Arriving to the Oslo Gardermoen airport in the afternoon, we picked up our rental Volvo and took the road to the South – to Kristiansand on the southernmost tip of the country. Driving experience was similar to Swedish one – calm drivers with fluid, speed limit respecting traffic – a real joy to drive on such roads.
After a short night’s sleep in a camp, just outside of Kristiansand, we were greeted by a sunny morning and the dawn brought a symbolic start of our Norwegian experience.
You can’t get a better start of a journey than this – sunlit calm waters of mini fjord by the camp.
Rocks covered by bushes, moss and lichen and a view of the North sea.
Small house in the little fjord – must be the pirate’s stronghold 😉
Our goal for today was reaching Stavanger, but in the process, see the southern part of the country and the prize of the day, climb and see the famous Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) cliff.
It is not likely, that you will drive really fast in Norway. Usual out-of-the-town speed limit is 80km/h so plan your travel times well ahead with plenty of reserve.
As we went along, landscape changed from rather flat to quite hilly.
Some clouds threatened to spoil our good weather luck by this fjord.
But soon the sun prevailed and the bright house colors started to reflect in the lakes.
Did I mention reflections before? Yes, Mirror like reflections!
Peaceful farms with mountains in the background.
The scenery started to become more and more beautiful.
And countless lakes and rivers spread between fjords and mountains. It’s hard to find such a picteresque place, that just goes on and on…
Below the steep mountain side towards even more mountains.
Glacier valleys and a multitude of colours – driving long distances as we did is a breeze with the scenery like this!
Just a short ride to the Preikestolen starting point – waiting for the short ferry ride. Bridge connects both sides of Lysefjord.
Tightly packed for 10 minutes and we are off towards new adventures.
Small island at the beginning of the Lysefjord.