Some of the group have the courage to continue the about 20 minutes extra hike to the very top of the mountain of Nesaksla, at 715 metres above sea level. The reward: A 360 degrees view.
From there, it is possible to continue on to the Romsdalseggen ridge, one of Norway’s most famous hikes. But for now it’s all downhill for us.
Early evening thrill: a drive up the 11 hairpin bends of the Trollstigen mountain road
”Oh gosh, look down everybody”, shouts one of us excitedly. “No, don’t look down”, he quickly corrects himself as our broad bus slowly zigzags its way up the narrow Trollstigen road.
The rest of us just hold on to the armrest a bit tighter than usual. A rock wall like this may be a normal hangout for creatures like mountain goats and eagles. But for our motorised hippopotamus?
Our driver Torstein Dahle is in fact routinely exploiting every inch of the edge of the road surface, also to let other vehicles of highly various sizes pass by.
“How I manage? Well, you know, I started early. Ever since 1968, I have been bringing tourists up Trollstigen … and safely down again”, Dahle laughs whilst effortlessly steering the bus through one of the sharpest bends.
For one second it feels like the front end of the bus is hanging outside of the road. The next moment Dahle has turned the giant 180 degrees, and the teeth of the bus grill nearly kiss the rock wall.