Waterfall. Have to stop. Like volcanoes, or prehistoric sea column remnants on which old monasteries perch to avoid invaders, the sea stacks, enter waterfalls. If we are not in awe, we are curious -- who lives here. What tales?
- Find Scandinavian denizens of falling waters at http://listverse.com/2012/10/15/10-creatures-in-scandinavian-folklore/ Huldra, lady troll; elves; dwarves; little friendly but prankish Nisser with red caps, or the other Nisse, with detailed characteristics, predilections, and difficult to remove, not prankish at all, see http://www.celtic-twilight.com/otherworld/fairy_mythology/scandinavia3.htm;.., the lady Marre who dispenses, forced bad dreams upon the sleeper; the handsome naked Fossegrimmen luring with his music; trolls; holdovers from the Black Death, like Pesta (who looks like the Scream); Nokken watching with his eyes just above water; Draugen ghost; the Kraken, or enormous octopus among other reported shapes;
Niagara, Langfoss. This great resource has been left alone: no hydroelectric plant. Good.
- This waterfall is so long and so large that it is possible to "catch" it at many points for photos, comments, awe, whatever. Here, simply driving by, everyone seemed to stop to admire as it wend under the highway. See http://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/norway-langfoss.html/. Watch it in motion at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jh3TbShKiY/.
- It is a splendid waterfall, right there at the road, worth of full stop; as any spectacle beyond our human making is splendid. And, driving, unguided, in Norway leads, we believe, to the same kinds of spectacular sights as any canned trip. Driving is not for everyone, of course. But the sense of just waiting to see around the next bend, the next sign to something that may be spectacular (like the road sign to Vik, see posts), sends us back to different countries to do it again.