Troll safari starts with the film “Trollfolk” inside Norsk Tindesenter, this will bring you in the right mood. The fairytale has just started, and the coach is waiting outside to take you to the mountains.
Trollstigen is a short coach-trip away from Åndalsnes. The marvellous mountain peaks Bispen (the Bishop), Kongen (the King), and Dronninga (the Queen) are looming over the Isterdalen valley. The bottom of the valley shows itself in all its glory, the crystal clear Istra river cascades over the rocks and boulders, and sometimes dissapears under overhanging trees and branches.
The coach will drive up to the top of Trollstigen, to nearly 3000 feet. The road wind its way up the steep mountain side. 11 hairpin bends makes this possible. Some places the road is cut into the rockface, and other places it is built on the natural stone foundation.
On top of Trollstigen you are in a devoutly high mountain atmosphere. Here you can visit the viewpoints and study the beautiful architecture Trollstigen Café represents, everything designed to emphasise running water and the dramatic landscape.
The bus takes us down Trollstigen, and stops at the foot of Trollstigen.
Now, are you ready for a very special experience?
We will start looking for one of the forest trolls in the fairytale forest at the foot of Trollstigen. This troll is the only one that can walk outside in the sunshine without turning into solid rock. They are masters of hiding between trees, rocks and bushes, and they can smell humans from far away. These trolls have adapted to the sun and are somewhat human like, but they still have troll instincts. The troll we are looking for is a bit shy, but friendly to humans. Look behind stones and bushes, and you might just see one of them.