We all woke with a little trepidation yesterday – the weather was meant to take a turn for the worse, especially after the storm on Wednesday night. However, we were all pleasantly surprised when it dawned bright and sunny.

We headed off to Interlaken, one of the main tourist towns in the Berner Oberland region, situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienze. The journey took us around the edge of Lake Thun, and it looked beautiful as it sparkled in the sunshine.

The group had time to explore Interlaken at their leisure, and the most popular option was going up the Harder Kulm funicular. The funicular travels up to 754 m in just over ten minutes, and the viewing platform offers a great panorama of the two lakes of Interlaken. Not to mention large portions of chips! Others opted for a horse and carriage ride around the town, or walking along the beautiful river Aare, which is a green colour from the glacier water. And of course shopping wasn’t far from the agenda either!

Our next stop took us into the amazingly beautiful Lauterbrunnen valley. We learnt from Martin, our driver, how this was a U-shaped valley, as opposed to the V-shaped one in Adelboden.

 

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What struck us most were the beautiful waterfalls which seemed to come from every rock face.

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And that’s what we had come to see – the impressive Trümmelbach Falls, which come thundering down the mountain from the glaciers above. The noise alone is incredible! Some of the group made it all the way to the top, where the waterfalls are inside the mountain, so the noise is so much louder. However, the weather finally took a turn for the worse whilst we were up there, although it was hard to hear the thunder over the rushing water! Luckily it was time to head home anyway.

We rounded off the evening with an indoor campfire. It was very special for the whole group to come together and join in with the singing. Some of the songs were well known to all of us, some were more traditional and some were more modern ones loved by Guides now. A lot of the women went away with songs which they had never heard before – in fact, they didn’t want to go to bed, as they were still swapping songs!

Today the clouds are rolling down the mountains, and the group has some free time to explore Adelboden and the surrounding areas. It will be interesting to hear what they get up to!