Day 8: From Alesund to Valldal

Valldal Travel Blog

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For me Alesund is the most beautiful city in Norway. Even at bad weather ;)
I couldn't believe it, when we woke up the rain had finally stopped so we decided to go downtown again for taking some photos. Since you have to buy a parking ticket which is valid 24 hours we had some hours left. It was time until noon to wander around the city.

Right after breakfast we started. You never know how long it stays dry in Norway ;)

We took photos from all the places we've already been the day before. The port, the Jugendstil houses, the little lighthouse etc. At 11 a.m. it was still dry and even the sun looked at us behind the enormous clouds. We decided to climb up the 418 steps to the top of the mountain "Aksla" which is located in the middle of the public park. Either you can drive up by car or you climb all the 418 steps to the top. Choosing the steps is exhausting but worth every step.
View from Fjellstua (Aksla mountain)
The view on Alesund and the atlantic with all those islands is incredible. Our plan was to climb up there for sunset and open a bottle of champagne to celebrate a perfect day. Unfortunately the day before wasn't really perfect - way too wet for my taste :p therefore there was no champagne.

After lunch we headed forward to Andalsnes to see the "Trollveggen" (Troll wall). It's overwhelming if you stand at the base with this great rock wall in front of you. Troll Wall is the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, 1100 meters from the base to the summit at its tallest. At its steepest, the summit overhangs the base by nearly fifty meters.
It's popular for free climbers and base jumpers.

It was around 4.30 p. m. and we discussed if we should stay in Andalsnes or drive the "Trollstigen" (Troll road). We did the Trollstigen which is part of the RV 63 from Andalsnes to Geiranger. This was a great choice. Later in Geiranger we met a couple we've already met in Alesund and they made it the next day and it was raining cats and dogs and they haven't seen anything.

The Trollstigen are amazing. I've been there at least 5 times during the last years (first time in 1991) and I recognized all the changes the road went through. In 1991 it was still closed for trailer and busses, nowadays tourist busses from all over Europe pass the road. Some of the serpentines has been changed to make that possible.
In 2006 the norwegians began to build an information center and a new observation deck up there to give the road the status as a "Nasjonale Turistveger" (National tourist route) :(  I miss the old days when I stood at the top alone. Nowadays it's very crowded even when it's early in the season and snow is up there.

The next stop was the "Gudbrandsjuvet" which is a 5 metre narrow and 20 - 25 metre high ravine through which the Valldola River forces itself. The ravine is easily accessible from main road route 63 between Valldal and Trollstigen. The waters have formed a complex of deep potholes and intricate formations. The depth down from the surface of the water is about equal to the depth of ravine down to the river.
 
At Gudbrandsjuvet it started raining again and we were hungry after a long day on the road and many impressions to assimilate, so decided to look for a cosy camp ground which we found in Gjerde. Gjerde is located about 8 km north of Valldal and you can't really say it's a village. Just the camp ground and 2 farm houses.




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For me Alesund is the most beautif…
For me Alesund is the most beauti…
View from Fjellstua (Aksla mountai…
View from Fjellstua (Aksla mounta…
We saw it at the parking area of T…
We saw it at the parking area of …
14° C at midsummer :(
14° C at midsummer :(
Trollveggen (TrollWall) is the hig…
Trollveggen (TrollWall) is the hi…
Trolls crossing ;) Unfortunately w…
Trolls crossing ;) Unfortunately …
Frist view on the Trollstiegen
Frist view on the Trollstiegen
Driving up and down the narrow roa…
Driving up and down the narrow ro…
Since the new viewing platform was…
Since the new viewing platform wa…
Whos the troll? ;)
Who's the troll? ;)
Midsummer?
Midsummer?
There was still a lot of sow in th…
There was still a lot of sow in t…
Gudbrandsjuvet
Gudbrandsjuvet
Valldal
photo by: aloneinthecrowd