Happy new year to everybody.
We spent a few days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve visiting family members and extended family. This involved driving through two counties on snowy and icy roads.
We had some snow over Christmas, and on the day we left to return home, it was snowing even more. My husband was driving this time, so I could spend the 170 kilometer long trip, plus two ferry rides, taking photos.
When driving, the scenery shifts all the time, so I filled my memory card with more than 600 photos. Of course, most of them were rubbish since we could not stop for every scene I wanted to shoot, and also the light was not very good most of the time.
However, I found some that I liked, even though most of them were shot through the windscreen or the side window.
We had some spells of heavy snowing, but early in the day there was a bit of light shining through the cracks in the clouds now and then:
For a large part of this journey, the road is winding along the shores of islands and fjords:
…….. and there are also ferry crossings. This is the first of two:
The combination of snowy landscape and water is quite fascinating:
Soon the road winds upward, – we have to cross a mountain pass:
Luckily there is not a lot of snow yet.
At the top there are fences above the side of the road to prevent the snow from forming large drifts on the road when it is blowing.
It is quite calm when we are driving through, but still many signs are covered with snow, – not easy to decipher what kind of danger we are being warned of here.
As it darkens it can be difficult to determine exactly where the edge of the road is. Any kind of markings, fences, or vegetation is a great help. We have to drive carefully also because there are farms and houses along parts of the road, and people are out and about on their “sparkstøttings”, or skiing:
Some stretches have tall trees lining the roadside:
……… and some trees are bowing under the weight of the snow:
Small amounts of water trickling down the mountain sides close to the road, form large icicles over time, and in the end looks like frozen waterfalls:
Even though we did not stop to take any of these photos, we still missed the early afternoon ferry for our home island, and had to wait two hours for the next departure. It was dark when we arrived home:
As it had been snowing for three days while we were away, there was some shovelling to be done before we could walk comfortably through to the house.