Our cabin in picturesque Sørheim in Luster – an area the Austrian philosopher Ludvig Wittgenstein loved and described as scenery with ‘a Quiet Solemnity’ – is our most prized possession. Along the narrow ‘Romantic Road’ that winds its way alongside the glittering, blue-green Lustrafjord, the guard stones stick up like small, black whale teeth. You have to reverse if you meet oncoming traffic, because the road is as narrow as it is romantic. Sørheim is the kind of place where you can win back time. Time at least seems to go slower when you are here. And thank God for that. Sometimes we are in seventh heaven, for example when we get Norway lobster from the fisherman on the other side of fjord. Mostly, though, we are happy just to sit and look out over the fjord. It is so peaceful. It has that quiet solemnity.
We call the cabin ‘Svansborg’. Work on it was completed in 2006, and it has three bedrooms, an annex that sleeps two and a loft with a double bed. It comes with all the necessary white goods, a Danish Rais wood-burning stove, a hot tub with views of the Lustrafjord, a barbeque and plenty of space outdoors.
Sørheim lies between Urnes, home to the beautiful Urnes stave church, which dates from 1130 and is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and the small village of Skjolden situated in the very innermost reaches of the Sognefjord.
We can safely say that the cabin is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery Norway has to offer, innermost in the world’s longest navigable fjord, the Sognefjord, halfway between two national parks: Jostedalsbreen National Park and Jotunheimen National Park. It is a 25-minute drive to Turtagrø, a popular base and starting point for exploring the most beautiful and wildest peaks in the Jotunheimen mountains. And it is just an hour’s drive to the Jostedalen valley and the Breheimsenteret Visitor Centre, the starting point for trips to the Nigardsbreen glacier.
The trip to the cabin in the innermost arm of the Sognefjord goes across the Aurland mountain on the National Tourist Road, ending up in the beautiful village of Lærdal with its old wooden houses before crossing the Sognefjord on a ferry where three arms of the fjord meet. From here we continue to the idyllic Solvorn by the Lustrafjord with its green waters before we embark on one of Norway’s smallest ferries and visit the Urnes Stavechurch.
The next leg is across the narrow and romantic road towards the cabin past the roaring Feigum waterfall which is the country’s second longest free hanging waterfall. Well settled at the cabin we serve local crayfish from the fjord and on the second day we visit the Jostedal glacier or the impressive peaks of the Jotunheim National Park. The possibilities are many…