Old Strynefjellet road

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View towards Stryn from the old mountain road Grotli–Stryn, now a National Tourist Road. The westmost part, up to the Summer Ski Centre, is asphalted, the rest of the 28 km road is just graveled as it has been since it opened in 1894. However, the road is surprisingly well-kept.
(2003-09-11)

Autumn colors at the Old Strynefjellet Road

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Autumn colors at the Old Strynefjellet Road.
(2014-09-14)

Autumn colors

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The autumn leaves of Alpine/Mountain Bearberry (Arctostaphylos alpina) gets this intense red color in transmitted light (looking roughly in the direction of the sun). Its berries are black, but the berries in this picture seem to be (Black) Crowberries (Empetrum niger). This has been a sunny and warm summer, so there were also lots of ripe Bilberries and Cowberries in the vicinity. The altitude is a little above 1100 meters.
(2014-09-14)

Stryn, autumn fog

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View towards Stryn from the Summer Ski Centre. This is the start of the first road section with hairpin bends. The valley far below is filled with autumn mist.
(2014-09-14)

Videseter hotel 1960

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The old Videseter Hotel, altitude 580 meter, near the (south-)west end of the Old Strynefjellet Road. In 1960 that many cars here were unusual, so something quite special must be going on (but who remembers everything after a half-century). Most guests used to come in busses, often for lunch, often debarking a tourist ship in Stryn and embarking the same ship in Geiranger.
(1960)

The road authorities built a mountain lodge for men and horses here in 1903 (the road opened in 1894). In 1930 Lars Skaare, who lived on the first farm down in the valley, bought the premises and changed it into a hotel. During the following years the building was extended, and he also had built a small power station, actually on the top of the waterfall Videfossen (using only fractions of the available head and flow). The power (<10 kW) was sufficient for lighting and kitchen use, but not for heating, therefore smoke rises from the chimneys. The winter after this photo was taken, an avalanche damaged the hotel severely, and in 1964 a new concrete building was finished. A power line from down in the valley was also constructed and the old powerhouse went out of use. The hotel is open only late-May—early-September, the main summer tourist season. In winter the road is also closed.

Videseter hotel 1960, summer skiing sign

The valley high above Videseter is a neighbor to a branch of the great glacier Jostedalsbreen, and the winter in this region is usually very generous providing snow. (But the glaciers have been withdrawing for many years, and the winter snow has become somewhat unreliable.) In 1972 the Stryn Summer Ski Centre was opened here, the best known in northern Europe. Usually, during most of the summer, a chair lift may take you from 1080 meters to an altitude of 1300 meters, and you may continue with a T-bar lift to 1600 meters. The building houses a restaurant, a shop and other facilities, and there are several places to spend the night within a reasonable distance. Before the ski center opened the skiers stayed in Videseter Hotel and went with a bus up to the skiing site, and then they climbed the slopes before getting the well-earned reward of skiing down. The hotel could then boast of being the "summer skiing hotel", and the director asked me to make a suitable sign and place it at the road up the valley. It's made from a pair of cross-country skis that somebody had left behind. (Although most guests probably prefer downhill skiing, cross-country skiing is also possible.)
(1960)

The lack of snow during the winter 2013–2014 resulted in bankruptcy for the Stryn Summer Ski Centre. But this is not expected to be the end of it.

View from Videseter hotel 1960

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View of Hjelledalen, the valley below Videseter hotel, summer 1960. Apart from details in the foreground (and colors), a picture taken today would look fairly indistinguishable.
(1960)

Videseter Hotel

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It's autumn and the "new" Videseter Hotel (built 1964) is closed. The road to the parking (right) is also closed.
(2015-09-11)

Videseter Hotel

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The lower car entrance to the hotel is also closed, probably to prevent the use of the parking, as there is no one to control the payment when the hotel is closed. Some 150 meters beyond the hotel is a popular tourist attraction, the waterfall Videfossen. The road authorities built a nice viewing platform there in 1997, but they didn't provide any parking. Or toilet facilities. When a tourist bus stops at the hotel and the tourists use the hotel toilets without having lunch here, nobody will pay. Evidently the obstruction shown is intended to prevent tourist buses from parking also outside the blockage. The green notice on the hotel wall is about parking.
(2015-09-11)


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