Islands, Fjords and Mountains II

Coming into Rosendal it was immediately apparent that the village lies in a place of sublime beauty.  Huddled around a bay in the Hardangerfjord, the village also lies at the mouth of a river and at the foot of some spectacular mountains on top of which lies the Folgefonna glacier, Norway’s third largest.

Rosendal lies at the foot of some fantastic mountains.
A huge waterfall plunges down the mountainside behind the village.
A view along the river with the waterfall in the background.

Parking the car we set off on foot to explore our surroundings.  We soon came to the river and crossed on the main bridge before heading up a pathway on the right bank which brought us to a path which indicated the way to the Rosendal Barony.  We wandered along what appeared to be a farm track past hundreds of rocks which had fallen from the mountains above and past large flocks of the resident sheep.

Most of the locals appeared to be of the sheep persuasion.
From time to time we could catch glimpses of a section of the Hatteberg Falls through the trees.

Crossing the river again on a small bridge we walked past Treo farm which is the tenant farm of the barony and soon found ourselves entering the landscaped grounds of the Barony itself.

The tenant farm could hardly have been in a more idyllic setting.
A strange construction found by a small pond as we entered the gardens.
A strange construction found by a small pond as we entered the gardens.
The pond was almost choked with water lilies.

Meandering along the wooded pathways in the grounds we soon came to the Barony itself which is surrounded by manicured lawns, flower beds and the rose gardens which give their name to Rosendal (Valley of the Roses).

Some of the roses which give Rosendal its name.
The Barony seen through the branches of some apple trees which bore some tasty looking fruit.
The Barony seen through the branches of some apple trees which bore some tasty looking fruit.
The Barony and some of its roses.
Roses can even be seen climbing up the walls of the Barony.

Having been travelling for quite some while by this point we forewent the pleasure of a tour of the inside of the Barony in favour of some tea in a café which was built in a converted greenhouse which still had plenty of flowers on display to attract the wasps as we tried to enjoy some Earl Grey.

The café in the converted greenhouse near the Barony.

With that done we had a last look at the Barony before heading out of the gardens and back to the car for the next instalment of our trip.

The Barony and its backdrop of mountains.
A last look at the gardens before heading back to the car.






17 thoughts on “Islands, Fjords and Mountains II

  1. The mountain with the waterfall coming down it is called Mjelderskin or Melderskin, likely because it’s bright white like flour in winter when snow comes. It used to be free to go up to the barony…


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