may see it on the picture below sunset is spectacular. This is the scenery to stand there and watch, and watch until the end of time. Of course this is only the picture which will not let you feel the mood. My destination autumn trip just started, and it started beautiful.
Many nice attraction waiting for me, and I hope to describe it everything for you. So, stay with me.
Before is Jostedalsbreen National Park (Jostedal Glacier National Park) and I will show you from four different places.
Today the second mountain lake.
Straight between, is the highest placed from the three lakes. Surrounded by not so high hills colored by early autumn. This is picture taken from the road small park place. Best place to do some picnic. Chicken from disposable grill taste so, so good in the place like this. Little bit cold, even in the sunny day. I do not know how high I am now, but with the stains of last year snow, I think it is high. The second mountain lake, Skjerjavatnet. Probably like I saw it on the map is biggest then the two other. Is so long, and on the picture is not visible how high it is. I was not ready to take walk. I never take walk in the terrain I do not know. This could be dangerous sometimes. Maybe next time, when I find where the walking path lead, I will try some walk. There is many sources in internet to find even the small walking path along Norway.
Water color – view from the dam
The same place like in yesterday`s post. And shot from other side of the dam. This is the first mountain lake on the technical road. It name is Askjellsdalsvatnet. Is big. On the picture is visible only some part of it. Because almost around whole lake is another part of this technical road, some day I will try to drive around. So, today only the picture from the dam. The most amazing in this place is the water color. Autumn on the hills around, almost clear blue sky, silence and the amazing color create mood not from this world. It all together let me feel quiet and calm. I am sure you all will love this feeling.
And it is still only beginning of this tour.
Like you see on the picture, and some previous posts, this is beautiful place but it is not famous. Not many people visiting it, and it gives possibility to be and to feel alone. On the whole road to the end and back I met three cars only.
Now I will drive between some last year snow parts to the next lake, and I will post it later.
…and the post from yesterday if you missed it: