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Discover Norway's most spectacular roads

Norway

 

This narrow, twisting road opened in 1936, hardly widened since, bans vehicles over 12 meters long.

Accessible only outside the winter period, this road is biking candy. From Mölde, the main coastal town in the region, it takes just over an hour and a half to reach the entry to the valley. You then leave the banks of the Rauma River to head off on Road 63 to Trollstigen (literally "the trolls' ladder" in Norwegian).

 

The valley starts wide, and then narrows. It's like entering a roofless cathedral. The impeccably-surfaced road winds between birches and spruces. Rocks are everywhere and petrified trolls appear capable of coming to life. The county of More og Romsdal is steeped in legend, which could explain the road signs advising you to beware of trolls crossing the road! Keep an eye out.

After a few peaceful miles, the road suddenly climbs the rocky barrier from which the 1,050 foot-tall Stigfossen waterfall comes crashing down. Riding through the eleven hairpin bends is as amazingly exhilarating as the view.

The bike swings comfortably from one bend to the next, accounting for the narrowness of the road. Fitted with agile, easy-handling MICHELIN Pilot Road 4 tires, a large roadster will be as comfortable as a well-powered trail bike on this sort of ground. And if it rains, which is not unusual in the Norwegian Alps, the new MICHELIN Pilot Road 4 tires demonstrate their superior wet grip.

The Trollstigen is one of Norway's remarkable roads. Its design, over-the-top features, and view are unique. Even more unusual is the chance for travelers to get a bird's-eye view of the road from a glass-walled platform that juts out from the top. Get ready for guaranteed thrills above the Stigfossen waterfall and an unmissable photo of this one-of-a-kind road.