The fail shopping trip
I got a gift card from a friend this summer for clothes at UNO. So when I got home I decided to go to UNO Åndalsnes to see what I could find. Actually UNO is not really my cup of tea but when one get a gift card for 800 NOK I just had to see what to find. There were ads for some sandals. I rarely find anything that fit my taste there, only once I found a dress so I though that maybe they have at least one item I would like.
I went there and drove a really long way, it was approximately 100 km. When I came to the store the lady in the store refused to accept the gift card because it was bought at UNO Bergen. She was afraid that she would lose her money. The gift card was in order but she said I had to go to Bergen to UNO Bergen to use it. That is over 600 km and I have to cross two county borders to get there!
I was really disappointed and left the store. Since it was not far from Trollstigen (Troll Path) I though, why not take a tour there. And I took many photographs.
The buildings at the top of Trollstigen (Troll Path) is rather new. I think they are kind of nice from some angles and really ugly from other angles. The boardwalk and the fences melt in in a way, at the same time as nature is gone and buildings took its place. Before the concrete in the river there were a natural river with white stone and sand bottom under the bluegray glacier water.
I hate concrete, especially when it is just blank concrete. I think at least they could have made all sides of the concrete look like a mountain wall. Not slick but rough. About ten years back in time it was more authentic. There were wooden houses, traditional houses for Norway, and no big steel, glass and concrete constructions, and the river was a river.
I like nature better when it is allowed to be just nature.
Trollstigen (Troll Path) before
I was there in 2002 before they turned nature into a place for city people.
And in May 2007 it looked like this. Here they had starting laying the foundations for the so-called improvement. I call it destroying of nature. It was such a beautiful place, it do not need concrete, glass and iron.
I appreciate that security is a good thing and needed when stupid city tourists with no clue start to climb places they should not for a good photo, trip and fall to their death. But really must one go overboard? Is it not enough with a normal fence? Why a deck or three? Are we not going into nature to experience nature and not city environment? I miss nature at the top of Troll Path. The river has become a park fountain, and the moutain top have become a boardwalk and a parking lot. I miss the natural river, i miss in all nature. They could just have buildt a stone house with grass on top of it and let the river pass natually under it without altering the river. A woden or stone bridge like is traditional in Norway.
They only thing I see as an improvement is that it is more handicap friendly path to walk now, but I think they should have used natural materials from nature and not concrete. Make it invisible and go into the rest of the environment.
Well the view from the top is still the same. I hope some crazy architect do not go over build that too.
And really people, and I hope you listen now. It is not to be negative but when you go out in nature it is not a city park with flowers, a fountain and a dam. It is dangerous, the rivers here in this country are beautiful and lethal. They hold ice water from the glaciers and if you do not drown you can easily freeze to death in minutes. If you get caught by a current you are swept away in a speed you cannot imagine, and you are dragged under by the current and by the force in the water, maybe stuck under a rock. If you climb the sides of the mountains and growl slopes you can fall to your death. If you go to close to the end of a cliff it is several hundreds of meter down and no net to hinder you from falling. If you fall in most cases you find sure death, it have happened before and if you do not stop doing these things it will happen again. This time I was here today I stoppd a young Eastern boy from going over the edge with a dangerous slope of stones and growl over the waterfall by the bridge.
Keep safe, keep distance, keep on solid ground. A photo is not worth dying for. Consequence when you do not be aware of the riskt and take unnessesary risks is that the government make nature and beauty go away, they make the wild into a fake city park to prevent clueless city people from hurting themselves or die here. And I mean in all of Norway, not only at Trollstigen (Troll Path). At for example Vøringsfossen 3 people in 5 years have died going places they should not. At the Preikestolen (Preacher’s Pulpit) at least one person have fallen to his death and in Geiranger a German turist fell in the river of the same reason. Since 2003 to 2014 approximately 100 foreign turists have died, these are those who have been in the media. It happens when among other things:
- Falling into rivers
- Falling off cliffs off the moutain
- Sliding on growl on sloaps off the mountain
- Taken by the waves at the shore fishing and photographing in storm
- Snow slides
- Suprised by bad weather (weather in Norway can shift fast)
- Out boating suprised by bad weather and waves
- Surprised by tide and streams
- Cold, cold water, fog, storm, heavy rain and else bad weather.
- The roads in Norway are very narrow and slinger, with tight curves, some places no fences but a concrete edge, and on one side a mountain wall and on the other side a drop of some hundred meters into the fjord,. The roads are also often unpredictable and often in bad condition. If you see a road sign saying speed 80 km per hour do not trust it right up. It can come a not mentioned 90 degree curve a few meter away you do not spot at first. Traffic signs do not always tell you all you need to know. So keep your speed down, be aware and do not take unnessesary risks.
- A white signt with a red ring on the edge of the sign with a digit in it tell you the maksimum speed allowed.
- You are not allowed to drive faster than 80 in Norway unless the speed sign tell you so. A white sign with a grey border and the digits crossed over with grey is telling you:
Crossed over 20 means 50
Crossed over 30 means 50
Crossed over 40 means 50
Crossed over 50 means 80
Crossed over 60 means 80
Crossed over 70 means 80
I do not say you should not come here. Pleease, do come here but be careful and ask the people living here what to look out for and stay away from danger.
Let nature be nature and the city be the city. Use your head, save yourself and those you care for and love. Stay safe, THINK!
Please, take care, share and spread the word.
Facts about Trollstigen (Troll Path)
Trollstigen (English: Trolls’ Path) is a serpentine mountain road in Rauma Municipality, Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of Norwegian National Road 63 that connects the town of Åndalsnes in Rauma and the village of Valldal in Norddal Municipality. It is a popular tourist attraction due to its steep incline of 10% and eleven hairpin bends up a steep mountainside.
Restrictions of road:
The road is closed during winter.
The road is narrow with many sharp bends, and although several bends were widened during 2005 to 2012, vehicles over 12.4 metres (41 ft) long are prohibited from driving the road. If you are driving with a camping trailer you should park at a parking nearby and drive only by car this path.
The pilot scheme with three-axle buses with length up to 13.10 m and forced steered axle in Trollstigen has become permanent.
The following conditions apply only for busses:
- The bus length must not exceed 13.10 meters
- Driving should only take place with seated passengers and seat belts on.
- The bus must have three axles
The bus must be equipped with forced running shaft. Friction-controlled trailing axle is not allowed. This is to ensure that the bus has sufficient properties when reversing.
- Documentation that the bus has forced trailing axle must be accepted and be presented upon request. The documentation must be issued either by the vehicle manufacturer or by the National Roads Authority in the vehicle’s country of registration. The document must be either Norwegian or English and refer to the specific vehicle.
Source of facts: Wikipedia, source of vehicle and legislation facts Statens Vegvesen Norway.