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View from the National Tourist Route towards the Smørstabbreen Glacier, Norway Photo: Øyvind Heen/fjords.com
Photo: Øyvind Heen/fjords.com
Photo: Øyvind Heen/fjords.com
Photo: Hans Petter Aalmo/visitnorway.com
Photo: Hans Petter Aalmo, visitnorway.com
Photo: Ingvild Elvebråten/visitnorway.com
Photo: Hans Petter Aalmo/visitnorway.com
Photo: Hans Petter Aalmo/visitnorway.com

Sognefjellet National Tourist Route

High in the Jotunheimen mountains, the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route runs between the Sognefjord and the Gudbrandsdalen Valley.
Facts
Road: Fv. 55 between Gaupne by the Sognefjord and Lom in Gudbrandsdalen Distance: 108 kilometres

The road

The Sognefjellet National Tourist Route is the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe (highest point 1,434 metres above sea level). Along its 108 kilometres you will find more records: The Sognefjord, the second longest fjord in the world with its 204 kilometres. Mainland Norway's largest glacier, the Jostedalsbreen Glacier, and Galdhøpiggen, Norway's highest mountain.

It has been awarded the status national tourist route because of the spectacular and wild mountain scenery it passes through.

In January 2007, the British newspaper The Guardian named the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route one of the top 10 bike rides in the world. According to the paper "the high mountain road is enveloped in an icy beauty that is out of this world".

Viewpoints along the road

There are five panoramic view- and rest areas with facilities in bold architectural forms along the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route. Here you can experience both nature and architecture in great interaction.

What to see

The 204 kilometre long Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway. You drive along the inner part of the fjord named the Lustrafjord. From the National Tourist Route, you have a great view over the fjord and the surrounding small villages, mountains, rivers and waterfalls.

Urnes Stave Church is the oldest Stave Church in Norway, and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. You can drive to Urnes Stave Church from Skjolden along the east side of the fjord. Or you can take the ferry from Solvorn, further out the Sognefjord.

The 229 metre high Feigumfossen Waterfall at the east side of the Lustrafjord. You can take the short walk in to the falls or admire the view of it from the National Tourist Route at the opposite side of the fjord.

At the Hurrungane mountain formation, you will find some of Norway’s tallest mountains, with 24 peaks over 2,000 metres above sea level. There are great views to the mountains from the Sognefjellet Mountain Road.

At the top of the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route, you have a great view towards the Smørstabbreen Glacier with its surrounding mountains.

What to do

Paddling a kayak beneath steep mountainsides with cascading waterfalls is a unique way to experience nature. FjordSeal Kayak Tours is based in the small village Marifjøra close to Gaupne, and offers guided kayak trips on the Lustrafjord, the innermost part of the Sognefjord.

If you drive from Skjolden to Jostedalen and Nigard, there are arranged different guided glacier hikes on the Nigardsbreen Glacier.

Glacier River Rafting. From the campsite at Jostedal Camping at Gjerde in Jostedalen, you can go rafting in the river Jostedøla. The longest rafting tour is from the glaciers to the fjord. 

The Hurrungane mountains is a great area for mountaineering, climbing, glacier hiking and skiing. Turtagrø Mountain Hotel is a natural meeting point for people who wants to explore this mountain area.

In may and June, the Sognefjellet mountain is a popular area for skiing. Due to the high altitude, there are much snow left in the mountains during late spring/early summer. Fannaråken at 2,068 metres above sea level is one of many popular goals for skiers in the area.

From Krossbu Turiststasjon and Leirvassbu Fjellstue at the Sognefjellet mountain, there are guided glacier hikes across the Smørstabbreen Glacier.

Galdhøpiggen Summer Ski Centre is located below Norway's highest mountain Galdhøpiggen. Here you have possibilities for powder even during the summer. Drive the mountain road from Galdesand near Lom to the Galdhøpiggen Summer Ski Centre.

Read more about what to do along the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route 

Where to stay

Turtagrø Mountain Hotel was established in 1888. From the hotel, you have panoramic view to the Hurrungane mountains.  The hotel offers guided tours.

Røisheim Hotel in the beautiful Bøverdalen Valley consists of 14 preserved buildings, mostly from the eighteenth century. All the buildings have been faithfully restored to modern standards of comfort. A pearl in one of Norway's most beautiful mountain landscapes.

Read more about where to stay along the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route 

Where to eat

The kitchen at Elveseter Hotel reflects the unique atmosphere and the majestic surrounding nature. The menu is healthy and is comprising short travelled food with the use of local ingredients.

The cuisine at Fossheim Tourist Hotel has been developed over many years, with Norwegian tradition at its heart. The head chef is a former member of the Norwegian national cookery team.

