PART 2 (continued from the previous post) NORWAY TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
After exploring Oslo for a couple of days, my cousin Sam and I rented a car and hit the open road to visit some of her people and the little town where my grandfather had lived. The town of Rjukan became famous during World War II for its role in the Heavy Water Sabotage and we were both excited to see the sign below at a rest stop down the valley. So much of the country reminded us of home and we ended up constantly commenting; “that looks just like the Okanagan” and “that reminds me of Howe Sound”. It’s no wonder our relatives happily ended up in British Columbia, I’m sure it reminded them of home!
Our first stop was at the ski area of Gaustablikk for lunch with Sam’s relative Anne and some cross country skiing. Below is rømmegrøt, a porridge made with sour cream, whole milk, wheat flour, butter, and salt. Sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar it was heavenly… however I don’t recommend eating a whole bowl before vigorous activity. My poor gut – ha!
A beautiful example of rosemåling – Norwegian decorative folk art that I adore.
Sam learned how to cross country ski a few months before and we were both thrilled to be doing an activity that has a long history in our family 🙂
They just don’t make power plants this stunning any more!
The house where Sam’s grandmother lived.
The house where my grandfather lived.
The beautiful house where Anne’s mother lives.
Her name is Synnøve, same as my dad’s mom. Love the name.
Anne and her husband Stein’s lovely house.
Homemade lefse and cloudberries! Incredible!
Old family photos.
Serious breakfast! And Anne’s bunad – worn on special occasions and absolutely amazing in it’s detail.
Rjukan is nestled in such a steep valley that an aerial tram was built to take the workers and townspeople up out of the darkness and into the sunshine in the winter.Looking over at Gaustatoppen and the town below.The heavy water plant.
Homemade lapskaus (stew) with lingonberries. Heaven.
Three cakes made by three different women that I will never forget; cream cake with lingonberries, lemon cake and almond cake.
Sunset view from Anne & Stein’s place.
Our final morning in Rjukan we headed up Gaustatoppen mountain in the Gaustabanen; a James Bond-ish tram that takes you 850 metres into the mountain, then up inside at a 40 degrees gradient to the toppen at 1800m above sea level. We shared the ride with other sight-seers and downhill skiers. The other way up is to backcountry ski tour up or “top tur”.
The tourist hut at the top is nearly buried in snow and rime but conceals a warm little space full of coffee and vaffels 🙂
We hit the road again and drove to Eidfjord, making our way around the Hardangervidda National Park and past countless ski resorts and clusters of cabins.
Spot the kiteboarder?
Such incredible barren terrain and so windy!
And finally, Eidfjord, and some reindeer stew with lingonberries – swoon!
A silly recreation of an old photo of the two of us 🙂
A vaffel a day….
Local apple brandy and local trout