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Isolation in Flåm

As soon as we finished our scientific expedition to one branch of the Sognefjord, we already set the sails to explore the next one. Dario accepted a weekend job as a mountain guide in Flåm, which gave us the unique opportunity to experience another mountaineering skiing paradise in the marvellous Vestland region. In fact, we just sailed back to Kaupanger for one night in order to pack our ski touring equipment and get ready.

Following the straits of the beautiful Aurlandsfjord, we were shown once again that travelling at a natural pace can be the most exciting adventure itself. For about 30 kilometres, the calm waters wind along a coast that does not indicate the slightest traces of human intervention. Huge cliffs rise from the sea to majestic, snow-capped peaks and make one think that the massive glaciers of the last ice age have just withdrawn from the valleys and gorges. Waterfalls thunder between scree slopes and snow cones down to surfaces of rock and thinly forested soil. There, rough contours and filigree silhouettes take turns to draw a graceful landscape that somehow seems as if pure coincidence has placed every single stone in perfection.

If you follow this mystical spectacle to the very end of the fjord, you can detect the contours of the Flåm lighthouse arising on the horizon. Lying on the hillside almost inconspicuously, the small settlement would not suggest at first glance to be the entrance to Norway’s third most important tourist destination after Bergen and Oslo! 

The main happening, however, does not take place in the few hotels at the shore of the fjord but on the snow-covered slopes one thousand meters further up. The steepest railway in Scandinavia connects the train stations of Flåm and Myrdal by a distance of 17 km and almost 900 meters difference in altitude. The tracks lead through 20 tunnels and even turn a full 180 degrees to conquer the great inclination. From Myrdal, trains run some 230 km further west to Bergen and some 330 km further south-east to Oslo. This vast rail network is exceptional in the extensive country where distances between cities are rather large. Numerous Fjords with their steep coastal slopes reach far inland and make it complex and expensive to construct roads and tracks. At the time of industrialization, when major rail networks were being built throughout Europe, the relatively poor colony of Sweden could not afford such costly undertakings. The Flåm Railway, however, was built between 1924 and 1940 when Norway was finally independent. Its purpose was to facilitate the transport of passengers, goods, and mailings between the Sognefjord and the west coast of Norway. Each of the 5692 hand-carved meters of tunnel meant one month work for a single miner. All trains have been completely electrified since 1947 and represent early forerunners of the 0-Emission policy, that the area intends to implement by 2026.

Since the TOPtoTOP climate expedition met with great empathy, we were generously invited to use the Flåmbahn free of charge for the duration of our stay. This time was originally scheduled for three days… Though plans change when conditions change – and this is as true for us as it is for everyone else! When schools in Norway started to close and one tourist group after another cancelled their stay in Flåm, we quickly realized that we would have to plan our program for the coming weeks much more spontaneously.  However, we are in the advantageous position that rapidly changing conditions have become a routine for us over the last 20 years. And that is exactly the incentive that gave us the idea that we could share our expertise with other people affected by the current situation. Apart from homeschooling our children in cooperation with a whole bunch of teachers, we were able to get to see and compare a large number of school models all over the globe. Doing so, we have always been concerned to find the best possible model for our own children: one that would teach them the values we consider important in a century which is changing conditions at an incredible pace! Critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication are skills that distinguish humans from computers and help young people to cope with a changing environment. These qualities, together with a sustainable way of thinking, would turn our children into global citizens who shape our planet for the better.

Our idea was to develop an exploration-based learning tool which allows students from all over the world the opportunity to participate in our ongoing projects. Concrete skills are developed and enhanced through group work within an interactive online community. For example, we want to provide the option to acquire the necessary skills for an open-water diving license so that students can actually join one of our Ocean Clean-ups in a second step. You can find more information on the Adventure Expedition School webpage.

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Due to the current situation, all our events on the agenda are on hold for the time being. All the more reason for us to invest our energy into the new project! Fortunately, we can look after the charismatic Vatnahalsen Hotel in Myrdal during closing time. The massive snowfall of the last days gave us the opportunity to clear our heads doing some ski touring in the otherwise empty area. Salina found her way up here at the last possible moment and spends the time in isolation together with us. Further down, you will find her report about her Journey to Norway, which reads as though it was cut straight from an Al Pacino movie. Furthermore, you find Andri & Alegra’s version of  “I am Sailing” after five months of standstill in Norway. Have fun and stay tuned! 🙂 (Simon, 23.3.2020).

