Geirangerveien

Siden jeg akkurat publiserte et tilfeldig bilde fra ‘Geirangervegen’, og siden responsen var veldig bra, iler jeg til med en litt mer omfattende reportasje fra denne veistrekningen.

Since I just published an arbitrary picture from the ‘Geiranger road’, and since the response seemed promising, I’m  hastily publishing a more extensive report from this particular road.

Picture 1035Vi starter opp omtrent på samme sted hvor jeg forlot dere i reportasjen fra ‘Trollstigen’

We start this little report just about in the very same place where I left you in the report from ‘Trollstigen’

Picture 1036 Geirangervegen ble karaktertisert som et teknisk landvinning av sin tid.  Her er vi nær det høyeste punkt på 1038 moh. Veien ble påbegynt i 1889 og sto ferdig først i 1897. Da hadde 300 mann jobbet med veien hver eneste dag i 8 år!
Veien er 38 km lang, har en høydeforskjell fra  0 – 1038 moh, har 29 hårnålsvinger, 9 bruer, en stigning på 8% og har ikke mindre enn 5364 stabbesteiner!

The ‘Geiranger road‘ was something of a technical marvel in the days that it was built. Here we are close to the top of the road –  3100 ft above sea level.
Building the road started way back in 1889 but wasn’t finished befor 8 years later (1897).
Then 300 people had been working this road every day for 8 years! The road is 24 miles long, rising from sea level to a haight of 3100 ft (8%), have 29 ‘hairpin turns’, 9 bridges and no less than 5346 ‘roadstones’.
Picture 1037

Selv sommerstid (som da bildet ble tatt) kan det ligge is og snø på denne høyden.

Even in summertime (like when this picture was taken) it may be ice and snow at this altitude.

Kopi av Picture 1033Her ser dere hvordan veien smyger seg opp fjellsiden!  Ingen vei? 
Klikk bildet opp i ‘full screen’

Here you may see how the road hugs the montain sides. No road?  Please try to click the picture into ‘full screen’. See?  There is the road!

Picture 1022 Montert inn i brokaret er en plakat med tekniske opplysninger om veien.
Og ‘ja’,  det er veien vi kjører på som også krysser seg selv her

Embedded into the stone wall, a board gives information about the roads history. And ‘yes’, it is the road we are driving on that sort of crosses over itself here –

Picture 1024Det kan være en fantastisk utsikt her oppefra. Legg merke til veien opp dalsiden på den andre siden.

From up here it might be an astounding view!  Please observee the road winding up the mountain side on the other side.

Picture 1026Norsk natur på sitt beste!

Norwegian nature at its best.
Picture 1038Elven ‘Valldøla’ samler krefter og blir gradvis større, raskere, villere og farligere.

The river ‘Valldøla’ is getting stronger, wilder and – more dangerous –
Picture 1040

Valldøla er ikke en elv man krysser uten sikkerhetstau!

‘Valldøla’ is not a river so be crossed without safety equipment!
Picture 1047Og den blir bare villere og villere

And it’s getting wilder and wilder
Picture 1043Inntil den nærmest er livsfarlig

Untill et’s more or less lethal –

Picture 1045Men som en turistattraksjon?  Noe du uten tvil vil huske lenge! Nå kan jeg ikke fortsette å bare følge elven nedover dalen, men kanskje tar du turen selv? Da kan du se denne og mange andre attraksjoner selv.

But as a tourist attraction? Undoubtedly something you’ll remember for a long time to come.  And since I can’t stop my car for every 100 yard to take new pictures, I recommend that you take the trip yourself?  There will be lots of motives to photograph! I promise!
(Complements of SRB)

Vil du se flere bilder fra norsk natur? Sjekk min forside under ‘Geographic Zones’, eller prøv en av hyperlinkene under –

Do you wish to see more Norwegian nature?  Please check my front page under ‘Geographic Zones’ or try out one of the hyperlinks below:

HOLMENKOLLEN  –  TROLLSTIGEN  –  OPPDAL  –  VEITASTROND

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27 Responses to Geirangerveien

  1. Wonderful photos of the peaks and gorges!

    • Seenorway says:

      Thank you! Yes – nature is great in that part of tre country! But – it’s one of the places where the mountains are cracking up. At some point they estimate thet ‘half the mountain’ will slide into the fjord creating a tsunami with a height of 250 feet washing through the fjords in all directions. They are pretty sure it’s gonna happen, but they are unable to tell us exact WHEN. Measuring stations have been established years ago, and the cracks can’t open another 2 mm without the sounding of alarm. now the crack have become app. 10 feet wide and increasing. So will it happen tonight? Tomorrow night? Next week or – may be nest year – or decade? Nobody can say. The only thing they are certain of is that it will happen!!!

      • I hope whatever happens is far off and at the lowest end of the estimate,furthermore , most of the population should be safe in Oslo, and the rural ones easily evacuated, right?

        • Seenorway says:

          Yes, we are safe where we live, but there are a lot of people living at levels way beyond danger levels. And if the alarm is souded during night, I’m afraid they’ll be needing a lot more time than they will actually be getting. Please remember that these are people sound asleep. And they have families with pets and minors. When everybody hit the roads at the same time, the traffic will prfevent 60% to reach safe heights befopre the wavwes arrive. It’s estimated that when the slide goes, the population will have approximately 13-15 minutes to get to a safe level of 3-400 feet. I’m afraid that’s out of the question! We produced a horror movie of what will happen; a movie that got awards inm Hollywood last year. It’s named ‘Boelgen’ (The Wave), and I’d be suprised if you are unable to google trailers of it.

