The strange thing about Norwegians is that we endure a very dark and cold winter, and when spring arrives around Easter, what do we do: We go to the mountains to get the most from the last snow. At least 25 percent of the population celebrate Easter by skiing. This year there was a lot of sun during Easter, but that is not aways the case. We go skiing anyway.
These pictures are from an Easter holiday in 2008, and I went to the mountains with a couple of friends. The Norwegian Trekking Association have about 460 cabins all over the country, to be used by memebers, and 7000 km cross-country skiing track networks. We were going to two of these cabins, but because of bad weather (we could hardly see anything), we turned back after spending the night in the first one. It takes a day to reach these far away cabins, and in the mountains you always have to be prepared for this kind of weather.
Some houses owned by a hydro power company that we passed on the way. Nobody was there.
By the end of the day did we reach the big lake Essandsjøen, and we knew we would find the cabin Storerikvollen after crossing the lake. And we were not the only ones going there. The cabin was full of people who looked forward to spending days in the mountains.
Since this one are among the bigger cabins you get full board during holidays. But basic of course. There are no roads to this place, and no electricity.
And the next day we returned back, that is another 7-8 hours in the snow, without seeing anything. Never go on a hike like this without a compass, you might not see the trail. More photos from the hike Østby-Storerikvollen.