 

Salinas Report about her Journey to Noway (Report in German, for English use deepl translator):

Mein Kalender zeigte Freitag der 13. März. Ich stand auf und begab mich zum Morgenessen in der Kantine des HIF’s. Mit meinen Internatskollegen machte ich Witze über den Coronavirus. Danach verlief der letzte Schultag in der Woche ganz normal und ich nahm nach Schulschluss den Zug zu meinen Grosseltern.

 Nach einer 5 stündigen Bahnfahrt ist mir sofort aufgefallen, dass mein Grossvater „Ernst“ mich nicht sogleich in die Arme nahm. Er meinte, dass man jetzt Abstand nehmen soll. Etwas lag in der Luft und er erklärte mir, dass er mit seinem Alter und seiner Krankheit zur Hochrisikogruppe gehört. Ich hatte schon Angst und glaubte, er oder meine liebe Grossmutter „Rosi“ hätten sich infiziert. Er erklärte mir, dass es besser ist, zu meinen Eltern nach Norwegen zu reisen. Da ich kein Mobiltelefon hatte, war ich nicht informiert und völlig fassungslos und begann zu weinen. Meine Grosseltern trösteten mich so gut sie konnten.

Während ich meine Sachen packte, war mein Vater in Norwegen mit dem Schweizer Botschafter Alain Henchoz in Oslo in Kontakt, den er von Australien her kannte. Dieser schaltete seinen norwegischen Kollegen ein, weil unklar war, ob ich einreisen darf. Der Botschafter riet meinem Vater einen Begleitbrief zu verfassen. Peter, ein Freund meines Vaters unterstützte mich mit seinen Flugmeilen und buchte mir am nächsten Morgen früh einen Flug von Zürich nach Oslo. Ich hatte nur wenige Stunden Schlaf und musste um fünf Uhr morgens noch den Begleitbrief ausdrucken bevor ich wegflog. Während meinem Flug setzten die Norweger ihr Militär am Flughafen ein und meldeten, dass sie keine Ausländer mehr ins Land lassen. Als ich in Oslo landete, hatte ich keine Ahnung was vorging. Ohne Handy konnten mich meine Eltern nicht warnen. Es war ein grosses Chaos. Mann musste viele Formulare ausfüllen und lange warten. Das Militär achtete, dass die Abstände eingehalten wurden. Die Information war, dass man sofort den Flug zurück nehmen oder in ein Hotel in Quarantäne gehen musste, bis man einen Retourflug hatte. Nach Stunden kam ich dann in einen Raum, wo mich ein Arzt untersuchte. Ich gab ihm den Brief und er sagte mir dass ich passieren kann, da meine Eltern ja in Norwegen wohnen.

 Nach einer mehrstündigen Bahnfahrt stieg ich in einem völlig verlassenen Bahnhof aus. Es war wie auf dem Berninapass. Schneesturm und sehr viel Schnee. Mein Vater sagte mir vor Aflug in der Schweiz, dass sie mich dort abholen und ich schon mal die Skiausrüstung anziehen soll. Jetzt war niemand da. Erst nach langen vierzig Minuten alleine, sah ich in der Dunkelheit zwei Stirnlampen. Welche Freude es waren meine Eltern. Mein Vater entschuldigte sich wegen der Verspätung. Sie hätten wegen Lawinengefahr einen Umweg machen müssen und es sei wegen dem vielen Schnee und Wind mühsam gewesen zum Spuren. Nach einer spektakulären Skitour in Sturm und Dunkelheit erreichten wir meine restlichen Geschwister. Die Freude und die Erleichterung, dass wir jetzt in dieser schwierigen Zeit alle zusammen sind, war gross. Da ich aus dem Ausland kam, bin ich jetzt für zwei Wochen in Quarantäne. Wir hüten ein Berghotel, das wegen der Corona Krise schliessen musste, bevor wir dann endlich wieder zu unserem Zuhause, unserem Schiff „Pachamama“ zurückkehren. So, jetzt muss ich wieder den andern helfen, den vielen Schnee vom Dach zu schaufeln, damit es nicht einstürzt… (Salina, 23.3.2020)

Andris & Alegras report about their first time sailing in five months (Reports in German, for English use deepl translator):

