After our trip with the gondola, we got back in the car to continue the journey. To get to where we were headed we drove one of Norway’s most famous roads called Trollstigen, meaning the troll path.
It is part of Norwegian County Road 63 that connects the town of Åndalsnes in Rauma and the village of Valldal in Norddal Municipality. It is a popular tourist attraction due to its steep incline of 10% and eleven hairpin bends up a steep mountainside.
The road is narrow with many sharp bends, and although several bends were widened during 2005 to 2012, vehicles over 12.4 metres (41 ft) long are prohibited from driving the road. At the 700-metre (2,300 ft) plateau there is a car park and several viewing balconies overlooking the bends and the Stigfossen waterfall.
Trollstigen is closed during late autumn and winter. A normal operating season stretches from mid-May to October, but may sometimes be shorter or longer due to weather conditions.
Trollstigen was opened on 31 July 1936, by King Haakon VII after eight years of construction.
A major tourist facility including a restaurant was completed in 2012. Several viewing platforms have been constructed and older constructions improved upon.
I had been dreading driving this road a little bit, but as there was not too much traffic it was not scary at all. The sights on the way was really amazing and the little walk around the top to see the views was really something else.
Hope you are enjoying you weekend.