“The construction route known as Rallarvegen was originally designed for transporting materials during the building of the most mountainous sector of the Oslo–Bergen railway line. Today, the road is a cultural and historical monument where you will discover painstakingly detailed work in stone and earth, line inspectors’ houses of high architectural standard, and scenery that spans from tall mountains and glaciers via high waterfalls and wild rivers to lush valleys and fjord views.”
From Thursday 29th of july to sunday 1st of august, Aniridia Norway arranged a hike along parts of Rallarvegen. We were a group of almost 20 members, starting the hike from Hallingskeid train station. The goal for that day was getting to Vatnahalsen hotel, the route about 20km long. We had one free day (Friday) to do what we wanted, most of us wanted to go ziplining the 1,4km long and 300m high zipline down. The alternatives to get up to the hotel again was to either walk 3 km straight up, or experience the Flåm Railway.
“The Flåm Railway has been described as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway. The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, up to the high mountains at Myrdal station. The journey features the finest aspects of the stunning scenery of Western Norway.”
Saturday was the next big day to hike, this time from Vatnahalsen down to Flåm. This route also up to about 20km walking. When we got down to Flåm, we got to spend the last night at at the old Fretheim hotel.
The whole hiking trip was a big success and I think I can speak for all of us attending that while it was exhausting, we had a lot of fun! It was also good to be together again after a pandemic-filled year without any gatherings. The next hike has already been planned and we are so looking forward to it!