Summerski at Trollstigen

Trollstigen

Last weekend we visited Isfjorden in Romsdal, and on Saturday we decided to drive up the Trollstigen Mountain Road. The mountain road had opened four days earlier after being closed during the winter.  We brought the skis with us, and decided ski towards Mt. Alnestind (1679 m.a.s).

Fjord Norway by Visit Norway

We parked the car by the roadside, at around 827 m.a.s, just before the mountain pass. From here we had a great ski trip to one of the most popular summer-ski-touring-mountains in the Romsdal area. From the summit, which is on the border between Romsdal and Sunnmøre, we had a fantastic view towards the surrounding mountains, the Romsdalsfjord and the Atlantic Coast.

The skiing down back to the road was fun, the snow was good despite the warm temperature. We stopped at theTrollstigen Mountain Plateau on our way back, and visited the viewpoint where we could see the Trollstigen Mountain Road from above. We could see the Isterdalen Valley and Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord in the background. We continued driving back to Isfjorden, and some of us had a swim in the Romsdalsfjord before we headed back to our cabins in Isfjorden.

Information about Trollstigen and the Romsdal area:
Trollstigen is together with Geiranger one of the most visited attractions in Norway. The mountains which encircle the Trollstigen road are enormous. The Stigfossen Waterfall gushes down the mountainside towards the luscious Isterdalen Valley and in the middle of all this the Trollstigen Road winds its way up the mountainside. There are two new viewpoints at Trollstigen only a few minutes walk from the road. You can hike or ski in the surrounding mountain area. Popular goals are to the edge of Trollveggen (more than 1000 metres vertical fall) or to the mountain Bispen (the Bishop) just above the Trollstigen Road.

From Trollstigen it is only a short distance to Åndalsnes, a small town down by the Romsdalsfjord. Before arriving at Åndalsnes, drive eight kilometres up the Romsdalen Valley to the base of Trollveggen and Romsdalshorn. From here there are great views to the mountains, to the valley and to the Rauma River.

Geirangerfjord and Norway in a Nutshell by Fjord Tours

Drive to the town centre of Åndalsnes, down by the Romsdalsfjord, where you have a lovely view towards Isfjorden and the surrounding mountains. Continue towards Isfjorden, six kilometres from Åndalsnes. A small side step, worth taking in Isfjorden, is a short drive up the mountain road (toll road) to Vengedalen. Drive almost to the end of the road and walk up to Litlefjellet, a 20 minutes hike to a mountain ridge where you can see down to the Romsdalen Valley and the Rauma River and its surrounding mountains Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn and Vengetind among others. You can also see down to Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.

Another suggested side step in Isfjorden is the Kavliheian mountain pasture. Drive the mountain road (toll road) from Øvre Kavli in Isfjorden and then walk for 20 minutes in flat and easy terrain. You will see the inner part of the Romsdalsfjord and the Romsdalen mountains from the road and from the Kavliheian mountain pasture.

The Åndalsnes and Romsdalsfjord area is a “hub” with short distance to many great nature attractions in the county of Møre og Romsdal. You have Trollstigen, Trollveggen, Romsdalseggen and Raumabanen Railway around you. You can also reach the Atlantic Road, Eikesdal, Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord, and the cities of Ålesund, Molde, Kristiansund is just a couple of hours drive away.

 


Useful Links:
Read about Geiranger-Trollstigen-Atlantic Road.
Read about Trollstigen and other Great Photo Spots in the Fjords
Tourist information Åndalsnes – Trollstigen: www.visitromsdal.com

Official page for Norway: www.visitnorway.com
Official page for Fjord Norway: www.fjordnorway.com
Plan and book fjord travel: www.fjordtours.com

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Springtime in Romsdal

Klungnes in Romsdal

Last weekend I visited my homeplace Isfjorden in Romsdal. We have some cabins there that needed some maintenance before the summer begins. It was a sunny weekend, and on saturday I went on a photo-trip to Klungnes, one of my favourite photo-spots.

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The distance from the cabins to Klungnes is 15 kilometres. I had several stops on the way, and below you can see some photos from the short trip I had.

