The ship docked at Andalsnes around 8am, but we didn't get off until closer to 10. Gusts of wind were hitting so hard, it could stop you in your tracks and the air was FREEZING. It didn't feel pleasant at all as we came down the gangplank
Fighting our way through the weather I got to Tourist Info and grabbed a map. I happened to notice a few walks outlined on it, and since it's "our thing", Peter and I decided to give it a go.
There's a steep little mountain right alongside the port, and the walk route seemed to be heading to the top. Looking up, we didn't think we'd get any where near the summit, after all we were on holiday and just fancied stretching the legs a bit. So we set off to reach the first view point marked on our map, which is quite low down on the hill.
And it was really easy to get to. The Norwegians obviously feel that everyone should be able to reach these places, and a ramp had been installed all the way up, making it possible to get a wheelchair or pushchair up to the viewing point.
|Looking out from the first viewpoint, An easy walk with a ramp to get you to here. That's Romsdalsfjorden in front of us.|
|View from the log shelter. That mountain across the river is called Varden (I think)|
There are boxes containing notebooks in which you add your name to the list of people who got that far.
|The shiny patches you can see on the slope to the left are ice.|
Anyway we got to the viewing platform - 537 m above sea level, that's 1761 feet.
Anyway, we went a little bit further up - I reckon we probably added another 100ft or so onto the height. It is easy to do because of the rock staircase our Norwegian hosts have built. The only issue is that it's a little bit exposed.
But it was absolutely wonderful! We were so lucky with the weather. There was no wind, the sun was out, and it was glorious. (I don't think I'd be sitting so comfortably if we'd have felt the wind like we did down on the port)
|Looking out from the height of our climb. I think the mountain we're on is called Nesaksla|
|A beautiful day. Just fantastic|