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Experience Beautiful Crazy Trollstigen If You Dare

by Joe Dorish on 30/10/09 at 10:18 am

The Troll Ladder is a magnificent scenic drive in Norway.

The Trollstigen is a beautiful crazy road that winds, twists and turns its way up a ridiculously steep mountain in western Norway and is a huge tourist attraction for the many visitors who dare to drive it each year.

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Trollstigen means Trolls Ladder or Path in Norwegian and this twisty mountain road was built and carved up a mountainside over 8 years and officially opened by Norway’s King Haakon VII in 1936. The road looks just crazy as it makes about a dozen hairpin turns going up the mountainside but I asked my Norwegian friend about it and she said “The road looks a lot crazier than it actually is to drive.” Whatever that means.

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In Norse mythology Trolls are scary looking giants that inhabited wilderness areas like the mountains around the Trollstigen.

With 9% graded inclines the road is steep to say the least and as an added bonus the beautiful 580 foot high Stigfossen waterfall drops right along and under the Trollstigen.

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Stigfossen is one of the most popular waterfalls in Norway because of the easy access to the falls along the Troll Ladder.

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At the top of the road there is a viewing platform where one can look down along the twisty crazy road, the beautiful waterfall and the gorgeous mountain and valley scenery one finds in this part of Norway.

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Trollstigen is generally open from mid to late May until sometime in October when the cold snowy Norwegian winter hands the area back into the waiting arms of the Trolls of Norse mythology. The Troll Ladder is about a 6 hour drive from Oslo and 4 hours from Trondheim and well worth the time if you dare to drive this beautiful crazy mountain road.

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ceegirl

Oct 30th, 2009

wow, very creative

martie

Oct 30th, 2009

I’d love to see the place, but don’t think I would like to drive the road.

CHAN LEE PENG

Oct 30th, 2009

This seems to be quite dangerous but interesting spot to visit. Nature is indeed amazing!

nobert soloria bermosa

Oct 30th, 2009

wonderful experience it would be…

cutedrishti8

Oct 30th, 2009

Wonderful pictures…Will definitely want to be there

Mr Ghaz

Oct 30th, 2009

Excellent!..I loved this article..wonderful and amazing pictures..stunning places too..well done my friend :)

MMV Abad

Oct 31st, 2009

Beautiful :)

Lostash

Oct 31st, 2009

That looks so cool! Welcome back to Europe!

Melody SJAL

Oct 31st, 2009

What a breathtaking place.Love it.

Geomorphosis

Oct 31st, 2009

Nice article with wonderful landmarks. Thank you, sir.

Halliday

Feb 21st, 2010

Our family drove this road in a VW bus in 1978. We are from North Dakota (flattest land on the earth) USA. We were terrified!

Maggie Regorski

Mar 16th, 2010

What area of the road do the trolls patrol? My daughter definitly wants to see them this summer.

Subhram G Dr

Mar 16th, 2010

Really wonderful and breath taking. Like to see and drive on the roads if God Permist

Deb Wells

Mar 20th, 2010

No way man! I get car sick lol!!!

Deb Wells

Mar 20th, 2010

You should see the Crazy road going to Oatman AZ. Route 66. Small & Quaint. But very crazy. (I wonder why its not shown here.)

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