About the Trollstigen in Norway /
The Trollstigen is one of the most famous roads in Norway. It is also one of the most photographed highlights of the country, so this special road should not be missed during a tour through Norway. It is part of road 63 and takes you up (or down) the mountains with 11 hairpin bends. The highest point of the Trollstigen is 858 meters above sea level. This makes it one of the fastest rising roads in Europe. Not only is the road challenging to drive, the surroundings are also beautiful and you can enjoy the view from a special viewpoint.
The construction of the Trollstigen /
The construction of the Trollstigen started in 1916, when a trail for horses was built. Part of this original path is still visible and can be walked on. Years later, the road was renovated and made suitable for vehicles. In 1936 King Haakon VII opened the Trollstigen. With 11 hairpin bends and an average gradient of 9 percent, the road is one of the most special in Norway. It is therefore not surprising that the road is visited by many tourists every year.
National Scenic Route /
Norway is a beautiful country, but there are certain places that stand out even more. The Norwegian government has designated 18 roads as National Scenic Route, or: The 18 most beautiful scenic routes in Norway. The 104 km long road between Langvatnet and Sogge bru (also referred to as the scenic route Geiranger – Trollstigen) is one of these roads. On the way you drive through the Geirangerfjord, you pass the village of Geiranger, various viewpoints, you make a ferry crossing between Eisdal and Linge and finally you drive over the Trollstigen.
Waterfalls at the Trollstigen /
When you drive through Norway, you will come across waterfalls everywhere. One more special than the other. At the Trollstigen there are also several waterfalls, some even run along and under the road.
One of the waterfalls at the Trollstigen is the Stigfossen. It is also regarded by enthusiasts as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Norway. The waterfall is 240 meters long in total. On the way on the Trollstigen you pass the waterfall a number of times, for example the road goes over the Stigfossen via a beautiful natural stone bridge.
By car, bicycle or walking /
You can discover the special mountain road in different ways. You can drive over it by car or bicycle, or take a walk in the area. Both vehicles and cyclists are allowed to use road 63, so you have to take each other into account on the way. The Trollstigen and the road to Geiranger are great sporting challenges for cycling enthusiasts and cyclists. It is recommended to do a bike tour before or after the high season, so that there is less traffic on the road.
Parking spaces are available at both the top and the foot of the Trollstigen. From here there are several hiking trails to enjoy the special road, waterfalls and nature. Some of the hiking trails are the Bispevatnet, Kløvstien and Stabbeskaret.
Visitor Center and Viewpoint Trollstigen /
At the top of the Trollstigen there is a visitor center and lookout point. In the visitor center you can find information about the mountain road and you can buy souvenirs, but you can also eat and drink.
At the visitor center is also the path to the viewpoint. Via a long staircase you walk towards the viewing platform. During the descent you already have a beautiful view of the Trollstigen, but on the platform that protrudes above the valley you have an even better view. During cloudy days you have less or sometimes no view of the mountain road. It is recommended to visit viewpoint Trollstigen on a sunny day. Although clouds and fog also give very nice effects to your visit to the Trollstigen!
Closed in the winter /
Like many mountain roads, the Trollstigen is also closed in the winter months. The road is then covered in snow and it is too dangerous to use the road. In the summer months it can also happen that the road is closed for a few hours.
When the Trollstigen opens and closes depends on the weather conditions. In recent years, the road opened in May and closed to traffic at the end of October or November.
Trolls at the Trollstigen /
Norway is the land of the trolls, there are several legends about the creatures in the country. According to the Norse stories, the trolls are very large and live in the mountains and forests. They are active at night because they cannot stand sunlight. They go hunting at night.
The Trollstigen was opened in 1936, although there was already a path there before. The mountain road is named after the trolls who, according to legend, live in the region. They went up and down the mountain at this place, which is why the road was given the name ’troll stairs’.
In the winter months there is a lot of snow in Norway. Many areas, such as the Trollstigen, are then inaccessible. In the spring, the roads are cleared of snow, but there are also avalanches. The sound of avalanches echoes in the valley and makes a lot of noise. According to the stories, the avalanches were caused by the trolls.
At the foot of the Trollstigen is a road sign to warn you of the trolls. It is probably the most photographed road sign in Norway. The board also indicates how important the legends of the trolls are for the Norwegians.
Highlights near the Trollstigen in Norway /
Because Norway has so many places of interest, it is useful to thoroughly immerse yourself in the country before departure and to list things that are interesting for you. There are also several places of interest in the vicinity of the Trollstigen. We have listed a few tips for you.
Drive the scenic route /
The Trollstigen is part of road 63, of which the section between Langvatnet and Sogge bru has been designated a National Scenic Route. It is one of the 18 most beautiful routes in Norway. Since the Trollstigen is already part of the National Scenic Route, it is not difficult to drive on this road. Enjoy the beautiful views and drive through the Geirangerfjord along the way.
Visit the famous Geirangerfjord /
About 67 kilometers and a ferry crossing away is the Geirangerfjord. One of the most beautiful fjords in the world with a number of famous waterfalls. The Geirangerfjord can be experienced from viewing platforms, the water, from the valley and on foot.
Viewpoint Dalsnibba /
Viewpoint Dalsnibba is a high viewing platform by the Geirangerfjord and accessible by car. It is located 1500 meters above sea level and offers beautiful views of the surrounding area, including the Geirangerfjord.
Drive the Atlanterhavsveien /
Norway is a country of highlights, the scenic route Atlanterhavsveien is one of them. The road has been named the most beautiful tourist road in the world by the British newspaper The Guardian. The Norwegians themselves voted the road building of the century in 2005. The 36 kilometer long road connects Averøy to the mainland via a number of small islands and bridges.