Read more about where to eat along the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route 

Facts

  • Road: Fv. 55 between Gaupne by the Sognefjord and Lom in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley
  • Length: 108 kilometres
  • Highest point: 1,434 metres above sea level
  • Opening time: The road is closed during winter time. The road opens approximately 1 May, and is closed late autumn depending on the amount of snow





Getting to the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route

From Oslo to Gaupne
Gaupne, the southwest point of the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route, lie approximately 360 kilometres northwest of Oslo.

By car:
The drive from Oslo to Gaupne takes approximately six hours and includes one ferry. Follow the E18 from Oslo to Sandvika. From Sandvika you follow the E16 to the roundabout at Soknedalsveien and follow fv. 7 towards Gol. Turn to the right at Gol and follow fv. 52 to Hemsedal. Continue crossing the Hemsedalsfjellet mountain to Borgund. Follow E16 from Borgund to Lærdal. Then follow E5 from Lærdal to Fodnes where you take the ferry to Mannheller. Continue along fv. 5 to Sogndal. At Sogndal, turn to the right and follow fv. 55 to Gaupne.

From Bergen to Gaupne
Gaupne, the southwest point of the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route, lie approximately 250 kilometres northeast of Bergen.

By car:
The drive from Bergen to Gaupne takes approximately four and a half hours and includes one ferry. Follow the E16 from Bergen to Voss. Continue following the E16 to Vinjadalen where you take to the left. Follow fv. 13 from Vinjadalen across the Vikafjellet mountain (the road is closed during the winter) to Vik and Vangsnes. Cross the Sognefjord from Vangsnes to Hella by ferry and continue on fv. 55 to Sogndal and Gaupne.

From Oslo to Lom
Lom, the northeast point of the Sognefjellet Mountain Road, lie approximately 330 kilometres northwest of Oslo.

By car:
The drive from Oslo to Lom takes approximately five hours. Follow the E18 from Oslo to Sandvika. From Sandvika you follow the E16 to Fagernes. Follow fv. 51 from Fagernes across the Valdresflya mountain (the road is closed during the winter) to you reach Lake Vågåvatnet. Turn left here and follow fv. 15 to Lom.

From Trondheim to Lom
Lom, the northeast point of the Sognefjellet Mountain Road, lie approximately 280 kilometres southwest of  Trondheim.

By car:
The drive from Trondheim to Lom takes approximately four and a half hours. Follow the E6 from Trondheim to Dombås. Turn left at Dombås and continue on E6 to Otta. From Otta you follow fv. 15 to Lom.

More information

National Tourist Routes in Norway
The Sognefjellet National Tourist Route
Destination Sognefjord
Jotunheimen Reiseliv

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Last updated:  2013-02-04
Enjoying the view from the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route, Norway - Photo: Ingvild Elvebråten/visitnorway.com
Enjoying the view from the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route, Norway
The Sognefjellet National Tourist Route and the Smørstabbreen Glacier, Norway - Photo: Øyvind Heen/fjords.com
The Sognefjellet National Tourist Route and the Smørstabbreen Glacier, Norway
Turtagrø Mountain Hotel, Norway - Photo: Øyvind Heen/fjords.com
Turtagrø Mountain Hotel, Norway
Skiing at Sognefjellet, Norway - Photo: Øyvind Heen/fjords.com
Skiing at Sognefjellet, Norway

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View from the National Tourist Route towards the Smørstabbreen Glacier, Norway - Photo: Øyvind Heen/fjords.com

Sognefjellet National Tourist Route

High in the Jotunheimen mountains, the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route runs between the Sognefjord and the Gudbrandsdalen Valley.

Sognefjellet National Tourist Route

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Jotunheimen

Jotunheimen has the largest concentration of mountains higher than 6,500 feet in Northern Europe.

Attractions in Jotunheimen

Visit Lom Stave Church, the Norwegian Mountain Museum in Lom or Gallery Jotunheimen to learn about local traditions and culture.

Kayaking and hiking in Jotunheimen

Lake Gjende is a great starting point for hiking and kayaking in the Jotunheimen Mountain Area.

Tour suggestions in Jotunheimen

Hike the classic route over the Besseggen Ridge, walk to the top of Galdhøpiggen or drive the scenic roads over Valdresflya and Sognefjellet.

About the area

Key facts about the Sognefjord area

Sognefjord is the area where you find the Flåm Railway, the Nærøyfjord, Jotunheimen, Jostedalsbreen, Urnes Stave Church and Vettisfossen Waterfall.

Tourist information in Jotunheimen

The tourist information offices in Jotunheimen will help you book rooms at the mountain cabins and plan your trip in the area.

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