Als ich in dem Technikraum stürtzte und und die Fentile aufmachte, um wegzusegeln, stolperte ich und landete auf dem Schienbein. Zum glück kostete es mich nur eine Beule. Ich war es nicht gewohnt, in so einem kleinen Raum zu sein. Ich ging an die frische Luft und begab mich zum Steuerrad. Nach drei Minuten steuerte ich in richtung Arnafjord, um die Wasserproben zu holen. Die kalte Brise, die mir in das Gesicht blies was sehr erfrischend . Es wurde Zeit, dass Papa das Steuer übernahm, denn wir hatten Schule. Um in den Fjorden zu segeln, muss man immer vorbereitet sein. Es gibt sehr starke Böhen, die von den Fjorden erzeugt  werden. Es ist anders auf dem offenen Meer, weil da der Wind mehr oder weniger konstant bleibt. Was ich cool fand war, dass ich keine Kotze aufräumen musste. Auf dem offenen Meer erbrechen die Passagiere zu einer grossen Wahrscheinlichkeit innerhalb von 24 Stunden. Ich habe es wirklich genossen, dass unser Zuhause wieder mal auf den Wellen gleiten konnte, das Segel gespannt war und dass man die Kraft in den in den Tauen wieder spüren konnte. Es fühlt sich gut an! Das Schiff fährt gut und der Wind ist stark. Was ich mir nicht so gewohnt bin ist, dass es am Morgen früh schon so hell ist. Um 6:00 Uhr bin ich mal hellwach gewesen, nur wegen dem Licht! (Andri, 11.03.2020).

In den ersten schönen Fjord segelten wir los, um mit zwei Studenten Wasserproben zu nehmen. Dies um zu untersiuchen, wie viel Plastik in dem Meer schwimmt. Im Arnafjord nahmen wir vier Wasserproben. Was mir am meisten gefallen hat, waren die Berge und die gefrorenen Wasserfälle. Ich glaube, diese wären schön zum Eisklettern aber wir haben die Steigeisen vergessen. Wir blieben zwei Tage dort. Obwohl der Wind im Fjord nicht so stark war, fand ich es schön, wieder zu segeln. In Vik fingen wir viele dicke und leckere Fische. In Bellhagen konnten wir eine Fischfactory anschauen. Ich hatte ziemlich Mitleid mit den Fischen. Es ist nicht schön, sie so eng aufeiander in den Becken zu sehen. Denn ich möchte, dass auch ein Fisch ein schönes Leben hat bevor er gegessen wird (Alegra, 11.03.2020).

Microplastic in the Arnafjord?

On Monday, March 9, 2020, the time had come and we hoisted the sail of our expedition boat for the first time since October 2019. The four months in between, our Pachamama hibernated in Kaupanger (NOR). After our ship was badly damaged in a storm in Iceland, some follow-up work to the main repairs in a shipyard had to be done.

The actual reason for our departure was a long-planned talk at a school on the banks of theInnvikfjorde” – a northern parallel fjord to the Sognefjord. Just sailing along their coasts would have given us more than 160 nautical miles each way. Since the Corona Virus has not made a stop at the Norwegian border, however, larger gatherings are currently being prohibited so that our event had to be called off at the last second. Instead, we kept our promise to two Climate Change students from Sogndal, who wanted to join our outward journey in order to test water samples for microplastic particles. Jana Weghorst from Germany is part of the Erasmus Exchange Program “From Mountain to Fjord” which, like TOPtoTOP, is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. Jana Weghorst: “We are currently working on a science project, which will be presented to the Sogndal Commune and the press at the end of the Winter Semester. The project is about the examination of different components in the Arnafjord, a branch of the Sognefjord. Correlations between the sediment, the bank and the water shall be regarded considering their long-term development. One aspect is the examination for microplastic particles that first occur in the water and later settle in the sediment. For this purpose, glass bottles of 1L are filled up at the water surface on several locations in the fjord. To avoid a falsification of the results by particles from the ship, we paddle out with the dinghy a few meters. The samples are then being stored in a cool box in order to be analyzed and evaluated in the NORSE laboratory in Stavanger.»

