Norway, Trollstigen – To See the King of Trolls
Last time, we visited Norway’s third largest city – Trondheim. Today, we move to Dombas and then we follow a Troll road known as Trollstigen.
Nice walk in Trondheim was even nicer with colorful warehouses giving the city typical Nordic atmosphere. Afterwards we followed the E6 road to the town of Dombas, a very popular city among tourists. We cand find there many shops with typical local products, souvenirs of trolls, or there is the Troll Park. This one was built undergrounds but in the time of our visit it was closed. Dombas is ideal starting point to see fascinating Troll Road which we planned to walk down.
First we stopped by a sacral sight - a stone church with organ made in Czech Republic. Even here, however, we couldn’t see the inside. Pity that one of the two biggest attractions in town wasn’t accessible to the public.
We moved to E136 to famous Troll Road. We had more than enough time to reach our destination so to make our trip shorter we thought about what trolls actually are. We imagined small elves but actually they are fable characters of Nordic mythology that are variously depicted. Usually, they are imagined as giants or ugly but cuddly monsters. They allegedly live at the edge of the human world and eat fish. Trolls know easy evil magic and are not particularly smart. Some are saboteurs, some bring love and goodness. Simply put, every tourist take away his own image of Norwegian troll.
All of a sudden we found ourselves at the beginning of Trollstigenu (the Troll Road). It is a section of Rv63 road. The sections consists of 11 serpentines. About half-a-million people take up for the challenge every year, and more than 100 thousand cars. The section is lined with massive cliffs looming above you. The ascend is also extreme, 800 meters of altitude. On the top, there is a car park with social facilities. From there you can take a road to an observation platform there you can see the serpentines you managed to overcome, and also the unique wild Stigfossen waterfall, or bridges crossing rivers. Before the serpentines, there used to be important trading route, today the so called Golden Road of the North. Officialy Trollstigen was opened in 1936. The ceremony was attended by the Norwegian king himself. About 1000 meters tall Trollveggen, or Troll Cliff looms above it. Allegedly the king of trolls lived there. We haven’t seen any but, on the other hand, we enjoyed beautiful nature, rocks, and water. It was something we would remember forever.
We followed the road to the bay, i.e. Fjord Storfjorden. There we embarked a ferry to move to another place. We will tell you about it next week .
GPS (Trollstigen): 62°27'22.35"N 7°40'12.01"E
Text and photo: Oskar Mažgút; Translation: M.Kucer
Sweden and Norway are Nordic countries situated on the Scandinavian peninsula which gives the country its cahracteristic features. The main natural attraction in the country are fjords cutting deep into the mainland. There are many such fjords in Norway. Areas without water are regions where many lakes are located. Or you can stumble upon some beautiful hilly area, plateau, deep forests or mountain ridge with a glacier. Nature is not the only thing worth of visiting. The two largest cities too – Oslo and bergen. The north of the country tourists usually avoid. If you seek to be on some remote place alone this would be the best choice.
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It would be unthinkable to skip another Nordic city - Oslo. We devote two articles to this city. First, we see the most interesting museums there and next time we'll see the city itself.
We are heading towards Rådhuset which Oslo's townhall built in the Classicist revival style. Its two rectangle towers are hard to not to see. The east tower is 66-meters high. Inside, there are chimes consisting of 38 bells. The northern tower is 63 meters high. The astronomical clock is situated on the south side. The clock is unique and also one of the largest in Europe. Its dial has 8,6 meters in diameter. The hand is 5,7 meters long. To be honest, I didn't like th town hall at first. And I learn the locals also needed some time to adjust. However, they consider it an integral part of their city which is partly given by its beautiful interior.
We can sleep a while longer. Today is a different day. We are about to climb the Bessegen mountain ridge. Its highest peak is Veslfjellet (1 743 m). It is situated in the Jotunheimen mountain area which is the highest in all Norway (there are 29 of the highest peaks of Norway). A third of the area covers the Jotunheimen national park. It is a beautiful place of steep mountains, glaciers, and beautiful valleys.
Many people know Troll tongue. This vista is nothing but world-famous and is considered among the most beautiful vistas on the face of the earth. So naturally we did want to see it with our own eyes. Even though we landed in Bergen, we rented a car so in three hours of ride we reached the beginning of the trail. Tyssendal village is essential place on the trail to Troll tongue.
I suppose that had you travelled to Norway by plane and you intend to see the fjords than you would probably lan dat Bergen airport (about 25 minutes away from downtown). I am not peculiarly interested in large cities still I would recommend you to spend there some quality time.
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