We start with a delicious country breakfast, before Stig gives us an introduction to the farm's many centuries of history, which includes everything from royals and pilgrims, the architecture and farm life, and not to mention a rich family history. Then we head off to Ringebu for today’s sausage making course. The butcher shop is located in the centre of Ringebu and is the only specialised butcher shop in Gudbrandsdalen. They offer everything in meats, cold cuts and cured meats that they themselves produce with ingredients from local farmers. In addition, they have a wide selection of locally produced jams, honey, cheese, flatbreads and much more. But we are here for the sausages, which we will stuff and season ourselves; this will be fun. So today's lunch speaks for itself, it's sausage!
It’s easy to feel tired and lazy after the self made lunch, so to fight this off, we simply get on a bike and cycle along Panoramaveien to Ringebu Stave Church and Prestegard. (We arrange transport for those who do not want to bike). Ringebu Stave Church was built around 1220 and is the largest of Norway's 28 wooden stave churches. Right next door we find Ringebu Prestegard, a cultural gem with 12 acres of well-kept garden, consisting of various areas, plateaus and flower beds, where it abounds with historic plants. This is really an experience for the senses; which one of the 150 rose varieties smells the best? And do we know the name of the 18 berry bushes they have here? A small shop sells products made from the garden, and there is an art gallery in the old, restored buildings. In 2020, a separate exhibition based on Lars Mytting's novel "Søsterklokkene" opened, the book digs into the legend around Ringebu and the stave church.
We drive back to the farm hotel where we can relax and have some time on our own. If you want to explore the area, you will find that the field below the farm is not inhabited by a flock of grazing sheep as expected, but 21 elongated, graceful bodies cast in bronze, which look out over river Gudbrandsdalslågen. This is the artwork "Flock" by Gitte Dæhlin.
Tonight there will be dinner at a pleasant, local restaurant in the centre of Ringebu.
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