On paper, Trollstigen – a 5-kilometer stretch of highway with a mean four-letter RV63 somewhere in western Norway. But for those who visit here at least once, the 11 rotations will remain forever in the memory. And it is not for the reason that it seems at first glance.
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1. “Incredible dangerous serpentine” – so write this way, journalists, bloggers and other anthropologists from around the world. And, I dare assure you, this is true. But the reason is not in guile “Teschin languages” of this amazing road. Drayverskoy get pleasure here is unlikely to succeed – because the high season traffic to Trollstigene dense enough, to 2,500 vehicles per day. Infinite vans quietly creeping up the hill itself and from the mountain, sharing the roadway with tour buses and Camper. All go quietly and sedately. About to recruit allowed 80 km.ch. not out of the question.
2. But even at the lowest speed with views of the valley and mountains, seasoned serpentine convolutions and waterfalls, very distracted from driving. You have to be fully focused to look at opening another magical panorama does not crash into the fabric enclosing stone fangs.
3. Quite a few on the RV63 and motorcyclists from different countries, but the most common Norwegians. For them, the three-day prohvatit for RV63 in the style of “Wild Hogs” is a wonderful way to spend a weekend. One of the harsh gray-haired Norwegian bikers (in life – sysadmin) for an evening beer told me that the day before, zaglyadevshis to their native beauty, was nearly caught a concrete block on this road.
5. So if you want to enjoy the views, do just that – put the car in one of the abundant special sites, breath, and admire how bright the sun is hiding behind the pass.
6. In Norway, like classic cars, so such a scene, you can watch with your own eyes, it appear in these parts.
7. The history of this road between the towns laid Andalsnes and Valldal like the story itself Norway. For the prosperity of trade fairs and other communications in the late 19th – early 20th century, it was decided to build a very complex technically road through the steep mountain pass with a vast plateau, which lies midway between these settlements.
8. Even then (more than 100 years ago) Norwegian officials were clear all the tourist potential of the road. Therefore, no small issue price no one bogey.
9. As the years passed research, gradually putting the concept, presentations, provision, design, detailed documentation … Then the construction began, which lasted for nearly 8 years.
10. Work was carried out in very difficult conditions – from October to May in these parts it is snowing and the temperature drops at -20, in addition, work was threatened constant rockfalls. But it was just another ordinary test for descendants of Vikings. As a result, the road through the pass Troll was built in 1936, and no significant changes lasted to this day. And live another hundred years.
11. Acceptance certificate signed personally plot Norwegian King Haakon VII. That he fell right to give the name of this masterpiece of engineering art of the early 20th century. The king told poimenovat Trollstigvegenom this object, that is expensive “Troll Ladder”.
12. Over the past 10 years, “Troll Road” is a bit extended, and established new elements of artificial protection areas. However, in some places the road width narrows to 3.3 meters, so by statutory rules here denied passage of vehicles over 4.12 meters in length (Technically, there can drive the machine up to 13.1 m). Directions by road is only open from late May to early October – the rest of the road covered with snow and it closed because of high risk.
13. Middle of the road is an elegant bridge over the waterfall Stigfossen, which brings down the flow of water from a height of 180 meters.
14. Every stone here is not just so, and has an accession number.
15. The top of the pass Trollstigen named Stigrere and has a height of 858 meters above sea level. The slope of the road an average of 9%.
16. Serpentine frowning surrounding mountain peaks, kotororye to wear the traditional monarchical tradition names (King), Dronning (Queen) and Biskop (Bishop).
17. At the top of the pass in the sky soar weather-worn and eternity mountain ranges.
18. As a matter of course: the plateau throughout laid trails for trekking and biking.
19. Small wooden houses seem toy.
20. Aesthetics simple architecture, waterfalls, red grass, the wind whistling and fills you with the mountain air – and deceptively seems that people here live in symbiosis with continuous severe nature.
21. Autocamper – the best way to travel in Europe, if you are strapped for cash. Even wealthy Europeans prefer not to spend money on hotels and driven to a house (in the worst-rent on the spot).
22. View of the valley Isterdalen.
23. Norway at the bottom does not look like the one that opens the pass. At the bottom it looks like the Urals, at the top – at Hibiny.
24. The views from the top of Trollstigen is not spoiled by the presence of man – a rare built on the slopes can only feel the scale of the mountains.
25. It’s amazing how much white there is white in the winter – but in September the snow had not yet put away the beauty of the moss and the play of light and shadow.
26. On the pass equipped café, gift shops. Notice how carefully inscribed these modern buildings in the surrounding landscape.
27. Graze around as if descended from a fabulous illustrations lambs, like not knowing anything about the danger posed by the person.
28. And there, behind the pass?