National Geographic Traveler Magazine

In 2oo4 Norway and it’s fjords was elected best destination by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. In it’s sixth annual round up in November 2009, Norway topped the list again. If this inspires you to look to Norway for new and exciting locations, we’ll be happy to help you.

The person on the picture is standing on Trolltunga or on The Troll Tongue in English. Below him is a free fall of 600 meters down to Ringedal water which again falls into Utne fjord. One of the Hardanger fjord’s many smaller fjord arms to the west.

The Troll Ladder

One of Norway’s most popular “lost” roads is Trollstigen or The Troll Ladder in English. It is a mountain road with a steep incline of 9% and eleven hairpin bends up a steep mountain side. The Troll Ladder was opened on July 31, 1936, by King Haakon VII after 8 years of construction and is much steeper than it looks on pictures and perfect for a car commercial.

The road up is narrow with many sharp bends, and although it has been widened in recent years, vehicles over 12.4 meters long are prohibited from driving the road. At the top there is large parking place which allows visitors to leave their cars and walk for about ten minutes to a viewing balcony which overlooks the road with its bends and the Stigfossen waterfall. Stigfossen is a beautiful waterfall which falls 320 meters down the mountain side.

Between the rocks

3573417779_d87aa31c21 10.000 years ago Norway and Northern Europe experienced what has been called the last ice-age. Whole countries were covered by ice and pushed deep into the ground by the sheer weight of it. Some places the ice was up to 3000 meters thick.

When the ice melted over Norway, an entirely new countryside of valleys, mountains and fjords was revealed. Unique to the world, this new born landscape kept on changing by steadily rising out of the water and cracking up from the expanding force of freezing water.

When the big boulders at Gloppedalen came crashing down on both sides of the valley is uncertain, but it did create a spectacular and fascinating landscape almost impossible to cross if it hadn’t been for the will of man and a tiny “lost” road. Perfect for a car commercial.

The Atlantic Road

There are many fascinating roads in Norway. A much used road for car commercials is Atlanterhavsveien or The Atlantic Road in English. It was commissioned in the early 80s and finnished in 1989. The road has an open sea view which is not so common for roads along the Norwegian coast, since there are often archipelagos that obscures this view.

Here the distance between the islands is so small that a road could be built across the archipelago. In addition there are fjords and mountains inside the road. The spectacular road quickly became a popular tourist attraction to the extent that caution must be shown when driving it.