Fjords, Food & Na­ture’s Majesty - A Nor­we­gian Va­ca­tion Re­told

A Nor­we­gian Va­ca­tion Re­told

The Luxury Collection - - Contents - -By Uzma Ir­fan

The fa­mous Amer­i­can en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist was more at home in the wild desert mag­nif­i­cence of Western USA. Yet his words and sen­ti­ment are uni­ver­sal. And in the tow­er­ing still­ness of the Nor­we­gian fjords, they came al­most nat­u­rally to mind.

There is some­thing about the fjords that hum­bles you into si­lence. It is as if you are in the pres­ence of a su­pe­rior be­ing; ven­er­a­ble and wise, whose re­pose it would be most un­be­com­ing and churl­ish to dis­turb. As I floated be­tween th­ese ice capped cliffs, I felt that with places like this still on earth, life was truly worth liv­ing.

My va­ca­tion so­journ in Nor­way, the land where the sun never sets, has left me a hap­pier and wiser per­son, who now bows unashamedly be­fore the supreme majesty of creation.

My jour­ney com­menced in the me­dieval Nor­we­gian city of Ber­gen, with a guided hik­ing tour. We broke off the usual trails and fol­lowed lit­tle used paths to ex­plore the foothills of Mount Fløyen. Tramp­ing through the forests as the guide tells you all about the Nor­we­gian pas­sion for walk­ing in par­tic­u­lar and the out­doors in gen­eral, one re­al­izes that in­deed this land was made for walk­ing - dark green pines, ice capped moun­tains, white and red Scan­di­na­vian farm­houses and beau­ti­ful fjords – what bet­ter way to en­gage with them than on one’s own two feet? There is a fu­nic­u­lar, of course, if one is not in­clined to walk, and it opens up some su­perb views as it takes you up, but some­how, it just doesn’t match the feet on the ground ex­pe­ri­ence.

May your trails be crooked, wind­ing, lone­some, lead­ing to the most amaz­ing view. May your moun­tains rise into and above the clouds – Ed­ward Abbey

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