The Sognefjellet National Tourist Route is the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe (highest point 4,704 feet above sea level). Along its 67 miles you will find more records: The Sognefjord, the second longest fjord in the world with its 126 miles. 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 several 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.
National Tourist Route maps
In co-operation with Nordeca, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) have launched a series of new road maps, each covering one of the 18 different National Tourist Routes in Norway.
The maps describe viewpoints along the way, as well as the National Tourist Routes' nature attractions, dining, accommodations and other attractions along the routes. To give the reader a good and visual impression of the routes, several pictures and descriptions have been placed in the maps themselves.
The maps are available in English, German and Norwegian from kartbutikken.no.
What to see
The 126 mile 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 751 feet 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 6,561 feet 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. Fanaråken at 6,784 feet 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 Center 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.
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.
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.
- Road: Fv55 between Gaupne by the Sognefjord and Lom in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley
- Length: 67 miles
- Highest point: 15,433 feet 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 223 miles northwest of Oslo.
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 Fv7 towards Gol. Turn to the right at Gol and follow Fv52 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 Fv5 to Sogndal. At Sogndal, turn to the right and follow Fv55 to Gaupne.
From Bergen to Gaupne
Gaupne, the southwest point of the Sognefjellet National Tourist Route, lie approximately 155 miles northeast of Bergen.
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 Fv13 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 Fv55 to Sogndal and Gaupne.
From Oslo to Lom
Lom, the northeast point of the Sognefjellet Mountain Road, lie approximately 205 miles northwest of Oslo.
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 Fv51 from Fagernes across the Valdresflya mountain (the road is closed during the winter) to you reach Lake Vågåvatnet. Turn left here and follow Fv15 to Lom.
From Trondheim to Lom
Lom, the northeast point of the Sognefjellet Mountain Road, lie approximately 173 miles southwest of Trondheim.
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 Fv15 to Lom.
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