If you like to observe maps, you will definitely find some little-known cold knowledge-for example, the most fragmented coastline in the world is hidden in the upper left corner of the world map, located on the west coast of Norway in Scandinavia.
If you zoom in, you will find that there are hundreds of fjords here. It is said that without counting the fjords, the length of Norway’s coastline will drop from the current 20,000 kilometers (about the same length as the United States and Australia) to more than 2,000 kilometers, which is a huge difference.
When you come to the country of fjords, visiting the fjords is naturally a must-see item, but which fjord you want to go to is also a headache for tourists. One of my Norwegian friends K recommended me to Geirangerfjord, so my friend and I were on the road.
Norway is located in a high-latitude area. Even if we choose to travel in summer, there will still be snow in the mountains we pass. In addition, there are many and narrow curves. K repeatedly reminded that if you are a novice driver, do not choose to drive by yourself.
Scenic road through mountains and seas
From north to south, we set off from Trondheim in the middle of the country, and sailed to the Geirangerfjord through the most beautiful coastal road “Atlantic Road”.
The “Atlantic Road” is the most essential section of National Road 64 in Norway. Its architectural design is tailored to local conditions and full of ingenuity. This 8.3-kilometer-long coastal road is connected by many bridges and spans over many small islands and reefs. Stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean along the way.
Even better, in order to enhance the sensory stimulation of driving, the talented designer used parallax to design the arc of the bridge—from the driver’s perspective, driving on the most famous Stor Sandt Bridge is like a roller coaster that is about to reach the highest point. There is no way to go ahead, and you are about to fall into the unfathomable sea; if it catches up with the hurricane season, when the wind is surging and the huge waves hit, you will feel the fear of being swallowed by the Atlantic Ocean.
Although the weather was calm when we passed, when we did reach the high point, everyone felt a feeling of rapid heartbeat. It is said that the “Atlantic Road” has also had many accidents due to weather in recent years. Whether this beautiful and dangerous highway will be rebuilt in the future is still unknown.
If the “Atlantic Road” is just a sense of danger caused by visual aberration, then the “Eagle Road” and “Elf Road” that follow are the real test of driving – if you are not careful, you may fall off the cliff Risk, which is why locals do not recommend self-driving for novices.
The “Elf Road” is located on the No. 63 landscape road known as the “Golden Road”, which is also one of the 18 most famous landscape roads in Norway. This section of the road is surrounded by many giant mountains and is full of exposed rocks. It is extremely difficult to build a road. This breathtaking winding mountain road is an engineering marvel that has only been open to traffic for a few decades, and each curve on the road has its own name, usually named after the foreman of the construction team that built it. It is the outstanding skills of these craftsmen that allow us to appreciate such a shocking road to heaven.
The “Eagle Road”, which is also on Route 63, winds from the Geirangerfjord through 11 “hairpin bends” and extends to the highest point at an altitude of 620 meters. It is also very steep. The reason why it is called “Eagle Road” is that it is said to be on the highest viewing platform, where eagles often circle and fly.
Standing on the observation deck and looking far away, you can have a panoramic view of the Geirangerfjord. The cruise ships passing by, the Seven Sisters Waterfall flying down and the beautiful alpine farms together constitute a magnificent and pleasing landscape of the fjord.
Fjord hut with a view
The Geirangerfjord is 16 kilometers long, with towering mountains on both sides. In the deepest part of the fjord is the fairytale-like town of Geiranger. This beautiful town that is uncontested is one of the most tourist attractions in Norway, especially in the cool summer, very suitable for hiking, Boating, camping.
Stor Sandert Bridge, designed using parallax to design the curvature of the bridge
The fairytale-like town of Geiranger
This 8.3-kilometer-long coastal road is connected by many bridges and spans many small islands and reefs.
Most of the cabins in the town are painted in bright colors, scattered among the mountains, very cute. When you open the curtains, it is a charming landscape like a landscape painting. The cottage is clean and tidy, and there is a small attic, and the old wooden stairs will creak when stepped on. K, a classmate from Norway, told us that many families would have such a summer vacation home. Every summer, the family would stay there for two or three weeks and enjoy various outdoor activities. This was the day he was most looking forward to when he was a child.
In summer in northern Europe, the days are long and the nights are short. Compared with winter, there is a lot of time to see the scenery and play. We had a quick dinner and it was 9pm but it was still light and we slipped out to paddle again. We wanted to go to the other side, but paddling was futile. After a long time of tossing, we simply went boating and chatting on the calm lake.
The weather in the fjord is unpredictable, rainy and sunny, but no matter what kind of weather, there is always a different beauty. Although the sunny fjords are good-looking to take pictures, but the misty fjords are more like an ink painting, which has a different artistic conception. As we were chatting, the drizzle suddenly stopped, the clouds and mists dissipated, and a rare double rainbow appeared in the distance.
Whale meat sold at an open-air fish market in Bergen (middle)
“Spirit Road” on Scenic Route 63
In fact, whales are mammals, the taste is closer to red meat, and the meat is firm.
Smoked Whale and Reindeer Sausages
Although Norway’s scenery is unique, but when it comes to food, it is really lackluster. We drove all the way. Although we feasted our eyes, we basically ate hamburgers, fries or instant noodles. When we arrived in the big city of Bergen, we decided to visit the famous open-air fish market and try local specialties.
The open-air fish market in Bergen has a history of more than 800 years. It is located in the center of Bergen surrounded by mountains, near the pier, and has been a gathering place for fishermen and merchants since the 13th century. It is said that in addition to merchants on the shore, there have also been fishermen who sold the catch of the day directly on the boat in history. They used to row to the pier after fishing, and then rowed back to the hut outside the city after selling.
Today’s fish market may be a little different from the vegetable market we imagined. It is more like a beautiful tourist market selling local products, with many interesting and exquisite stalls. We walked around and found that there are many varieties of seafood: cod, salmon, lobster, king crab, arctic shellfish, sea urchin, oysters, sweet shrimp, whale meat… Many stores also provide on-site cooking services, attracting tourists. many tourists. In addition, there are many local vegetables and fruits and special snacks.
We decided to try the whale meat recommended by our Norwegian classmates. I believe that many people will be like us, influenced by the Chinese name of whales, preconceived to imagine that the taste of whale meat is similar to fish meat, but in fact whales are mammals, the taste is closer to red meat, and the meat is firmer. When we tasted it, we all felt that this lump of black meat was more like an old fried steak. It wasn’t delicious, but it didn’t have the legendary smell.
Another curious snack that interested us is the reindeer sausage. We tried it. In fact, it looks like beef after marinating. It is said that reindeer meat has high protein content and low fat content, which has great nutritional value and is also the favorite traditional food of many Norwegians.
We also tasted Norwegian fish soup. Most Chinese fish soups are clear soups with a focus on umami, but the Nordic fish soups are all thick and creamy soups with a more intense flavor. A bowl of hot soup on a rainy day is very healing.
Near the Bergen fish market, there are many small houses built against the mountains, colorful, like children’s graffiti full of childishness. This is the most interesting neighborhood in Bergen. These century-old small houses hide a variety of niche galleries, quirky collection shops, exquisite cafes and specialty restaurants.
We wandered around until we were about to miss our flight, and then reluctantly rushed to the airport to end this short but beautiful trip to Norway.