The Golden Route and Isfjorden Walk
Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
20Trip End Jun 28, 2012
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The clouds broke as we crested the pass to Trollstigen. Yesterday, we saw the snow at Dalsnibba in the fog. Today we saw the Norwegian summer snow with the sun sparkling off it. Everything was different at Trollstigen – they’ve torn down the charming old inn and gift kiosks that lined the path to the viewpoint and added an ultra-modern new visitor center and shopping complex. The viewing platforms are all new too – and again we had wonderful, sun-kissed vistas out over a stellar example of a u-shaped valley carved by glaciers.
The star of the show, though, was Stigfossen, probably the most impressive waterfall we’ve yet seen in terms of volume of water and length of drop
After lunch in the little town of Andalsnes, we met friends from Isfjorden I haven’t seen for 8 years. Inge was there with Liv and Vidar to walk with us from the town school. The weather provided glorious views of snow-draped mountain peaks on two sides, and the Isfjorden (fjord with same name as the town) on a third. At the end of the walk, Åsa (Inge’s wife) was there with Vidar’s wife offering 2 heaping platters of Norwegian waffles surrounded by a bowl each of strawberry and raspberry jam, sour cream compote, cake, and coffee and tea. This is volkssport at its best. The walk was outstanding (though only 7 km), food and fellowship went hand in hand, the walk provided a bridge between cultures and a pathway to renewed friendship, and finally, we did the stamping last.
Sadly, we said farewell – I never know when I will return – and pointed the coach towards Gålå, a remote lakeside community in the hills above the Gudbrandsdalen Valley. It was a long day – but a charming welcome from the hotel, and a delightfully small and manageable buffet provided a fitting end to a memory-packed day!