I cannot imagine anyone ever disagreeing with the statement…Norway is Beautiful. We began our adventure here in February with feet and feet of snow falling. Spring arrived with beautiful Sunsets preparing for the Midnight Sun that lasted all Summer. We are now making the transition to fall as the leaves of the Birch trees are changing colors which is all the more beautiful against the white bark. The berries are out in full force decorating the forest floors and we are entering the time of year when the Northern Lights once again become visible.
We had spent several weekends in a row at home after a busy summer and the start of school. This past weekend, the forecast promised sunshine and clear skies so we called our friend Jill (recently relocated to Tromsø from Alaska) and we all loaded into the VW, including her huge part Akita dog whom the kids have fallen in love with, and drove out to the Lyngen Alps.
We returned to one of our favorite campsites from last Spring to see what it offers in the fall. It was amazing. The berries were abundant everywhere, the huge gushing river from the Spring was now tame enough to cross allowing a hike toward the glacier nearby, and the weather was perfect. To top it all off, the Northern Lights made a beautiful appearance in the sky. It was a magical weekend. We returned home with buckets of lingonberries and blueberries to make breads, bars, jams, and anything else we can dream up. The kids were troopers on our hike, definitely impressing us with the distances they can go. Jill and her pup, Kyeush, were great camping companions. Joel mastered the art of slowing the shutter speed on the camera to snap shots of the Northern Lights…impressive I must say. Norway is beautiful.