In the morning we had breakfast in the barn, and took got permission to look into the Ceremony Hall space that was added the Juvet Hotel more recently in 2014. Stacks of criss-crossing beams filter light through an entirely glass roof.
We went over to the viewing platform Gudbrandsjuvet by the same architects as the Juvet, Jensen & Skodvin, just up the road. It was because of this project that the owner of the barn, Knut, had a chance meeting with the architects and discussed the ideas behind what a landscape hotel could be. This is a winding bridge that is only a steel plate floor with all the structure being carried in railings as an expressive feature. We briefly stopped here the night before, but didn't stay long as we had to head back for the dinner. The bridges brings you down to a waterfall look out point and cafe building. Unfortunately the cafe building was closed as I read they weren't able to secure a tenant for this season - seemingly there is no end in supply for customers as when we stopped by again in the morning there were tour busses of people wandering around. Dakota says it was nice, but people jumping on the bridge freak her out. How would she survive an adventure park, I wonder? (She exclaims there are harnesses! .. as I read this text out to her).
We circle south around a mountain, avoiding Trollstigen in order to get a ferry ride across a wide fjord. We make a brief stop to look at the architecture of a museum on the way by Rieul Ramstad. Today is a long drive so we don't have time to do the museum but have a chance to stretch our legs. The sun is out today and Dakota remarks my photos are going to be bad because they won't match everything thus far as dark and moody, as she is happily places her sunglasses on.
The area is really lots of islands so we circle around the coast to get to the start of the route and are greeted by a view of the Atlantic. We make a stop to enjoy the view and eat some M&Ms. continuing on the view was great from the road. Ocean to our left, farmland to our right with mountains off in the distance. We make another stop to see a project called Askåvegen, we nearly missed it due to being down a fairly lengthy road through some farms.
A modest viewpoint structure at the end of a pier at Askevågen overlooking the Atlantic. Askevågen (Ash Cove) was once the site of kelp drying and burning along the coast for the production of sodium carbonate used by local glass manufacturers. This practice ended in 1804 when it become prohibited due to the sentiment that it hindered the fishing industry. Here glass encloses a slab of local gneiss (vistdalitt) at the very end of a stone pier by 3RW. Around this time the sun is starting to fade a bit and get cloudy + overcast.
Our next stop lets us walk around a bit along the coast. This project is actually an sculpture piece called "Columna Transatlantica" - 40 white marble segments strewn across the Atlantic coastline by Norwegian artist Jan Freuchen, which was completed 2015. Dakota didn't seem to care for it much calling it "toothpaste"
Going on we start to approach the more famous segment of the route, and it is of course starting to rain, much to Dakotas dismay. This is a 7 bridges connecting smaller islets along the coast, one of which is quite high and was called at the time of its construction as being remarkable Norwegian engineering.
We do the drive over and stop to do a small hike around the island which has a cafe built into the side and a series walkways by architects Ghilardi+Hellsten Arkitekter. I will actually get to meet them at the end of the trip when we get to Oslo for the final time. Due to our not actually needing to be driving North for the rest of the trip we have to turn around and go back over the bridges to take a route back south to get us to our next accommodations near Andalsnes.
It was a long drive back through the rain which involved another ferry and a tunnel under water. We were happy to go quickly to sleep as we checked in fairly late. Dakota said she enjoyed driving the bridges and that it was like a ride.