The Messina Family

The Messina Family
Barcelona 2010

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Winter Fun in Sirdal

On Dec 18th, it started snowing pretty hard here in the Stavanger area. We had several inches on the ground by the time we were ready to head up to the mountains to stay in the Norwegian military hyttes they have in Sirdal. A hytte is a cabin. It has a kitchen and bedrooms, etc. You have to bring linens and towels, food, etc. There are two burners in which to cook on and pots and pans are provided. It's a nice set up. We have gone up to Sirdal (about 2 hrs drive inland from here) every Christmas season. The cabins are always booked and you have to have your name drawn each peak season. We have been pretty lucky. However, no one else made it during our stay! We had the entire hytte park to ourselves! It was blizzard conditions for the first two days we were there with blowing snow and severe wind chills. We mostly stayed inside and played Settlers of Catan (an awesome board game!). We did venture out a few times to sled (we didn't bring snowboards because we were told they didn't have enough snow - which was true...the slopes weren't even open!) We had a great time though! Little did we know that we were all alone because the roads leading up to where we were had been closed! :o)

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