Day 9 – Bismo to Hoydalsvatnet

We were rather unmotivated to do anything as it was grey again. However after a little while the blue returned to the sky. Yay. We left Bismo with blue sky and headed to Lom. Despite the sun it was rather cold. In Lom we found a supermarket that was open on Sunday for special “summer times” and we bought lots of delicious goodies. Then we headed off to the Lom bakery recommended by Jakob. We bought a super yummy fruit and nut loaf and devoured half of it. We then promptly bought a second loaf.

Then it was a few hours of cycling up the Bv55 until we got bored of it. We turned off the road and are camping beside a lake. And it’s not raining! There was even a patch of sunshine a while ago. Amazing…

We cooked up a delicious feast of salmon vegies and rice and devoured it.

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The view from our campsite at a lake off a side road along the Bv55. Please take extra care when viewing this picture to note that it is in fact not raining. It is also worth noting that Photoshop was not used to remove rain from this photo.

Above: The view from our campsite at a lake off a side road along the Bv55. Please take extra care when viewing this picture to note that it is infact not raining. It is also worth noting that Photoshop was not used to remove rain from this photo.

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Above: A yummy dinner of salmon rice. Yummy.

Day 8 – Slaeom Hut to Bismo

We have just rented a little cabin in the village Bismo for the night. Strangely enough the cabins cost not much more than camping and as it’s around 12 degrees outside and we were cold from cycling we decided why not.

The day started in our glorious DNT hut in the Breheimen national park. Unfortunately the weather was doing silly things again. It wasn’t really nice enough to go on a side mission further into the park so we headed back out the way we had come in.

We collected our bikes and dropped the hut key in at Sota Saeta on the way back. Realising we’d be pushing it to get to the supermarket before they closed I did some speedy cycling arriving just 1 hour and 5 minutes too late. It turns out they close even earlier than we had thought.

A bit of riding and we found our cabin.

Day 7 – Near Bismo to Slaeom hut

The weather was finally doing good things. It was quite warm and reasonably sunny and there was a decent helping of blue sky above. We set off from our camp site and headed slowly up hill to the DNT (the Norwegian hiking association – they have a huge number of huts all over Norway) hut named Sota Saeta (actually written with a funny ae contraption). The friendly staff there lent us the DNT cabin key and we carried on cycling towards a second hut further up the valley named Slaeom. We dumped our bikes and extra gear in some bushes and wrapped our spiffy all purpose camo-tarp around everything. Now that our gear was invisible to all but the most hardened military types we set off on foot towards the hut.

The route in was nice and we were treated to some sunshine amongst the rain that had started during the bike ride. The track took us up a wide valley winding over large flat stones, through rivers, plenty of bog, and then onwards along the left hand side of a big lake. It was looking more snowy by this time and we trapsed through the occasional snow drift me, in my jandals.

We reached the hut around 9:30 pm and it was mighty nippy. We used our magic key and let ourselves into a really nice little mountain hut. In fact there were two, one larger and a smaller one not far away. We failed to get the gas stove going in the bigger hut so lit the fire instead. It wasn’t long until the cold had been banished and we had sauna temperatures. We cooked a feast on the pot belly stove and amused ourselves looking through all the food in the store room of the hut.

DNT huts are extremely nice. I really like NZ huts but DoC could learn a thing or to! I guess it’s a different style. It’s possible to walk in carrying just some warm clothes to one of these DNT huts. Food, cooking facilities, cutlery, and duvets are provided. And it being Norway rather than one of the backward countries in central Europe you can pay for everything by writing your credit card number on a form and posting it in the payments box.

We got stuck into the hot chocolate and Twinings earl grey tea. Mmmm both were very good. We were amused to see that most of the food was past its best before date. Amused but not worried. Rice can’t really go bad that quickly.

Yay for our little mountain hut.