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To fully understand Ibsen’s inspiration for Peer Gynt, the 60 kilometre Peer Gynt Road running from Gålå to Skei or Espedalen is a must. Enter the mythical country of Peer Gynt and the kingdom of the trolls as you (carefully) follow this gravel road, which provides stunning panoramic views at every turn, on this, the main mountain road through the Gudbrandsdalen Valley.

To fully understand Ibsen’s inspiration for Peer Gynt, the 60 kilometre Peer Gynt Road running from Gålå to Skei or Espedalen is a must. Enter the mythical country of Peer Gynt and the kingdom of the trolls as you (carefully) follow this gravel road, which provides stunning panoramic views at every turn, on this, the main mountain road through the Gudbrandsdalen Valley. You will not be surprised to learn that the road is only open in summer – but if the weather is fine, the experience is unforgettable.

The toll road swiftly climbs up to 1053 metres and passes by the now well-known Solbra-Seter farm, where Gudbrandsdalen Brunost, is home of the traditional Norwegian whey cheese. Here at Solbra-Seter, in 1863 a dairy-maid is reputed to have first made the distinctively brown cheese. While popular with the locals, the caramalised, salty tang is not something immediately appreciated by non-Norwegians – who find it a challenge at first.

After Solbra-Seter, the road curves past Lake Gålåvåtnet, home of the famous Peer Gynt Festival. Despite the short distance on paper, don’t be misled into thinking this will be a quick trip – it isn’t, but it is an immensely gratifying one – especially if you allow a full day to make the most of your journey. Take the advice of those in the know, and take plenty of opportunities to stop along the way and experience the many tracks and trails leading into the spectacular natural landscape. You won’t regret it.


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Gausdal, Norway
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61° 20' 17" N / 10° 5' 4" E
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