Join me in this crescent moon (anjaneyasana) flow - a gentle and calming vinyasa flow, appropriate for intermediate yogis (and for beginner yogis with modifications as needed). Our setting is a beautiful Norwegian fjord in the enchanting little town of Norddal.
A little bit about the setting: While in Norway this summer, we stumbled upon a town that ended up being our favorite place that we stayed during our trip!
Norddal is a small village located about 6 km from Eidsdal (the Sail Inn Cafe offers an amazing view out on the patio and delicious salmon). We ended up in Norddal completely by accident, as all of the accommodations near Geiranger, where all of the attractions in our guidebook were listed, were full. Faced with a lack of options in Geiranger, I begrudgingly reserved two nights at Petrines Guesthouse in Norddal, resigned that we would have to make the 45 minute drive along a long curvy road several times in order to get to the many activities that Geiranger offered. But what an amazing surprise Norddal turned out to be - so much so, that we never left to travel back to Geiranger!
Our stay at Petrines Guesthouse was fantastic. Petrines is a small hotel situated next to a small river flowing into the Norddalsfjord. We left our room window open and fell asleep to the sound of the river each night. I love it when I am able to bring the outside in!
The innkeeper was super helpful, and recommended a local hike for us to do from Rellingsaetra to Daurmalsfjellet. We had to place a small fee into a box affixed to a fence in order to access a private road. Once we arrived at the trailhead, we began to trek through the private property of landowners who had generously granted access to nature seeking hikers like ourselves. We passed many cows and sheep, yet during our entire four hour trek, we passed only six people.
It was the peaceful yet challenging hike we had been craving after going to the tourist mecca of Trolltunga earlier in our trip where we were never alone (also an amazing hike, but a very different feel). The view at the top of our hike was amazing, looking down on the peaceful town of Norddal and the fjord.
I could go on and on about Norddal, from those at the local monastery who made our handsoap at Petrines, to the hammocks by the river, to the local farms selling strawberries and raspberries on the honor system, to our self-guided bicycle trip around town.
Our experience with Norddal is the perfect example of how openness while traveling can sometimes lead to the best discoveries and the fondest memories.
Being able to practice yoga by one of the most peaceful fjords was an absolute delight - I got so lost in the beauty of it all - the gentle lapping of the fjord, the majestic sloping mountains, the seagulls calling at dusk - I forgot we were filming about halfway through! I hope you enjoy the video!