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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
HAL Tour - , Best of Skjolden, which didn’t show us much of the hamlet, but lots of the mountains and surrounding area. We passed the ice-blue Lake Fantesteinsvatnet before climbing about 4,700 feet through the Breheimen National Park to ... Read More
HAL Tour - , Best of Skjolden, which didn’t show us much of the hamlet, but lots of the mountains and surrounding area. We passed the ice-blue Lake Fantesteinsvatnet before climbing about 4,700 feet through the Breheimen National Park to Northern Europe’s highest pass at Sognefjell Mountain. Along the way we saw many stone cairns, called varde, which marked safe trails over the passes. We lost count of the number of sheep grazing at the higher elevations and cattle down lower. We made a few stops along the way for photos, including one at the glacier where Carolyn threatened Bob with a snowball and another at a lake that was still frozen in places. Like in Eidfjord, the water passes through underground piping to an electrical generation station at sea level. The water in the rivers was blueish-green indicating the presence of moraine from the many glaciers. We arrived in Lom, a small city on the other side of the mountains where we visited the Norwegian Mountain Museum which displays many recent archaeological findings and a full sized model of a wooly mammoth based on remains found nearby. We walked across the road to the Lom Stave Church, which was built in the 1150’s. While churches of this period were built with stone in Southern Europe, churches in the Scandic countries were built with wood. Of the hundreds of churches built, only about twenty remain, all in Norway. After the Reformation, the Lom Church was expanded and converted from Catholic to Lutheran in the mid-1600. Our guide explained the basics of stave church construction without any nails and pointed out the more recent (1600’s) additions. This type of construction has allowed several stave churches to be moved to distant locations. Most of the newer buildings have beautiful roofs covered with slate tiles. We had a delicious salmon lunch followed by a dessert of berries and cream at the Fossheim Hotel. As we began our journey back to Skjolden, we stopped at Elevester to see the Saga Column which features decorations depicting Norway’s history from King Harald I (AD 860) to the National Congress of 1814. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
To get to Skjolden we journeyed down the longest fjord in Norway, and one of the longest in the world, the Sognefjord. The village of Skjolden was at the very end of the fjord which took about eight hours of cruising from open water to get ... Read More
To get to Skjolden we journeyed down the longest fjord in Norway, and one of the longest in the world, the Sognefjord. The village of Skjolden was at the very end of the fjord which took about eight hours of cruising from open water to get to! Needless to say, if you can get up early to experience some of the journey before you get to Skjolden, it's worth it! When we arrived the weather wasn't great. It was raining pretty hard. There was a short walk to the visitors information centre, but luckily the weather fairly quickly cleared up after that. We then trekked up the mountain side, passing quaint residential properties on the way, and stopped at a well-known viewing spot to take some photos across the fjord - the scenery and views were stunning. In the afternoon we met with a local farmer who was from the UK originally but had been living and working in Norway for over 16 years. He owned a llama and sheep farm a short walk away from the village centre, where we had the hilarious pleasure of taking some llamas for a walk around the fields. By this point the weather was lovely, so it was a really nice end to the day. We had a lot of fun! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
Just nice to wander walk and climb to a lovely vanatge point. Another walk toa waterfall available too.
Just nice to wander walk and climb to a lovely vanatge point. Another walk toa waterfall available too. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
I did the rib boat and waterfall hike in Skjolden thru Adventure Tours Norway! This was 1 of my main highlights of this vacation! We had a wonderful guide, Stian who was very fun, funny and informative. He was also very encouraging and ... Read More
I did the rib boat and waterfall hike in Skjolden thru Adventure Tours Norway! This was 1 of my main highlights of this vacation! We had a wonderful guide, Stian who was very fun, funny and informative. He was also very encouraging and helpful during the waterfall hike! I highly recommend this Stian and Adventure Tours Norway! Their company also has bikes available for rent to explore the Skjolden area. Read Less

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