Aurland Road Trip

We hired a car and drove firstly to the town of Undredal.

firstly to the town of Undredal. This town is famous for one of the oldest and smallest stave churches in Scandinavia, but more importantly for it's goats cheese. The whey of the seperated goats milk is boiled for several hours until it caramalises and sets into a hard brown cheese (Stolsysteri). Very interesting to eat, as it smells like sweaty sports socks, and yet tastes sweet.

We then drove over the Stegastein road up to the plateau. This was the most scared I have ever been in a car in my life. The road was incredibly narrow, crumbling away at the edges from lack of maintenance, with tight hairpin bends every km, climbing high up the sides of the glacial mountainside. I just held my breath and prayed that there were no buses coming the opposite direction forcing us to back around a bend.. gulp!
 

Fjord

This was the most scared I have ever been in a car in my life. The road was incredibly narrow, crumbling away at the edges from lack of maintenance, with tight hairpin bends every km, climbing high up the sides of the glacial mountainside. I just held my breath and prayed that there were no buses coming the opposite direction forcing us to back around a bend.. gulp!

Mich mananged to get us confidently to the top where we drove across a plateau moss covered rocks on which people had built stone stacks (it seems to be a national obsession), and pockets of snow. Yehaa.. I had to get out in the rain and throw snow balls at Mich.. whilst she was trying to stack stones (see it's contageous too!).

Mich staking stones

We then dropped down into a another scenic fjord and the town of Laedral with it's many old wooden buildings (and very cute tourist information lady), before visiting the 12th Century Stave Church at Borgund.

Borgund Stave Church

This is probably the best preserved Stave Church of the 28 left in Norway and it has an excellent information centre based around their construction, historical use and preservation. Interestingly enough, it is the poor towns which still have stave churches left as they couldn't afford to build modern churches! We came back to Flam via the Laedral Tunnel which is the longest road tunnel in the world at a distance of 25.4 km. To break up the monotony of the journey, every 6 km they light up the tunnel in different colours.

Longest Tunnel Lighting