Drammen to Geilo

Friday, 6 February 2015

After a very brief but nice stay back in Drammen, we reloaded the car with our luggage and some very useful borrowed ski gear and most useful of all, our very own handsome Norwegian chauffeur. Here he is helping Jon stuff the car..

Amazingly they were able to close the boot after all that..


Lars-Henrik has a lot of experience driving in ice and snow so he drove us up to Geilo while the other Verde-Thon car had to wait until after the passengers had completed their day jobs.  We early-leavers arrived in the middle of the afternoon with the back of the car looking like this as a result of the last hour of wind and snow:

Funnily enough the sides and front were find but the back had more than an inch of snow attached!

Geilo is a fairly low key ski resort halfway between Bergen and Oslo.  There are lots of cross country trails and downhill trails, but most excitingly, the Ice Music Festival is on this weekend which is what drew us here in the first place. We've hired a great and spacious apartment from airbnb for 1/4 of the cost it would be in an equivalent ski town in Australia so we're looking forward to relaxing and enjoying everything about this place and this event. 

Our apartment is on the forth floor of a building with a supermarket in the bottom.  So we could do this..


Yep, we bought stuff in the supermarket, then just took the trolley all the way home - it was more amusing than it was practical actually! 


So after a cross country ski on skating skis around the local lake (about 10k), which nearly killed Jon and I who are really amateur ski-skaters at best.  At the same time Lars Henrik had trouble going slow enough for us to keep up. In the end he just went ahead then turned back every now and again.  I think on one of his trips ahead of us he had time to get a haircut and on the other he was able to sit down for a three course dinner before returning.  Something like that anyway. Nevertheless we survived to make it home, have a quick dinner, then go out to our first official event of the Festival..


Some kind of weird singing and seemingly random instrument playing and a bit of growling as well. The instruments were really interesting and fun to watch and hear them be played - there were ice drums, xylophones, horns and a stringed ice instrument. However the music itself was really odd and I didn't love it. I'm hoping for something a bit more um..musical.. tomorrow night.


Random Photos Friday, 13 February 2015
Goodbye Drammen & Norway Friday, 13 February 2015
Putin the Norwegian Forest Cat Thursday, 12 February 2015
Goodbye Geilo Thursday, 12 February 2015
Ice Fishing - what's not to love.. Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Remains of the day Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Mountain Views Monday, 9 February 2015
uvær Monday, 9 February 2015
Melting.. Monday, 9 February 2015
Lessons Saturday, 7 February 2015
Ice Music Festival Day 2 Saturday, 7 February 2015
Wait for Meeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Saturday, 7 February 2015
Drammen to Geilo Friday, 6 February 2015
I can't believe it's come to this.. Thursday, 5 February 2015
We've come a long way.. Thursday, 5 February 2015
Mesnaelva Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Postcard Perfect Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Free days Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Point to Point Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Norwegian Forest Cat - Update 2 Monday, 2 February 2015
Ski-Every-Day team Monday, 2 February 2015
Kjelke Kjøring and Butt Racers Monday, 2 February 2015
Norwegian Forest Cat - update Sunday, 1 February 2015
Getting through the list.. Sunday, 1 February 2015
Forest Cats and Snow Dogs Sunday, 1 February 2015
Yes. We should all move to Lillehammer. Sunday, 1 February 2015
Lillehammer Day 2 Saturday, 31 January 2015
Hmmph Friday, 30 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 7 & goodbye Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Hearts and minds Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Shiplife Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 6 Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 5 Monday, 26 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 4 - part 2 Sunday, 25 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 4 - part 1 Sunday, 25 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 3 Friday, 23 January 2015
in our hearts and minds Friday, 23 January 2015
Hurtigruten: Day 1 & 2 Friday, 23 January 2015
Goodbye Bergen, hello Hurtigruten Thursday, 22 January 2015
Going Undercover.. Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Beautiful Bergen Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Norwegian Breakfasts Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Over the hills and far away Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Quick Update Monday, 19 January 2015
Ice Hockey! Monday, 19 January 2015
Ski trip #2 Monday, 19 January 2015
Handsome Norwegian Boys Monday, 19 January 2015
This is why.. Sunday, 18 January 2015
Ski Audit Saturday, 17 January 2015
Tourist Day Saturday, 17 January 2015
Snow Day Saturday, 17 January 2015
Thank you Oslo. Saturday, 17 January 2015
Plugged Wednesday, 14 January 2015