The night from Monday to Tuesday we moored our ship in the beautiful village of Vik. On Tuesday morning we sailed into the nearby confluence with the Arnafjord in order to take our four samples. Two of them were taken from locations approximately 80 meters deep, one directly above the reeds, where the water depth was reduced to 11 meters, and the last sample was taken right on the bank of a small bay where we stopped for our lunch break. The settlement structure in the bay gave us a wonderful impression of what agriculture must have looked like in the past. The dense forest and the steep walls of the surrounding mountains have created a soil that could probably only be used after decades of ploughing and cleaning. A building that was already recognizable from a far distance turned out to be a fish farm. Due to the strict hygiene regulations, we were at first instructed to keep a distance. Though, the workers turned out the be very courteous and even invited us for a tour around the basins. The farm raises sea trout that is carried into the fjord when getting older. There, the big schools of fish grow up and will later be processed for food production.

After this spontaneous excursion, we returned to Vik for the night. Our busy fishermen Noe and David immediately got to work and pulled a wonderful dinner out of the fjord. The next morning we had a presentation with a subsequent Cleaning Up at the public school in Vik.

At noon we could use the brief sunshine to advance our return trip to Kaupanger. The stay shall not be of long duration, as our next trip to Flåm already starts on Thursday morning (Simon, 11.03.2020).

Clean-up with Folkehøgskule Sogndal

Yesterday morning on March 2nd, we could make use of the mild spring temperatures to once again join forces with the Folkehøgskule in Sogndal. One month before, we gave a presentation about our Expedition to a very inspiring audience of young adults in the age between 18 and 21 years.

The full-time boarding school offers them the opportunity to take an interim year after high school and think about their professional future without being under high pressure to perform. Affordable fees and a unique course offer attract students not just from Norway, but from all Scandinavia and even some other countries. For example, we met a young man from Fairbanks, Alaska who found his way to Sogndal in Summer 2019.

Courses are chosen according to interests, whereby the school’s sustainable approach anticipates a focus on outdoor activities. A respectful treatment of the environment shall be learned and lived through joint activities in nature. Since this claim also corresponds to our own philosophy, it was easy to organize the joint Clean-Up on March 6th and 7th. Despite the optimal ski weather, a large number of participants decided to join and carry out this project.

We divided ourselves into five groups and collected a large amount of waste, especially on the green areas and along the fjord banks. The positive and grateful reactions of many people gave us a lot of energy and the feeling of having done something meaningful throughout the day. Some of the observers even joined us spontaneously. In addition to relief, however, it also makes you think a bit to see how much garbage can be collected in a small place like Sogndal. Therefore, we hope that the campaign will not last as a single case but will serve as one of several inspirational examples for people to take action themselves.

Before lunch, there was a large barter market in the common room, where people were allowed to store and take items of clothing free of charge.
An excellent lunch was cooked using fresh ingredients from local supermarkets that would otherwise have ended up in the trash before the Sunday closing. Mealworms from the nearby insect farm were served as an ecological topping high in protein. With the eyes closed, they were actually quite tasty… (Simon, 02.03.2020)

 

JOIN “fjord 2 TOP Expedition”

Join the “fjord 2 TOP Expedition” from one of the deepest fjords in the world to the highest peak in Norway, Scandinavia and Northern Europe!

Get an idea about the “fjord 2 TOP Expedition” by watching our training video (made by 10-year-old Noe) and see if that fits you or even your family and friends:

The start is End of March or Begin of May, check dates.

Keep updated on our Facebook Event.

Norway is a unique place where the Ocean meets the Mountains and the Glaciers feed the Sea. This interconnection we like to show in an outdoor activity and celebrate the wonders of Norwegian natural wilderness. Our goal is that everybody, and especially kids, get a unique outdoor experience. Outdoor people are grounded in nature and therefore care more.

We are sailing from Kaupanger to the end of the fjord and have already other sailboats joining the event. From Skjolden we are moving on skis over five stages to the TOP of Galdhøppigen. Matthias Paetzel from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences will explain the interconnection “from Mountain to Fjord” in our first hut “Turtagro”. We are keen to organize further activities that serve the environment. Please send us your ideas.

At this stage, we are already able to transport around 40 people along the fjord. It is possible to join us for some hours, single days or the whole trip. We are excited to carry out the expedition with many elated outdoor enthusiasts!

Here the height profile with the walking times for the different stages:

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If you plan to join, please send us an email to simon(at)toptotop.org with the following information:

  • Name
  • mobile for WhatsAPP
  • Age
  • Dates you are able to join either end of March or begin of May
  • Stages you are interested in (sailing in, 1 to 5 to the mountain, 5 to 1 back to sea, sailing out)

 

Note 1: Participants join under their own risk and are responsible for their equipment, food, and accommodation (see “terms and conditions to participate in the expedition“).

