Witnessing Transformation

There is something magical about caring for something and witnessing its transformation: a new leaf, a budding flower, a growing vegetable. Gardening is about life. About connecting with the soil and earth—connecting with our ecosystem. And it’s not just for people who have lots of land. You can grow on your balcony, vertically, and even indoors. You don’t even need seedlings. You can start from herbs and vegetables you bought at the grocery store. 

Perhaps access to a few fresh vegetables doesn’t seem like much (most of us still need to go to the grocery store!), but as writer and illustrator Alex Testere states, a plant can provide much more than just food, it has the ability to offer “a powerful force of positivity in a time when that’s hard to find.”

As I gather fresh greens from the garden at Grøvdal Inn, hands covered in soil, daughter by my side, and the breathtaking mountains ahead, I can’t help but feel grateful to be surrounded by nature’s beauty. I am thankful to witness the unfolding of a beautiful transformation: our child, our garden, our home.

Freedom of the hills

There’s a sense of complete freedom here. Trails to yourself—steep, slippery, rugged, exposed and demanding. The more the trails, mountains and weather ask of you, the more they expect of you, and the more they seem to give back: that sense of complete freedom and being alive. As Covid-19 takes away the freedom of so many across the world right now, we hope that people are able to find it in other ways—perhaps through new routines, new perspectives, new goals—and of course, when the time again permits, through travel and adventure. Here at Grøvdal Inn we are feeling grateful for the opportunity to experience the sense of freedom that one experiences in the mountains, completely in union with nature. And soon we hope to share the endless adventures Norway has to offer with you too: hiking, running, cycling, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing and more. We look forward to bringing people together at Grøvdal Inn and sharing with each other what it means to each person to feel alive.

Why we went to the mountains

Like Walden in the woods, this too is why we moved here to the mountains of Norway.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.”

Henry David Thoreau, 1854