Pausing for breath once we had left this wilderness, we were treated to the site and sounds of another 'Kiwi' supermarket... the best but cheapest option for food across Norway (in our humble opinion!)
Flying through more fjord valleys, past even more impressive Stave churches we headed east towards Lillehammer and a chance to see the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympic Park... allowing both girls the opportunity to have seen both a winter and summer olympic park (Lillehammer has just hosted the Winter Youth Olympic Games this February, whilst the girls have fond memories of going to several venues at London 2012)
Both girls love their 'Family Adventures', but this trip is about educating them whilst appreciating other countries cultures. Fitting perfectly into the KS2&3 syllabus, it will feature in our new 'Educational Explorers' page as part of the places we have visited so far in Europe (25 countries and counting!)
HEP still flourishes here, but now in a new plant inside the mountain taking advantage of the 50,000 litres per second of water that flows through the 400m piped descent. A great visual site and even better for the 'Do it Yourself' mini HEP that allows students to physically build a 50m HEP scheme to power a lightbulb... a great example of Science in Action!
Started in 1906 (at a meeting in Paris), Sam Eide realised his dream to create a HEP scheme to bring wealth to what was a comparatively poor country of farmers at this time. Aiming to provide power for the Carbide factory in Odda. (Carbide was apparently used to power acetylene lights for UK miners) it grew this region which ended up producing 10% of Norway's total power. The museum takes you through each stage of its development carefully before allowing you to view the wonderful Power Plant itself... a genuinely beautiful building that must have been the envy of industrialists at the time.
Did both girls appreciate this? Absolutely 100%, but we needed to relate it to the dynamo numerous times - especially when breaking down the use of coils to create magnetic electricity which could then be transformed into power for the population.
Is it worth a detour? If only to marvel in the beautiful surroundings, you'd be wise to add it to your list if you were in this area.
We 'lucked in' as today was a scorcher in Norway with the temperature reaching almost 30°C!!! But the early morning start meant we got the perfect morning hike to the cliff face behind Sabo... this walk through a hillside of conifer trees allowed both girls a chance to walk Jane's dog - Mischka (a real treat for Libby!) and for us to pause and view the sensational 360° views...
So how far did the girls get? Well the below pictures tell you just how far!!! It was high!!! very high!!!
Was it easy? No not at all, they struggled at times but kept going... and will have a learnt a new skill
Did they enjoy it? I guess their smiles tell that story without me adding to it! They loved every minute!
Will we build on this experience and do it again? Absolutely... my feet were itching to join them!!
Eidfjord nails the kayaking today..... just a shame we had to gift a GoPro to the Norse water gods...
As Libby remarked on the shuttle bus towards our first stop of the day Gudvangen. We've managed to see Flam by 7 modes of transport -
Having followed Fjord Norway's suggested route to Voss, we all wondered just why this place is the 'adventure capital' of Norway.... well yesterday's indoor sky diving at Voss Vind was a great introduction but today at Voss Active just took it to a whole new level... Voss Active are a great company judging by today and you've got trust the people who suspend your kids 30ft in the air!
Bergen has made quite an impression on all of us...
Starting with the superbly efficient public transport from our campsite in Bratlands (Bus - 90, then Tram at Nesttun into centre), which was a perfect start on what was a baking hot day for Bergen - untypical by all accounts but very welcome!
Having viewed the beautiful garden in front of the main square in Bergen near Grieg's statue (Byparken)... we headed into town as both girls have a certain fondness for brass bands (their Godmother's doing...) and a chance to see the Queen of Norway welcomed into the city centre!!! An amazing opportunity to make it a memorable day for both girls as they saw young children of similar ages performing for their queen... a seed has been sewn, they will be wanting lessons on our return to the UK!
So after this brilliant start, we ventured towards the fish market but before we had covered 200m, we found ourselves in the thick of the opening of the Bergen International Festival - a 2 week extravaganza of art/music and culture - just brilliant and a great gear shift from the normal adventure seeking that we do! Aptly focused on a 'festival across barriers' - something to ponder!
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