Day 8: From Alesund to Valldal
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June 12th, 2009 – by: aloneinthecrowd
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.
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 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.
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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