Mark had previously been to Finse and done some Nordic skiing, he was keen to get back but this time with the boys. Plans were made last year and I made an early decision not to go, there was Mark, Ian and Ga three of the Norway paddling trip, I unfortunately started late in my skiing career and although I had tried it it I found that I did,nt bounce very well, broken ribs,a popped calf only confirmed my ineptness in a sport I loved or more importantly the environment it took place in. Plans were made and I wilted and stated I would go, I had an impression of open areas possibly going up and down meadows ha! you silly silly boy..more to follow. Plans were made and we were set, reasonably prices from Ryanair to Rygge airport a short shuttle bus and train trip to Oslo. Some time before the trip we had two meetings talk about organised, what could go wrong! Up at 0200 on Monday 19/03/12 Norway here we come, a very long day, Rygge airport is very small, also a military base, so a very quick turn around regarding baggage,free shuttle bus to the airport around 6 mins away and then pre booked tickets to Oslo which took under an hour.
|Ga and Ian|
|On time and very comfortable why can everyone other than us in the UK get it so right!|
|A very tired Ian in Oslo train station don,t try this alone there|
Up and a wonderful breakfast this hytta is the biggest and the food throughout was fantastic. It was still blizzard conditions outside so it looked as if it might be a duvet day, reading and hey were in Norway on holiday.
Mark made a suggestion as to perhaps continue on the tour or do some practising outside, as we entered the boot area there were some experienced looking Norwegian dudes sat on a bench as people went to the door they explained that they had returned due to the white out conditions and advised folk of the dangers.
It was difficult to open the door, I did an about turn and back to my room to get into my book, Mark and Ian continued.
Later that afternoon they returned and we tried again, it was,nt much better and I should have carried on reading, trying to put the skis on in strong winds was not good and it had rained so combined with the winds it was now ice, three times over and I withdrew, Ga hobbled in he had badly twisted his ankle.
Mixed emotions and aware the following day that for Mark to do the planned course he and Ian needed to go so I put it to them,they left that morning and it had improved although it was not clear.
|Views from my room yes that's the roof|
|MTJ and Ian ready for the off|
Ga and I put our skis on and off we set along the frozen lake, it was very different, Ga fell a couple of times and on conclusion of the 5 miles a unanimous decisions was made snow shoes for us.
That afternoon we headed up towards the glacier and had a pleasant trip, back and who did we meet but the boys, it had been a whiteout and they could,nt follow the sticks many had gone.
Our destination was to the Geiterygghytta and we would meet the lads there, it was an uphill slog with poor visibility and it also rained deep joy.
Very tired on our arrival and we saw MTJ and Ian throughout the route.The hytta was nearly full so we were in the dorm with two other Norwegian guys and a German couple.
We sat at a table set for six so deep joy the food kept coming for that number, main course Elk meat balls mmmmm.
|These guys were transporting luggage|
|Even the most experienced found the snow conditions difficult|
|This is where we were layed to rest|
|I wonder if they will fit the wife?|
|mmmmm better not open that then|
|On our arrival the word had got round the two lads from Wales on snow shoes were now famous loads of guys approached us.|
|I could,nt capture the sun shining on millions of particles of ice from the rain it looked like glitter as far as the eye could see magical.|
|Students had stayed in the ice holes the night before very comfortable|
The place was crowded and mattresses were spread throughout the place, they have a policy where they never turn anyone away well what do you do there is no where else and it can be on a good day -20c
Plans for the next day lets do the glacier.
Another demanding one with many experienced guys commending our snow shoes, many both walked up and down it was very icy.
|Up and up|
|What a plateau|
|Some great cloud formations|
That Saturday the guys joined us for the last night, the place was very crowded with meal sittings at 1900, 2100 and 2230 we were lucky and had the first one.
Ian was keen to do the glacier so the following day yep we went and did it again same GPS track some more photos.
|We had met this guy the day before a bobby from a small village|
|Back again very tired|
A great week a pain with the days travelling on each side but unavoidable, great hyttas, friendly, good food, demanding mountains and unless I have surgery on my bottom I can,t see me skiing up or down such mountainous conditions.I will not discuss the bar prices its pointless.
A memorable week with landscapes and conditions that I will never forget.