          • Wow, I just saw the trailer, and read the Wikipedia entry. It seems like there really isn’t a solution since I doubt anyone is going to abandon their home settlements, some of which are popular with tourists, just as a precaution. Well, at least it won’t be like Mt Fuji, Japan or San Madrid/Andreas fault where all the cities are at risk. Maybe the government could work out some sort of resettlement incentive program?

            • Seenorway says:

              They have known about this for a loong time! 10 years at least! And it has happened before! But as you say: People won’t give up their homes – built over decades! But one day they’ll have to! It’s just a question of whether their lives then shall end? Ideally they should be re-located, but they do want to live at the fjord! Not way up into the mountain side where the snow is lying thick whilst they pick spring flowers along the shoreline . . . SO there will be a cathastrophy – at some time in the future! But may be nothing will happen before 22020? Or 2030? Or possibly 2050? But it WILL happen!

            • Hopefully beyond 2050 and not a year earlier, maybe they could think of some sort of solution in the decades ahead.
              I suppose no beauty comes without some risk. If I were in their shoes, I would sell up and move to somewhere safe. Norway is beautiful all over. So there is no loss, especially if the Government could facilitate it with some sort of subsidy.

            • Seenorway says:

              Yes, but this is where 9 out of 10 tourists want to go! Risk or no risk!😉
              This is one of the biggest ‘tourist magnets’ in Norway!
              On the same road you’ll find ‘Trollveggen’ and ‘Trollstigen’. (Remember our little window!)

            • 7 years ago, we had a whole hotel fall into the water in a popular hot spring area because the typhoon torrents hollowed out the foundation:

              http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/typhoon-morakot-wreaks-havoc-taiwan-popular-chin-shuai-hotel-evacuated-collapse-article-1.395752

              However, typhoon season is predictable, the problem with the potential future tsunami is that we don’t know when, and uncertainty is the greatest fear.

              Also, wonderful photos! Moreover, that picture of you in Geiranger is really good.

            • Seenorway says:

              Thank you! I was 10 years younger then. Now I’m only ‘feeling’ younger!🙂

            • I say good air and gorgeous scenery is the fount of youth !

            • Seenorway says:

              Well, yes, it might! It seems I’m about to get myself a problem these days: Nobody will believe me. May be I’ll have to say I’m 70, but then I’ll have to buy myself a dress. (Only women are lying about their age! )

            • People need to understand that age depends on how we live. For instance, the Chinese characters for the phrase “activity” can also mean “To live” “Must be active”, So your active lifestyle in a good environment will keep you healthy and fit. Moreover, as you constantly use your mind to organize this blog and correspond, you can stave off memory loss.

            • Seenorway says:

              That would be nice, but like most people my agfe, I’m on long term medication.
              And I’m pretty certain that the so called ‘cocktail effect’ from that medication is not very healthy for my memory capacity! It has changed substantially over the last 3-4 years!

            • From our conversations I feel you are still very agile minded. Just live everyday the best you can, make others happy and be happy yourself, and I feel you could be able to see 100 in fair health!

            • Seenorway says:

              Thank you for that, but I tend to forget things that I have been told only days ago. That is a bit frustrating for someone used to remember everything from day 1. The funny part is that the long term memory seems to hold up, but things I was told yestarday (and that I should really remember) they may be gone with the wind . . . I could terminate the medicine that clouds my brain, but doing so won’t bring back the things I have forgotten and the long term effects of trerminating medicnes may turn out to be dire . . .! I think not!

            • Why don’t you have a look at the English Subtitled Documentary of Ven. Hai Xian (1901-2013)’s life of cultivation. Dharma practice helped him stay fit enough to farm even as he aged past 110!

              The documentary is at the bottom of this post:

              https://purelandsutras.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/ode-to-ven-master-hai-xian-1901-2013/

              I feel you will find it inspiring!

            • Seenorway says:

              🙂 I’m afraid this doesn’t work very well for me. Can’t read bibles of things I don’t understand in order to remember things I do forget before tomorrow🙂
              I just haven’t gor the time nor the patience of a Bhuddist monk. (Sorry)
              I just have to accept there’s no easy fix here!

            • I suggest you just do what you love, and continue doing so. Everyone’s body are always on the decline, but make every little moment count, for instance, Buddhist teachings say that there is no good deed too small to do!

            • Seenorway says:

              That is sound advice! An advice I’ll follow!

            • I strongly recommend you look at this post:

              https://mellowstorm.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/pran-mudra/

              Its a simple exercise that yields a lot of health benefits such as reducing forgetfulness etc.

            • Seenorway says:

              You remember the little ‘window’? Try ti insert ‘Geiranger’ and you will get the ‘lay of the land’.

            • Thanks, looking at it right now.

  2. allesistgut says:

    Thanks for the very nice photos. I drove that road 3 or 4 times. But I never noticed that river! 8) It looks really wild, indeed!

  3. Beautiful shots! That river looks wicked and beautiful at the same time.

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