One of my biggest challenges is tearing Jake away from the river. White water in Norway is big and scary and just sometimes, I like to explore further than the river bank, or see waterfalls where I am not weighing up my chances of survival, if I were to kayak off.
This trip I wanted to see more of Norway. Explore the beautiful country where sea fjords cut right into the heart of the mountains. Hike mountains still covered in heavy winter snow, and swim in remote glistening melt water lakes.
The playground that Norway has to offer for outdoor sports is vast. Wild remote places, rugged steep terrain and lively white water rivers provide a perfect venue for a extreme sports festival. Veko is a week where people fall from the sky, and brightly coloured parachutes appear as if from nowhere. Kayakers huck huge waterfalls, whilst skaters hurtle down mountain roads. There is a great sense of togetherness when all spectators and athletes gather each evening to watch the days video, a epic collage of the days goings on.
Whilst Jake competed in some of the events, I was nursing a sprained ankle and need to take it easy. So we headed up to the Troll Tunga, a famous spot you can only reach by completing a 22km return hike. This gem can be found in the Hungerford region of southern Norway and is certainly a must see if your an active tourist.
We stomped our way through the deep winter snow somehow still lingering in the warm sunshine ontop the mountains. It had been a harsh winter and still metres of snow lay on the ground making our hike just that little bit more challenging.
The sun was scorching, and the snow only reflected the bright light, doubling the effect it may normally have. Glad to be wearing suncream and a good pair of walking boots, the trail was manageable, athough wet feet from the melting snow was unavoidable.
Its hard to miss Norway's spectacular waterfalls, as they seem to be just about everywhere you look. Hunting for an adventure we clambered to the top of Twinder Fossen a spectacular road side water fall, at least 60m high and reimbursed in its own clouds of spray. Refreshing is a good term to describe your time at the bottom of this natural beauty.
"You can't say you've been to Norway, unless you've experienced the Fjords"
You can't say you've been to Norway, unless you've experienced the Fjords. In my opinion the best way to see these natural wonders is to get out there and explore in a kayak (predictable I know). When floating around in a tiny plastic boat, you can't help but appreciate the true scale of the fjords. With walls kilometres high and near vertical in angle, the Narrow Fjord in particular will take your breath away.
Jake and I packed our kayaks with bear essentials. Taking just enough kit to keep us warm and fed for a single night under the stars. It felt so refreshing to jump in ur kayaks, feeling inspired and spontaneous. We headed strait out into the thick of it, ready to amerce ourselves in nature and enjoy what we sometimes over look.
"Sometimes we find it hard to live in the moment"
This micro adventure made me realise just how much I love being out exploring, with out the stress of consequences or the built up seriousness that some adventures are heavily laden with. My week in Norway was refreshing. Life felt fun and spontaneous again and I will remind myself of this feeling overtime I look at these pictures.
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