NORWAY ­čç│­čç┤ series part 3: ‘Picture perfect’

Dumpster diving, fjords and all those views!

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Last post I was referring to one of my favourite places I have ever hiked. Before sharing you the spectacular view we need to go back half a day.

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We got a lift from a really nice guy living in a village near Molden. From the spot we put the tent up you could see the fjord, mountains, waterfall, light from the village nearby and what is more, the sunset. It was one of the nicest evenings. Not just because we had the perfect camping spot but we got lots of FREE food.

Here you go, trick from the poors’ sleeve nr 3: Dumpster diving. Yes, you heard me right. I know this is very controversial subject and to be honest, I am probably not the right person to tell this or share the experience but I can just introduce you what options you have while travelling on a budget. ┬áDumpster diving in Scandinavia and dumpster diving in Poland probably will be completely different experiences but can save you LOTS OF MONEY either way. I am quite a picky eater when it comes to expiry dates. However, in Norway I saw a completely different aspect of it. That night Tom came back from the bins behind the shops with 5 Bolognese sauces and they were NOT expired, not opened, not gone bad, nothing. One out of 6 in the pack had broken and they threw away the whole box. We have also found some bread, cheese and ham, smoked fish, juice, all sealed and fine. Sometimes just expired today, yesterday or usually not even close to the expiry date.

My first step was to just be willing to eat the food from a bin. It sounds disgusting if you put it that way but why not if you can literally see, there is nothing wrong with it. I am still not eating food that is a bit iffy, especially meat products (another phobia I have) and you do need to be cautious in order not to get any food poisoning. I have never really dumpster dove myself, I have my own diver with me. I don’t think it’s weird or wrong but I am not there yet to do it myself. Seeing how much perfectly fine food people throw out (especially shops) makes me rethink about everything I thought I knew. People are starving in every single country in the world and shops just throw out food like it’s noone’s business. WHY? Because we take the┬áexpiry dates and other dates as something they are not. Among many others┬áNational Geographic has an article about this as well, showing how much food and money America wastes every year because people do not understand that expiry date shows quality but not safety. They claim that the smell/look/taste gives you better idea about the safety of the food than an expiry date. So here you go.

Tom also found a beach chair next to the bin and insisted carrying it around the whole time… GREAT!┬áSo in the morning we took off with a whole bunch of food AND a beach chair. We got a lift by a taxi driver who recommended having a hike in the mountain nearby. Meeting another couple suggesting to hike Molden, we decided, why not. We got dropped off at the car park in the woods. It was supposed to be just couple of hour hike so we decided to leave the bags in the woods near the car park. This couple of hours up and couple of hours down is the best length of a hike for me. It doesn’t tire or bore you too much but is enough to experience amazing views.

Already on our way up we saw nice blackberries and blueberries waiting someone (us) to pick them up. On the first viewpoint I was already blown away. WOW! The way the woods made the mountains look so exotic! Well just look at that! The mountains, fjords, boats, woods… WOW!

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I have noticed that I like the views half way up better than on the very top. The mountains look closer and I think the pictures are better as well. What do you think?

Like in Gausta, I was running down like a goat. Half way down we decided to fill all our boxes with blueberries as they were so big and juicy. We even made couple of other people follow our lead and do the same. When we reached blackberries Tom got a little carried away and I was too thirsty to wait for him so I decided to go to the bags by myself. While I was walking down towards the car park I heard some crazy noise from the woods. I saw something black flashing between the trees and I just froze. Is it a bear??? What am I supposed to do now? Run? Stay still? Oh sh**! As I was about to make the fastest sprint I have ever done in my life the ‘something black’ came out from the woods. Yeah, it wasn’t a bear… It was a cow. The damn cow was doing… I don’t know what in there but for sure it did not sound like a cow. Yeah, seems like cows don’t really like me.

Down from Gausta, next stop… well as far on the way to Lofoten as possible. That means the next couple of days on the road again. we chose to hitchhike up to Lofoten from the main road until Mo i Rana and then take the longer but much recommended coastal road.

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One of the views on the road to our camping site.

That evening we made it to Skei. We slept on a piece of grass by the fjord. Amazing view! Was not as private as one would like but perfectly peaceful and calm. In this part of Norway all the drivers seemed to be especially generous and interested in showing us around. They don’t just tell you what to see but also are willing to make stops and walk around with you. One guy even introduced us all of the people living in the valley. Yeah…

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They even insisted taking pictures of us.. which we never do unless someone offers and I don’t want to be impolite. So whenever I post a ‘couple’s picture’ know it was not planned!

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The best part of the fjords. It looks soooooooo amazing with the mountains and ships and all that jazz. One thing (a bit scary) in all this is having an emergency on the road. We saw an ambulance trying to pass on the road and it took forever just to take one turn. That is scary! People don’t really realise that it’s not a random guy trying to make it to work on time in the morning. Unfortunately, that’s how they respond, stopping in the middle of the road, keep driving and that’s why it takes forever to just pass one damn turn.

After most of the day in a car and rest in a ferry we made it to Trollstigen. And first time ever we were not the only ones with a tent.┬áHow I got lost on that mountain… twice and how we got saved by a farmer you can read from the next post!

 

To be continued…