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Our trip to Aalesund, Norway

We are very lucky to have some Norwegian friends as neighbours when we go to France for the summer. A couple of years ago they came to visit us in Yorkshire and we showed them the sights. This half term we finally made the return trip to see them in their beautiful home city of Aalesund, which is about a third of the way up Norway right on the coast/fjords. I’ve actually been there before about 20 years ago when I was, unlikely as it seems, invited to go to a Velux window factory there in my capacity as editor of Professional Roofer magazine (I’ve had some weird jobs but that one had its perks). It’s not a place I ever thought I would be fortunate enough to return to but I’m so very glad I did. What a magical place for breathing the fresh air, enjoying the countryside and for photography. We enjoyed amazing Norwegian hospitality and the children even went to Norwegian school one day. Tak!

On the first day the sun shone brightly. It was about -20 degrees but we didn’t care. To get to the mountains to ski we had to take a ferry across the fjord. Then when we got to the top of the first piste, we looked down on a spectacular view of Geiranger Fjord. Incredible.

The next day we were persuaded to try what the Norwegians call ‘ordinary skiing’. Nothing ordinary about it! It was extremely difficult balancing on ridiculously thin long skis and I spent most of my time with my face in the snow. Still, another lovely way to enjoy the countryside if you don’t mind making a fool of yourself. Here are the children before we set off. The sledge is the style they all seem to have. Funny how the little things are the biggest differences.

There was a lovely sunset as we drove back. I photographed it very badly but I had to include it as I made Aud stop the car so I could try!

Day three was spent exploring the city, climbing up a hill to see the view.

Penguins! Did I mention it was cold?…

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