Up early with felix, who had a restless night. Due to no tent we were able to pack up quickly and get on the road by 9:30, even with the girls wanting a play in the very wet playground. Drive into Alesund as thought we better see it having driven all that way. Lonely planet was right. A remarkably pretty town - was burnt to the groundhog early 1900's so the rebuild meant that nearly all 'the buildings are uniformly art deco. Lovely along the waterfront.
Drove along the norefjord to andalsnes and from there along to
Trollstigen, a famous stretch of road filmed on top gear. You drive up a magnificent valley then come to the end of it and see in front of you the road zigzagging gloriously up the rockface, past a huge waterfall and over the top at a sometimes 1:12 gradient. Incredible. We picnicked at the base under the rockface that is Norways most challenging to climb. We were lucky enough to see 3 base jumpers jump off the rock and parachute down into the carpark!
Convinced j to drive at least some of the way up the road and the views were worth it. Back down we set off for Trondheim. Leaving the fjords behind we drove initially through the andalsnes valley which was lush and stunning, then through more pine forested areas with loads of autumnal colours. Although many leaves seem to be turning, the weather is still mild, up to 18/20 most days. Just wish it would stop raining! We got about an hour from Trondheim and happened to pass a campsite with an extensive playground that included 7 round trampolines all pushed up together. We thought the kids would live it, which they did, so stopped and booked in for 2 nights. Was nice to stop early enough that the kids could play, we could have dinner and get to bed reasonably ontime. Poor felix is so out of routine and waits far too long for things but is so good about it, bless him. Never hear a peep from him in the car, no matter how long it is, and he's always smiling. What a joy. Camping by a shallow river tonight that em and meg bravely went paddling in. Would be lovely here in really warm weather.