Another adventure began on Satuday when we were invited along with 2 other familes on a camping trip to Sørvika near Brensholmen on the west coast of Kvaloya Island (map). After a few wrong turns, our standard when trying to drive anywhere in Norway thus far, we made it to a small parking area on the side of the road. Luckily some of our friends were there packing up their kids to make the short hike in to the beautiful sandy beaches. It was a sunny afternoon with a few scattered clouds in the sky. We learned that here on the Western coastline of the Island, the snow melts much faster than it does inland due to the wind and long sunny days…perfect for camping. (You can move your cursor over a picture to read it’s caption – not all have captions, but some do!)
Once we made the 15 minute hike in which was beautiful itself, we found a wonderful secluded sandy beack with great climbing rocks, crystal clear ocean water, perfectly flat, soft and most important this time of year – Dry- land to pitch a tent. There was even a nice fire pit with seating already set up. We met with a third family (Ivan from Norway, his wife – forgot her name?? – who is originally from Germany and is now 8 1/2 months pregnant and their daughter Johanna). We had met them a few weeks ago with Tim and Elin. They are a very fun adventurous family and had been to this beach several times before. They said that it is not ever too busy but often one or two families will be out camping on the weekends. It was the perfect place for the kids to roam free, collect shells and urchins, make sea urchin necklaces, build sand castles and climb rocks. Odin especially was in heaven!
Dinner was a variety of roasting hotdogs, vegetables, soups, marshmellows and an experimental dessert by Ivan. He hollowed out some oranges, filled them with chocolate then set them on the fire to melt the chocolate and cook for a bit. They were delcious – in part due to how good the chocolate is here:) There are no graham crackers in Norway, so no Smores. I was explaining them to our friends and we thought we could try with cookies instead – next time. The kids played until late, climbed in the tents and did a pretty good job of falling asleep. It is tough this time of year because the sun never fully goes down so it does not get dark at night any longer. We can use dark curtains at home, but no such luxury in a tent.
The adults stayed up past midnight, enjoying some spectacular light. The pictures are of the changing light starting around 7pm and ending just after midnight. It was beautiful. As the sun went down you will also see the cloud patterns changing. A partly cloudy afternoon turned into a perfectly clear evening and early morning. I love the layer of clouds that rests on the ocean far off in the distance. They are beautiful shades of pink and purple. Magical.
We woke the next morning to the blazing sun. The good part of the sun coming up so early it that it quickly warms the cold night air and allows us to get out of our winter gear early in the morning. We took a couple of nice walks then Joel and the kids and I had to head home (We did get to spot several herds of reindeer on the drive home – pretty cool) Joel took off to Copenhagen for a conference later that same day…busy busy. The fun news is that the kids and I will join him in Copenhagen in a couple of days! Woohoo!