The Golden Route (Åndalnes to Geiranger Andalsnes Reviews
Trollstigen and Ørnevegen Dec 02, 2010
The websites that describe this as the finest road in Norway may be biased - but who cares? Finest or not, it's easily fine enough for me. If you fancy it, however, do remember that it's only steeply through eleven hairpin bends to open in the summer - not surprising as the road climbs through eleven hairpin bends to over 2,800 feet.
Starting at Åndalsnes, you rise among mountains named after chess pieces that they resemble. In taking the hairpins, you cross a most impressive bridge over the Stigfossen waterfall. At the top you can get a drink or snack and enjoy the viewpoint.
At the bottom on the far side is a huge waterfall and then, this having been the Trllstigen, the road continues to Linge. here you cross a fjord to Eidsdal. leaving your bus behind if you are on one and finding another waiting at the far side.
Now for Ørnevegen or 'the eagles'Highway'. this is actually higher than the Trollstigen but, being more sheltered, it is open throughout the year. From the far side there are stupendous views over the Geirangerfjord.
'Golden Route' is a phrase without any real significance. If a tourist is lured by it into making the trip and he moans, he must be a nuter! Gold has nothing to this!
Part of the list Scandinavia - a favourite summer destination.
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