A meetup in Øvre Årdal

Øvre (Eng. Upper) Årdal is a village in the municipality of Årdal in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. I have fallen in love with this area due to it´s beautiful surroundings of fjords and mountains. Here are Utladalen, Norway deepest valley, which I have visited several times in the past year.

We planned this weekend for a while since it came celebrity visitors to the valley from San Francisco and Vancouver. I agreed to drive from Oslo with Joakim and he picked me up early Friday morning. We had a road trip of 4.5 hours in front of us. Through Instagram, I have known Joakim quite a while, but this was the first time we met. The chat was very easy since we had many common interests and a lot to talk about.


Photos in 3:2 aspect ratio are taken with Leica M2 + Nokton 50mm f/1.5 ASPH VM and 1:1 (square) photos are taken with Hasselblad 501cm + Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80. All films are Kodak Portra 400 and they are developed & scanned by Richard Photo Lab


Day 1

We arrived in Øvre Årdal at 11:00 AM and met Eskil. Our foreign friends did not come until the following day, so therefore we wanted to take a leisurely walk to Vettisfossen (a waterfall). From the parking lot there is a 4-kilometer lane leading you through the valley up to Vetti farm (320 m.a.s.l.). It was a beautiful day of sunshine and blue skies. 

Day 2

Next morning our celebrity guests arrived. Austin Rhee, Dan Tom and Dan Lum. All Instagram stars I have been fan of for a long time. Handshakes and big hugs were shared. What a moment!

Our goal this day was to reach a mountain farm called Avdalen. The farm is located at 380 m.a.s.l. and was first in use year 1598. There are two routes to the farm; the marked path, but it is also a hidden path to the top meant for those searching for a challenge. I say hidden because you need to know where it is to find it. The hidden path is called Avdalsskori among the locals and was the only way up to the farm until year 1864.

Avdalsskori is 1-2 meters wide and 300 meters go up to the top.

Austin, Dan T, Dan L, and Joakim

Austin, Dan T, Dan L, and Joakim

Eskil

Eskil

Hiking gets a new meaning when you do it with friends. The path Avdalsskori is 1-2 meters wide and goes 300 meters to the top reaching Avdalen mountain farm (year 1598). Taken with iPhone 6 and edited in iMovie.

Music: Susanne Sundfør - Delirious

Dan L

Dan L

Austin 

Austin 

Avdalen mountain farm

Avdalen mountain farm

Eskil

Eskil

We went down from the mountain, jumped into cars and drove to a small village called Seim. Seim is beautifully situated by the fjords about 3 kilometres west of the municipal center of Årdalstangen. There we had a nice photo session at sunset. 

From left: Dan T, Dan L and Austin

From left: Dan T, Dan L and Austin

I think about how grateful I am to have the opportunity to meet avid photographers from around the world. Social media has in many ways changed my life. It's almost unreal to having met these wonderful people and experienced the Norwegian nature together.

Dan L, Austin, Dan T, Eskil, Kym and Joakim:
Tusen takk, for a wonderful weekend I will never forget!