Written by am on 25.04.2018 at 10:33.
The section between the famous serpentine road Trollstigen and the imposing Geiranger Fjord is a must for all visitors to Norway.
After we had left the lonely Northern Norway behind us, two more of Norway's main attractions were waiting for us further south. The route between Trollstigen and Geiranger is very popular among tourists and is therefore considered as one of the busiest.
In the midst of King, Queen and Bishop
"Trollstigen", Norwegian for "troll ladder" is a serpentine road that meanders up a mountainside with an increase of almost 10 percent. Due to the weather, the road is usually open only during the summer months until the end of September. But we had been lucky with the weather in Norway so far, and truly delighted to learn that Trollstigen was still accessible at the end of October.
On the way to the Trollstigen, countless signs ensure that you do not get lost. The dusk had already set in when we decided to find a spot for the night somewhere close to the serpentine road.
Like so many times before, the wild campspot was adorable, which we only noticed the following morning. We had parked next to a brook whose green color was comparable to an emerald.
In light drizzle, we continued our drive in the morning. But Trollstigen was only a few hundred meters away: well hidden on a mountainside and from the lower visitors parking barely visible.
"Are you ready?" Christian asked, although I was only the co-driver. Surrounded by the mountains Kongen ("king"), Dronninga ("queen") and Bispen ("bishop") the pass road led over an impressive waterfall whose spray seemed to engulf the G.
The road was narrow, sometimes almost single-lane, but it was off-season, and we were once again the only visitors. We did not dare to imagine how many cars we would have encountered here in summer.
Brave and steadily our companion managed the steep road and after 11 sharp curves we reached the plateau. At the top, we enjoyed the breathtaking view and the peace around us from the observation deck. So much, that we stayed for more than two hours.
When we left this stunning place and turned around once again to take a last look at the Trollstigen, it was swallowed by the fog which had risen all of a sudden. Once again, we praised our luck with the weather.
The fjord of the fjords: Geiranger
We covered the 140 km between Trollstigen and Geiranger Fjord in one day. However, as with Trollstigen, we decided not to go straight to the fjord, but to spend the night in its vicinity to be well rested in the morning and enjoy it then to the fullest. Said and done.
The following day we had a realxed breakfast on the observation deck and could not get enough of the impressive view of the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The small village Geiranger, which is known as being crowded in summer with cruise tourists, we did not pay a visit.
Instead, we continued our way over a snow-covered mountain pass - the first and last time we saw snow in Norway. The Norwegian capital was waiting for us.