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R55 Route - Luster

Oh my! If I were to sum up the most unpredictable, yet one of the best experiences we had in Norway -- it has to be this day and this drive through R55. I was prepared for all the awesomeness I would see in Norway - from Kjeragbolten and Preikestolen to Trolltunga and glaciers, but nothing prepared me for this drive.

We had plans to drive from Jostedal to Geirangerfjord and we were going to go via the GPS recommended route which was through the highway on the west, i.e. Rv5. But we met a German couple in Aurland who strongly advised us to drive through R55 even if it was longer. We had the time and it wasn't a terribly long drive either. The R55 route also prevented us from needing to take a ferry at Geirangerfjord (saving some $$), so off we went.

Right at the very beginning of R55, we came across a town called Luster, which was next to Lusterfjord. As we drove through this area, we were simply stunned to see the clear reflections on this fjord. We weren't new to seeing reflections (having spent a week in Norway by then), but the one at Luster was truly something out of this world. Seeing the beauty of Luster made me sad, it made me wonder why I wasn't choosing to live here. How could something be so beautiful, and how come I am unable to enjoy this beauty on a daily basis? It was so stunning that it broke my heart because I wouldn't be able to enjoy this sight regularly.

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And to top it, there were hardly any people enjoying this sight, at least on the outside. It was just the two of us, and this whole fjord to ourselves. We didn't even have anyone who could take our picture. :D

After a while, we eventually had to drag ourselves out, but not before leaving our hearts out there! And that was just the beginning.

We purchased some food at a small bakery in Luster and continued along the drive and after passing Lusterfjord, we came across a viewpoint of a spectacular mountain range of the Jotunheimen National Park. Looking at these pointy mountains from afar was quite a sight! I was now beginning to understand why this route is considered one of most scenic drives in all of Norway.

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We continued along and then came across another range of mountains and here we could see glaciers on these mountains. We also met a Norwegian couple at a viewpoint here who translated some of the posts in the sign-boards for us. A group of 6 men who went in search for food for their community from one valley to another froze to death in this area when a sudden snow storm hit. This happened in the pre-industrial era, and there was one rock present for each person of the group as a remembrance. This route is closed in the winters because of the heavy snow it receives.

After this, we passed through Lake Bovardalen which was green in color as it collected water from all the melting glaciers nearby, and after passing through some more mountains we eventually came to an exit for the Dalsnibba viewpoint.

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Dalsnibba is Europe's highest fjord viewpoint, and it is completely accessible via the road. It provides a gorgeous view of the world-famous Geirangerfjord, so after paying the toll we went through a hair-rising curvy hair-pin drive to reach the top of the mountain. However, on the day we went - low clouds obstructed the entire view - so all we could see from the top were the clouds.

We were slightly disappointed, but it didn't dampen our day. Note that the route to Dalsnibba is also closed during the winters, from the end of September. We continued along to the town of Geiranger and to get a view of Geirangerfjord from up-close.

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That was our day on R55, and one of our best days in Norway. What was the most unpredictable thing you experienced in a trip? Why was it unpredictable?