We received the itinerary for our trip to Norway about 48 hours before our flights. The email from our new friend Maria detailed six days of hiking, biking, kayaking, and touring the fjords by boat. We had prepared as best we could, assuming we may visit some of the bigger cities such as Oslo or Bergen, but Maria told us “We’ll be staying in the Sunnmøre area, the birthplace of Devold of Norway back in 1853 (also the most beautiful part of Norway in my unbiased opinion)”.
The short flight from Amsterdam to the town of Alesund proved that our friend Maria had meant what she said. Copper mountains peppered with tiny azure lakes unfolded to the horizon amid vast, swooping fjords. From our home among the various small islands and peninsulas of the pacific northwest, this landscape felt at once familiar and abundant with opportunities for discovery.