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The Lærdal Tunnel. 15.23 miles long

Food at Sogndal

Dave & Donald make aquaintances with Gjest Baardsen, one of Norway’s most notorious criminals

Viewpoint at Karistova

Stone age picnic beside Strynsvatnet

The road had just been opened

Regroup at Geiranger

Graeme Gallaoway's Anglia
Arctic Adventure  -  10 to 31 May 2018  Part 2
Story by Margaret Campbell

This was to be a day of firsts, not only the steepest road and railway, but after a short drive on leaving Flåm we encountered the second closed pass of our trip and had to drive through the longest road tunnel in the world. At 24.51 kilometers (15.23 miles) it connects Lærdal to Aurland carrying two lanes of the main road connecting Bergen and Oslo and was opened in 2000.

It was then a short drive to another ferry across the Sognefjord to our overnight stop in Sogndal. No restaurant in the hotel so we had a nice walk round the town to find somewhere to eat then back for a leisurely glass of red on the verandah overlooking the fjord.

After another good breakfast we headed off in sunshine and very soon the Josteldal Glacier came into view. This is the largest glacier in continental Europe with an area of 188 sq miles and although we could only see a very small portion of it was impressive. On we went driving on lovely roads that were reasonably quiet and very interesting stopping in a large layby beside the water for lunch. Our afternoon run was over a high pass that had only just been opened a couple of days before and the evidence of the snow blowers was a 10 to 12ft wall of snow that bordered the road.

Dropping back down to the village of Geiranger we stopped for a quick regroup then alongside the fjord for a short while before climbing back out to the most spectacular viewpoint where we stopped again for photographs and to drink in the vista including the seven sisters waterfall which did not disappoint apart from being a bit hazy.

A short journey and we arrived at another ferry that took us from Eisdal to Linge and to our hotel at Valldal. Valldal is situated on the Norddalsfjorden and our hotel was very new and had commanding views of the fjord where we watched the sun go down and anticipated tomorrow’s drive.

Leaving Valldal the next morning we once again headed north and looked forward to some more interesting roads the first of which was the Trollstigen (Trolls road).

Not quite the Stelvio but a good one with 11 hairpin bends each named after the person who supervised the construction work on that particular section. It was opened in 1939 and immediately became a tourist attraction but is only open from the end of May to October – we were lucky as it had only just opened the day before we were due to drive it.

Enjoying the view

Published 21 June 2018
Updated 4 July 2018