Hello followers of Thursday Doors! Today, I am finishing up with the photos from the hike, my hubby took from the goat farm from Flam, up the mountain to Undredal. Believe it or not Undredal is a popular tourist attraction because of its location along the Aurlandsfjorden, which is a branch of the massive Sognefjorden, in Norway’s fjord country. The day started out pouring rain and as the day went on, more and more tourists dropped out of the 3 mile hike in the pouring rain, leaving only my husband, a fellow Russian tourist, the guide, and some goats to finally reach their destination! I think it was totally worth it! By the time they had reached Undredal, it was just drizzling! The village of Undredal, has a population 100 folks and 500 goats! Undredal is famous for its brown cheese , geitost (we learned all about that in a previous post) which is still made in the traditional way. There are eight farms here that produce 24,000 lbs of cheese each year. Goat sausage is made here too! Let’s get to the Doors of Undredal village, but first we have to get there! Aw, the beautiful scenery!
Prior to 1988, Undredal was only accessible by boat, but since then a road connection has been made by constructing two lengthy tunnels. The Gudvanga Tunnel leads to the village of Gudvanga and the Flenja Tunnel goes to Flåm, where we have been. There is a brief road (2300 ft) between the tunnels that has access to the North. So, as it looks, this small group of hikers are really in a remote, remote area. We are getting closer to some doors, I think!
Here’s a few with a great view all around!
It surprised me how big some of the houses were!
Mostly they are clustered together for warmth, ha ha!
This is my favorite door in Undredal! It has a door within a door too and is used to store a boat or two, right on the water……….
This is the general/all purpose store…….the only store to be found………..
And my favorite house was the red one with a red-orange door!
This building sits on the original foundation of an older building……..
and this is an original!
Some doors had fancy entrances…………
This door is one you must look for……..
and this one you can’t miss……..
The rack above the door sets this home apart from the others………….
And this home has a very nice little garden right outside her door…………The folks in Norway are very, very, very tidy!
This door had a chicken foot trim to it……….
And last, but not least, is the smallest stave church in Northern Europe! Who would have thunk? During the Middle Ages, when immense stone cathedrals were constructed in many parts of Europe, in Norway, a similar technique was used for buildings made of wood. The Vikings first used the stave technique many years before! Since Norway is home to soooooooo many rural churches, their services are held usually once a month or every six weeks. This church was opened for the hikers ( probably as a reward for walking up there) and they got to go inside! It was an honor! We have been wanting to the see the inside of one! More of that in my next post! See you there!
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