The high mountain´s glacial might

As I rode north on highway 15 I decided to take a short detour on road 258, or Old Strynefjell Mountain Road.  This short stretch of mostly gravel not only has a great history, it one of the most exciting roads in Norway- both for the riding and the views.  Unfortunately I was there when it was very wet and the gravel part had turned into a rather slippery mess, but it wasn’t really a problem. 

The first part is fairly flat as you ride between the mountain tops.

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You then reach a small glacier lake with a few lonely huts.

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After which you start a thrilling decent into the valley.  The switchbacks go from tight hairpins to fast sweepers, never giving you time to catch your breath or get complacent.

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Part way down into the valley there is a restaurant with excellent good weather views.  Assuming you have good weather I think the best bet would be to pack a lunch- there are so many great views along the route that taking a break to enjoy them is really part of the ride.

BTW, the title of this post is a quote from the Norwegian poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson following a visit in 1896.


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