Altenmarkt im Pongau continuedDecember 3, 2016 in Austria
The farmhouse stopover was at the foot of a wooded hillside and the tall hills around us meant that the sun only rose for a few hours. Consequently the temperature rarely rose above 0°C and with it dropping as low as 8°C, layers of frost built up on top of each other day after day, creating a beautiful coating on the scene around us.
We enjoyed two walks over the three days we stayed in Altenmarkt in Pongau. The first skirted the foot of the pine clad hillside, past inumerable Christmas trees and a frozen stream before cutting accross the flat valley floor along a nordic skiing track. For the second we climbed the hill, which awarded views accross the flat valley floor to the snowy peaks around it. We walked along a ridge from where we could see snow makers covering the slopes. The thick frost persisted in many areas and when the sun broke through and silhouetted the tall tree trunks, it highlighted the frost crystals so they shone, jewel-like in the beam of light. At times we both felt overcome by the beauty of it all.
At night the sky view was clear and vast. The low level of artificial light and no moon, meant the stars shone clear and bright. When Vicky was taking Poppy out at about 5am on the last night, she felt a tickle on her face. Looking over at a beam cast by a streetlight, she saw thousands of tiny crystals glinting like diamonds as they fell slowly downwards. Together with the starry sky it was quite an incredible sight!Read more