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Day 19 ~ Can we aForde the Dental Bill?!


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View To the South of the North 2022 on CariadJohn's travel map.

We packed up and left after breakfast this morning. Today was going to be quite a chilled day, but first let me tell you about the teal octopus who lives in our boot! Lyn had decided in his wisdom to bring a big beanbag with us on this trip. We had crazy dreams of chilling in the sunshine amongst the mountains. This, alas, was not to be! The Norwegian weather has been against us, so the only time the beanbag has seen the light of day is when it slithers from the depths of the boot every time Lyn opens it, wrapping him in it’s teal tentacles. Lyn has had strong words with the teal octopus but to no avail. Never mind, it has a lovely scenic tour of over 2000 miles!


Again we could tell by the traffic that a cruise ship was in Olden. This was a huge P & O ship, the Iona. I knew that one of my favourite Instagram bloggers Kat Farmer is on there at the moment, so I messaged her to say I was looking at the ship from outside! To my surprise she replied straight away! Slightly starstruck, and yes, I realise how sad that makes me sound!


All we had to do today was make our way down towards Bergen, where we want to be tomorrow evening. This meant quite an easy driving day on better roads. We stopped at yet another fjord view at a lay-by, had a leisurely lunch, then read, before opting for a mid day nap. Is there anything better in life than having a really naughty mid day nap?

We stopped off at the biggest supermarket we have been to in Norway, in Forde. All we needed was coke and salad, but I snuck away to the pick n mix. To my absolute dismay I couldn’t find it on the self service till, so had to leave it there! Even worse, on our self service receipt we found an extra charge of 24NOK for something called Pant! Now I can assure you no pants were bought, so I have no idea what that was for!

We have stopped for the night now at a rest area on the Songefjord, the King of the Fjords. The largest and deepest fjord in Norway, stretching 205km inland, and 1300m deep. ( Thank you Wikipaedia!) We are parked up, with not another van in sight, just a short walk over beautiful pebbles to the sea, and a little island to the front of us. We picked our way over the rolly pebbles, and I was just mesmerised, so many colours and patterns. I found a beautiful heart shaped one. Norway I ❤️ you!


We had to dip here, the views were incredible, looking out over layers of mountains disappearing into the mist. The water was so clear we could see right down to the pebbles on the floor, and the shoals of little fish. It was not cold either, not compared to the rivers and lakes. Another memory for the Happy Bank. I’m so glad Lyn has chosen to join in with me this holiday. It’s so lovely to think of all the places we can swim together on our travels.


So we are now sat, listening to the rain, still watching the view, contemplating the ever encroaching end to our holiday. Oh, and as for the title about aForde ing the dental bill? Lyn’s very expensive £270 filling that he had done just before the holiday came out today, and he wasn’t even eating one of my licorice caramels!

Posted by CariadJohn 18:05 Archived in Norway Tagged beaches norway hymer travelswithharvey dipping

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Oh no! Hope he isn’t in pain with his tooth! Beautiful photos as always xx

by Zoe Yeomanson

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