Trip Start Aug 26, 2012
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Flag of Norway  , Trondelag,
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I had been watching the local weather forecast for a couple of weeks before our departure, and it was invariably worrying! Temperatures hovered around 11degrees, with some serious rain also forecast! I hadn't fully appreciated that, being on approximately the same latitude as Iceland may result in a little "freshness" in the weather.

It was therefore a very pleasant surprise to find our first full day was beautifully sunny from dawn till dusk. The temperatures were a little cool in the morning, so we were sporting coats as we explored the lovely beach, but by the time we stopped at the beach cafe just after noon the sun was beginning to warm things up.

We decided to risk a couple of coffees and an orange juice without first asking how much they were - although everything in Norway is expensive, I didn't want to seem like Scrooge on our first day! As it happened, that little round of drinks was probably the same you'd pay in London, so we could relax!!

Although being rather remote, the people that run the restaurant/cafe have a larger building set back from the beach which works as a sort of conference centre (on a small scale). Whilst we had our coffee a group of 12 - 15 Norwegians were having their lunch, presumably on a break - initially we guessed they might be teachers, but as the schools are already back in Norway, that must be wrong. We were briefly entertained while the men in the group played beach volleyball whilst awaiting their first course, then a kite-surfer kept up the fun, although after about 45 minutes he gave up as the wind wasn't strong enough.

By this time we were quite hungry ourselves so decided to have lunch in the restaurant. It must be one of the best places I have ever eaten - simply because the location is so beautiful. The building is rather like a glass cube sat on the beach, so, no matter what the weather you have a perfect view across white sand to the sea (which yesterday was a sparkling blue).

Fortunately the lunch menu was affordable! Liz had fish stew, whilst Olivia and I sampled the lamb sausages (made from the lambs who graze the fields just below our "cottage"!) We followed this with a brownie, which we ate outside reading in the sun, which was now actually warm! We discovered that our waitress had spent the spring at Brighton University as part of her degree course, and saw the Amex Stadium every day she was there!

After lunch we sat reading on our terrace with the most fabulous views out to sea. And then, at about 5pm, Olivia suggested we went for a swim! We had brought wet suits with this in mind, but I had imagined that when it came to the crunch I would be the only one fool enough to take the plunge. However, I was both surprised and delighted that even Liz was up for it.

Fortunately the beach was deserted (although there were a few people on the terrace of the cafe). The tide was most of the way out, and the beach was gently sloping, and very sandy, so it was a great place to swim. The only problem was the temperature of the water! Obviously wet suits protect you from the worst, but we didn't stay in too long....

Suitably refreshed we returned to our little home, where there is even an outdoor shower, which was very useful (especially as it had a hot tap as well as the cold).

We ended the day with a trip over the very interesting bridge to the next island, which is rather bleak - it protects Stokkoya from the westerly winds, and the next stop is Iceland. I'm not sure I'd fancy being there in the winter!
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