Øye the Hjørundfjord

  Thursday, August 25, 2016 / Stephanie / Exploration  

Summer seemed to end when we exited the Geirangerfjord, the temperature cooled and the rain began.We docked at the head of the Hjørundfjord, at the town of Øye; respite from the hustle and bustle of touristy Geirangerfjord.  We arrived late in the evening, and hunkered inside to get warm and dry!  Øye's history knows tourism well.  The town earned a name to fame for its luxury hotel, the Union Hotel, during the 1800's when people would arrive in the fjord by steamship. From Øye, Brian and I tackled our highest Norwegian summit, Slogen 1564m. The next day, we had a picnic at Lyngstoylvatnet.  This lake was formed by a rockslide which flooded the valley. Beneath the lake's clear water it is easy to see foundations of a fjord farm that was flooded and the old road through town leading to Øye.