Klungnes is a small cozy village at the end of a 2 kilometre long dead-end-road between Åndalsnes and Molde. If you have enough time, I recommend you to park the car at Torvika, the starting point of the road, and walk to the end of this detour. The view to the fjord and the surrounding mountains is beautiful.

This area is close to Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord, and is a “hub” with short distance to many great nature attractions in the county of Møre og Romsdal. You have Trollstigen, Trollveggen, Romsdalseggen and Raumabanen Railway around you. You can also reach the Atlantic Road, Eikesdal, Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord, and the cities of Ålesund, Molde, Kristiansund is just a couple of hours drive away.




Useful Links:
Read about Geiranger-Trollstigen-Atlantic Road.
Read about Klungnes and other Great Photo Spots in the Fjords
Tourist information Åndalsnes – Trollstigen: www.visitromsdal.com

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A big THANKS to the farmers

Spade in Ulvik, Hardanger

I just want to send a big “THANKS” to all the farmers that are working every day to decorate the fjords. If it hadn´t been for the farmers and all their animals, the landscape surrounding the fjords wouldn´t have been so beautiful as it is today. I´ll post some pictures at the bottom of this blog, pictures of grazing animals, and of the beautiful cultural fjord landscape. These pictures would not exist if it hadn´t been for the farmers. For generations they have worked so hard to survive in the harsh Norwegian nature.

Sinjarheim Mountainfarm in the Aurlandsdalen Valley
Sinjarheim Mountainfarm in the Aurlandsdalen Valley

Aurlandsdalen
An example is the wild and beautiful Aurlandsdalen Valley by the Sognefjord. Most of the farms in the Aurlandsdalen Valley were abandoned between 1875 and 1907, and many emigrated to America to become farmers and start a new life over there. The life was too hard for the people living in the valley. You can still see the well preserved mountain farms in the valley today. Despite the farms were deserted more than 100 years ago, they have since been restored by their new owners, and still you can see animals grazing in this beautiful valley. The Aurlandsdalen Valley are now one of Norway´s most popular hiking trails.

Nedbergo and Stigen farms above the Aurlandsfjord in Sogn, and Skageflå and Knivsflå farms at Sunnmøre are other beautiful mountain farms that you can see from the fjords. For me it is unbelievable that people had the imagination to even think about establishing farms at those places.

View from Nedbergo Mountain Farm above the Aurlandsfjord
View from Nedbergo Mountain Farm above the Aurlandsfjord

Nedbergo (530 meters above the Aurlandsfjord) in Sogn og Fjordane was actually a perfect place to have a farm. The place had more sun than the farms down by the fjords, and the people living there were quite wealthy. They even had reserved the foremost benches in the local church. Every sunday they crossed the Aurlandsfjord towards Undredal to go to church. If they were delayed due to weather or other conditions, the others had to wait until those from Nedbergo arrived before the worship service could start.

Knivsflå Mountain farm above the Geirangerfjord
Knivsflå Mountain farm above the Geirangerfjord

Knivsflå is another mountain farm, further north at Sunnmøre in Møre og Romsdal. The abandoned farm is situated on a small plateau beside the Seven Sisters Waterfall, 250 meters above the UNESCO World Heritage protected Geirangerfjord. In 1898, the authorities decided that Knivsflå had to be abandoned due to the danger of rock avalanche from the steep mountains above the farm. During 100 years, avalanches killed six people at Knivsflå. The last one who died was Oline Marte, 15 years old. On the way home from the mountain pasture, she took a shortcut across the river above the Seven Sisters Waterfall. With the milk from the mountain pasture in her hands, she fell down the steep cliff and died.

Today, many of these farms are maintained by volunteers with small funds. The farmers around the fjords are fewer, and the cultural landscape is less maintained than before. I mean that the authorities should support and pay the farmers for the job they do to maintain the cultural landscape.

An example of well spent money is the National Tourist Routes Project in Norway. It is expected that the costs will be 3.2 billion Norwegian Kroner for this project, money used on maintenance, design and architecture on 18 selected roads in Norway. As great as this is, I wish the authorities could also reward the farmers, and support those who do “the everyday job” by decorating the fjords.

Below you can see pictures that wouldn´t have existed if t wasn´t for the local farmers. So I send a big THANKS to the farmers, for the great job they do!




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