On this journey along a route that for centuries has connected Norways east and west, you travel through Northern Europes highest mountain pass, at 1 434 metres above sea level. The Sognefjell road starts in the lush cultural landscape of Bøverdalen valley in the east and runs across the mountain plateau with panoramic views of glaciers and towering mountains before descending through valleys to the inner reaches of the Sognefjord with their tranquil hamlets in the west. The road across the roof of Norway passes not only mountains, but also fjords and valleys and a landscape brimming with cultural heritage sites.
Lom stave church is one of its many highlights. In a former era, this road was the highway from the coast inland. Salt and fish were brought eastwards, while butter, tar and pelts went in the other direction. In those days, the farmers and merchants held company on the journey across the mountain, so as not to be waylaid by highwaymen. Today it is safe to travel here, and the excitement along the road is found in magnificent mountain scenery encountering art and architecture.
National Tourist Route Sognefjellet runs from Lom to Gaupne over a total distance of 108 kilometres.
The mountain crossing is closed in the winter season, and in early May you may see the road lined with banks of snow up to ten metres in height. Sognefjellet
The route runs from fjord to fjord across high mountains where snow remains most of the summer. The viewing platform at Stegastein is a natural place to make a stop and offers a dizzying view over the fjord landscape.
The Nærøyfjord, included on the World Heritage List, offers breathtaking scenery. The Flåm railway line and Aurlandsdalen valley are further outstanding attractions close to the route, and well worth a detour. If you combine a visit to Aurlandsfjellet with a trip through the Lærdal Tunnel, which at 24.5 km is the worlds longest, you will be struck by the contrasts this area can offer.
National Tourist Route Aurlandsfjellet runs from Aurlandsvangen to Lærdalsøyri over a distance of 47 kilometres.
The mountain crossing is closed in the winter season, but the road from Aurlandsvangen to the Stegastein viewing platform is open throughout the winter. http://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en/aurlandsfjellet
A serene journey passing protected rivers, waterfalls and a tranquil fjord. The road runs along an arm of the worlds longest fjord, the Sognefjord, before curving up the steep slopes to the mountain. Further on, the road follows the protected Gaula river system, which is famous for its many waterfalls, but also has white-water rapids and tranquil mountain lakes.
Trails have been laid along selected stretches of the river to provide better access to the waterfalls, which are well worth seeing. Here, children and adults can enjoy trout fishing at its best, and wander along well-maintained trails by waterfalls and rapids. There are boats for hire, but those who prefer to hike through the mountains also have plenty of opportunities. The tourist centre in Balestrand is a good point of departure for day trips, and the boat ride to Fjærland with its Glacier Museum is a splendid way to explore nature in this locality.
National Tourist Route Gaularfjellet from Balestrand to Eldalsosen and Moskog and from Eldalsosen to Sande has a total length of 130 kilometres.
The stretch between Mel and Mjell on the Gaularfjellet plateau is closed during the winter season. http://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en/gaularfjellet
Fabulous mountain route, with many many great views. Check out the Besseggen ridge, if you have the time to hike it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Besseggen
Along the route there are many good hotels and lodgings. If you prefer, you can stay in supercharming mountain-lodges, such as Brimi Fjellstugu. It is - surprisingly for those that have not heard of Arne, the cousin of the guy who runs it - also a gourmet destination not to be missed.
Two places along the route there are special stops with great photo-ops.