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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In the Land of the Frost Giants: Jotunheimen Part I

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When people think of Norwegian landscape, they typically think of the fjords that are dotted all over the coast. The Fjords are indeed some of the most stunning gifts of nature to mankind, but they’re not the only magnificent area you will come across when traveling Norway. Norway is also home to widespread, lonesome mountain ranges, the most famous of which is Jotunheimen. And I’ll have to admit: This might be my favorite part of Norway so far.

Jotunheimen is one of the biggest National Parks in Norway and home of Scandinavia highest mountains. It’s a paradise for hikers, lovers and nature and everyone who wants to get as far away from the bustle of the cities as possible with the most minimal hassle. In Nordic Mythology, Jotunheimen is the home of the Frost Giants, the archenemies of the Gods in Asgard. A Norwegian poet coined the term in the 19th century because of the areas rough and barren landscape and there could be no better description. 


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I have a weak spot for places like this – where I feel like I’m worlds away from civilization. Where my own existence is small and insignificant in comparison to the age of the mountains around me. Where the world stops to evolve just around me and I realize that I am not the sole focus of the universe. It’s a humbling experience in the best way possible.


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There aren’t actually any roads within the National Park. You can drive around it (though some road are closed large parts of the year due to weather conditions), but if you want to explore the interior, you have to park your car on the edge of the park and unpack your Hiking Boots.


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This is the view on Bessengen, one of Norway’s most famous hiking tours. But more on that later this week!


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Would you have expected Norway to have landscape like this? 



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It’s Travel Tuesday! Linking up with Belinda and Bonnie.


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9 comments

  1. Beautiful! Reminds me so much of Alaska, where I grew up. We've not made it to Norway. I'd love to some day!

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  2. Wow, you know that would def be a place I want to go to with my family. I loved our trip to Norway as a girl, but would love to go back and go hiking through that lush beautiful countryside! Thank you for linking up for Travel Tuesday!

    Bonnie Rose | a Compass Rose - An Expat Lifestyle blog

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  3. I really love the Scandinavian landscape for putting things in perspective as you mentioned, in the winter I am always amazed how generations of Swedes survived the long winters when I have the comforts of modern boots and coats!

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  4. I guess that latitude looks similar all over the world - I was just about to say it looks a bit like Scotland! My resolution for the rest of this year and next is to see a bit more of Scandinavia, and Jotunheimen just made the list!

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  5. Such a beautiful landscape (and photos too)! I've been thinking about a trip to Norway for some time now and I'm now thinking I should move it up the priority list. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I am drooling over your pictures - how I long in life for moments like that as well. I love how you phrase it: "I have a weak spot for places like this . . . Where the world stops to evolve just around me and I realize that I am not the sole focus of the universe. It’s a humbling experience in the best way possible" - well said!! There is nothing better than being in nature : )

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Jenna! :) Nature is definitely my happy place!

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  7. This is exactly how I pictured Norway, breathtakingly beautiful! I've seen pictures of course but when we started emailing the other day I kept thinking about what it's like and I'm glad to see my suspicions were confirmed!
    I completely agree, sights like this are so humbling. I had a few like that in Trier this weekend.

    Kate - diariesofanessexgirl.com

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  8. Wow, tolle Bilder von einer wunderschoenen Landschaft! Leider hab ich es noch nie ausserhalb von Oslo geschafft (und auch das war nur geschaeftlich), aber ich plane ganz sicher eine Skandinavien Reise wenn ich wieder in Europa bin!

    Und ach, die suessen roten Haeuser! Wunderbar!! :)

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