I thought it was funny that we decided to have our summer holiday on a place where there is still snow. It was not really summery in the mountains of Norway. It wasn't even hot on the sea level, but warm. Which in a way is good. Car trips in colder areas are more pleasant than in hot ones.
The highest place where we visited was in bit less than 2000 meters (6500 feet) from the sea level. Up there were very litle anything growing. No trees, just grass. Because the fjords are formed like they are we drove up and down and up and down again. Our ears were popping from all the pressure changes.
There was still quite a lot of snow. In Stryn area there is even one ski center that is only open from spring to mid summer since on winter there is too much snow.
Sun was melting the snow fast and we saw amazing waterfalls. And we saw those everywhere.
In Finnish we have a saying that "Small streams make a large river". Is there similar in English? I tried to google about it but couldn't find anything. Anyway the saying really was visible in the mountains in Norway. The closer to sea level we went the bigger the creeks got.
While we were looking for a cabin for the next night just south from Oppdal we accidentally bumped on river which was the scaryest but yet most beautiful rapid I've ever seen. It was called Magalaupe. It had huge potholes which were formed in the ice age and the water raged through deep grooves in the rock. I'm afraid our photos show no respect to the actually fearsomeness of the rapid.
I made a map of the route we drove on our trip. Click on the Google map and you can zoom in. I marked all the places we spent a night in with blue and also marked a few of the best places with yellow.
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