Ørnevegen/Trollstigen: In the fjords of Norway.
The Trollstigen Mountain Road is located in Rauma in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. This road connects Åndalsnes and Valldal, respectively of the municipalities of Rauma and Norddal.
The Trollstigen (troll scale in Norwegian) is accessible by the Geirangerfjord and protected by UNESCO. It is one of the most spectacular and visited attractions in Norway since its opening on 31 July 1936 by King Haakon VII, after eight years of construction. Until 1975 and the construction of new tunnels, the Trollstigen was the only road link serving Valldal.
Trollstigen is now one of the four most popular tourist sites in Norway: For hundreds of years, an old Mule road, climbing along the 180 metres of foaming falls of the Stigfossen, was the only route of communication Between the different fjords of the departments of Sunnmøre and Romsdal. This old mule path is now converted into a hiking trail (for sports hikers who are not prone to dizziness).
The trolls ‘ route crosses the Norwegian west and its majestic nature, where the dizzying landscape of steep mountains is embellished with fertile valleys, waterfalls and deep fjords. These mountains: Kongen (The King), Dronningen (The Queen) and Bispen (the bishop), dominate a steep nine-percent slope and a mountain road set in eleven hairpin bends: the trolls ‘ route.
Ørnevegen (The Eagle Road) is the steepest stretch. You climb the mountainside from Geiranger to Eidsdal at 630 meters above the fjord, then you can enjoy the magnificent panorama of Geiranger with the Geirangerfjord, the cascade of Syv Søstrene (The Seven Sisters) and the farm of Alpine Knivsflå.
Trollstigen is a very narrow road with a lot of tight curves, even if it has been enlarged in recent years: vehicles over 12.4 meters long have the ban to move there. At the end of the road is a parking area that will allow you to leave your vehicles and access a point of view that dominates the road as well as its curves and the waterfall of Stigfossen, high of 320 meters. The Trollstigen road is closed during the fall and winter months due to snow.
The route of the trolls consists of eleven laces, rises at an altitude of 858 meters, and is the most visited tourist route of Norway. The Trolls ‘ Highway Museum is open from the end of June to the 10th of August.
This road features the famous stretch called Trollstigen, but you must first climb by Ørnesvingen, Corniche from where you enjoy a last magnificent view on Geiranger and the fjord. After about twenty kilometers, you take the ferry Eidsdal-Linge which serves as a shuttle. You take the road back through high mountain landscapes for about forty kilometers before starting the descent of Trollstigen.
You can access this route of the trolls after 6 hours by car from Oslo, and after 4 hours from Trondheim (by Dovrefjell to Dombås, then from Romsdalen to Åndalsnes). By train, you can stop at Åndalsnes. The road connects Åndalsnes to Valldal.