One of the most outstanding characteristics of this road is that it is desolate and traverses a landscape which, apart from the transmission lines that bear witness to the presence of humans, appears to be totally untouched. This is not only the most striking feature but also perhaps what makes the drive an exotic experience. Most tourist routes are stunning no matter what direction you drive in but this particular stretch presents its most dramatic side if you start the trip at Lærdal and drive towards Aurlandsvangen. You will come away with powerful impressions, and the contrasts between the fjord and the high mountain region where snow lies on the ground for most of the year are compelling. The road is closed in winter but the stretch from Aurlandsvangen is open as far as the viewing point at Stegastein all year round. Many people find this point as spectacular as the view. In winter especially it’s fascinating to see how the landscape changes character from the colourful tapestry of summer to a symphony in black and white with grey nuances. We don’t always regard such things as anything special but it’s often about taking time to look.  Allow time to experience the installation “DEN” by the American artist Mark Dion at Vedahaugane, and keep in mind that art is intended to stir the emotions.

History

The road was opened in 1967 and its forerunner was a construction access road. The road runs from Lærdalsøyri to Aurlandsvangen over the mountains and the highest point is 1,306 metres above sea level. The road is closed in the winter and snow lies on the mountain throughout large parts of the summer so the name “the snow road” is truly befitting. 

Experiences

Sometimes it’s all about having the opportunity to experience something exactly as it is, neither more nor less. For many the feeling of being in a place where there are few traces of mankind is what makes the greatest impact at Aurlandsfjellet. It’s like being a guest somewhere you are not expected. The real quality lies in the little things, like touching the snow or dipping your toes into an icy mountain tarn. The desolate landscape itself is special and the drive takes you from fjords to mountains, from lush valleys to the stony wasteland of the high mountain region. You will encounter many striking contrasts over a short distance.

National Tourist Route Aurlandsfjellet runs from Aurlandsvangen to Lærdalsøyri, a distance of 47 km (Road 243).

Among the attractions close to this stretch are the villages of Lærdalsøyri, Flåmsbana, Aurlandsdalen and Nærøyfjorden. Driving through the Lærdal Tunnel, the world’s longest road tunnel with a length of 24.5 km, will allow you to enjoy a wonderful round trip.

National Tourist Route Aurlandsfjellet is closed over the mountain during the winter season between the Aurland/Lærdal municipal boundary and Nalfarbakkane above Aurlandsvangen. Red flags in the map show where the road will be closed. The road from Aurlandsvangen to the Stegastein viewing point is open all year round. The stretch is normally closed in November and reopens in June. There are restrictions on the length of buses and the maximum length is 12.4 metres.



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