Trollstigen (Troll’s path)
Tuesday, 24th January 2012 by Ian Brown
In a country renowned for its natural beauty, one of the most spectacular landscapes is found along the Trollstigen (Troll’s path) – a vertiginous road which affords remarkable views of the mountainous scenery. Lucky for us that a Street View car made the journey1 , allowing us to experience some incredible vistas.
With very narrow sections, eleven hairpin bends, and an average gradient of 9%, the road could fairly be described as challenging, and long buses and trucks are not allowed on it. The road is also closed by snow for several months of the year.
By the fourth hairpin we’re starting to rise above the treeline and a second waterfall comes into view.
While some sections of the road have been widened, others are still very narrow, but the threat of oncoming traffic hasn’t stopped these intrepic cyclists from tackling the ascent.
At the penultimate turn, we can see the road below, and the full majesty of one waterfall …
… while the other cascades right next to us.
No more hairpins await us, but the road continues upwards through an increasingly barren landscape.
As we approach the top of the climb there is a parking area, a visitors centre and viewing platform that allows tourists to take in the scenery. While there’s currently a small range of stuff to buy4, there’s actually a new facility under construction which should better cater to the needs to the thousands of people who travel the Trollstigen each year.
After passing this curious monument, the road continues south through a landscape considered (by all except perhaps the most fastidious of virtual tourists), every bit as spectacular as that which we saw on the way up.