Note 2: Similar projects after the “fjord 2 TOP Expedition” is climbing the highest volcano in the Arctic on Jan Mayan Island and the highest mountain in the Arctic in East Greenland. Keep in touch if you like to join!

(Simon, 02.03.2020)

Sogndal Fjellsportfestival and Presenations

It’s been a month since we got back to Kaupanger where our expedition boat is moored since October 2019. In the so-called “Amblabukti Bay” the steep slopes of the surrounding hills fall directly into the Sognefjord. After the weather was relatively warm and dry all January, the first snow finally fell down to our Pachamama in the last weeks. Hence, the kids were able to build snow figures and we could climb some of the magnificent peaks in the Sogndal region with our touring skis. The “Frivilligen Center” also equipped us with cross-country and alpine skis so that we could switch to the slopes when the snow conditions were less favourable. The centre is an important institution when it comes to community building among newcomers and long-established residents in Sogndal. In addition to the provision of sports equipment, several free events are being organized during weekdays and evenings.

One of our highlights in the past weeks was the ‘Fjellsportfestivalen’ that took place in Sogndal from February 20th to 23rd. In line with our own philosophy, the festival encourages people of all ages to experience nature by engaging in winter sports. Various competitions in the categories freeride, freestyle, ski touring and several fun disciplines were offered during daytime while photographers, sports(wo)men, and organizations were giving public talks, presentations, and discussions in the evenings. The uncomplicated and open-minded setting invited a wide range of people to watch and participate. Many outdoor enthusiasts from all over Norway came to join.  On Thursday morning, Dario and Simon were part of the avalanche rescue team for the ‘kick-off’ free-ride competition. In order to analyse the snow stability, they had to be on top of the mountain at 6 a.m. Unfortunately, the event had to be called off due to poor visibility. However, people did not seem to let the clouds spoil their mood so that the atmosphere was exuberant throughout the whole festival. The whole Pachamama Crew, except for the smallest two, participated in the ski touring race on Friday morning. This was a great experience for all of us! Although Ski Touring is catching up on Nordic Skiing in Norway, competitions are still not as widespread and common as in Switzerland. On Saturday evening we were having a presentation as key-note speakers in front of a dynamic and very sympathetic audience.

The days after, we took advantage of the great weather conditions and went ski touring almost every day. On Wednesday, we also had two presentations at the Kaupanger Secondary School and at the Sogndal Heibergian Collection Museum. The first one was scheduled in the morning with an energetic group of high school children in the age between 16 and 18 years. The following presentation was held in the evening in the seated main room of the museum. The positive reactions of the very diverse audiences during our (10+) presentations around Sogndal showed us once more in a very nice way how many people are eager to set good examples for our planet. This feedback gave us a lot of positive energy that we can reinvest in our projects.

On these occasions, we could also inform about our next two big events that are planned for March. The first one is a cleaning up campaign in Sogndal on February 7, for which we would like to inspire as many people as possible. The second one is the “Fjord 2 TOP Expedition” from the longest fjord to the highest peak in Norway at the end of March. Norway is a unique place where the Ocean meets the Mountains and the Glaciers feet of the Sea. This interconnection we like to show in this outdoor activity and celebrate the wonders of Norwegian natural wilderness. We are sailing from Kaupanger to the end of the Sognefjord on two sailboats and move further on skis to get to Galdhøppigen. On the way,  we stop at several huts. Here, too, we would like to motivate lots of people to join us so that the event could even become an annual tradition. In the next three days, we plan a small tour in the Sogndal region in order to check our Material for the big trip (Simon, 02.03.2020).

 

Expedition report Andri – Life on the fjord:

In the weeks we were staying in Kaupanger we have adapted some kind of a routine. We do homeschooling from Monday to Friday,  we take violin lessons every Wednesday, we attend the cross country- and alpine ski training on Tuesday and Wednesday, and we spend the rest of the time climbing, ski- touring and preparing our presentations and events. The stay gave me also an opportunity to take a closer look at the beautiful surroundings of our boat dock. In this blog, I report on the lifestyle and habits of the people in the region on the one hand, and on nature and landscape surrounding us on the other hand. Some of this information I have gained in our weekly geography classes – others I have gathered through my own experiences here.

