The Early Morning Wait
A Home Amidst the Mountains
The First Climb
The View from the Other Side
Roaming in the Wild
The Calm Before The Fall
Scary yet Beautiful
The Rock Bridge over Gudbrandsjuvet
My own Carin
Closed for Winter
A Cozy Little Cafe
A Cup of Coffee and a Book to Read?
The Pune Connection
Table set for the evening
The Well Stocked Bar
A Long Wait
The Village of Stryn
The Stryn Vertshus
Adrian and his team
The Early Morning Wait Ferries are another thing in Norway that you need to get used to. With numerous Fjords, the shortest routes are usually through them - either tunnels under them or ferries over them. The ferries are impeccable, arrive on the dot, in under 5 minutes or so all the vehicles drive off, new ones are onboarded and the ferry takes off. A lovely cafeteria inside, a small deck to enjoy the fjord and a ticket conductor right on board . And yes....the views on board the ferries or while you wait for it...are just spectacular! We started our second morning with this view!
Waking upAs the Sun's rays start warming up the day, a couple of houses get their 5 min of extra sleep time in the valley shielded by the mountain and the dense trees
A Home Amidst the MountainsA red hut in a clearing amidst the gorgeous mountainside of Norway. Miles and miles of wilderness, with not even another house nearby and still everything looks so picture perfect. May be Norway is meant for solitude loving people like me
The First ClimbOne of the shortest hikes in Norway, yet one of the most popular ones due to the views of the Base Jumping cliff - Litlefjellet. A small but steep hike takes us to the top of this little mountain. Our first encounter with Norway's mountains was awesome. Soft and pudgy grass land , sharp rocks, clean crisp mountain air and beautiful views!!
The View from the Other SideThe splendid view that greeted us from the other side of Litlefjellet. With the soft grass and hard rocks beneath your feet, even a person like me who has vertigo, was not at all scared going out on the edge and getting some photos.
Roaming in the WildNorway has one of the most extensively marked hiking trails across the mountains. With cabins at multiple places to help hikers in need and clearly marked paths to help them find their way across the wildernest. One such path went along the bridge across this gushing stream and emerged on the top of Trollstigen.
TrollstigenTroll's ladder or the Troll's pathway - a series of 11 hairpin bends that takes you to the top of the cliff and the start of Stigfossen. One of the best views of the day.
StigfossenThe road to TrollStiegen - the Troll's ladder is made up of 11 hairpin bends and is a treat to drive on. On the way up you come across Stigfossen, a beautiful waterfall thundering down from the top of the mountain.
MirroredOn top of Trollstigen is the Trollstigen Cafe. One of the places with the best view and designed such that instead of being a sore thumb in the surroundings, it adds to the beauty. Serving one of the best prawn open sandwiches I have ever tested, yummy softies a huge shop for souvenirs and the icy cool water of the Stigfossen to dip your legs into :)
The Calm Before The FallThese calm waters convert into the mighty Stigfossen in a matter of minutes gushing down the Troll's ladder
Scary yet BeautifulThe mountains of Norway may not scare you, but the numerous man made view points definitely will. One of the best view points that I saw in Norway - These steps lead to an overhang constructed above the cliff and have a glass wall at the end which makes you feel like there is no fence at all! Scary as hell - yet one of the best ways to get a valley view
GudbrandsjuvetA roaring river carving out a gorge in the mountain side, deep blue kettlebowls in the middle, deafening noise and dense foliage on the sides!
The Rock Bridge over GudbrandsjuvetAn old arc bridge over the Gudbrandsjuvet adds to the beauty.
Ferry RideAnother wait for the ferry. A pleasant sight to watch the ferry crossing the almost standstill waters of the fjord with the mountains in the background. Idyllic to the core. A travelers delight
PicturesqueSquidgy mountain grass all along, a variety of flowers along the valley floor, endless mountain ranges as far as you can see.. and yet the heart aches to trek along all of these atleast once in a lifetime to get the real feel of Norway.
Blue MountainsideBlue mountain lakes are not a rarity.. you find them in India as well, but in Norway the blue waters also give you an insight into the depth of the lake. On the banks of the same lake you find multiple cairns built by tourists. The sight is an amazing ones specially with the contrasting colors - Blue of the lake and sky, the grey of the mountains, the white snow, the green grass, the purple flowers and yes the whitish rocks.
My own CarinA cairn of my own smile emoticon A small pile to test my own skills.. not that hard to balance them smile emoticon
Mirrored againThe beach had a splendid view and a walk around it provided with this beautiful mirror. Appartently there also was a viking museum inside.. but closed again for the winter
Closed for WinterAs sunset approached and we hit the level ground.. so to say.. we stopped by a restaurant / cafe to refresh ourselves. Only to notice that the same had been closed for the winter. Nevertheless it did provide us with a few breath taking views... in this one, the restaurant with its own beach by the fjord
A Cozy Little CafeWith Aniket by the side, I never had to worry about where to stop for the a quick coffee. He always had figured out a good place on the route. While driving by this small town, we came across this cozy little beautiful cafe .. a cafe which we couldn't skip at all
A Cup of Coffee and a Book to Read?An inviting couch, perfect mood lighting and a slight chill in the air - what more could a weary traveler ask for at his coffee break.
The MenuCouldn't understand half of the stuff written on the board, but to order coffee and a hot chocolate you don't need to know Norwegian. The waitress was kind enough to help us choose a pizza and a sandwich and we packed enough for the road too.
The Pune ConnectionPune is world famous for its sarcastic notes and notice boards put up everywhere - right from restaurants to marriage halls, to homes and various places on the streets. Looked like this place had a Pune connect too!
AdrianThe cafe manager, the new generation in Norway had big plans of making his cafe a big hit. With a sports screen to showcase sports events, ski festival and other music shows around. The beautiful cafe definitely deserved more attention.
Table set for the eveningAs the sun set, and the light went down, the cafe ambience grew more and more enchanting. Quiet town, outdoor seating and lovely ambience - time for a perfect date?
The Well Stocked Barcare for a drink anyone?
A Long WaitTwo chairs wait their turn to give company to a lovely couple who may like to spend a beautiful September Evening with them on a romantic candle light dinner
The Village of StrynAn empty street, pretty houses, prettier sidewalks and hardly any people around, pretty much sums up what traveling in Norway is like. Solitude at it's best
The Stryn VertshusThat was the entrance of the cafe that made us stop and visit inside... how could one not enter?A pretty sight in the setting rays of the Sun
Adrian and his teamThe team that manages the Styn Vertshus! Guys anyone passing that way, do stop and taste the food!! It is awesome.
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