Days 76 – 77 Geronimo at Geiringer!

76 – Andalsnes (Raumabanaen nearly) Geiranger Fjord

Raining and the forecast promises more rain all day.  We drove into Andalsnes as this is where the Rauma railway runs.  Some bloggers have said it is more spectacular than the Flam railway, but we had missed the morning train.  Last night K had tried to get a timetable and prices, but although on 3G, the web pages would not load …. never mind, we’ll do the Flam after all.

From Andalsnes we followed the queue of cars, buses and motorhomes up the Trollstigen … the much photographed very hairy hairpin bends.  Visitor centre at the top with viewing platforms.  Saw one large caravan … no idea how he coped with the bends.  Such were the low revs in our van, that on a half tank of fuel which prior to the ascent showed a range of 200+ miles – this quickly dropped to 70 miles. First gear was used a lot.  The road was so narrow, we had to keep slowing right down and evidenced two motorhomes have a wing mirror clash … fortunately, I suppose, they were both French so could understand each other’s accusations of blame!  We had our own wing mirror contact later on, but fortunately at snails pace, so not even a scratch.

The visitor centre at the top of the pass had some great viewing platforms; one right over the top of some bends and one of the waterfalls. Looking down was not for everyone – a number pf people backed off at the drop.

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The top of the pass had a lot of snow and more amazing scenery.

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Geiranger Fjord was everything it is billed for (K had been in 2007) – truly spectacular – we cruised the Fjord in the tourist boat – 16 Km to the mouth and then turned – it is difficult to describe the waterfalls without exaggerating.  The commentary described life on some of the precipitous farms, where children were tethered to stop them falling of the cliffs and soft fruit such as peaches were grown.  One story involved the ladder which was used to access the farm (and it must have been a long one!) being lifted up so the tax man left empty handed.  Opposing waterfalls … the Seven Sisters and the Suitor … he asked each in turn for their hand in marriage and was rejected … he turned to drink and the bottle, with a little imagination, is visible at the bottom of the fall.  Whilst we have not been blest with a late and cold spring, we are blest that the waterfalls are more magnificent than normal.

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The following are for Maddy and the Aged P:  Pic of the stream where Maddy sat staring at how beautiful it was about 8 years ago … and the camp site was mostly tents then.  Where did all these motorhomes come from?

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Back in the van and more hairpins uphill again – not so bad as before.  But more deep snow packs and a frozen river or was a it a glacier?

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Then down the other side and we happened upon a night parking area by a river with amazing views out towards the snow capped mountains and grass roofed summer huts.

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77 – Near Stryn and Cleaning

We should have left early to travel to Bergen to meet Sinead, but sadly her yacht had to leave sooner than planned due to a bad weather forecast…another time and place hopefully. Instead, we walked/ran in the most beautiful sunshine along the river – what a way to start the day.

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And then – our van spoke to us in a west country dialect saying – “please clean me?”  Bugger….. !  We even lifted the carpets!

Drove a short way to refill water to onto another watery lay-by and cleaned ourselves!  The water stop had not too expensive BBQ meat and ice creams :).  Really good to taste fresh meat, if that does not sound too Anthony Hopkins / Hannibal Lector.  We have been living on tins (thank you M&S and Saisbury’s), risotto made from mostly dried veg and soya mince.  All very tasty, but the texture of fresh chicken …..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

76 – Andalsnes (Raumabanaen nearly) Geiranger Fjord

Raining and the forecast promises more rain all day.  We drove into Andalsnes as this is where the Rauma railway runs.  Some bloggers have said it is more spectacular than the Flam railway, but we had missed the morning train.  Last night K had tried to get a timetable and prices, but although on 3G, the web pages would not load …. never mind, we’ll do the Flam after all.

From Andalsnes we followed the queue of cars, busses and motorhomes up the Trollstigen … the much photographed very hairy hairpin bends.  Visitor centre at the top with viewing platforms.  Saw one large caravan … no idea how he coped with the bends. Such were the low revs in the van, that on a half tank of fuel which prior to the ascent showed a range of 200+ miles – this quickly dropped to 70 miles. First gear was used a lot.

Geiranger Fjord was everything it is billed for (K had been in 2007) – truly spectacular – we cruised the Fjord in the tourist boat – 16 Km to the mouth and then turned – it is difficult to describe the waterfalls without exaggerating. Back in the van and more hairpins uphill again – not so bad as before.  Then down the other side and we happened upon a night parking area by a river with amazing views out towards the snow capped mountains and grass roofed summer huts.

 

 

77 – Near Stryn and Cleaning

We should have left early to travel to Bergen to meet Sinead, but sadly her yacht had to leave sooner than planned due to a bad weather forecast…another time and place hopefully. Instead, we walked/ran in the most beautiful sunshine along the river, breakfast – and then – our van spoke to us in a west country dialect saying – “please clean me?”  Bugger….. !  We even lifted the carpets!

Drove a short way to refill water to another watery lay-by and cleaned ourselves!  The water stop had not too expensive BBQ meat and ice creams :).  Really good to taste fresh meat, if that does not sound too Anthony Hopkins / Hannibal Lector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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