- Hiking / Trekking
I drove to Jostedal after visiting Bergen on the west coast. It was a five hour long drive, but the views were enough to take your breath away. It was probably one of the best chance road-trips that I took in Norway.
The park itself has an impressive range of flora and fauna, even though nearly half of it is covered in ice. I was blown away by the beauty and the colours of the Jostedal Glacier National Park, and I was so excited when I found out that we were going to climb it. Equipped with crampons and an ice axe, we were able to climb the ice roped together with five or six people. I found it pretty tough going to begin with, particularly when it came to finding a foothold in the ice, not to mention the rope that's constantly tugging at you and forcing you to correct your balance all the time. I'm just sorry that we weren't given more information in advance, which would undoubtedly have given me more confidence in the exercise.
At the end of the experience, you come out with respect for the forces of nature and the people who live alongside them every day.