Here we go Ladies and Gentlemen, day 8 is ready to be shared 🙂
After our cabin in the woods experience, we got up early today because we had a long way to drive. Oh, by the way @Mel, the cabin had a heating and so at least it was not cold 🙂 When we started our journey today, it was raining for the first time since we arrived in Norway, but it was not such a hard rain. We also took pictures of our cabin and the view from it to the waterfall.
Our first quick stop was along the Rv13 where the Vallestadfossen makes an impressive appearance.
At the intersection between the Rv13 and the E39 we changed to road to said E39 up north towards Stryn. When we came to an intersection at Vassenden, a street sign pointed out a part of the national tourist route on the other side of the Jolstravatnet. We decided to check it out because this side road leads into the E39 at the end of the lake again. After 11km on the Fv451 along this nice lake (sadly it was raining) we arrived at the Astruptunet. At the parking lot we read that Astrup was a famous Artist and that up a little hill was a cafe and a small museum. We almost didn’t go up because it was raining and we were not that interested in the paintings museum. But someone of another group was so friendly to tell us to at least check out the buildings of the Astruptunet because they were really old and beautiful. So with this new motivation, we grabbed our cameras and rain jackets and went up the hill. If it hadn´t been for this nice person, we would have missed the really beautiful buildings up there. At the parking lot there was also a frame to create your own artistic images.
We continued our way to Stryn and passed some mountain passages with stunning nature, crystal clear rivers, impressive mountains and always a fantastic view.
When we arrived in Stryn it was about lunch time and since we did not have a very nutritious meal yesterday, haha, we were really craving “real” food. We found a nice little restaurant which had different options for lunch. Gigi had chicken with lots of vegetables and I chose salmon and shrimps with vegetables. That felt really good and our bodies thanked us for that meal.
Afterwards we continued towards Grotli and at an intersection up in the mountains you can choose to drive on the new road to Grotli or take the national tourist route called Gamle Strynefjellsvegen (old route high up in the mountains). Obviously we chose the highway…..NOT! 🙂 The Gamle Strynefjellsvegen starts very impressive. Directly at the intersection is an impressive waterfall called Ovstebro Foss. Wow, you can hike down on a trail next to the waterfall for a bit and you get suuuuuper close! The water splashes lightly all over you.
Five minutes later you directly reach the next well known waterfall called Videfossen. They built a platform at this waterfall directly at the breaking point. The view to the waterfalls and the surrounding are gorgeous and additionally we were lucky, because the sun came out for a minute to support our pictures.
We continued our way on the Gamle Strynefjellsvegen and, no joke, we stopped the car like 15-20 times on a 40 minute drive (without stops). Wow wow wow! Basically every inch of this road is picture worthy! The landscape, the rivers, the little waterfalls, the lakes, the autumn colors (please visit this country in autumn…the colors are stunning!) and everything else this road has to offer. Beautiful untouched nature! This 27km on a super tight mountain road are absolutly worth every second! You get totally rewarded for going the extra mile. Only thing we missed up here was the sun. The wind was blowing freezing cold and the snowfields were supporting that. Here some impressions from this stunning drive to Grotli.
From Grotli we only had a short distance to cover until we reached our destination for today. We took the Rv15 and entered the national tourist route called Geiranger/Trollstigen. A fanatastic scenery all along this first km. We came very close to a glacier before we had to zigzag down from high in the mountains (glacier level) to the most famous Fjord in Norway: the Geiranger Fjord. After 14km of pushing the breaks to their limit, we reached our hotel for the night at the bottom of the Fjord. Hotel Geiranger welcomed us with a very nice room, a hot shower and norweigan plus international buffet for dinner. I also drank a pale ale from this reigon which tasted amazing.
Tomorrow (better said today because the computer updated itself during the whole night…) we will discover more of the Geiranger Fjord before we continue to the Trollstigen and all that his area has to offer. Stay tuned!