The Fjord and Nature
The seaway that stretches from the ocean to Skjolden, which you can find at the end of Norway’s longest fjord Sognefjorden, is more than 200km (124 miles) long. During the summer the colour of the fjord changes between blue, grey and green. Often a very bright emerald green due to the sun and light that colours the joining of the fjord and the melted water from the glaciers.
The mild breath from the Atlantic makes the southside of Lustrafjorden, which is a smaller fjord of about 40km (24,85 miles) connected to Sognefjorden, one of the most fertile lands you can find in the whole country. The wealth of the soil will not go unnoticed along the romantic road. There you will find temperate deciduous forests such as elm and ash.
During Norway’s golden age for fruit industry the gardens were also filled with several apple varieties such as Fuhr, Gravenstein, Torstein, Allington and James Grieve. Additionally, the pear gardens were large and lush and included Grev Molkte, Keisarinner, Amanlis, Gråpærer, Dobbel Philip, Herzogin Else and Fremish Beauty.
Tobacco cultivation was also an important side-industry in the villages along the fjord in the early 1900’s.
The long History of the Road
The road from Skjolden to Urnes is called the Romantic Road. It carries a long history as it took almost 70 years to finish. They started building it in different stages from 1912 and finished it in the 80’s. Today those stages make the road one individual road of 30 km. Although the road was busy in its time, travelling along it today is a lot more peaceful. That is because the main traffic does not follow the Romantic Road, as it is moved to the other side of the fjord (Road 55).
However, when you get to Ornes the road reaches a dead-end after 5 km in the small village Kinsedalen. Anyone, cars and bikers, are welcome to travel to the other side by a small ferry to visit the village of Solvorn.