Trollstigen

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Trollstigen after modifications in 2005
Trollstigen viewing platform

Trollstigen (English: Trolls' Path[1]) is a serpentine mountain road in Rauma Municipality, Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of Norwegian National Road 63 that connects the town of Åndalsnes in Rauma and the village of Valldal in Norddal Municipality. It is a popular tourist attraction due to its steep incline of 10% and eleven hairpin bends up a steep mountainside. During the top tourist season, about 2,500 vehicles pass daily.[2][3] During the 2012 season, 161,421 vehicles traversed the route, compared to 155,230 vehicles during 2009.[4]

The road is narrow with many sharp bends, and although several bends were widened during 2005 to 2012,[5] vehicles over 12.4 metres (41 ft) long are prohibited from driving the road. During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, buses up to 13.1 metres (43 ft) were temporarily allowed as a trial.[6][7] At the 700-metre (2,300 ft) plateau there is a car park and several viewing balconies overlooking the bends and the Stigfossen waterfall. Stigfossen falls 320 metres (1,050 ft) down the mountainside. The pass has an elevation of approximately 850 metres (2,790 ft).

Trollstigen is closed during late autumn and winter. A normal operating season stretches from mid-May to October, but may sometimes be shorter or longer due to weather conditions.

History[edit]

Trollstigen was opened on 31 July 1936, by King Haakon VII after eight years of construction.

A major tourist facility including a museum was completed in 2012. Several viewing platforms have been constructed and older constructions improved upon. Trollstigen (along with County Road 63) was officially opened as a national tourist route by the Minister of Transport and Communications on 16 June 2012.[8] Trollstigen itself (and the alpine summits to the west) lies within the Trollstigen landscape protection area,[9] while the alpine area east of Trollstigen, notably Trolltindene range, is part of Reinheimen National Park.[10]

In the summer of 2005, the road was repaired and about NOK 16 million was spent on protection against rockfall, making the road safer to drive on.

Opening dates[edit]

Closing dates[edit]

  • 2005 – November 15 (latest after 1992)
  • 2006 –
  • 2007 –
  • 2008 – November 4
  • 2009 – October 23 (avalanche)[14]
  • 2010 – November 4
  • 2011 – November 24
  • 2012 – November 5[15]

Media gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aasen, Ivar (1850): Ordbog over det norske Folkesprog. Kristiania: Carl C. Werner
  2. ^ Sunnmørsposten 26 July 2012 p. 12.
  3. ^ NRK news (accessed 21 September 2012)
  4. ^ Adresseavisen, 10 November 2012.
  5. ^ Statens vegvesen
  6. ^ NRK news May 28, 2011 (accessed 23 September 2012)
  7. ^ Statens vegvesen
  8. ^ NRK (national broadcasting news)
  9. ^ "Landskapsvernområde" is the lowest level legal protection of landscape http://www.lovdata.no/for/lf/mv/mv-20061124-1305.html
  10. ^ http://www.dirnat.no/content.ap?thisId=1473
  11. ^ Adresseavisen, 10 November 2012.
  12. ^ Romsdals Budstikke online, accessed 24 May 2013.
  13. ^ Åndalsnes Avis: Rekordtidleg opning
  14. ^ Aftenposten 24 October 2009, not indicated if reopened that season.
  15. ^ Adresseavisen, 10 November 2012.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 62°28′N 7°40′E / 62.467°N 7.667°E / 62.467; 7.667