Photographer's Note

The national tourist road across the Aurland mountain between Aurland and Laerdal is one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Norway. If you travel from Laerdal the road takes you from the fjord up onto the mountain 1306 meters above the sea level. This is high enough that there is snow year around, which how the road gets it's name. In the early summer the snow banks can get up to 10 meters high.

After endless ascents to the mountain, you really feel you are “on top” when you reach the summit at Flotane on the Aurlandsfjellet plateau. Here you are in a new landscape of gentle ridges and wide plains, with peaks and glaciers in the distance. The sturdy and cube-like Flotane is a stop and bathroom and rest area benches.

Designed by Lars Berge of LJB, Flotane is oriented to maximize its sun exposure and is completely powered by solar panels. Situated at 1,200 meters in the midst of a dramatic and harsh landscape, the toilets are covered by snow for 8 months a year. When summer comes though, tourists frequent the road and the rest stop is a popular starting point for hikes in the area.

Unfortunately, when I was there, a Range Rover was parked all the time next to the Flotane, hence I could not get a better perspective.

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  • Copyright: May Mah (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 376 W: 23 N: 1119] (7204)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2015-09-01
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2015-10-13 22:17
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