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
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.
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 offers something unique, 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.