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.
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