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Cycling Norway’s Trollstigen

I took this photo in july 2014 at Trollstigen in Norway. Standing there alone in the fog, I was waiting for the view to become clear. And then it happened, the fog disappeared and though it was 1 am already, one car came slowly up the steep serpentines. It was my dream for a long time to take a photo of lighttrails like this in Norway - and it was just an awesome feeling that it worked out on the most beautiful and famous street. A few minutes later the fog returned, even thicker than before.

from The Col Collective…

Deep in the mountains on the western coastline of Norway, legend has it that trolls roam the Trollstigen by night turning to stone if hit by sunlight. I’d experienced this climb once before, on a dark wintry day, continually watching my back with senses on high alert for every unknown rustle at the side of the road.

Today was a different story, the early cloud burning through to reveal the road in all its splendor. I’ve been fortunate enough to ride many mountains over the years but there were moments during this climb that took me to a completely different world, where the tiniest touch of water on your skin makes you feel so alive, reminding you how the power of nature and the great outdoors is the answer to every question. I still get that same feeling when I watch these moments, I hope you do too, and one day you can experience the pure beauty of the Stigfossen waterfall and Trollstigen as I was lucky enough to do so.

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  • Start: Sogge
  • Length: 19km
  • Summit: 852m
  • Elevation gain: 802m
  • Average gradient: 4.4%
  • Max gradient: 10%
  • Ridden in June

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