On our way to Solvorn we opted for a tourist route that for the first time brought us from sea level to the mountain top. (The alternative was to go through the mountain in tunnel…for an hour!)  Single lane, each switchback crept us closer to the sun. Tunnels of Poplar and Pine trees gave way to openings of shimmering gold sun-rays that bounced from the waters surface.  It was 7:00 p.m. but the sun was far from setting during mid-summer.  

The Kia Rio climbed, dodged sheep, and tailgated local farm tractors with massive treads.  Something has to be able to clutch the side of the mountain while they prep the land!  We stopped at the first lookout and left the Go-Pro running and took a few more pics and video with our other camera.  Yes, two camera’s, five batteries, two chargers, one remote, one suction cup, two cases, one selfie stick and a birds nest of cords.

Everything used to capture every minute of daylight, which was pretty much twenty-four hours a day.  The sheep pranced along the edge of the mountain, scampered over rocks to find a new patch of slick green grass to nibble on.  Low humming “baa’s” and sweet little bells rung in the air with each  movement.    

A few miles from the pinnacle we reached the tourist route outlook designed by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen.  The structure cantilevered over the side of the mountain showcasing the incredible views and contast of the sky, fjord and mountain.  For the first time it hit me that my husband had planned this amazing trip to explore Norways rest stops, which mainly consist of beautiful scenery and restrooms.

Running short on time we snapped pictures, had one of the professional photographers take a picture of us, gawked at the motorcycles and headed further north. Rain, sleet and snow met us and I looked at Mark, pointed to the Kia Rio and said this is a marriage saver.

Lindy Stankey