More than 4,500 kilometer: From Southern Germany up to Norway.
Already our first stop in Copenhagen has made us extremely happy, just a relaxed and beautiful city. That this journey eventually ends elsewise as planned, we didn´t know at this time…
Our route around Norway
I already told you about our overpriced parking ticket in Oslo and our drive along the famous street, the Trollstigen. From there we made our way to the Geirangerfjord, to get there we had to take the ferry from Linge to Eidsdal. This turned out to be handled really smoothly and well organized. Not a surprise, as ferries belong to an everyday life in Norway.
Shortly after Eidsdal we reached at an incredibly gorgeous lake. The water was so clear that the complete environment reflected.The perfect combination of light and cloud was simply magical.
I could hardly believe that this is reality, because it was impossible to tell where the sea ends and the mountain starts.
The wonderful fjords in Norway
In Geiranger we had a small apartment on the waterfront with spectacular views. Well, we probably can argue about that. The Geirangerfjord is a popular destination for cruise ships, at least two big ones stayed in the harbor from morning until night every day. If you consider that this small place with only around 250 inhabitants allegedly has beds for about 5,000 tourists, in addition to the daily visitors, then I really have my concerns with reference to sustainable tourism. Especially with the noise, etc. the cruise ships bring here compared to the benefits and revenue they probably leave for real, I´d like to see behind the curtain. The bottom line, however, I must also say that I am a tourist here as well. An interesting and extensive topic that I’ll probably focus on any time soon.
Nevertheless, the Geirangerfjord is naturally beautiful. During a hike to Storseterfossen we could experience this impressively. Pretty impressive is also the opportunity to go behind this waterfall and witness the power of water up close.
After three days we continued towards Sognefjord. From here, I can´t tell much since we got accompanied by a lot of rain and went for some relaxing.
Gamle Strynefjellsvegen: The secret road
My absolute tip, however, is to take the road R258 Gamle Strynefjellsvegen from Geiranger southbound. Built entirely by hand in the 19th century, it is almost exactly the same today. It is a very impressive drive along the gravel road with a glacial lake after another and a rather mystical atmosphere.
This landscape is definitely one of my highlights of the whole trip.
From the fjords to Bergen
Right after arrival in Bergen, the second largest city in the country, we discovered that we have to end our trip in advance – for various reasons. Unfortunately this also meant that we would miss out on the Hardangerfjord and the hike to the famous Pulpit, which I really looked forward to. However, in retrospect, this was still the right decision and according to the weather forecast it would have been rainy anyway ;). Before we started the long journey home, we still enjoyed a day in beautiful Bergen. In addition to the Old Town Brygge with its unique buildings, especially the alleys around St. John’s Church fascinated me. I am a huge fan of houses with colorful facades and I couldn´t decide which color combination is my favorite one.
Although our road trip not exactly went as hoped and planned, we had a very great time in the stunning Norwegian landscape. And I drove my longest tunnel so far: 11.5 km 😉 Oh, after the Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland of course. But there I didn´t drive myself, so I guess the 11.5 km still count 😉
Now the last preparations for Portugal start – packing (no excitement here). And after the rather cold temperatures in Norway, I am certainly in need of some beach time.
What are your travel plans for the rest of 2016?