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In Norway, the Journey Is the Destination
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:26:36 PM »

N.Y. Times: In Norway, the Journey Is the Destination - A writer finds emotional solace on some of Norway’s scenic remote roads, which have been transformed into architectural wonders.

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I was driving up a remote road in central Norway. To be more accurate, it was actually more like I was playing an advanced level video game. Eleven switchbacks were cut into the sheer mountainside, and my little white rental car shuddered up the narrow passes.

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Once part of the trade route that crisscrossed through the country, this passageway, called Trollstigen, or the troll’s path, remains a spectacular example of the power of engineering in a remote region that is basically impassable from early November to May, when the snow falls.

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Even while I tried to focus purely on the sharp bends ahead of me late last autumn, the beauty of my surroundings was still breathtaking: trees with brilliant gold, russet-red and pumpkin-orange leaves; dramatic sculptural mountain peaks stretching up into a lonely, foreboding sky; a silvery waterfall that cascades from the top of one of the adjacent cliffs; and a dramatic sunset that deepens and changes hues every second, with puffy clouds reflecting the last pink and fire-red rays.


Web site showing 18 scenic routes in Norway (in English) here.
« Last Edit: October 16, 2017, 10:30:07 PM by cpzilliacus »
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