This was our first trip to Norway. Our week, at Wildair in Geiranger, was the best part of our 19-day trip. We appreciated Wildair all the more after a 6-night stay in a far inferior apartment in Flam.
With just two of us, our first challenge was picking which of the three bedrooms with great views we should use. We settled on the one on the main floor. The top floor was warm because we had an amazing week of perfect sunny warm weather when we were expecting more typical cloudy and cool. You may want a sleep mask in that upper fjord-facing bedroom because of the expansive windows. The lower bedroom is blocked a bit by the hot tub, but would be handy if it was really hot because it's wonderfully cool down there (unless you turn on the heat).
All of the ground floor rooms - kitchen, dining room, and living room - afford wonderful views of Geirangerfjord, as do the upstairs bedrooms and upstairs and downstairs decks. The entire house, including the decks, is comfortably furnished. We truly appreciated the full-service kitchen as it saved us from having to eat out every evening.
The European appliances took a bit of getting used. The kitchen stove is powered by magnetic induction, which we had not experienced before. You have to be careful to use cookware matching the burner size or there will not be enough induction demand to keep the burner running. Once you understand this, the stove performs brilliantly - heating fast without the stove top becoming hot. We also appreciated having a washer and dryer to keep our small wardrobe of travel clothes clean. Starting the grill on the deck was a bit of a challenge, but I managed it twice. Once lit, it performs like our Weber at home.
The goats in the adjoining farm were fun to watch (especially the salt lick at the end of the drive). We noticed no odor from them in spite of the goats being so close.
We were disappointed by the condition of the hiking trails we sampled - muddy and rocky, more like trampled goat paths than constructed hiking trails. When leaving, we learned from our host Bente that a few of them have been upgraded. If you are accustomed to high-quality North American Rocky Mountain hiking trails, be sure to inquire about which trails have been upgraded.
Bente is a charming host, proud of her home and anxious that you enjoy it. She provides a useful handbook to help you understand the appliances and provides other information about the house and the outside environs. She appreciates feedback about what her visitors like and think could be improved.
Downstairs tenant Martin was delightful. I wish we could have spoken to him more about Norway and the school where he teaches. It was especially fun to run into him while waiting for our order at a restaurant in town. That conversation made us feel like we were part of the community. I hope he's still there for your stay.
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