Trollstigen - The Trolls Road
We all know that Norway is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and perhaps there is no better example of where to find it than the Trollstigen National Tourist Route. Located in the majestic fjords of Norway's coastline, around 3 hours from the city of Trondheim, is this stunning 106-kilometre-long stretch of road. As it winds its way along it showcases west Norwegian nature at its most powerful, with dizzying views of sheer mountainsides, waterfalls, deep fjords and fertile valleys. Even the names of the nearby mountains - Kongen (“the King”), Dronningen (“the Queen”) and Bispen (“the Bishop”) - confirm the majesty of this region.
Visitors have been drawn to this area since the road was completed back in 1936 - a real feat of engineering given the challenging and remote conditions. Ørnevegen (“the Eagle Road”) is the name given to the steepest stretch of road up the mountainside from Geiranger to Eidsdal, rising to 620 metres above sea level. At Ørnesvingen you can take in the magnificent panorama over Geiranger; the waterfall "De syv søstrene" (“the Seven Sisters”), the alpine farm Knivsflå, and the most renowned fjord in the world – Geirangerfjorden, which is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The stunning, bold design of this viewing platform over Geirangerfjorden really reflects the sheer drama of the view below
This is the Trollstigen visitor centre building, completed in 2012. This amazing design fits beautifully with the surrounding landscape. The eco-friendly design is from Norwegian architects Rieulf Ramstad Arkitekter, who have previously featured in Nordique's blog post on the amazing Narvik church.
Shrouded in mist from the fog creates a real sense of atmosphere and wonder around the visitor centre building
The visitor centre set against the rugged mountain background.
A place to find peace and tranquility in a unique part of the world.