Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Weekend trip to Rosendal

This weekend, I went on a mini vacation with my parents. I live in the east coast of Norway, so we drove over the mountain to the west coast. We went to Røldal, Odda and Rosendal. We stopped on top of the moutain and ate at Haukli Fjellsenter. This place has several houses, a place to eat and many rooms for rent, etc. A lot of hiking and fishing in that area. Going over the mountain, there's a stretch of the road that had escorted convoy because the tunnel is being repaired. The side road you take is very narrow and not good to meet traffic there, especially two big trucks. Going to Røldal, we didn't wait too long in the queue. But going home we missed the convoy by just a few minutes, saw the rear end of it leaving, so we had to wait 5o minutes before it was our side to go again. We saw a lot just in two days. We came to Røldal before 2pm, took pictures of the stave church. This one is not that pretty, no dragon heads. The stave church - Heddal Stavkyrkje - in my state, Telemark, is much prettier. I think it's the largest one too, of the few 20+ stave churches that are left. You can read about it HERE and HERE (in Norwegian, but has pictures). As you can see from the picture, a much larger and prettier church than the one we saw in Røldal. Heddal stavkyrkje is from 1250, the same is the one in Røldal, info HERE (in Norwegian, but has pictures). We then drove to Odda. Didn't have a very long stop, before we went Rosendal, where we rented a cabin, with a ocean view, and the next day we went to Baroniet Rosendal, info and pictures HERE. The rose garden HERE, we were a bit late for the most beautiful blooming. On the way back, we stopped in Odda again. Mom and I went on a hike to Folke Fonna in Odda, since dad was waiting in the car, it was only a one hour hike, a lot of uphill. But we never got to Fonna, it was too far away. And by the time we got down to the car it started to rain, so a good thing we turned around when we did. We stopped here and there for pictures. Taking pictures of waterfalls, etc. We also stopped at Haukli Fjellsenter for some good food again. Almost at home we saw a moose.

~ MayK

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A view from Haukli Fjellsenter, and a lavvo (samii/lapp tent). On the lake, waterplanes would land too, I saw one land and take off.

The restaurant part of Haukli Fjellsenter

A waterfall over Haukli.
Røldal Stave Church.

The road leaving Røldal up and over to Odda. The road twists and turns, a lot of building along it, new cabins, etc.

A very famous waterfall, Låtafossen, a lot of tourists looking and taking pictures. More pictures from it further down.

The harbour in Odda.

The cabin we rented, we had the one second door from the left.

The view from our cabin room.

Another waterfall, water going under the road.

Baroniet Rosendal, the entrance, we did't pay to go inside.

A small creek, next to the restrooms.

The side of Baroniet and the rose garden.

One of the roses, taken with my small camera.

I went to get my Canon Rebel camera, takes much prettier pictures, and it had stopped raining.

The garden has four patterns and flowers planted in the patterens, you can see them on Baroniet's home page, there's one small picture of the patterns.

Taken with my small camera, my big camera hidden under my jacket. LOL.

The harbour in Rosendal.

On the hike, Odda in the background.

More from the hike.

Can barely see a factory in Odda.

Some pretty flowers along the hike.

This is as far as we went. Mom went a bit further, but just saw the trail going on and on........


A tiny waterfall/river along the trail.

Back to Låtafossen waterfalls again. The picture above of me, I was standing in front of the left waterfall.

Røldal stave church

Almost at home, we saw a moose. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to change to my big lense.

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