Throughout our drive in Norway, we passed many small waterfalls but as we drove out of Mo I Rana, we passed the prettiest waterfall of them all. Laksforsen falls, we discovered, is one of Europe’s largest waterfalls. A cute cafe sits by the water and I enjoyed delicious waffles with a view to die for.
The rest of the day was spent chasing time as we hurried to make our deadline. Our motto- drive and drive till we reach! You see, an NGO in Oslo that we had been in close contact with had booked us a hotel for the 29th and it was imperative that we arrived on time. At around 10:30 pm, the gps informed us that we were to take a ferry. This got us worried. What if we had missed the last ferry? That would cause a major setback time wise. Luckily for us, while we missed the 11pm ferry, there was another one at 12am.
What was left of the night was spent fitting the car with the go pros to capture the magnificence of the “Great Atlantic Ocean Drive”, something we were all really looking forward to. So much so that we had driven an extra 800 km despite being short for time- just for this!
Let me tell you about the Atlantic Ocean Road. It is an 8.3 kilometer stretch of Norwegian country road that goes through an archipelago and sections of un-sheltered sea. This has earned it a reputation for being the world’s third most dangerous road. The word “dangerous” is rightly supported by a number of YouTube videos that show cars being washed away by massive waves created by the angry grey sea. We were all pretty excited.
As we approached the road, dangerous is the last word I would ever use to describe the journey. We had made it just in time to be able to see the sun rise over the horizon. The whole place was bathed in a warm golden glow and sea was so calm and still it could’ve been mistaken for a swimming pool. Was it beautiful? Of course! But we were disappointed nevertheless (dad, especially).
After clicking some nice pictures and voicing our disappointment multiple times (we had spent the night in the car for this) we headed south towards the capital city of Oslo