Driving to Voss and Bergen - Off the Beaten Path

Trip Start Jun 12, 2005
Trip End Jul 02, 2005

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Sunday, June 19, 2005

We opened our tent to the beautiful Kjelfossen waterfall and sunshine today in Gundvangen, it was hard to get a move on a break down the tent...

We headed off to check out Voss and all the extreme sports Eli had told us about yesterday on the ferry. After a short drive of three Norwegian miles (about 30 Km) we arrived to find a massive kiddy football (soccer) tournament going on. We could barely get into the Voss Rafting (and Mini-golf) center to get any information other than that it was crazy packed and to come back later. We got some information on some of the crazy extreme sports going on this week and will hopefully make it back on our way to Bergen to catch some sky-diving, canyoning, base-jumping and other sports. Because it is such a busy week around town there isn't much of a chance of us participating in anything...much to my chagrin. I was excited to try waterfall rappelling or canyoning...next time I guess...

Due to the craziness in town we decided to try and give Eli a call to see if she was at home so we could check out their farm. She answered her phone and after following her around while she picked up some other Brazilian exchange students we headed to their farm that over looked the Vosso River and lake. Her husband was cutting the fields when we arrived and her son Erlend was home as well. Lucas and the other students were planning on going on a hike with Arvid, the father. After our long hikes of the past few days we politely declined, but sat with everyone in the family room (as they were playing Johnny Cash mind you...) Erlend was also not going on the hike and offered to take us on the canyon walk in Voss (especially after I offered to let him drive the new car). After chatting with Eli for a while we headed off to this flowing canyon that, although small, was really quite cool (you can see our picture here taken by a young music teacher from Wyoming). Erlend told us all about the Bergen/Voss feud between the kids from each town. How the city Bergen people all think they are better than the "rednecks' from Voss...he was quite a character. He is studying way up in the north next year for his Post-graduate year from secondary school and also really wants to come to America, mainly to see American football to watch people kick the "shit" out of each other. I offered to take him to a Spartans game guaranteeing that he would see us get the "shit" kicked out of us...

After heading back to the farm, Eli graciously invited us to dinner and to stay with them on Wednesday, so we headed off to Bergen and planned on coming back Wednesday to check out the Extreme Sports Week and then have dinner with the Skjervheim family.

We took the "scenic" drive to Bergen along the Hardaugerfjord on route 7. It was quite a pretty drive but the Sognefjord and the places we had been previously were definitely just as beautiful, if not more so.

After arriving at our Guesthouse/Hostel in Bergen we parked the car and headed out to Bryggen (the old town) to have a seafood dinner. We met a nice guy from Hamburg, Germany who was currently living in Brisbane, Australia and had an Australian accent that fooled me...

After stuffing ourselves - I had Norwegian Salmon (no different if you were wondering), Ashley had mussels (check out he picture, she ate them all!) - we headed for an evening walk and now are back at the hostel...

Catch ya on the flip side,
- M & A
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