Kaupanger is located on a branch of the Sognefjord, which is the longest fjord in Norway. At some points, it reaches a depth of 1.3 kilometres which is a lot more than the all of the North- and Baltic Sea. Fjords are inlets of the sea that extend sometimes far into the mainland. They were formed when the valley glaciers retreated after the last ice age and left trough-shaped valleys towards the coast. The fjords in our region are surrounded by hills, some of which fall steeply into the sea. It is not uncommon for avalanches to fall into the fjords in winter. Most of the hills are overgrown with conifers and birch trees. This typical vegetation in southern and central Norway is called the “Fjell”. Further north the vegetation is called ‘tundra’; The tree line here reaches sea level so that only bushes and smaller plants can grow. Elk, wolf, lynx, brown bear and red deer are native to the forests of Norway. On the coast, you can find big schools of fish such as cod, flounders, haddocks, mackerels, halibuts, stone-bites and sea trouts. While the Vikings used to live here as hunters and gatherers a thousand years ago, all of the food is now available in the supermarkets. Furthermore, fishing developed into an important export industry of the country.

To get from our ship to the nearby village Sogndal, you have to cross a robust bridge to the other side of the fjord. The shopping centre, the university, the climbing hall and the football stadium are among the striking buildings of the town. The residents seem to be friendly and courteous. Lots of them engage in skiing, cross-country skiing, ski- touring, climbing and other outdoor activities. We also practice each of these sports at least once a week.

Lots of cars in Sogndal are electrically powered. In all of Norway, electric cars are promoted by tax breaks, exemption from toll and ferry fees and permission to use the bus lanes in larger cities. From 2025, cars with combustion engines will no longer be allowed to be sold. 98% of domestic electricity requirements are currently taken from “clean” sources. You can find lots of dams and hydropower plants in the mountains around Sogndal. Norway wants to be the first nation in the world to exclusively use renewable energies. However, the country’s economy is also largely dependent on petroleum promotion. Around 440 million litres of oil are extracted every day. Since the raw material was first discovered off the coast in 1969, Norway has quickly become one of the biggest exporters in the world. Nowadays, the former poor country finances its education and infrastructure from this income.

Sogndal lies on the northern latitude of 61 degrees. Accordingly, the days in December and January were relatively short and dark. This phenomenon becomes more extreme the further north you go. The North Pole is even dark twenty-four hours a day in this season. One speaks of the polar night! The opposite is true in summer when the north pole is illuminated by the sun twenty-four hours a day. In this case, one speaks of the polar day. The contrast of day- and night length increases the further you move from the equator towards north or south. In the next few weeks we will sail further north towards Tromsø and I can read my books till late in the evening! 😉  I’m also hoping to see the Northern Lights; a phenomenon that is caused in polar regions when accelerated charged particles hit the atmosphere.

Noé & Alegra: Our experiences at the Fjellsportfestivalen:

On Thursday morning, we arrived at the ski area with the whole family when the lifts were opened. When we arrived we met a whole bunch of cheerful people. Apparently, the clouds did not affect their mood at all!

The two of us were most looking forward to the “Paintball Biathlon” at noon. For this fun game, we had to sledge down the slopes in snow sliders and then shoot three objects with coloured bullets. The competition showed us how difficult it must be in biathlon to run fast and still shoot calmly every now and then.

In the afternoon, we could watch the freestyle competition on the quarter pipe. A lot of people of different levels took part. The atmosphere was relaxed and not too competitive. We also brought our alpine and cross country skis so that we could enjoy the new snow ourselves after the event. Our personal highlight of the day was the free pancakes in the restaurant. After that, we visited the flea market at the festival and then went then home to get some rest for the next day.

On Friday, we participated in the ski touring race with the Pachamama Crew. Sabine and Simon took turns in the race in order to watch the two little ones in between. Since we were the only children participating, we were specifically mentioned and honoured at the award ceremony in the evening.

On this occasion, we also joined some of the talks and presentations. One of them was held by a photographer who sailed around the world like us. Doing so he took mind-blowing pictures of the natural spectacles he encountered on his journey. As volunteers and keynote speakers we got free entrances for all events.

On Saturday it was snowing all day. Hence, we used the day to relax and prepare for our presentation in the evening. For the introduction, we practised a theatre pointing out that events like the “Fjell Sports Festival” depend on a snowy winter. “We do want to ski and not just water ski” was our message. People seemed to have fun with the performance and presentation.

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