Out for a hike above the Guadalcacin Reservoir, Spain.
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Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Heading towards Seville, Spain.

Monday, July 18, 2022

The pretty little village of Sogndalstrand, Norway

We got up early and drove into Sogndalstrand right away. I had read that they have a really nice parking area, but it is closed to motorhomes between midnight and 6am. So they don't want you staying overnight. But I figured if we arrive at 7am on a Sunday morning, there wouldn't be anybody there and we could get our laundry done while enjoying the nice view.

And that's exactly what happened.

And, leaving that early would lessen the odds of meeting someone coming in on the narrow road out...

Sure enough, we had the narrow road all to ourselves.

Scenery along the way.

It was only a short drive into the village, and sure enough we were the only ones at the nice parking spot.

View of Sogndalstrand from our parking spot.


Yep, this will be a good spot to spend the day.

Unfortunately, the bit of blue sky in the above photos was not going to last very long. Which is too bad because there are some nice hikes in the area.

But, we were actually here to do laundry. The small marina at Sogndalstrand has a beautiful, relatively  new bathroom building with washer and dryer. It's all self serve on the honor system and you pay via an app using credit card. Fantastic, and everything kept nice and clean and spotless including a shower.

So the first thing we did was put on a load of washing.

The washing went fine, and an hour later we put it in the dryer. 

No idea why they have to make a clothes dryer so complicated. There must have been a dozen different settings. Ruth says that it was designed by engineers who weren't smart enough to become rocket scientists, but too smart to design a simple clothes dryer!

Checking the clothes 45 minutes later, they were hot, but not even close to dry. We tried various settings and couldn't seem to get it to work properly. Eventually, they were dry but it took far longer than it should have.

We put on a second load, and went for a walk around town.

You can see Max parked on the far left.


This little village dates back to the 1600's, but by the mid 1990's it was pretty much abandoned and the buildings were falling apart. Then someone came in and renovated a building into a coffee shop and people started showing up. Then another building got renovated, and so on, and now in 2022 the town is a nice little tourism center with a local harbor.


Lunch menu.

Fish Soup with Bread 225 kr ($28.80 CAD, $22.20 USD).
Hamburger 225 kr ($28.80 CAD, $22.20 USD).
Fish and Chips 245 kr ($31.35 CAD, $24.20 USD)
Pastrami Sandwich 198 kr ($25.35 CAD, $19.50 USD.

I guess there is no Norwegian word for "fish and chips" or "pastrami sandwich"!

It's a pretty little village.

It took well over two hours to dry our bedding. Meanwhile, it had started raining, but fortunately the nice bathroom building also had a seating area with free WiFi so we sat in there and did some internet surfing. We never have a problem using up a couple of hours on the internet. Ended up booking our Amsterdam to London flight on September 11th. A little more expensive than I thought it was going to be, but we are flying into London City Airport so it is worth it to us just for the convenience. We will land only about 10 kms (6 miles) from Ruth's aunt's house in Hackney. 

We moved Max over to the other side of the harbor where motorhomes are allowed overnight.

No more blue sky.

It was a foggy and rainy evening.

But, the skies are supposed to clear today, and although it doesn't look like it right now, they are saying there is a zero percent chance of rain for the next three days! Which is good, because we've got some nice hikes planned in this area.

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Nice price drop on three different sizes of Black + Decker Portable Air Conditioners.

And in Canada...

2 comments:

  1. Wow - they are proud of that food!! I know y'all haven't been eating, but would you say that those are average prices in Norway or is it higher because its in a tourist centric village? Following your travel plans with glee. I never know where I get to go next!

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    1. The prices are definitely average for Norway from what we have seen. The village isn't a big "tourist" town, it really is off the beaten path so I expect that they would get more Norwegian "tourists" than foreign ones in this little village but I doubt that has any affect on the prices. It is very expensive to eat out in Norway, at least for us it is.

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