20 April 2014, 4:50 pm

The Arctic Highway – Route E6 (Day 13 & 14)

The main road up to the arctic circle whilst not as spectacular as that seen previously, the scenery was interesting to see. Almost 1000km to get through to reach my next point of interest, it was more necessity to use the E6 than the more minor touristy routes. That said, I got to take my photo at the road sign as the imaginary arctic circle line of latitude is crossed and followed it up with a little impromptu off piste skiing nearby. It is fair to say that my skiing ability today isn’t anything close to what it was back in 2006!

So to the stats upon reaching Svolvaer, Lofoten Islands:-

Distance since Trondheim – 474 miles (3667 4546 miles total)
Driving duration since Trondheim- 12:04 hours (85:28hours total)
Fuel economy – 52.6 mpg average

Category: Norway

20 April 2014, 4:46 pm

Trondheim, Norway (Day 13)

A last minute change of mind and I stopped off it this city to have a look at the castle and also to see out of interest what the city design was on the manhole covers in the pavements!

A smaller city than those visited before however a whitewashed castle tower with ramparts remain in existence and were worth a browse. The manhole covers didn’t disappoint either and featured the old waterside timber buildings which remain today. For cathedral architecture, Trondheim Cathedral was the most detailed of all I seen in previous Norwegian cities – it was worth a look although from the outside only as it had closed for the day.

So to the stats:-

Distance since Molde – 125 miles (3667 miles total)
Driving duration since Molde – 1:30 hours (85:28hours total)
Fuel economy – 52.2 mpg average

Category: Norway

20 April 2014, 4:40 pm

Trolltunga, nr. Eide, Norway (Day 14)

I had actually driven passed this twice the evening before on my way to the Atlantic Highway and assumed this was a troll based theme park in the woods. Luckily I read the information board at my overnight camping lay-by just before leaving and realised that it was in fact a series of caverns eroded from a limestone outcrop.

The route to reach the caverns was somewhat unmarked and a challenge however it was worth the effort upon seeing the caves.

So to the stats :-

Distance since Molde – 121 miles (3888 miles total)
Driving duration since Molde – 3:09 hours (88:37 hours total)
Fuel economy – 52.2 mpg average

Category: Norway

20 April 2014, 4:35 pm

Atlantic Highway, Norway (Day 13)

Billed as another must see location – a road which has been constructed between numerous low lying skerries containing numerous bridges. The centrepiece was a bridge with a rolling curve both in elevation and in plan, it was interesting to see from one of the numerous viewing walkways.

New walkways were in the process of being constructed at the time of my visit along the route to accommodate even greater numbers of visitors. I couldn’t help but think that the over commercialisation of this stretch of coastal road was going to in the next few years, ruin the tranquillity of the coast at this location.

Category: Norway

16 April 2014, 5:06 pm

Route 15 roadtrip, Norway (Day 13)

Waking up in a camping lay-by surrounded by snow which had fallen some time ago, it was an uninspiring drive which lay ahead to reach Molde. In the end, I decided to take a minor mountain pass, Route 15 which was shown as open for traffic rather than the main road. It turned out to be the best decision of the day. The scenery surpassed that of the previous day and I also encountered a herd of wild reindeer for the first time on the trip!

So to the stats upon reaching Molde:-

Distance since Sogndal – 474 miles (3667 miles total)
Driving duration since Sogndal – 12:04 hours (85:28hours total)
Fuel economy – 52.2 mpg average

Category: Norway

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