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    Spring is here, and we soon step into the summer (despite the wintery temperatures we experience today).

    Spring also show in a forest close to my home, just over the fjord at Gjemnes




    This forest contains also a several thousand years old grave yard


    And how about this...., when walking through a very uniform forest of spruce trees, there suddenly open up a room with one single dead old pinetree.
    This appeared to me like a cathedral with a Queen-like tree in the middle. Gave me goosebumps...
    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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    • Tommi
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      Interesting dark-ish colors in those pictures, looks really robust and nice.

    Last Saturday (21. May) we made a trip all the way to Roeldal in Tafjord with stops in Valdal, at Juvet Hotel and on top of Trollstigen.

    We visited Trollstig Centre, which was open for the first time this season:


    But only partly "dug out" yet:


    The road from Valldal was open, but the road down the mountainside was still closed:


    I did no go out to the lookout point. (Here you can see why):


    But our son did .He took this picture of the road down:


    Trollstigen is now open for traffic: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/nordre/201...g-12788008.ece

    Full report of the trip when time permits.

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    • yvneac
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      Thank you for these pictures.Good memories from Tafjord in 1981.

    OK finally a report on our trip to Tafjord a few weeks ago.
    First stop was a Stordal. Here a view from the new industrial area and across the fjord:


    Then a quick stop at a lookout point just before Liabygda:


    Passing Linge Fergekai as the "Aukra" approached from Eidsdal:


    A detour up to Lingeaasen, since we were a bit late for the fruit blooming at lower levels:


    Which also offered this view of the fjord and mountains of Tafjorden:


    Before we headed down to Valdal, with a new Hotel just about to open:


    No signs of the snake on the mountainside from here:


    Yes we have no camping:

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      On to Fjoeraa and one of the earliest Salmon farms in Norway:


      A view further into Tafjorden from the upper "settlements" in Fjoeraa:


      And then we are finally in Tafjord, looking out along the fjord:


      My kind of thing. A Heavy lift crane at the pier:

      Probably a relic from the time when the second hydro power station was built here, back in 1952. (First was in 1923)

      Tafjord's answer to the "Seven Sisters" in Geiranger?:


      Zakariasdammen:




      Whoever lives on that farm are trusting the workmanship from the 1960's:



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      We continued all the way to the end of the road at Roeldal Lift Station:


      Not for tourists, only for personnel and goods for Tafjord Kraft:


      "Boarding on the left side":


      I have no idea what is up there beyond those gantries:


      That is it, unless you are a mountain goat, or a climber:



      The road goes on to Roeldal 1 Lift Station, abt 150 m. further up.


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        Heading down again we passed this old farm:






        And Kaldhusseter Tourist Hut, but not yet open for the season:


        The old house at Kaldhusseter was there, but did not look like they had been used for anything for a while:


        Passing the earliest dam:


        Also at a low level:

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          Returning to Tafjord we made a detour to Fundergata open air museum:






          Tafjord Gestgiveri was not open yet. Too early in the season:


          In fact not much of anything was open on a Saturday afternoon, so we continued on back to Valdal:


          Where at least a Kiosk selling "Fast Food" (near uneatable) was open:

          Later we notised a nice little restaurant hidden in a "backstreet" was actually open, selling (good?) traditional Norwegian food.

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            Next we headed towards Trollstigen, with an intention to return via Aandalsnes. (Ignoring signs that said Trollstigen was closed, since it was announced that Trollstigsenteret was opening that day)
            First stop was at Gudbrandsjuvet:


            At first I was not impressed:




            But as we got to the real thing, it got a little more impressive:




            We also visited the now "famouse" Juvet Hotel":




            With the rooms in little huts dotted around in the surrounding landscape:



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              The rest of the trip to Trollstigen has been reported on earlier.
              Here is a video from Juvet:

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                Juvet Hotel is an amazing place.... I was supposed to spedn a night there some years ago, but they were fully booked days and weeks in advance due to a wedding and what not.

                Those cabins are great.... Sometime last year, I also saw a movie in the cinema which was set in those cabins... can't remember the name of the film. But it was an American film I think.
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                • Seagull
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                  I recollect you mentioning the film EX_MACHINA in your Main Page cinema section.
                  Yes - just looked it up - "I wanted to see this movie much because it was set in Norway, in the magnificent glass-forest hotel near Gudbrandsjuvet, but also because it is right down my alley of Sci-Fi/Thriller genre."

                  I didn’t get around to seeing that film myself.

                • pakarang
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                  Yes, that's the one..... I could not remember the name of the film, and even after "googling" it, I was none the wiser. Completely forgot I had listed it on my main page! Insert a gigantic embarrassed smile. You should go and watch the movie.... just for the location of it.

                I spent three hours wandering around Gudbrandsjuvet in May 2013. (21 days bus trip)
                There was snow in most places and impassable in others, but the falls and the bare trees and brilliant sky were unforgettable. One well travelled Aussie just stared and stared, muttering: I have never seen anything like this before...I agreed, but he had travelled through most of continental Europe. -which I have not done.

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                • pakarang
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                  And another great thing about this place, is the abundance of strawberry farms with the most sweetest strawberries I have eaten in my entire lifetime. Did you get to taste those?

                Eide last week
                "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                • Tommi
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                  150% idyllic!

                • Tommi
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                  150% idyllic!

                Very idyllic and wonderfully peacful image captured at Eide!
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                  Back in July, after receiving my tax return, I drove on a daytrip from Trondheim to Prestfoss (a tiny, tiny place without cellphone reception or FM radio reception not far from Hønefoss), and back, to do some repairs on my car. I left Trondheim at 7 PM in the evening, and arrived at my destiantion around 5 in the morning. Repairs were done by lunch, when I directly started driving back to Trondheim, arriving in Trondheim at 7:30 in the evening.... that is what I would call a very long trip!

                  During the night, I drove across GOLSFJELLET... and it was absolutely theathrical, beautiful and so spooky... it is seldom you get such beauty on one single night, but it was absolutely without any comparison.

                  Here are some of the images I stopped to do.... and I hardly stoped all through the night.







                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                  Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                  Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                    Four other images of that spectacular night:







                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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