Monday, September 19, 2016

Hike to Hjølmo (Norway Part Six)

Our second night in the beautiful Nærøyfjord was at Hjølmo, a farm we were able to access by pulling up our kayaks and hiking up a gravel road. The farm was made memorable mostly due to the tall nettles and plentiful sheep. We fondly remember this place as Sheep Sh*t Farm. 

You can see in the photos that it was a beautiful place, despite the sheep waste hidden throughout overgrown nettles. Did I mention that there was only one outhouse that required trekking through said waste and nettles? I'm just trying to keep it real. 

We camped out in one of the outbuildings with two other couples. The main house held the rest of our crew along with a kitchen and wonderful wood fire stove. One of our guides, Einar, made reindeer stew that night. The reindeer goes in at the end, so he was kind enough to make a special vegetarian batch for those of us who required it. It was full of root vegetables and goat cheese - a heavy, creamy, stew that was delicious and filling. Some of our party did some more hiking in the rain that afternoon, but I took a break and read Harry Potter in front of the fire. It was glorious. 

Hjølmo was one of those off-the-beaten-path places we never would have known about or been able to visit if we hadn't been on this Nordic Ventures tour. Mud, nettles and sh*t could not keep us away!

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