After the evening out at Vøringsfossen I had two following days off from work. Saara and I had talked the week before about going on a hike on the Hardangervidda and had landed on taking the car up Hjølmo and walking to Viveli. She was keen to extend her hike into a two day hike, going onwards from Viveli to Stavali where she would sleep the night before making her way to Kinsarvik the next morning. Me not being in shape, having appropriate equipment or enough days off opted opted therefore to just do the 1.5 hour walk to Viveli before I would say goodbye and head back to the car. The weather that day was gorgeous, with bright blue skies and a light summer breeze, perfect for hiking on the mountain plateau. To get to Hjølmo we had to drive up a steep, narrow and windy road, and I was so proud of my car for doing so well all the way up to the top. When we stepped out of the car we were greeted by the breathtaking vast landscape, painted with snow spotted peaks and mosaics of fresh grass green and mossy brown rocks. The landscape was breathtaking, and the fauna and flora equally as exciting. As we walked on the DNT marked paths, among the fresh green birch trees, all twisted and turned from the harsh weather conditions from the rest of the year, we heard unfamiliar song from local bird species. From the car we headed further up a peak that gave us a view of Hårteigen, a famous mountain in the area often used by hikers for orientation that looked from our perspecitve like a top hat. We then headed into the valley towards Viveli, past marshes, old seter-houses and crystal clear, blue waters roaring over large rounded rocks. As we walked past an open spot we heard some ruffles in the undergrowth and saw three fat, flat looking rodents flash by, and concluded that they looked pretty close to lemmings! We made it to a bridge that crossed the river and had our lunch, before we parted our ways and I turned back to the car park. One of my favourite things from the trip was drinking the refreshing cold ice melted water from the rivers.