Travel Journal – Norway, Day Three (Trollveggen)

On day three, we left Molde and headed to Trollveggen via an underwater tunnel and the town of Andalsnes.

Trollveggen, also known as the Troll Wall in English, is yet another one of the sights we were eager to catch while in New York. It’s a long, super-high craggy mountain face – in fact, according to Wikipedia, it’s the tallest vertical rock face in Europe!

Trollveggen first glimpse mountains

Trollveggen Mountain Mist

Trollveggen Sign

There is a small visitors’ centre with a car park near the Trollveggen. The visitors’ centre was closed when we arrived (we had reached Norway just about a week after their summer season was over) but there were a few other visitors who had stopped their cars in the car park and were taking pictures of the wall and we joined them.

Trollveggen

Trollveggen mist clearing

It’s hard to find the words to describe the wall and even pictures don’t do it justice. Just to give you an idea, an information signboard in the car park notes that the Trollveggen is roughly three times the size of the Eiffel Tower. Mist covers much of the jagged tops of the mountain and there is a silence amongst those of us looking at the wall, interrupted only by the occasional sound of camera clicking.

The tourist centre is another example of contemporary Norwegian architecture which J (our resident architect) was eager to take pictures of.

Trollveggen Rest Stop 1

Trollveggen rest stop

Close by the centre is a board listing the names of the base jumpers and climbers who have lost their lives climbing the wall. This place used to be really popular with base jumpers until 1986 when the Government decreed it illegal to base jump off Trollveggen. Truth be told, I don’t wonder at the temptation luring those base jumpers and climbers. I found myself thinking it would be amazing climbing to the top of those craggy cliffs.

Trollveggen Base jumper memorial

We drove a little way further down along the base of the Troll Wall. There was a beautiful emerald river running alongside our road (I have never seen water so green before!) and we also saw a piece of glacial ice, not at the top of the peaks but at the bottom, which gives you an idea of how cold it is there.

Trollveggen river

Trollveggen glacial

I also took a picture of a stave church by the road. Stave churches are medieval Christian churches, some of which are believed to be built on old Norse worship sites. Most of the remaining stave churches left in Europe are found in Norway and we saw loads of them along our road trip. Unfortunately, we’d usually be driving by too quickly for me to focus my camera!

Stave church

The mist was clearing as we passed by Trollveggen on our way to Trollstiggen, giving us a better view of those craggy clifftops.

Trollveggen craggy peaks

Majestic is truly the word to describe these mountains! Looking up at them, I couldn’t help but wonder anew what it must be like to climb such a sheer wall. Maybe one day…

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