Thursday, 11 May 2017

In Search for Norwegian Trolls

Norway is a country with numerous local legends. It will never disappoint those who keen on listening a good old story.

In Search for Norwegian Trolls

Travelers who drive RV255 between Lillehammer and Vinsra constantly look about: this picturesque place was the arena of a battle between Peer Gynt and the trolls. In the original version of the legend, Peer the hunter saved his manor from the trolls who came on the New Year's Eve and started to dance. Peer caught the trolls in a boot and set a polar bear against them. The area is called Peer Gynt Country, and a trail – Peer Gyntvegen – goes parallel to the highway. You may visit the manor of the legendary hunter at Vinstra.

Of course, this place is not the only one where you can meet trolls. Traces of those creatures can be found everywhere. For example, if you want to cross the Troll's Bridge, take a trip from Åndalsnes to Valdall through Trollstigen serpentine road. The stone bridge goes right under the Stigfossen Waterfall.

In Search for Norwegian Trolls

Take a train of the Raumabanen (Rauma Railways) from Åndalsnes to Bjorli, which in summer makes a stop at the Troll Wall (Trollvegen) – the highest sheer wall in Europe (1000 meters).

In Search for Norwegian Trolls

If you want to see a real troll that was turned into a stone, go to Ånderdalen National Park situated at Senja Island. Here you will find the largest troll, which was listed in the Guinnes book of Records. Its height is 18 meters, and weight is 128 tons. In its womb there is the whole museum with small figures from fairy-tales.


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