After having visited the coastal camp on Odderøya Island in June, we were excited to make the three-hour journey through the Setesdalen valley into the second camp of the conference. We arrived in the mountain village of Hovden just a week before the snow set in and while the leaves of the birch trees were still bright yellow.
With the 9thInternational Adventure Therapy Conference (9IATC)/3rdGathering for Adventure Therapy Europe (3GATE) less than two years away; potential venues, camp sites and facilities had to be located and explored.
Besides beautiful nature, there is fascinating cultural heritage and knowledge to absorb in this mountain community and we will find ways to include it in our conference program. On the arrival day of June 23rdwe will also participate in the local celebrations of Midsummer’s night by the Otra river. And yes – of course there will be troll dancing in the Hovden mountains!