After staying two days out on Ljøsøya and Lysø Naturcamping and Rorbuer, it was time for heading home. The first leg of the trip was straight to Åndalsnes, for a quick charge of the car before heading up Trollstigen.
Trollstigen is a serpentine mountain road, making its way up the steep mountain side with a 10% incline and 11 hearpin bends. It connects the town of Åndalsnes and the village of Valldal.
When you reach the top of Trollstigen you will find the visitor center, with a restaurant where you can enjoy a dinner, lunch or quick snack with a breath-taking view over looking Trollstigen and the valley below.
There is also a couple of viewing platform at the top, that sticks out of the mountain side and gives you and unobstructive view over the valley.
Stigfossen waterfall also starts at the top, and falls 320 meters down and ends down in valley. (If you stop on the first pull out on the road before starting the incline going up you can walk down all the way to the foot of the waterfall).
That is it for this trip. It gave me a ton of inspiration and a lot of good memories. Now it is time for summer vacation with the family and this year we are probably going camping i Norway as the weather just looks amazing the next couple of weeks. The plan is driving south, so hopefully there will be a ton of photo opportunity along the way.
After a short night in Dombås, we headed west towards the coast and the town of Åndalsnes. Driving trough Romsdalen, you follow the river Rauma with its many beautiful waterfalls. One of the waterfalls you can go really near is Slettafossen. A massive waterfall which is about 125 meters long, and drop of nearly 18 meters. When you stand on the bridge that goes over, you can really feel and hear the raw power of nature and the water.
From here we went on to Åndalsnes to Molde and then finally to the Atlantic Road.
The Atlantic Road is an 8.3 kilometer long road that goes through the rough North Sea unsheltered, and connects many small islands and skerries with 8 bridges and the Storseisundbrua being the most prominent and spectacular.
The Atlantic Road has been declared the world’s best road trip and is part of the National Tourist Route. It’s also a popular place for automotive commercials and movies.
At one northern end of Storseisundbrua, you will find Lyngholmen which have a walkway all around the little island and you will also find the coffee shop – Atlanterhavsveien Kafe.
It is definitely beautiful road and drive, especially if there is rough weather as this would make it a completely different experience driving the route.
Last weekend I finally was able to go for a long-weekend road trip to the west of Norway, and the Atlantic Road as the destination.
Started out from home the drive went up to Lillehammer, and then up to Dombås where the night was spent at a small cabin. From Dombås you can drive up to Reinheimen National Park, via the Slådalsvegen which is this summer open dirt road that goes from Lesja to Vågå. Up here you get a good view of Dovre National Park.
We drove a couple of miles in one the Slådalsvegen up from Lesja, to get som sunset photos over Dovrefjell. The views up here was amazing!
Yesterday morning I watched the sun rise from the Dunes of Maspalomas and walked around in the sand dunes looking for compositions. The color photos are taken with the ClassicChrome film simulation and the B/W are with Monochrome+G film simulation, all photos taken with the Fuji X100T.
El Oasis is an natural reserve on the southern tip of the island of the Gran Canaria, with it sand dunes it is almost like an small desert.
There is something therapeutic about long exposure photography. One has to calm down and take the time back. For me this really helps me to stress down, and escape from the fast paced world of every day life and work, getting rid of all worries and just live in the moment.
When I do this I start to connect with my inner thoughts and my self. Removing the outer shell that’s trying to block away the fast paced world.
What is your favorite way of escaping from the fast paced world, and connect with your inner thoughts?