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Trollstigen (English: The Troll Ladder) is a road in Rauma, Norway. It is a popular tourist attraction due to its steep incline of nine per cent and eleven hairpin bends up a mountain side. It was opened on the 31st of July in 1936 by King Haakon VII after 8 years of construction time. The road up is very narrow and there are only few posibilities where two cars can pass (improved some in the latest years).


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On the top there is big parking place where you can walk for about ten minutes to get onto a viewing balcony. There you will enjoy a great view over the road with its bends and the waterfall. Stigfossen is a beautiful waterfall which falls 320 metres down the mountain side. Trollstigen is closed during the fall and winter months. A normal opening season stretches from the mid of May to October, but may sometimes be shorter or longer due to changes in the weather conditions. In the summer of 2005 the road was repaired and about 16 million NOK was spent on protection against rockfall, making the road a lot safer to drive on.


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The old "Klovstien" (packhorse road) over Trollstigen has for several hundred years been an important means of travel between Sunnmore and Romsdal. No one knows for certain how old this track is, but Klovstien is named as a main road for the first time in 1766.


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It is said that horse dealers from Valldal and other places in Sunmore always took lads with them to help out on this difficult and hazardous journey. The day that a boy could manage to lead a horse by himself down the dangerous Klovstien, he was no longer a boy - he had become a man.


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One of the main reasons that people carrie over the mountain was the annual "martna'n" (fair) at Veblungsnes - though some risked their horses being injured and their trading spoil t on account of the hazardous journey. Many people were pleased when it was decided in 1891 to improve the road. Highways Director Sievers states at that time that the road would be of great benefit to the gentry of Sunnmore and Romsdal - as well as to the tourist trade!
Klovstien breathes history, hardship anddrama. Cows and horses have ended up in
the waterfall Stigfossen and people have perished on the journey over the
mountain. A cattle dealer tells how he once went this way over Trollstigen, on
his way to the Romsdal. Fair, with 47 cows all bound to each other!
The old Klovstien track is now restored and signposted, and offers a wonderful experience of the landscape. From its starting point at Bosetra in Isterdalen the Klovstien track proceeds through damp and thickly-grown woodland. Towards the edge of the woods the path passes the old cable bridge and now deserted "setrer" huts once used by those looking after animals on the high summer pastures. Once out of the woods, a new and impressive landscape opens out. The steep mountain side towers above, while the Istra River hurls itself over the precipice before settling down for its gentler process through the valley to the fjord. The climb up to the Stigfoss (Waterfall) Bridge is somewhat steep and exposed, but is well secured with chains. The walk up to Stigrora (at the head of the waterfall) normally takes about 1.5 hours. From Stigrora the Klovstien path climbs steadily into a barren high-mountain landscape. The Klovstien path is restored as far as the Slettvikane "seter", which is usually about an hour's walk beyond Stigrora.
We can promise a special experience - and many photo opportunities.


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last updated:  20.07.2007