We have lost a member of the crew on our 4th day of this journey: Tobias Johansen, our Project Manager, was called by duty back to Oslo.
Luckily we would still have 3 more days to explore the Northwestern part of Norway, though! We have then said goodbye to the lovely city of Åndalsnes and its awesome landscapes. Look at this view:
We drove on the road of sharp curves of Trollstigen, a serpentine path that connects Åndalsnes to Valldal. This route is famous among tourists for its amazing views, its countless waterfalls and the high moountains that surpasses a beatiful valley of crystal-clean water streams, formed by melted snow.
During the peak season, over 2.500 vehicles pass by this road daily and the yearly amount can be as high as 150.000 cars! The road is closed during fall and winter seasons, for safety reasons.
Trollstigen was originally opened by King Haakon VII in 1936, after 8 years of construction. After this route was stablished as a popular tourist destination, the Ministry of Transport and Communications has decided to create a visitors centre in 2012.
Continuing to go up on the road, we met the always-frozen mountain peaks, covered in snow and with a proper Norwegian soundtrack playing on the car.
We have also passed by Gudbrandsjuvet, an amazing waterfall often visited by tourists from Trollstigen and Geiranger. Our lunch stop was in Ålesund, considered by many one of the most beautiful cities in Norway:
Our final destination was Hellesylt, where we spent the night at the HI Hellesylt Vandrerhjem, a vibrant and lively hostel:
Missed the previous days of our 2.000 km journey across Northwestern Norway? Catch up here!
Written by Emilia Barreto and Amarilis Coelho