WANDERLUST: NORWAY SERIES: DAY 2
After a crazy first day it was nice to sleep in and relax a bit.
My sister and I are the only two staying at Skabu Cottages. When you wake in the morning all you hear is the wind, the trees rustling and the ice shifting in the lake. It’s really serene and calming. Definitely a nice change from waking up from the construction that was happening back home.
Our plan for today was to head over to Rodane National Park. It was about an hour drive from where we were staying. The weather wasn’t too chilly where we were but you should always bring layers while travelling around Norway. Where you are might be completely fine but head to another area and there could be a drastic change in climate.
Once we packed all our snacks into the car we were off. Its smooth driving in Norway and even with the winding roads the drive is so enjoyable. Our cottage was up and down and around a mountain so we took the same route out of the area, onto the main road. Everywhere you look in Norway is so beautiful. Mountains, trees, fields, animals, it really is incredible. We stopped a few times along the way to take photos but we made it to Rodane National Park in no time.
This area was once again deserted with empty cottages. The roads however were paved and made for mostly an easy drive. The road led us to a parking lot and a few scattered cottages. We were surrounded by mountains and snow, it was beautiful.
We parked the car and went walking along the path. This path was paved but still had a layer of snow on it. It was completely deserted with untouched snow. And it was cold, so cold!
There was what looked to be a lookout point but it was off the paved path. The path and the snow were at the same level so we didn’t think too much about it. We started walking across and BAM we both fell in. We didn’t fall into dangerous depths but it was a little scary. The hardest part is climbing out of the snow without falling in further and once you are out not to fall in again. It was pretty funny once we got back onto the path but I would recommend being careful the next time you want to walk across snow.
We walked around the park some more (on the path) and overall enjoyed spending the day in Rodane. It’s a great area with views of the mountains and nature. It’s eerie being there when no one else is, but it’s also really great. I would recommend paying this park a visit.
The rest of the night was spent taking photos and driving around. It was a good winter hike and a great first experience with Norwegian parks.