The air seems a little cooler now; the skies are a little greyer. Summer in Norway ends abruptly, and with it comes the promise of those crisp autumnal days, where vast swathes of the landscape start to turn beautiful shades of crimson, russet, and gold. So before it gets too cold, the Nibbler family decided to take a little road trip to the glorious Oppland mountains deep in the heart of Norway.
Mrs. Nibbler's family come from Gudbrandsdalen, specifically the area around Vinstra and Hundorp, around 300km north of Oslo. It's a beautiful and no-nonsense part of the country, dominated by farming, and reminds me a lot of my school days in England's stunning Yorkshire Dales. The region is also home to the breathtaking Rondane National Park, with its majestic mountains towering overhead. At the edge of the National Park is Mrs. Nibbler's family's mountain cabin, and it is here we recently spent a wonderful long weekend with her parents.
But it is this closeness to nature that forms the core appeal of mountain life in Norway. The Norwegians evocatively call it friluftsliv (literally "free air life"), which can be translated as "outdoors living". It's a simpler, quieter way of life and, even for a hardened city-dweller like me, its appeal is irresistible. I don't think there's any way my words alone could ever do this place justice, so I'd like to share a few photos from the three days we spent in the mountains of Oppland. Just click on the slideshow below (if you don't have Flash Player, click here to see the photos):